Shipping Executives Gather in Athens for Capital Link Forum



The “8th Annual Capital Link Operational Excellence in Shipping – Best Industry Practices Forum,” taking place today at the Athens Hilton, focuses on strategies to address the challenges ahead for the shipping industry.

The forum brings together leaders and representatives from across the shipping industry. Attendees include senior executives from 29 major shipping companies, three major classification societies (Bureau Veritas, DNVGL, and Lloyd’s Register), the Liberian Registry (the biggest registry in the world), the International Maritime Organization, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the heads of four international shipping organizations (BIMCO, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, and the European Community Shipowners Association). In addition, representatives will be in attendance from global banks (ABN AMRO, DVB Bank) and from ExxonMobil.

This year’s theme is “The Industry at a Crossroads,” and the three main agenda items to be discussed are the transformational impact of technology and digitalization, the necessity of maritime education, and forthcoming environmental regulations. This latter topic will be the one for which the most time will be devoted.

During the forum, the 2018 Capital Link Maritime CSR Leadership Award will be presented to Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, chairman of Louis Dreyfus Armateurs S.A.S. and former president of BIMCO. Panagiotis Laskaridis, president of European Community Shipowners Association and CEO of Lavinia Corporation/Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd., will deliver the Introductory remarks.

The Capital Link Forum will provide an interactive platform on the topics of operational excellence, best industry practices, and sustainability. The aim is to link shipping companies, charterers, government and non-government industry associations, classification societies, P&I clubs, flag registries, technology and service providers, and the financial and investment community.

This gathering is addressed to ship managers, shipowners, ship operators, shipbrokers, commercial and investment bankers, charterers, classification societies, commodity and energy traders, environmental maritime organizations, industry associations, government and non-governmental organizations, financial and trade media, institutional investors, P&I executives, lawyers and insurers, market analysts and consultants, private equity firms, and offshore industry entities.

With en eight-year track record, the Capital Link Forum showcases operational excellence in the maritime sector, exploring best industry practices across areas such as fleet management, technological innovation, crewing, energy efficiency and the environment, and safety and security.

Other panels to be held at the forum include digitalization & cybersecurity; connecting ports, vessels & people; innovative shipyard solutions; and protectionism-diversity-marine pollution.

Founded in 1995, Capital Link is a New York based investor relations, financial communications and advisory firm with a strategic focus on the maritime, commodities and energy sectors, master limited partnerships (MLPs), closed-end funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). It is based in New York City, with offices in London, Athens, and Oslo.