NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Shipping Analysts from

--  Bear Stearns (Scott Burk),
--  Jefferies & Company (Douglas Mavrinac),
--  JPMorgan Securities (Jonathan Chappell) and
--  Lazard Capital Markets (Urs Dur)

will participate in a Virtual Analyst Panel Discussion on the dry bulk shipping sector today, on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm.

The Analyst Forum is organized by Capital Link, a New York based Investor Relations and Financial Communications firm focusing on shipping.


Access to the Analyst Forum is only through a live audio webcast accessible directly at, where it will remain archived afterwards. There is no telephone access.

Please access the webcast by going directly to the link

Participants to the live webcast should register on the website approximately ten minutes prior to the start of the webcast.


The panel discussion will be moderated by Nicolas Bornozis, President of Capital Link, which organizes the Analyst Panel Discussion.

The focus of the discussion (and the Q&A) will be only on sector trends and fundamentals, and not on company specifics or 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 or they can email them to us at


A transcript of the panel discussion will be publicly available within approximately 48 hours after the event and those interested can request it when they register for the event or afterwards by emailing us at

About Dry Bulk Shipping:

International shipping plays a vital role in global trade given that 2/3 of the world's goods are transported by sea. The shipping industry provides a cost effective and practical means of transportation internationally of large volumes of cargoes.

The dry bulk carrier market refers to the transportation of homogeneous commodities in bulk. Dry bulk commodities are divided into two distinct categories, major bulks and minor bulks. Major bulks include iron ore, coal and grain, which are usually shipped on the larger size Capesize and Panamax vessels and comprise about 67% of dry bulk trade. Minor bulks are fertilizers, steels, sugars, cement etc., which are shipped in smaller more versatile vessels such as Handymax and Handysize, and comprise about 33% of the dry bulk commodities trade.

Dry bulk carrier ownership is fragmented with many owners and operators of shipping tonnage, including independent operators, state-controlled shipping companies and proprietary owners. Vessels utilised for transport of dry bulk cargoes are usually classified into four categories based on their carrying capacity in deadweight tons (DWT) (i) handysize (10,000-39,999 DWT) (ii) handymax/supramax (40,000-59,999 DWT) (iii) panamax (60,000-99,999 DWT) and (iv) capesize (higher than 100,000 DWT).

The shipping industry is highly cyclical, experiencing volatility in profitability, vessel values and charter rates resulting from changes in the supply of and demand for shipping capacity. Fluctuations result from the interaction of various factors between demand and supply. The demand for vessels is influenced by global and regional economic conditions, international trade developments, port congestion, trading routes and weather pattern changes, crop yields, armed conflicts, political developments, embargoes and strikes, demand for consumer goods, dry bulk commodities, and crude oil and oil products.

Supply of shipping capacity is mainly a function of the delivery of new vessels and the number of older vessels scrapped and is also affected among other things by port congestion and regulation of maritime transportation practices by governmental and international authorities.

Dry bulk companies listed on US Exchanges include Diana Shipping (NYSE: DSX), DryShips (NASDAQ: DRYS), Eagle Bulk (NASDAQ: EGLE), Excel Maritime Carriers (NYSE: EXM), Euroseas (NASDAQ: ESEA), Freeseas (NASDAQ: FREE), Genco Shipping (NYSE: GNK), Navios Maritime (NYSE: NM), Navios Maritime Holdings (NYSE: NMM), OceanFreight (NASDAQ: OCNF), Paragon Shipping (NASDAQ: PRGN), Quintana Maritime (NASDAQ: QMAR), Star Bulk Carriers (NASDAQ: SBLK), TBS International (NASDAQ: TBSI). Dry bulk companies listed in London include Goldenport (LSE: GPRTL), Globus Maritime (AIM: GLBS), Global Oceanic Carriers (AIM: GOC) and Hellenic Carriers (AIM: HCL).

About Capital Link and

Capital Link is a New York-based Investor Relations and Financial Communications firm with a strategic focus on shipping. Capital Link Shipping is a web based resource operated by Capital Link whose objective is to facilitate investor knowledge and understanding of shipping and its listed companies, and to facilitate the exchange of information among listed companies, industry participants and investors. The site provides information on the major shipping and stock market indices, as well as on all shipping stocks. It also features industry reports from major industry participants and interviews with CEOs, analysts and other market participants.

The information on the website is not an offer to buy or sell any kind of securities nor does it constitute investment advice of any kind. Capital Link does not represent or warrant the accuracy of the information in this site. The user of the site acknowledges that he/she accesses the information at his/her own risk and cannot hold Capital Link liable for any matter in any way and will use the website in accordance with the Terms and Conditions specified on the website.

Contact Information: Contact for Capital Link Shipping: Nicolas Bornozis President Capital Link, Inc. 230 Park Avenue - Suite 1536 New York, N.Y. 10169 Tel. (212) 661-7566 Fax (212) 661-7526 E-mail: