Shipowners Forum 2016

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TradeWinds is hosting the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum as the opening keynote of Posidonia 2016 in the Metropolitan Expo Centre on 7 June 2016. 

Following a sold-out, record attendance on the opening day of Posidonia 2012 and 2014, the TradeWinds Shipowners Forum will once again set the intellectual agenda for the entire week and attendees can expect a stimulating and inspiring start to shipping’s most important week of the year.

The Shipowners Forum is an interactive discussion led by a panel of experts and designed to reflect TradeWinds’ readers priorities and concerns, comprising a keynote presentation, two discussion sessions and a high-level networking breaks.

The 2016 Forum features the strongest ever speaker line-up.

Following coffee and registration at 10.30h, the Forum gets underway at 11.00h and comprises two sessions, with networking refreshment breaks after each and a keynote presentation from IMO Secretary-General Lim Kitack.

The Forum opens with a ‘Business Briefing’ (Session 1). The Panel tackles some of the most hotly debated issues in shipping today: trends to watch in newbuilding; second-hand and demolition markets; sector overviews and game changers; investor sentiment and paucity of finance; vessel valuations and resolving loan-to-value questions; and the opportunities and risks of technology and the 'connected ship'.

After a networking refreshment break, a selection of high profile ship owners will lead a wide ranging discussion covering their ambitions, predictions and strategy for profit as markets recover.

With the help of highly acclaimed moderator Frank Dunne, Chairman & Partner, Watson Farley & Williams, TradeWinds Editor in Chief, Julian Bray will challenge influential industry players about business and markets, today and tomorrow: getting in right on the rebound - when and where to invest; acquisitions and how to capitalise on changing global commodity demand; understanding and profiting from the relationship between oil and shipping; balancing vessel portfolios; structural changes and consolidation; demand mega-trends and fleet positioning for the future.

As before, places are limited and provided on a first-come, first served basis.


Angeliki Frangou, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Navios Maritime Holdings
Nikolas Tsakos, President & CEO, Tsakos Energy Navigation
Patrick Rodgers, Chief Executive Officer, Euronav
Evangelos M. Marinakis, Chairman, Capital Maritime & Trading Corp.
Athanasios J. Martinos, Managing Director, Eastern Mediterranean Maritime
Bob Burke, Chief Executive Officer, Ridgebury Tankers
Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, President, BIMCO & Louis Dreyfus Armateurs
Lim Kitack, Secretary-General, International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Richard Fulford-Smith, Managing Partner, Affinity Shipping
Guy Campbell, Chairman, The Baltic Exchange
Christopher Wiernicki, Chairman, IACS
Klaus Stoltenberg, Global Head of Ship Finance, Deutsche Bank
Henriette Brent-Petersen, Managing Director, Shipping & Offshore Research, DVB Bank
Ioannis Martinos, Managing Director, Signal Maritime


  • Angeliki Frangou

    Angeliki Frangou

    Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer

    Navios Maritime Holdings

    Angeliki Frangou has been Chairman and CEO of Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. since August 25, 2005. In addition, Ms. Frangou has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM), an affiliated limited partnership, since August 2007, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: NNA), an affiliated corporation, since March, 2008 and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Navios Maritime Midstream Partners L.P. (NYSE: NAP), an affiliated limited partnership since October 2014. Ms. Frangou has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Navios Logistics since its inception in December 2007. Previously, Ms. Frangou served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and
    President of International Shipping Enterprises Inc., which acquired Navios Holdings. From 1990 until August 2005, Ms. Frangou was the Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Enterprises Management S.A. and its predecessor company, which specialized in the management of dry cargo vessels. Ms. Frangou is the Chairman of IRF European Finance Investments Ltd., listed on the SFM of the London Stock Exchange. Ms. Frangou is Member of the Board of the United Kingdom Mutual Steam Ship Assurance Association (Bermuda) Limited, Vice Chairman of China Classification Society Mediterranean Committee, a member of the International General Committee and of the Hellenic and Black Sea Committee of Bureau Veritas, as well as a member of Greek Committee of Nippon Kaiji Kyokai. Since March 2016, Ms. Frangou is a Member of the DNV GL Greek National Committee. Since February 2015, Ms. Frangou is a Member of the Board of the Union of Greek Shipowners. Since October 2015, Ms. Frangou has been a Member of the Board of Trustees of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since July 2013, Ms. Frangou has been a Member of the Board of Visitors of the
    Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science. Ms. Frangou received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University.

  • Dr. Nikolas P. Tsakos

    Dr. Nikolas P. Tsakos

    President & CEO

    Tsakos Energy Navigation

    Nikolas P. Tsakos is the Founder, President and CEO of Tsakos Energy Navigation (TEN) Limited, a pioneering company which is the longest established Greek shipping public listing. TEN was firstly quoted on the Oslo Bors in 1993 and in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE symbol: TNP) since March 2002. It owns and operates one of the youngest fleets in the world with 65 tankers of 7.3m dwt. Currently, TEN´s fleet includes a modern diversified fleet of conventional and ice-class environmentally friendly vessels covering LNG, DP2 Shuttle tankers, VLCCs, Suezmaxes, Aframaxes, Panamaxes and Handysize tankers.

    Nikolas P. Tsakos comes from a traditional Chios seafaring family. He has been involved in the maritime industry since 1981 and has spent a total of two years at sea. From 1982 to 1985, he was Shipping and Operations Manager of Tsakos Shipping and Trading Ltd in the USA with a focus on the off-shore energy sector in central America and the U.S. Gulf.

    He received his BA Degree in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University (New York) in 1985 and his Masters Degree in Shipping Trade and Finance from the City University Business School in London in 1987. Nikolas P. Tsakos served as an officer in the Hellenic Navy in 1988. He is married and he has three children.

    In 2015, Nikolas P. Tsakos was awarded “Capital Link’s 2015 Maritime CSR Leadership Award” and the “Lloyd’s List Newsmaker of the Year Award”. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from the City University Business School for his pioneering work in the equity financial markets relating to shipping companies and has also received the following various awards: “Lloyd’s List award for the Best Tanker operator in 2006”, “EUROPE’s 500 award in 2005”, “Lloyd’s List award to HELMEPA for achievement for clean and safe seas in 2004” and “Best Maritime Manager of the New Generation” awarded by the magazine “Business Administration Bulletin” at the Academy of Athens.

    Nikolas P. Tsakos is the Co-Founder together with Cpt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos of the Maria Tsakos Foundation (named after his late sister), a charitable organization for the well-being and education of young, talented men and women focusing on maritime studies and tradition.

    Nikolas P. Tsakos is an active member of the following organizations:
    • Independent Tanker Owners Organization (INTERTANKO), Chairman (2014 - Present), Vice Chairman (2012-2014), Executive Committee member (2009 - Present), Council member (1992 - Present)
    • Korean Register (KR) Hellenic Committee, Chairman (2014 - Present)
    • UK P&I Club (2006 – Present)
    • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) (2004 – Present)
    • Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) (2003 – Present)
    • Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA), ex-Chairman. (2002 – 2006)
    • Greek Committee of Det Norske Veritas (DNV) (1999 – Present)
    • Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (GSCC) (1995 – Present)
    • Bureau Veritas (BV) (1992 – Present)

  • Evangelos M Marinakis

    Evangelos M Marinakis


    Capital Maritime & Trading Corp

    Mr. Marinakis is the founder and Chairman of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp. Capital Maritime currently manages a diversified fleet of 68 vessels and a total 6.3mil deadweight including the fleet of NASDAQ listed Capital Product Partners L.P. Mr. Marinakis has a successful track record of more than 25 years in shipping and capital markets having successfully completed two IPOs and having grown the Capital companies throughout the shipping cycles, while at the same time maintaining low leverage. Mr. Marinakis has been also the architect of Capital’s diversification from a dry bulk company two decades ago into product and crude tankers as well as containers having repeatedly timed successfully the newbuilding and second hand asset markets.

  • Athanasios J Martinos

    Athanasios J Martinos

    Managing Director

    Eastern Mediterranean Maritime

    Mr Martinos was born in Athens in 1950 and is married with Marina with two daughters Georgia and Marina-Matthildi.

    He holds a BSc Economics from Athens University (1974), undertook his Military Service in the Greek Navy

    Eastern Mediterranean Maritime Limited is currently managing 54 Tankers and Dry Bulk Carriers and Container Vessels.

  • Philippe Louis-Dreyfus

    Philippe Louis-Dreyfus

    President, Louis Dreyfus Armateurs

    President, BIMCO

    In 1974, after having acquired a shipping experience in London and Oslo, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus joined Banque Louis Dreyfus where he created a specialized shipping finance department.

    In 1986, he left his family group to go and work with Banque Pallas France, in charge of the business and corporate division. In 1994, he became President of Credit Naval.In 1996, he returned to his family business to take the responsibility of LOUIS DREYFUS ARMATEURS, of which, together with his children, he finally took over 100 % control.

    Philippe Louis-Dreyfus was elected President of Armateurs de France (2002-2004), the French Ship-owners‘ Association of which he is Vice-President, and also President of ECSA, the European Community Ship-owners’ Association (2006-2009) of which he remains Vice-President. He is also now President of BIMCO.

    He is member of the board of Bureau Veritas, of the French International Business Confederation (Medef International) of which he is also Vice-President, of the French C.C.E. network (French foreign trade advisors) and of Institut Curie.

    Active sport man, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus has been a French Team Champion in squash and selected at National University level in Rugby. He also served two years in the French Army as an Airborne Cavalry Officer.

    Among other distinctions, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus is Commandeur of the Légion d'Honneur and Officer of the British Empire (OBE).

  • Patrick Rodgers

    Patrick Rodgers

    Chief Executive Officer


    Patrick Rodgers serves and has served on the Board of Directors since June 2003 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2004. Mr. Rodgers was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the predecessor of the Company in 1998 and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2000. Since 2005 Mr. Rodgers holds various directorships in companies belonging to the CMB and Euronav group. Mr. Rodgers currently serves as a director and chairman of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Fund since 2011. From 1990 to 1995 Mr. Rodgers worked at CMB group as an in-house lawyer and subsequently as Shipping Executive. Mr. Rodgers began his career in 1982 as a trainee lawyer with Keene Marsland & Co. In 1984 he joined Bentley, Stokes & Lowless as a qualified lawyer and in 1986 he joined Johnson, Stokes & Master in Hong Kong as a solicitor. Mr. Rodgers graduated in law from University College London in 1981 and from the College of Law, Guildford in 1982.

  • Robert (Bob) P Burke

    Robert (Bob) P Burke

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ridgebury Tankers

    • Led acquisitions, operations and sale of Chembulk Tankers LLC as CEO 2007-2008 - Leveraged transition; $150MM of equity increased to $525MM value in one year
    • Directed maritime investments as Head of $200MM Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) backed Investment Fund- Great Circle Capital
    • Led shipping financing and investment activities as MD of MBA from Columbia University GE Capital Ship Finance Group -Over 75 vessels bought/sold/financed, in addition to corporate equity investments
    • MBA from Columbia University
    • US Merchant Marine Academy graduate, served as ship's officer for three years aboard tankers

  • Lim Kitack

    Lim Kitack



    Mr. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, one of the major port cities in the Republic of Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU), Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Korean naval officer and for Sanko Shipping Co. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a Master’s Degree in 1990. He then studied maritime administration with a major in navigation at the World Maritime University (WMU), graduating with a master’s degree. From 1995 he attended a doctoral programme for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998.

    Mr. Lim began attending IMO meetings as part of the Republic of Korea’s delegation in 1986, actively participating in maritime safety and environmental protection issues. From 1992, he engaged in activities to promote maritime safety through effective implementation of IMO conventions in his country and other IMO Member States in the Asian region. He was elected Chairman of the Tokyo Memorandum on Port State Control in 2004.

    In 2006, Mr. Lim was appointed as Maritime Attaché, minister-counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in London and led all IMO work for the Republic of Korea, serving as Deputy Permanent Representative to IMO up to August 2009.

    Mr Lim was then appointed as Director General for Maritime Safety Policy Bureau at the Headquarters of the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MLTM). He led the delegation of the Republic of Korea to the IMO Assembly in 2009.

    In March 2011, Mr. Lim was appointed Commissioner of the Korean Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST). In July 2012, he assumed the position of President of Busan Port Authority.

  • Klaus Stoltenberg

    Klaus Stoltenberg

    Global Head of Ship Finance

    Deutsche Bank

    Klaus Stoltenberg is Global Head of Shipping Coverage at Deutsche Bank AG. He joined the bank in April 2014. Before, he worked 5 years at NORD LB as Global Head of Ship and Aircraft Finance. Klaus started his career at KfW where he had various positions. Klaus is married and has three children.

  • Henriette Brent-Petersen

    Henriette Brent-Petersen

    Managing Director, Shipping & Offshore Research

    DVB Bank

    Henriette Brent-Petersen, Managing Director, is heading the Shipping and Offshore Research department with DVB Bank. DVB Shipping and Offshore Research provide fundamental shipping and offshore research on all segments and is an integrated part of the banks business model. Externally she represents DVB by giving shipping and offshore market outlook presentations to customers, rating agencies and is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is also a voting member of the bank’s investment fund SIIM.

    Before joining DVB Bank, Henriette Brent-Petersen was heading the Maersk Broker Research Department for almost a decade. Maersk Broker Research provided shipping research on all segments of the maritime shipping industry for international shipping companies, banks and other stakeholders as a consultancy service. Furthermore, Henriette has a strong financial background from Citibank where she started as a Management Associate and worked for several years as a relationship manager before joining Maersk Broker in 2003. Henriette started her working life as a country and bank analyst covering Eastern Europe and CIS with the Danish ECA, Eksport Kredit Fonden. Henriette holds a master degree in economic science from the Copenhagen University and has worked as an external teacher, lecturer and examiner for almost a decade with the Copenhagen Business School – initially in the field of financial statement analysis and marketing, but later in relation to the blue MBA at CBS.

  • Ioannis Martinos

    Ioannis Martinos

    Managing Director

    Signal Maritime

    Mr. Ioannis Martinos has recently founded Signal Maritime, Signal Ventures and Signal Ocean, to pursue synergizing visions in commercial ship management, trading and data analytics, all within the maritime sector.

    Between 2004 and 2014 he served in a number of key managerial roles, culminating in joint CEO responsibilities in the beginning of 2013, in Thenamaris Ships Management. While at Thenamaris, he envisioned, sponsored and led a 10-year transformation program that helped the already successful company measure, sustain and improve performance, in volatile times, by way of innovative, evidence-based performance management. By also delivering a re-engineered, robust corporate architecture, the program enabled continuity, accelerated growth and diversification.

    With mechanical and aerospace engineering studies at Tufts and MIT, Mr Martinos enriches his entrepreneurial approach with a strong passion for technology and science.”

  • Richard Fulford-Smith

    Richard Fulford-Smith

    Managing Partner

    Affinity Shipping

    Started working career with Blue Funnel/McGregor Gow & Holland in 1973. Joined Eggar Forrester in 1976, after nine months moved on to J E Hyde & Company, house broker to Bibby Line, to open up a competitive desk. Five years on joined Simpson, Spence and Young in the sale and purchase competitive team, managing it successfully through the difficult 1980s. Accumulated significant Hong Kong, Chinese, Russian, Greek bulk S&P business before being approached by Clarksons to head the sale and purchase team. Became Managing Director of H Clarkson & Company in 1999, sat on the board of Clarkson plc for a few years, CEO of Clarkson plc 2004-08, building up this period a USD 500 m forward orderbook. Now establishing youthful, energetic, small focused team at RS Platou LLP since 2009. January 2015 after the split with Platou, Affinity Shipping LLC was established with the same team and offices in London, Houston, Singapore, Australia, Korea, Beijing and Santiago.

  • Guy Campbell

    Guy Campbell


    The Baltic Exchange

    Guy Campbell, FICS, MCIArb began his shipping career at shipbroker JE Hyde & Co Ltd in 1990. A dry cargo specialist, he became a Baltic Exchange member in 1991, remained at JE Hyde for seven years before joining Koch Industries, where he spent 10 years as a chartering manager and eventual Director, Ocean Freight for Koch Carbon LLC. After six years as Dry Cargo Managing Director at shipbroker Clarksons, he now works for The China Navigation Company, the deep sea ship owning and operating arm of the Swire Group. His shipping career has included broking, chartering, freight trading and operating.

    He served as Chairman of the Baltic Exchange’s Freight Market Information Users’ Group in 2005 at a time of migration from OTC derivatives trading toward a modern FFABA contract. The period also saw the introduction of clearing to the FFA market which ultimately enabled the market to survive the disruptions of 2008. He has served on the Board of the Baltic Exchange since 2009.

  • Christopher Wiernicki

    Christopher Wiernicki



    Christopher J. Wiernicki is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ABS, a leading provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries. He also serves as Chairman of ABS Group of Companies, Inc, a global leader in risk management consulting and technical services.

    Wiernicki has held leadership positions at ABS for more than three decades, joining in 1993 as Vice President of Engineering in the ABS Americas Division. He subsequently served as President and COO of ABSG Consulting Inc., the principal operating subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies; ABS Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer; ABS Europe Ltd. President and Chief Operating Officer (COO); and ABS President and COO. Prior to his current appointment, Wiernicki served as ABS President and CEO.

    Before joining ABS, Wiernicki was President and CEO of Designers and Planners Inc., a leading US naval architecture firm. He began his career at the US Navy Research and Development Center.

    Wiernicki’s professional honors include the Vice Admiral “Jerry” Land Medal, awarded by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) for outstanding accomplishments in the marine field, and membership in the George Washington University Engineering Hall of Fame. Wiernicki is a member of the Webb Institute Board of Trustees, serves on an advisory committee of MIT’s Department of Ocean Engineering, and is a member of the Engineering Advisory Council for the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering. He also is a Fellow of SNAME.

    Wiernicki holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University and M.S. degrees in structural engineering from George Washington University and ocean engineering from MIT. In addition, he is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. Wiernicki has written numerous papers on design and analysis of marine structures and lectured at the university level on topics ranging from ship structure design to residual strength of damaged structures.

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