Friday, December 08, 2023
06/07, 10:07

Pireas 2023 8th Global Shipbrokers Forum: “Constant Challenges, Adaptive Industry”

The “Pireas 2023” two - day event included remarkable gatherings, the 8th Global Shipbrokers Forum under the title “Constant Challenges and Adaptive Industry” and the Gala Dinner on Thursday 29th June 2023 at Peace & Friendship Stadium.
Ship Owners, Ship Managers, Charterers, Shippers, Agents, Insurers, Banks, Lawyers, Brokers, Shipbuilders, Administrators Ports, Oil Suppliers, Telecommunications, Service Providers & Equipment, Charter and Sales Brokers met, exchanged views, strengthening existing collaborations or expanding into new professional horizons.
The Hellenic Shipbrokers Association hosted for one more time the World Maritime Community, as traditionally organised every second year since 1995 but this year’s event was co-hosted by the Baltic Exchange.
The forum opened with a welcome speech by Mr. John N. Cotzias (President of H.S.A.).
Mr. John N. Cotzias (President, Hellenic Shipbrokers Association), Mr. Charalambos Fafalios (Chairman, GSCC), Mr. Mark Jackson (CEO, Baltic Exchange), Prof. Angelos Pantouvakis (Dean, School of Maritime and Industry Director, M.Sc. in Shipping Management, University of Piraeus), Mr. George D. Pateras (President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping).
Mr. Charalambos Symantonis (President of EENMA) and Moderator Mr. George Xiradakis (XRTC) discussed during the 1st session the issue of Maritime Associations and Organisations and how the leading maritime organisations and associations ensure that their collective and individual voices are heard in a world of challenging and ever-changing regulations.
A Keynote Speech / Presentation followed by Mr. Yiannis Kourkoulis – Vice President (S&P) at Best Oasis.
The 2nd session with speakers Μrs. Maria Livanou (Managing Director, Nilimar SnP), Ms. Foteini Mega (Partner, EY), Ms. Amalia Miliou-Theocharaki (Deputy Managing Director, TEO Shipping), Ms. Irini Mylona (Best Oasis, Commercial Executive Greece), Ms. Elpi Petraki (President, WISTA International), Ms. Katerina Stathopoulou (Exec Director, Investments and Finance, principal Co-Organiser The ESG Shipping Awards) and Moderator Mr. Martin Crawford-Brunt (the Baltic Exchange’s Carbon Lead) spoke on the issue of New Environmental regulations and the commercial impact on shipping.
The next session dealt with Dry Bulk Shipping: Dry bulk Shipping Outlook.
Moderator was Mr. George Alexandratos (CEO/Apollonia, Vice-president NEE) and speakers Mr. Stephen Aitchison (Senior Freight Assessor, Baltic Exchange), Mr. Tom Beney (Chief Commercial Officer, Suisse Atlantique), Mr. Andrew Benjamin (Delta Corp. Shipping, Executive Vice President), Mr. Kerry Deal (Head of Business Development & Institutional Sales, Freight Investor Services), Mr. Vassilis Mouyis (Director, Doric Shipbrokers), Cpt. Nikos Pentheroudakis (Honorary president HSA, Chartering Costamare), Mr. Aristidis J. Pittas (Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, EuroSeas).
The final session of the day discussed about Tanker Shipping and if Tanker markets are looking good after such a prolonged period of a near flat line of earnings.
Moderator was Mr. Matthew Cox (Head of Benchmark Production, Baltic Exchange) and speakers Mr. Stavros Dimitros (Head of Commercial Operations Interorient Marine Services Ltd.), Mr. Pankaj Khanna (CEO, Heidmar Inc.), Mr. Thanassis Kossidas (CEO, Aerio Shipmanagement Corp), Mr. George Lazaridis (Head of Research & Valuations, Allied QuantumSea), Mr. Ioannis Psarros (CCO and Deputy CEO, Signal Maritime Services)
Mr. Eddie Valentis (CEO, Pyxis Tankers).
The “Pireas 2023” two - day event was concluded with an exciting Gala Dinner on Thursday 29th June 2023 at Peace & Friendship Stadium.

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