NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 20, 2007) - Shipping Analysts from

--  Cantor Fitzgerald (Natasha Boyden)
--  Jefferies & Company (Douglas Mavrinac)
--  JP Morgan Securities (Jonathan Chappell)
--  Lazard Capital Markets (Urs Dur)

will participate in a Virtual Panel discussion on the Tanker Shipping sector today, Thursday, September 20, 2007 at 11:00 am EDT.

The Virtual Analyst Forum is organized by Capital Link, a New York-based Investor Relations and Financial Communications firm focusing on shipping, in cooperation with the New York Stock Exchange.


A live audio webcast of the Analyst Forum will be available on Capital Link's Shipping website at, where it will remain archived afterwards. Participants to live webcast should register on the website approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the webcast.


The panel discussion will be moderated by Gregg Krowitz, Managing Director of the New York Stock Exchange. The focus of the discussion (and the Q&A) will be on sector trends and fundamentals, as opposed to company recommendations. The discussion will cover four topics: demand, supply, freight rates and asset values, valuations, focusing on current trends and the sector's outlook.


Participants can submit questions to the analysts prior to or during the event through the special event page at


A transcript of the panel discussion will be publicly available within approximately 48 hours after the event and those interested can request it at

About Tanker Shipping:

A principal function of the tanker sector is to transport crude oil from oil production and export facilities to oil terminals, storage facilities, pipeline systems and oil refineries internationally. In addition, tankers are also involved in the carriage of refined petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and naphtha, from refineries to storage and distribution systems, industrial plants and other consumers. Tankers generally are a more cost-effective alternative to pipelines and their advantages increase over distance. Pipelines are also considered to be more vulnerable to political instability, sabotage, economic blockade and the risk of environmental disaster.

There are two principal types of providers of international seaborne transportation services for crude oil and refined petroleum products: independent shipowners and end users, such as oil, energy, petrochemical and trading companies (both private and state-owned). Tonnage controlled by end users is primarily chartered from independent shipowners under short-term spot market contracts and long-term time charters, with the balance being directly owned. The prices for transporting crude oil and refined petroleum products, which are referred to as tanker charter rates, are set in highly competitive markets in which both independent and end-user tonnage participate.

In recent years, the tanker sector has undergone a process of consolidation that has resulted in greater co-operation between owners and charterers as both seek greater economic efficiencies and continued improvements in quality, safety and environmental protection standards. As a result, oil companies acting as charterers, terminal operators, shippers and receivers are becoming increasingly selective and rigorous in their inspection and vetting of vessels and their acceptance of vessels and operators. Safety and environmental protection has been a major focus of the tanker industry over the past years. Regulations such as OPA 90 and IMO have caused tanker owners to take extra care in the maintenance of their vessels. According to IMO regulation only double hull tankers will trade as of 2010 with single hull tankers phasing out by that time.

Vessels in the tanker fleet can be divided into categories based on their size in deadweight tons, or dwt, which is a vessel's capacity for cargo, fuel, oil, stores and crew measured in metric tons (1,000 kilograms). The following are the main categories of tankers based on dwt: (1) Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) -- tankers with capacity of 200,000 dwt and over; (2) Suezmax tankers -- tankers with capacity ranging from 120,000 to 200,000 dwt; (3) Aframax tankers -- tankers with capacity ranging from 80,000 to 120,000 dwt; (4) Panamax tankers -- tankers with capacity ranging from 60,000 to 80,000 dwt; (5) Medium Range tankers (MR) -- tankers with capacity ranging from 25,000 to 60,000 dwt, and (6) Small tankers -- tankers with capacity up to 26,999 dwt. A 300,000 dwt tanker can carry 2 million barrels of crude oil, while a Suezmax can carry about 1 million barrels and an Aframax up to about 800,000 barrels.

Tankers that transport refined petroleum products are referred to as products tankers. Products tankers generally range in size from 10,000 to 80,000 dwt, although there are some larger products tankers designed for niche long-haul trades, such as from the Middle East to Japan, Korea and South East Asia. Products tankers generally have cargo-handling systems that are designed to transport several different grades of refined petroleum products simultaneously. These systems include coated cargo tanks that facilitate cleaning between voyages involving different cargoes.

Ice Class tankers are vessels that have been constructed (in compliance with Finnish-Swedish Ice Class Rules) with strengthened hulls, a sufficient level of propulsive power for transit through ice-covered routes and specialized machinery and equipment for cold climates.

Tanker companies listed on US Exchanges include Aries Maritime (NASDAQ: RAMS), Arlington Tankers (NYSE: ATB), B & H Ocean Carriers (AMEX: BHO), Capital Product Partners (NASDAQ: CPLP), Double Hull Tankers (NYSE: DHT), Frontline (NYSE: FRO), General Maritime (NYSE: GMR), Knightsbridge Tankers (NASDAQ: VLCCF), Nordic American Tanker Shipping (NYSE: NAT), Omega Navigation (NASDAQ: ONAV), Overseas Shipholding Group (NYSE: OSG), Teekay Corporation (NYSE: TK), Top Tankers (NASDAQ: TOPT), TORM A/S (NASDAQ: TRMD) and Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP).

Schedule of Capital Link Shipping Forums:

Capital Link is organizing a series of Investor Forums focused on shipping,
as follows:

Dry Bulk Analyst Virtual Forum           Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at
                                          11:00 am EDT (done)
Container Analyst Virtual Forum          Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at
                                          11:00 am EDT (done)
Tanker Analyst Virtual Forum             Thursday, September 20, 2007 at
                                          11:00 am EDT
London - Invest in Shipping Forum        Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Dry Bulk CEO Virtual Forum               Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at
                                          11:00 am EST
New York - 2nd Invest in Shipping Forum  Thursday, March 20, 2008


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