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8th annual Capital Link Operational Excellence in Shipping - Best Practices” in Athens
Capitalizing on the long established track record of organizing highly successful large scale maritime conferences in major industry centers around the world, the “8th Annual Operational Excellence in Shipping – Best Industry Practices” Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Hilton Athens Hotel.

With an 8-year track record it is the only Forum that showcases Operational Excellence in the Maritime Sector that explores Best Industry Practices across all major areas such as fleet management, technological innovation, crewing, energy efficiency and the environment, safety & security.
This year’s forum focuses on “The Industry at Crossroads” as the industry has to decide on specific strategies addressing the challenges ahead. Thus, we will focus on three main topics, all of which are game changers for the industry. The first one is the transformational impact of Technology and Digitalization. The second relates to the importance and necessity of Maritime Education. And third one, to which we devote the biggest part of the Forum refers to the upcoming Environmental Regulations and how these can impact the shipping industry from an operational, investment and risk/financial viewpoints. We will deep dive into the three main areas, Ballast Water Treatment, Sulfur Cap and Decarbonization, as well as the outlook for Marine Fuels.
The Forum is featuring senior Executives from 29 leading shipping companies, 3 major classification societies (Bureau Veritas, DNVGL, Lloyd’s Register), the biggest registry in the world - Liberian Registry , IMO - International Maritime Organization, US Coast Guard , the heads of 4 International Organisations (BIMCO, European Community Shipowners Associations, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO), International Banks (ΑΒΝ AMRO and DVB BANK), as well as EXXON MOBIL.

In the context of the Forum the 2018 “Capital Link Maritime CSR Leadership Award” will be presented to Mr. Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, Chairman - Louis Dreyfus Armateurs S.A.S.; Former President – BIMCO.
Mr. Panagiotis Laskaridis, President - European Community Shipowners Associations; CEO - Lavinia Corporation/Laskaridis Shipping Co. Ltd., will deliver the Introductory remarks.

The “Capital Link Maritime CSR Leadership Award” was initiated 6 years ago aiming to recognize a person or an organization for demonstrating the highest level of commitment to Business Ethics and Best Industry Practices. Previous Honorees were Mr. Jeremy Penn, Dr. Nikos Tsakos, Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Mr. Clay Maitland and Mr. John Platsidakis.

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Mr. Nicolas Bornozis, President of Capital Link Inc., will open the Forum and welcome the participants.

Digitalization & Cybersecurity – Panel Discussion
Technological Innovation - Transforming Shipping
Moderator: Mr. Nick Brown, Marine & Offshore Director – Lloyd’s Register
• Mr. Salvatore d’Amico, Fleet Director - d’Amico Societa di Navigazione
• Mr. Mark O’Neil, President - Columbia Shipmanagement
• Mr. Theofanis Sallis, Head of Operations & Technology - Gaslog Ltd
• Mr. Mark Pearson, Managing Director - Maran Tankers
• Ms. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, Chief Executive Officer – Tototheo Maritime Ltd
Connecting Ports, Vessels & People
Presentation by: Mr. Andreas Chrysostomou, Chief Strategy Officer – Tototheo Maritime Ltd
Innovative Shipyard Solutions
Presentation by: Mr. Charalambos Sarantitis, Technical Director - Newport Shippin

Protectionism – Diversity – Marine Pollution: BIMCO’s Strategic Focus Looking Ahead
Presentation by: Mr. Anastassios Panagiannopoulos, President – BIMCO; CEO - Common Progress Co Na SA

The Evolving Role of Women in Shipping
Presentation by: Mrs. Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President – Wista International; Chief Executive Officer – Tototheo Maritime Ltd
Presentation by: Ms. Angie Hartmann, President – WISTA HELLAS; Crew Affairs – Star Bulk
Maritime Education – Panel discussion
Moderator: Professor Constantine Arcoumanis, ex-Ambassador of Greece for Energy Policy & New Technologies, ex-Vice President - City University of London
• Mr. Leonidas Evgenidis, Chairman – Evgenidis Foundation; Maritime Ambassador of Greece to IMO
• Mr. George A. Tsavliris, Principal – Tsavliris Salvage Group
• Mr. Dimitris Diamantis, Director General - Metropolitan College
• Mrs. Venetia Kallipoilitou, Deputy Managing Director for Human Element and Training - Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement S. A.

Are Regulations Addressing the Real Problems in Shipping?
Presentation by: Mr. John Platsidakis, Chairman - INTERCARGO; Managing Director – Anangel Maritime Services Inc.

An Update on Implementation of U.S. Ballast Water Regulations
Presentation by: Commander Nathan Menefee, Deputy Director of Inspections and Compliance - US Coast Guard

Ballast Water Treatment - Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Michalis Pantazopoulos, Managing Director – Liberian Registry – LISCR (Hellas) S.A.
• Mr. Lee Adamson, Head, Public Information Services - IMO
• Commander Nathan Manafee, Deputy Director of Inspections and Compliance - US Coast Guard
• Mr. Konstantinos Stampedakis, Managing Director - ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A.
• Mr. Theo Baltatzis, Managing Director – Technomar
• Mr. Loukas Barmparis, President – Safe Bulkers

IMO 2020 – Low Sulfur Cap Compliance: Options, Strategies & Economics - Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. George Dimopoulos, Principal Research Engineer - DNV GL
• Mr. Lee Adamson, Head, Public Information Services - IMO
• Mr. Mikhail Shapiro, Global Head of Marine Fuels and IMO 2020 Implementation – Glencore Energy UK Ltd
• Mr. Keith Dawe, Senior V.P., Assets and Structuring Manager - Cargill Ocean Transportation
• Mr. Dimitrios Vastarouchas, Deputy Chief Operating Officer - Danaos Corporation
• Mr. Stamatis Bourboulis, General Manager - Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd
• Mr. Loukas Barmparis, President – Safe Bulkers
• Mr. Nicos Rescos, Chief Operating Officer – Star Bulk Carriers

Decarbonization – 2020 Marine Fuels & Beyond - Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. John Kokarakis, Vice President, Technology & Business Development, Hellenic, Black Sea Region & Middle East – Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division
• Mr. Lee Adamson, Head, Public Information Services - IMO
• Mr. Antonis Trakakis, Technical Director - Arista Shipping
• Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director – Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd.
• Mr. Bill Stamatopoulos, Business Development Manager, SE Europe - Verifuel
• Mr. Kostas G. Vlachos, Managing Director - Consolidated Marine Management Inc. & COO - Latsco Shipping

IMO 2020 & Marine Fuels – An Oil Major's Viewpoint
Presentation by: Mrs. Armelle Breneol, Senior Marine Fuels Technical Advisor - ExxonMobil Marine

IMO 2020 – Risk, Finance & Insurance Implications
Moderator: Mr. Nikolaos Michas, Technical Service Manager – DNV GL – Maritime Region South East Europe & Middle East
• Mrs. Danai Kotsia, Business Manager & Director Transportation, Global Transportation & Logistics - ABN AMRO Bank
• Mr. Dimitrios Panagopoulos, Managing Director, Shipping Finance Greece – DVB Bank
• Mr. Ilias Tsakiris, CEO – The American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company
• Mr. Cem Saral, CEO – Cockett Marine Oil
Keeping Our Eye on The Ball: Shipping & The Environment - A Realistic & Practical Approach
Presentation by: Mr. George Procopiou, Founder – Dynacom Tankers, Sea Traders - Dynagas

Quo Vadis? – The Industry at Crossroads
Presentation by: Mr. Nikos Tsakos, Chairman – INTERTANKO; President & CEO - Tsakos Energy Navigation

Challenges for European Shipping in a Changing World
Presentation by: Mr. Panagiotis Laskaridis, President – European Community Shipowners Associations; CEO - Lavinia Corporation / Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd.

• Anangel Maritime Services Inc.
• Arista Shipping
• Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd.
• Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division
• Cargill Ocean Transportation
• City University of London
• Cockett Marine Oil
• Columbia Shipmanagement
• Common Progress Shipping Company
• Consolidated Marine Management Inc.
• d’Amico Societa di Navigazione
• Danaos Corporation
• DVB Bank
• Dynacom Tankers
• Dynagas
• ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A.
• Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd
• European Community Shipowners Association
• ExxonMobil Marine
• Evgenidis Foundation
• Gaslog Ltd
• Glencore Energy UK Ltd
• Latsco Shipping
• Lavinia Corporation/Laskaridis Shipping Company Ltd.
• Liberian Registry – LISCR (Hellas) S.A.
• Lloyd’s Register
• Louis Dreyfus Armateurs S.A.S.
• Maran Tankers
• Metropolitan College
• Newport Shipping
• Safe Bulkers
• Star Bulk Carriers
• Technomar
• The American Hellenic Hull Insurance Company
• Tototheo Maritime Ltd
• Tsakos Columbia Shipmanagement S.A.
• Tsakos Energy Navigation
• Tsavliris Salvage Group
• US Coast Guard
• Verifuel
• WISTA International & Hellas

GLOBAL LEAD SPONSOR: Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd. (TEN LTD.)
GLOBAL GOLD SPONSORS: Clay Maitland • Columbia Shipmanagement • DNV GL • Tototheo Maritime Ltd
GOLD SPONSORS: Bureau Veritas • Lloyd’s Register

SPONSORS: The American Club • Danaos Corporation • ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A. • Liberian Registry – LISCR (Hellas) S.A. • Metropolitan College • Newport Shipping
SUPPORTING SPONSORS: ATPI - Griffinstone • Korean Air • Flott & Co. Pc
LANYARD SPONSOR: Palau International Ship Registry
MUSIC BY: Menelaos Kanakis

MEDIA PARTNERS: ANT1 • • Economia • • Elnavi • Greek Reporter • Kathimerini • Lloyd’s List • • MC media • Nafsgreen • Naftika Chronika • • Ship2shore • Shipping & Finance • Shipping International Monthly Review • Tradewinds • Worldoils

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS: Association of Banking and Financial Executives of Shipping • BCA College • CASS Business School • Hellenic Shortsea Shipowners Association • Greek Energy Forum • Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee • Hellenic Chamber of Shipping • Hellenic Committee of Lloyd’s Brokers Associates • HELMEPA • Hellenic Shipbrokers Association • Hellenic Society of Maritime Lawyers • Association Hellenique de Droit Maritime • Hellenic Association of Ship Suppliers & Exporters • INTERCARGO • InterManager • INTERMEPA • Piraeus Association for Maritime Arbitration • Piraeus Marine Club • Port Captains Club • The International Propeller Club of the United States • Association of S.A. & Limited Liability Companies • WISTA Hellas

source: Capital Link