The successful completion of the first phase of the Poseidon Med project was confirmed yesterday and, at the same time, the next stage – Phase II was launched at an event at the European Parliament in Brussels.
A ceremony held in the European Parliament on 17 February gathered to formally conclude the initial Poseidon Med project and initiate Poseidon Med II. The event brought together Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Member States’ Permanent representatives, delegates from the European Commission, industry participants, as well as the Poseidon Med project partners.
The focus of the event was to bridge the two phases of the project by highlighting the key outcomes of the first phase and presenting the way ahead regarding the use of LNG as marine fuel in the Eastern Mediterranean area.
The kick-off of Poseidon Med II was signified with the official launch of the new project logo, which reflects the continuation of a transition towards a greener marine fuel.
Members of the European Parliament underlined the importance of the potential for gas to fuel a cleaner, better connected future in the Mediterranean, driving maritime technology development and economic opportunities.
The foundation has been set now to drive the industry towards LNG fuelled ships entering into operation, supported by LNG bunkering infrastructure in the area, within the next 5 years.
The presentations & statements of the event will be shortly available on: www.poseidonmed.eu (section Events)
Notes to editors
POSEIDON MED is the first Cross European Border project which aims to introduce LNG as the main fuel for the shipping industry and develop a sufficient infrastructure network of bunkering value chain. It focuses in the eastern Mediterranean region with five Member States (Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia) involved.
POSEIDON MED as a Global Project aims at stirring the shipping waters in Greece and has been received enthusiastically by the shipping community, the local society, as well as the political administration.
POSEIDON MED II is a key European project designing the legislative and market prerequisites for the use of LNG as a marine fuel in the Eastern Mediterranean. Through targeted sustainable infrastructure planning it supports the development of a value-chain and supply network generating demand and contributing to international regulations for a more sustainable maritime sector.
POSEIDON MED II, which is the continuation of POSEIDON MED and ARCHPELAGO LNG Projects, is co-financed by the “Connecting Europe Facilities” and will run for the next 5 years. It is a cross border project involving 26 partners from 3 Member Stated – Greece, Italy and Cyprus – with an ultimate target to make LNG available in 5 core ports; Piraeus, Patras, Heraklion, Igoumenitsa and Limassol.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Photo 1: Poseidon Med partners presenting, European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016 from left to right: George Polychroniou (Head Strategy & Corporate Development of Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) – Poseidon Med II Project Manager , Ioannis Bakas (Manager of QE Energy Europe Ltd – Poseidon Med Project Manager), Nick Brown (Brand External Relations Manager of Lloyd’s Register, event moderator), Miltiadis Kyrkos (Greek MEP), Konstantinos Xifaras (CEO Of the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator -Poseidon Med II Technical Coordinator, Panayiotis Mitrou (Marine Technology & Innovation Manager of Lloyd’s Register), Dr Panayiotis Zacharioudakis (Managing Director of Ocean Finance)
Photo 2: Italian partners presenting Poseidon Med outcomes from left to right: Federica Montaresi (Head of Studies and Special Projects, La Spezia Port), Antonio Revedin (Director of Strategic Planning and development Dpt, Venice Port Authority), Nick Brown (Lloyd’s Register, event moderator)
Photo 3: Snapshot of MEPs participating in Poseidon Med event, European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016 from right to left: Maria Spyraki (Greek MEP), Jose Anselmo (Principal Administrator MoS, European Commission), Stephane Ouaki (Head of Unit, Connecting Europe – Infrastructure Investment Strategies), Giorgos Grammatikakis ( Greek MEP), Brian Simpson (European Coordinator for MoS, European Commission), Jasmine Barahman (Ass. to Flavio Zanonato), Flavio Zanonato, (Italian MEP), Charalampos Simantonis (President of Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association), Dimitrios Spyridakis ( Member of BoD, Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association)
Photo 4: Snapshot of MEPs participating in Poseidon Med event, European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016/ from left to right: Giorgos Grammatikakis (Greek MEP), Stephane Ouaki (Head of Unit, Connecting Europe – Infrastructure Investment Strategies), Jose Anselmo (Principal Administrator MoS, European Commission, Maria Spyraki (Greek MEP), Eleni Theocharous (Cypriot MEP), Notis Marias (Greek MEP)
Photo 5: Costas Mavrides, Cypriot MEP, speaking during Poseidon Med event, European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016
Photo 6: Eva Kaili, Greek MEP, speaking during Poseidon Med event, European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016
Photo 7: Jose Anselmo (Principal Administrator MoS, European Commission), concludes Poseidon Med event, European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016
Photo 8: Snapshots of audience attended Poseidon Med event in European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016
Photo 9: “Poseidon Med goes Brussels”, project banner outside the conference hall, European Parliament, Brussels, 17/2/2016