SOURCE: Capital Link Shipping


March 08, 2010 09:18 ET

20 Listed Shipping Company Executives, Analysts and Financiers to Participate in Capital Link's 4th Invest in International Shipping Forum Thursday, March 25, 2010 in New York City

Registration Details Below

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 8, 2010) -  20 listed Company CEOs, CFOs and COOs, as well as several analysts, bankers, financiers and other leading market participants, will participate in panels or presentations at the 4th Annual Capital Link Invest in International Shipping Forum.

The Forum will be held in New York City on Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 7:30 am until 5:45 pm EDT.

The objective of the Forum is to provide investors with a comprehensive review and outlook of the various shipping markets and provide an update on issues of critical significance for the shipping industry today. The Forum aims to enhance the information flow between investors and shipping companies and to increase the awareness about shipping as an industry to a wide audience of investors.

The Forum covers dry bulk, tankers (products & crude oil), containers, commodities, the ability of shipping companies to meet their financing needs through bank loans or access to the capital markets, consolidation, fleet expansion opportunities and M&A in shipping. Panel discussions include executives from listed shipping companies, charterers, shipbrokers, bankers and financiers, securities research analysts, and market experts.

There will be panel discussions (each one lasting 40 minutes) on several sectors and industry topics, as follows:

Container Panel moderated by Mr. Matthew Troy, Citigroup Investment Research, Freight Transportation, with executives from:

  • Euroseas (NASDAQ: ESEA), Mr. Aristidis Pittas, CEO
  • Goldenport Holdings (LSE: GPRT), Mr. John Dragnis, Commercial Director
  • Synergy Management Services, Kevin Kennedy, Director

Dry Bulk Panel moderated by Mr. Gregory Lewis, Credit Suisse, Equity Research, with executives from:

  • DryShips (NASDAQ: DRYS), Mr. Pankaj Khanna, COO
  • Excel Maritime Carriers (NYSE: EXM)
  • Safe Bulkers (NYSE: SB), Mr. Polys Hadjioannou, CEO
  • Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ: SBLK), Mr. Akis Tsirigakis, CEO
  • TBS International (NASDAQ: TBSI), Mr. Joseph Royce, CEO

Tanker Panel moderated by Mr. Robert Bugbee, President, Scorpio Group, with:

  • General Maritime Corporation (NYSE: GMR), Mr. Jeffrey Pribor, CFO
  • Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE: OSG), Mr. Mats Berglund, Senior Vice President and Head of Crude Transportation Strategic Business Unit
  • Teekay Corporation (NYSE: TK), Mr. Peter Evensen, Executive Vice President
  • Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP), Mr. Nikolas Tsakos, CEO

Product Tanker Panel with executives from:

  • Omega Navigation (NASDAQ: ONAV), Mr. Gregory McGrath, CFO
  • Torm (NASDAQ: TRMD), Mr. Jesper Bo Hansen, President, Torm USA
  • Poten Partners, Ms. Megan McCurdy, Head of Marine Research and Consulting

Growth Opportunities & Access to Capital with executives from:

  • Aegean Marine Petroleum Network (NYSE: ANW), Mr. Nicholas Tavlarios, President
  • Euroseas (NASDAQ: ESEA), Mr. Aristidis Pittas, CEO
  • Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE: NM), Mr. Ted Petrone, President, Navios Corporation
  • Paragon Shipping (NASDAQ: PRGN), Mr. Michael Bodouroglou, CEO

Operating a Mixed Fleet: Advantages and Synergies, with:

  • Euroseas (NASDAQ: ESEA), Mr. Aristidis Pittas, CEO
  • Goldenport Holdings (LSE: GPRT), Mr. John Dragnis, Commercial Director
  • OceanFreight (NASDAQ: OCNF), Mr. Demetris Nenes, COO
  • Top Ships (NASDAQ: TOPS), Mr. Alexander Tsirikos, CFO

Shipping and Bank Financing, moderated by Mr. George Cambanis, Senior Partner, Global Shipping Leader, Deloitte, Hadjipavlou, Sofianos & Cambanis, with:

  • Mr. Brett M. Esber, Partner, Blank Rome LLP 
  • Mr. Harris Antoniou, Global Head Energy, Commodities & Transportation, Fortis Bank Nederland
  • Mr. Robin Das, Deputy Global Head of Shipping, HSH Nordbank

Shipping and the Capital Markets moderated by Mr. Gary Wolfe, Partner, Seward & Kissel LLP, with:

  • Mr. Loli Wu, Managing Director, Investment Banking Head of Americas Transportation & Infrastructure, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Securities
  • Mr. David Herman, Vice President, Credit Suisse
  • Mr. Hal Malone, Senior Vice President, Maritime Group, Jefferies
  • Mr. William Kelly, Managing Director, Head of Equity Capital Markets, Knight Capital Markets
  • Mr. Clifford Teller, Executive Managing Director - Investment Banking, Maxim Group

There will be presentations on the following topics:

  • The Global Economy and the Commodities Markets by Mr. Guy Verberne, Head of Economics and Investment Strategy, Fortis Bank Nederland
  • Investment Opportunities and Challenges in Shipping Today by Mr. Emil Yiannopoulos, Partner, Assurance Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Order Book and Freight Challenges by Mr. Michael Hojsgaard, Managing Director, Nordia Bulk
  • Vessel Recycling - Scrapping by Dr. Anil Sharma -- Founder, President and CEO, Global Marketing Systems, Inc.
  • The Added Value of Classification to Financial Institutions and Owners in Today's Capital Markets by Dr. H. Klein, CEO, Germanischer Lloyd


  • Forecasting the Future: Shipping and Financial Markets, by Mr. Clay Maitland -- Managing Partner, International Registries (The Marshall Islands Registry -- the world's third largest ship registry), Founding Chairman of NAMEPA (North American Marine Environment Protection Association)

There will be company presentations by the management of:

  • DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS)
  • Euroseas Ltd (NASDAQ: ESEA)
  • Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. (NYSE: EXM)
  • Goldenport Holdings Inc. (LSE: GPRT)
  • Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NM)
  • Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM)
  • OceanFreight, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCNF)
  • Paragon Shipping (NASDAQ: PRGN
  • Seanergy Maritime Holdings (NASDAQ: SHIP)
  • Safe Bulkers (NYSE: SB)
  • Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ: SBLK)
  • TBS International (NASDAQ: TBSI)
  • Top Ships (NASDAQ: TOPS)
  • Tsakos Energy Navigation LTD (NYSE: TNP)

Participants in the Capital Link Shipping Forum may request to schedule one-on-one meetings with company management through the event page at or by emailing

The Forum is organized by Capital Link (, a New York based Investor Relations and Financial Communications Firm with a strategic commitment to shipping.

The event is organized in cooperation with the New York Stock Exchange and the New York Maritime Inc.

Barron's, Digital Ship, ELNAVI, Fairplay, Institutional Investor, Lloyd's List, The Maritime Executive, Maritime Global Net, Seeking Alpha, Ship to Shore, TradeWinds, Wall Street Greek and Worldoils

Fortis Bank Nederland, Global Lead Sponsor
Tsakos Energy Navigation, NYSE Euronext, Platinum Sponsors
Knight Capital Group, Gold Sponsor
PricewaterhouseCoopers, Marshall Islands Registry, and Seward & Kissel LLP

Silver Sponsors
Deloitte Hadjipavlou Sofianos & Cambanis and HSH Nordbank

Bronze Sponsors
Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Blank Rome, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, Fried Frank, Germanischer Lloyd, GMS, Jefferies, Maxim Group, and NASDAQ, Corporate Sponsors

Please go to for the Forum's agenda and registration details.

For more information on the forum, to register and to request one-on-one meetings with the participating companies, please go to Capital Link's website at or or call +1 (212) 661-7566.

To access the Forum's agenda in PDF, please click on the link below:

With a huge success, as evidenced by the record breaking attendance that exceeded 1,000 participants, Capital Link organized its First Annual Greek Shipping Forum "Accessing Capital in Today's Markets & Positioning for the Rebound" on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at the Athens Ledra Marriott Hotel.

The Forum discussed the current trends in the shipping, financial and capital markets and focused on the various alternatives for capital raising among listed and private shipping companies. It also debated on how to manage risk in today's highly volatile global market environment and covered the developments in the global economy, international trade, dry bulk commodities and energy.

To access a release with the minutes of the Conference please click on the link below:

Capital Link is a New York-based Advisory, Investor Relations and Financial Communications firm. Capital Link has made a strategic commitment to the shipping industry becoming the largest provider of Investor Relations and Financial Communications services to international shipping companies listed on the US and European Exchanges. Capital Link's headquarters are in New York with a presence in London and Athens. Capital Link is a member of the Baltic Exchange. 

In its effort to enhance the information flow to the investment community and contribute to improving investor knowledge of shipping, Capital Link has undertaken a series of initiatives beyond the traditional scope of its investor relations activity, such as operating a web based resource ( that provides information on the major shipping and stock market indices, as well as on all shipping stocks; puts together a Weekly Shipping e-Newsletter, organizes sector forums and webinars (, as well as the Capital Link Investor Shipping Forums in New York, Athens and London. It has also developed the Capital Link Maritime Indices ( which track the performance of U.S. listed shipping stocks (CL maritime Index, CL Dry Bulk Index, CL Tanker Index, CL Container Index, CL LNG/LPG Index, CL Mixed Fleet Index, CL Shipping MLP Index - Bloomberg page: CPLI. The Indices are also distributed through the Reuters Newswires and are available on Factset.

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