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Hellenic-American / Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce

27th Annual HACC-NACC Shipping Conference


February 2, 2021

Navigating Uncharted Waters: Shipping in a Pandemic Age

8:30 am       Welcome Remarks

                   Clay Maitland, Esq., IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry
                   Conference Co-Chair, Master of Ceremonies

8:35 am       Remarks

                   Kitack Lim, Secretary-General, IMO

8:45 am       
2021 Global Economic and Markets Outlook

                   Thomas Joyce, Mitsubishi UFG Financial Group (MUFG)

9:25 am      Strategic & Political Turbulence

Panelists:     Kathleen Haines, Non-Executive Director Genco Shipping & Trading

                   Kristin Holth, Non-Executive Director, Maersk Tankers, GasLog, 

                   and Maersk Drilling 

                   Markos Kounalakis, McClatchy                 

                   Stefanos Roulakis, Blank Rome                 
Moderator:  John Stratakis Esq., Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez

10:05 am     Environmental & Regulatory Challenges
                 Impact on Present Industry Structure

Panelists:     Nick Makar, IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry
                   David Morant, Scorpio UK
                   Semiramis Paliou, HELMEPA
                   Charlies Papavizas, Winston Strawn
                   Nick Prokopuk, DNV GL

Moderator:  Ole Christian Schroder, Scorpio Group


10:45 am     Seaworthiness in the aftermath of COVID-19

Panelists:     Cedric D'Souza, Liberian Registry
                   Boriana Farrar, The American P&I Club
                   Katerina Iliopoulou, Kyla Shipping
                   Capt. Vladimirs Sterbs, DNV GL
                   Gina Venezia, Esq., Freehill, Hogan & Mahar

Moderator:  George Tsimis Esq., GJT Consulting

11:25 am    Break-out Session: Port State Control and Flag State Inspections
                   Hosted by IRI/The Marshall Islands Registry

                  Rear Admiral Kevin S. Cook

                      Hans Krijger

                      Brian Poskaitis

11:45 am    Ship Finance - Which Way Does the Current Flow?
Panelists:    Michael Kirk, RMK Capital
                  Martin Lunder, Nordea
                  Michael Parker, Citi
                  Christopher Rex, Danish Ship Finance

Moderator: Larry Rutkowski, Esq., Seward & Kissel

 pm    Digitization in the Shipping and Logistics Industry
Panelists:     Karyl Fowler, Transmute Industries
                   Matt Heider, Nautilus Labs
                   Kyle Henderson, Vizion
Moderator:  Marina Hadjipateras, TMV


1:05 pm      Shipowner Conversation

Panelists:     Elisabeth Grieg, The Grieg Group
                   Alexander Hadjipateras, Dorian LPG

Moderator:  Robert Shaw Esq., Sea Trade Holdings

1:45 pm      Closing Remarks
                      Marina Hadjipateras, TMV

1:50 pm    Break-out Sessions: 

                -“Foreign Policy in the Biden Administration"
                     Hosted by Blank Rome
Stefanos Roulakis

                -"U.S. Offshore Wind: Revolution not Evolution"              
                     Hosted by DNV GL 
                     Nick Prokopuk

Platinum Sponsor

The Marshall Islands Registry

Gold Sponsors
Blank Rome

Silver Sponsor

Navios Group

Bronze Sponsors

Core Assurance CR Marine

Dorian LPG

Jacq. Pierot Jr. & Sons


M&N Management

NextWave Hellas


Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Poles, Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzalez, LLP

Seward & Kissel LLP


Southern Star Shipping

The American P&I Club

The Liberian Registry
Watson Farley Williams
Winston Strawn

Lloyd's List
Maritime TV

For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Live Sletten Diakolios (NACC) | | 917 797 2421

Alexandra Spyrou Mitsakis (HACC) |

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