A major shipping conference involving Greek industry experts has taken place in Shanghai, attracting over 400 delegates.
The Third Annual Capital Link International Shipping Forum – China, explored how international and Chinese shipowners, leasing firms, and industry players can benefit from the latest trends in global financing, capital markets, private equity, and alternative financing.
Capital Link, founded in 1995, is a New York-based investor relations firm with a strategic focus on the maritime, commodities and energy sectors that has an operation in Athens.
The April 20 event at the Grand Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai, heard from more than 21 international and Chinese shipping companies and shipyards; 6 top Chinese leasing firms; six global shipping banks; major alternative finance providers and private equity funds; plus leading law firms, classification societies, P&I Clubs and advisory firms.
Capital Link president, Nicolas Bornozis, told the event that within three years, the Capital Link Forum has been established as a key platform which brought together industry leaders from China and from abroad to exchange views and information, to network and develop new contacts and new business.
Andreas Hadjipetrou, Managing Director of Columbia Shipmanagement told delegates, “The presentation of the future of ship management evolved regarding the necessity of the ship management sector to reshape and extend the product portfolio to owners, banks, charterers and other stakeholders.
“In order to be successful ship managers need to have a transparent relationship with their clients, they need to create synergies to capitalize on economies of scale, optimize their entire operations through digitalization and continuously invest in training of crew and shore staff.
“Through the development of a specialized vessel performance optimization control room Columbia distinguishes it’s services.”