Greek Shipping at the Forefront of Global Trade
Thought Leadership Driving the Industry Forward – Prospects in A Changing World

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    Parallel to the Forum, the Conference Platform will also feature Digital Booths where leading Greek Maritime Technology Companies, as well as other Greek and International Service Providers will have the opportunity to showcase their work and make available informational and marketing literature to the global audience attending the forum.
Athens Time


10:00 – 10:05 am

Welcome Remarks
Mr. Nicolas Bornozis, President – Capital Link, Inc.

10:05 – 10:35 am

The Greek Shipping Miracle – A Journey in Time
Mr. George Foustanos, Author and Maritime Historian



10:40 – 11:00 am

The Development of the Greek Shipping Cluster
Mr. George Pateras, President – Hellenic Chamber of Shipping; Vice-Chairman ContShips



11:05 – 11:25 am

Keynote Address
H.E. Ioannis Plakiotakis, Minister of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy – Hellenic Republic



11:30 – 11:50 am

European Union Maritime Policy & its Effect on the European and Global Merchant Fleet

Shipping is a global industry and thus subject to regulations from global regulatory organizations. At the same time, the European union is pursuing its own policies. The EU controls about 40% of the global tonnage with the Greek owned fleet accounting for more than half of this. EU policies should ensure the competitiveness of EU shipping compared to other clusters while harmonizing with those of the global organizations, thereby providing the industry with a unified and flexible regulatory context.

Mr. Panagiotis Laskaridis, CEO – Lavinia Corporation / Laskaridis Shipping Company; President – European Community Shipowners Associations 2018-2020



11:50 – 12:10 pm NETWORKING BREAK
12:10 – 12:50 pm

Shipping in the Post Covid-19 Era
Has the Pandemic Brought Changes That Will Stay?

The pandemic has impacted all areas of shipping operations - crewing, communications, procurement, port complications, shipyard delays, charter disputes, and more. Yet, the industry has managed to navigate through this storm keeping the global supply chain open. This panel will discuss what are the lessons learned from the Covid-19 experience and how these lessons are likely to impact shipping operations after the pandemic.


Mr. Benjamin Wong, Head of Transport & Industrial Sectors – InvestHK




12:55 – 1:35 pm

Fleet Renewal – Building the Ships of the Future

Shipowners are called today to make fleet renewal or expansion decisions while there is no clarity or certainly on optimal fuel and engine types and vessel designs for the ships of the future. Furthermore, increased competition among shipyards offering attractive packages adds to the newbuilding dilemma. This panel will discuss alternative strategies considered by Greek shipowners who are known for embracing technological innovation. The Greek owned fleet is today among the youngest in the world with an average age well below that of the global fleet.


Mr. Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO – DNV GL - Maritime




1:40 – 2:00 pm

Positioning Greece As a Maritime, Transportation & Logistics Hub

Greece’s central location in the Eastern Mediterranean provides a competitive intermodal corridor for the European seaborne trade with Asia. The Greek ports and other major transportation infrastructure facilities and logistics operations in Greece have attracted significant investments by important international organizations thereby positioning Greece as the southeastern logistics gateway to Europe.

Mr. Yannis Pierros
, Partner, Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility (AM&M) Assurance Leader, Mobility Leader – EY Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe & Central Asia (CESA)



2:05 – 2:45 pm

Geopolitics, World Trade and Shipping

Access to global markets is key for shipping in fulfilling its vital role as the artery of global trade. Over 90% of global trade is transported by ships. Geopolitics, tariffs, trade wars, sanctions and increased protectionism have a direct impact on global trade and thus on shipping. This panel will discuss mechanisms to safeguard access to global markets working through industry and international organizations.

Mr. Nicholas Brown
, Brand & Communications Director, Marine & Offshore – Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore




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Athens Time


10:00 – 11:00 am

Shipping – Contribution to Society

Moderator: Mr. George Tsavliris, Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman - Tsavliris Cultural Foundation;  Principal - Tsavliris Salvage Group, Author of the Book  “Winning Shipping Strategies” 




11:05 – 11:45 am

Embracing the Technological Revolution

Technology has had a transformational impact across all areas of shipping optimizing technical and operational performance – reducing costs, improving efficiency and communications, enhancing safety & security and more. This panel will discuss how leading shipowners are using technology to optimize their operations.

Mr. Paolo Moretti,
CEO – RINA Services 




11:50 – 12:30 pm

Shipping & The Environment

Shipping is the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation and the industry has been highly proactive in its efforts to comply with a series of environmental regulations ranging from ballast water treatment, to low sulfur fuels and greenhouse emissions. What is the best way to achieve the decarbonization targets by 2030 or 2050 which is the next frontier? At present there are several proposals on the table for discussion at the IMO. They hinge on regulatory mandates, industry self-discipline and ultimately on the selection of the proper fuel. At the same time, the European Union is considering its own policies. This panel will discuss various options and alternatives and the need to achieve a unified approach to decarbonization in terms of regulation, monitoring and enforcement.

Mr. Theodosis Stamatellos
, Marine & Offshore Regional Manager, South Europe – Lloyds Register 




12:30 – 12:50 pm NETWORKING BREAK
12:50 – 1:30 pm

Shipping & Capital – Alternative Sources & Options – The Public / Private Dilemma

Shipping remains a fragmented business and is a highly capital-intensive business needing continuous access to equity and debt capital. The panel will discuss how the changing landscape of capital availability impacts bigger and smaller shipowners. It will discuss where they can source debt or equity capital (global, Greek and regional banks, Asian finance, credit funds) and will also debate the public/private dilemma.


Mr. Panos Katsambas, Partner – Reed Smith




1:35 – 2:15 pm

Maritime Education – Encouraging a Maritime Career for the Younger Generation

Human Capital and Shipping

Mr. George Gourdomichalis
, President & Managing Director – Phoenix Shipping & Trading 




2:20 – 3:20 pm

Looking Through A Crystal Ball - The Future of Shipping – Business & Investment Opportunities Across Shipping Segments

This panel features leading shipowners who will discuss fundamentals, risks and opportunities across all major sectors, and will also share their insight on critical industry issues such as regulations, technology, access to capital and more. The panel will also debate investment opportunities across the various market segments.


Mr. Keith Billotti, Partner – Seward & Kissel




3:25 – 3:45 pm

The Rebirth of Greek Shipbuilding - a Presentation by ONEX
Mr. Panos Xenokostas, CEO – ONEX



3:50 – 4:30 pm

The New Generation – Ensuring Continuity - Looking Ahead With Confidence

A new generation is already leading the Greek Shipping industry in the next phase of its long history and development. Shipping is already undergoing extensive transformation and the panel will discuss how the new generation addresses the industry’s challenges and opportunities ensuring continuity and a new beginning.


Mr. Christos Tsakonas, Global Head of Shipping – DNB Bank




4:35 – 4:50 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Mr. Anastassios Papagiannopoulos, Principal – Common Progress Co., President BIMCO 2017-2019
  • Mr. John Platsidakis, Chairman – INTERCARGO, 2012-2018
  • Mr. Nicolas Bornozis, President – Capital Link



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