NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Oct 8, 2013) - Capital Link's 3rd Annual "Shipping and Offshore CSR Forum; CSR as a Competitive Advantage" will take place Thursday, October 24, 2013 at One Moorgate Place, London, UK.

Our Forum is the only one that focuses on sustainability issues across the board -- human resources, environment, safety and security, technological innovation, and corporate governance. It aims to raise awareness regarding the benefits and advantages of CSR to a wider industry audience. Our Forum attracts well over 300+ industry executives annually and has an international orientation.

As market forces and regulatory trends continue to call for the incorporation of corporate social responsibility (CSR) into business practices, shipping companies increasingly recognize CSR as more than just a societal obligation. A consistent commitment to CSR is a differentiating commercial, financial, and operational advantage; it ensures long-term growth and capital gains, and it can impact the valuation and cost of capital for listed companies making them the more reliable, sustainable, safer investment and lending choice for investors and bankers alike.

The objective is to maximize attendance from the industry, as well as, from the investment and financial communities. This Forum is addressed to: Ship Managers, Ship Owners, Ship Operators, Shipbrokers, Commercial and Investment Bankers, Charterers, Classification Societies, Commodity and Energy Traders, Environmental Maritime Organizations, Industry Associations, Government and Non‐Governmental Organizations, Financial and Trade Media, Institutional Investors, P&I Executives, Lawyers and Insurers, Market Analysts, Consultants, Private Equity Firms and offshore industry entities, among others.

The full day forum is structured into provocative panel discussions and presentations by top industry experts and includes a networking luncheon.

Following the luncheon will be the Capital Link 2013 Maritime CSR Leadership Award being presented to Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman -- NAMEPA & Managing Partner -- International Registries, Inc. for his Leadership and Commitment to Sustainability & CSR in the Maritime Sector. This award will be presented by: Harry Theochari, Attorney, Head of Transportation -- Norton Rose Fulbright.

We begin the day with opening remarks by Nicolas Bornozis, President of Capital Link and Clay Maitland. This is followed by a presentation from the new Managing Director of SSI. The program is as follows:

PRESENTATION: Sustainability - CSR & the Changing Face of the Shipping Industry
Presenter: Helle Gleie, Director -- The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)

PANEL: CSR - Beyond Regulatory Requirements; New Challenges & Industry Response
Moderator: Helle Gleie, Director -- The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI)

Patrick Verhoeven
, Secretary General -- ECSA (European Community Ship Owner's Assoc.)
Giles Noakes
, Chief Maritime Security Officer -- BIMCO
Rob Lomas
, Secretary General -- Intercargo

PRESENTATION: The Salvage-Friendly Ship; A Comprehensive CSR Policy Must Include Accident Scenario
Presenter: Gilles Longueve, President -- Maritime Passive Safety Association

PANEL: Maritime Safety
Moderator: Rob Lomas, Secretary General -- Intercargo

Gilles Longueve
, President -- Maritime Passive Safety Assoc.
Simon Stonehouse,
Hull Underwriter -- Brit Insurance
David Potterton, Honorary Chaplain -- Sailor's Society
PANEL: CSR & Technological Innovation
Moderator: Katharine Palmer
, Environmental Manager -- Lloyd's Register

Iraklis Prokopakis
, SVP & COO -- Danaos Corporation (NYSE: DAC)
Rep. d'Amico International Shipping (MILAN: DIS
Steve Jones, Maritime Director -- Security Association for the Maritime Industry (SAMI)

PRESENTATION: Health, Safety and Environmental Reporting and External Verification
Presenter: Stephanie Moffat, Environmental Executive -- Zodiac

PRESENTATION: CSR & Corporate Governance
Presenter: Ruth Cowley, Partner -- Norton Rose Fulbright

PANEL: CSR & The Human Factor - Anticipating New Challenges
Moderator: Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General -- InterManager

Capt. Elias Ladas
, HR & Training Manager -- Danaos Corporation
Constantinos S. Galanakis,
CEO -- Elvictor Group
Nigel Shattock,
Director of Communications -- Seafarers UK
Revd. Canon Ken Peters,
Director of Justice & Welfare -- Mission to the Seaferers

PANEL: CSR as a Financial Advantage
Moderator: Brian Devine, Partner -- Norton Rose Fulbright

Mark Long,
Head of Transport, Shipping Services & Offshore -- HSBC Bank plc.
Peter Boyd, Chief Operating Officer -- Carbon War Room

PANEL: Sustainable Ship Recycling
Moderator: Nikos Mikelis, Non-Executive Director -- GMS Dubai

M. Abdul Rahim
, Regional Manager Europe & Africa -- Class NK
Patience Mayaki
, Environmental & Social Specialist, Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. -- FMO
David Roberts
, Senior Manager Sustainability & Technical -- Gearbulk (UK) Ltd.

PANEL: CSR as a Commercial & Operational Advantage - The Demand for CSR by Charterers
Moderator: Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman -- NAMEPA & Managing Partner -- International Registries, Inc.

Anders Holbech
, CSR & Sustainability Manager -- Maersk Tankers A/S
Jonathan Stoneley
, Environment & Compliance Manager -- Cargill Ocean Transport
Marc Forster
, Deputy European Manager -- RightShip

PRESENTATION: On Course for a Better World
Presenter: Maria Bruun Skipper, Senior Adviser -- Danish Shipowners' Association

PANEL: Best Industry Practices (Tanker, Dry Bulk & Container Industries)
Moderator: Richard Meade, Editor -- Lloyd's List

John Adams
, Managing Director -- Teekay Corporation (NYSE: TK)
Rep. Tsakos Energy Navigation (NYSE: TNP)
Hans Noren, President -- Concordia Maritime AB (OMX: CCORB)

PRESENTATION: Best Industry Practices (Offshore)
Presenter: Marten Lunde, CEO -- Troms Offshore Supply AS

The day concludes with a summarization and concluding remarks by Nicolas Bornozis.

Or, contact Nicolas Bornozis: maritime; Telephone +1 (212) 661-7566

Capital Link is a New York-based advisory, investor relations, and financial communications firm. Capitalizing on our in-depth knowledge of the shipping industry and capital markets, Capital Link has made a strategic commitment to the industry, becoming the largest provider of investor relations and financial communications services to international shipping companies listed on the U.S. and European Exchanges. Capital Link's headquarters are in New York with a presence in London and Athens. Capital Link is a member of the Baltic Exchange. In addition to the two recognitions from the Intercontinental Finance Magazine, Capital Link won in 2011 a Lloyds List Greek Shipping Award for its contribution to the shipping industry.

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