New York

February 4, 2020

Hellenic-American / Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce

26th Annual Joint Shipping Conference

Tuesday, February 4, 2020  ●  Apella at Alexandria Center, 2nd Floor  ●  450 East 29th Street, New York City

Shipping Beyond 2020: Adaptation and Innovation

8:15 am  Registration and Breakfast Sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York

9:00 am  Opening Remarks
Ole Christian Schroder, Director of Environmental Compliance, Scorpio Group

9:05 am  Macro Shipping and Economic Overview

Thomas Joyce, Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc.

9:40 am  Environmental & Other Regulations - IMO 2020
Nick Confuorto, President and COO, CR Ocean Engineering

Allan Krogsgaard, Principal Surveyor and Business Development Director, DNV GL
Fred Gordon, Navios Maritime Holdings
Jeremy Osborne, Founder and CTO, Boundary Layer Technologies

Capt. Jason Tama, Sector Commander and Captain, Port of New York/New Jersey,
US Coast Guard

Moderator: Ole Christian Schroder, Director of Environmental Compliance, Scorpio Group

10:20 am  Regulatory & Corporate Governance Impact of OECD, EU & OFAC in Shipping
Meredith Kirby, General Counsel, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry
Molly McCafferty, General Counsel, Guardian Navigation
Daniel Tadros, Chief Legal Officer,The American P&I Club
Gina Venezia, Partner, Freehill, Hogan & Mahar


Moderator: Matt Thomas, Partner, Blank Rome

11:00 am  Coffee Break | Sponsored by Navios Group

11:25 am The Future of Ship Finance - The Decline of Banks and the Rise of Alternative Financing

Marsila Karpida, Partner, Watson Farley & Williams
Michael Kirk, Managing Director, RMK Maritime

Martin Lunder, Managing Director, Nordea

Paul Taylor, Managing Director, Societé General

Moderator: Larry Rutkowski, Partner, Seward & Kissel

12:10 pm Pre-Luncheon Reception | Sponsored by The Liberian Registry

12:45 pm Luncheon 
Keynote Address: 
Michael Parker, Chairman, Global Shipping, Logistics & Offshore, Citi
Introduction by Brian Devine, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

2:15 pm Impact of Technology and AI in Shipping 
Introductory Remarks by Dr.George Lentzas, CIO Springfield Capital Management

Semiramis Assimakopoulou, Manager, The Signal Group
Alex Donger, Founder and CEO, Wine Dark Sea
Tobias Gröger, Manager, StormGeo

Michael G. Johnson, Founder and CEO, Sea Machines Robotics


Dr. George Lentzas, CIO, Springfield Capital Management

3:00 pm Cybersecurity in the Maritime Industry
Ian Bramson, Head of Global Cybersecurity, ABS Group
Sarah Brennan, Deputy, Safety and Security Operations, US Coast Guard Sector New York
Chris Clott, ABS Chair of Marine Transportation and Logistics, SUNY Maritime
Cynthia Hudson, CEO, HudsonAnalytix
William Nugent, Vice President, International Seaways


George Tsimis, Director, GJT Marine Consultants


3:35 pm  Strategic Decision-Making & Political Turmoil 

Irina Nossova, Director of Compliance, Liberian Registry

Thomas P. Sheehy, Founder, Quinella Global
Eric Stern, Professor of Political Science, SUNY Albany
Michael Webber, CFA and Managing Partner, Webber Research



John Stratakis, Partner, Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez LLP

4:10 pm  Coffee and Networking | Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright

4:30 pm The Next Generation of Shipowners

Irene Marinakis Cabezas, Vice President, Marinakis Chartering

Stefanos Kasselakis, Founder and CEO, SwiftBulk
D.J. Kurz, Business Development and Strategy Manager, Keystone Shipping
George Mangos, Director, Interunity Management

Hara Gisholt, Director, Core Assurance CR Marine

5:05 pm Closing Remarks

Hara Gisholt, Director, Core Assurance CR Marine

5:15 pm Cocktail Reception | 

Platinum Sponsor 

The Marshall Islands Registry

Breakfast Sponsor
The Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York


Gold Sponsor

Core Assurance CR Marine

Bronze Sponsors

ABS Group
The American P&I Club
Dorian LPG
M&N Management
Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez, LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP


Southern Star Shipping
Watson Farley Williams

Coffee am Sponsor
Navios Group


Pre-Luncheon Reception

The Liberian Registry

Coffee pm Sponsor

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Cocktail Reception Sponsors
Blank Rome
Jacq. Pierot

Speakers' Dinner Sponsor


Capital Link
Lloyd's List
Maritime TV

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact: 

Live Sletten Diakolios (NACC) | | 646-883-1760