A Webinar on “Coronavirus, Climate Change & Smart Shipping – Three Maritime Scenarios 2020 – 2050”

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Over 1,000 worldwide participants had the chance to share into the wisdom and insight of one of the industry’s best known and most respected personalities.


Hosted by Capital Link on April 28, Dr. Martin Stopford, Non-Executive Chairman of Clarkson Research, presented his recently published White Paper “Coronavirus, Climate Change & Smart Shipping – Three Maritime Scenarios 2020 – 2050 – Preparing for Changes that are 'On the Cards".


The webinar was scheduled to last an hour. However, after the introductory 40-minute slide presentation, Dr. Stopford responded to an avalanche of questions, that went on for another 2.5 hours. As the event drew to a close, Dr. Stopford stated this was his longest presentation ever!






The shipping industry’s preparedness to meet the challenges of climate change and the digital revolution has been patchy and disjointed. The Covid-19 pandemic, with all its disruption, may be the catalyst for the radical changes needed to shift the status quo.


This was the first public presentation elaborating on Dr. Martin Stopford’s recently published White Paper. He outlined three scenarios that could come to define the evolution of the industry in the period 2020-2050 when the industry must rebuild its cargo fleet. The scenarios cover Sea Trade, Shipbuilding Requirements and Ship Technology.


As Dr. Stopford mentioned “We know we cannot predict the future. But we can try to prepare for changes that are clearly “on the cards”. Not preparing can be riskier and more expensive than the “safe” option of doing nothing.”


The White Paper and presentation can help the industry assess alternative strategies and prepare for the way ahead.


A replay of the webinar, together with the White Paper and the slide presentation are available at http://webinars.capitallink.com/2020/stopford/.  Registration and download of the materials is complimentary.







Complementing its Investor Relations practice, Capital Link is also known for the organization of large-scale forums in key industry centers around the world. Annually, Capital Link holds over 15 forums in New York, London, Athens, Limassol, Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong, featuring industry leaders, addressing critical industry topics and attracting top level delegates.


Hinging on the extensive experience of organizing events and webinars and adapting to the challenges of this unprecedented environment, Capital Link is now pioneering in the transformation of select shipping forums into digital events.


On March 30-31, 2020, Capital Link turned its 14th Annual International Shipping Forum, originally scheduled to take place in New York, into the first digital large-scale Shipping Forum. Organized in partnership with Citi, it attracted over 3,000 delegates and featured a Who-Is-Who of the industry, with 96 speakers, including top executives from 35 listed shipping companies. The two-day forum featured 22 sessions, virtual networking opportunities and 142 investor meetings.


The library of content is available upon demand with free registration at http://forums.capitallink.com/shipping/2020newyork/







On June 16-17, 2020, Capital Link will host its second full scale digital forum “Operational Excellence in Shipping”. In its 10th year running, traditionally taking place in London and Athens, this Forum showcases Operational Excellence in the Maritime Sector and explores Best Industry Practices across all major areas such as fleet management, technological innovation, crewing, energy efficiency and the environment, safety and security. This year special attention will be paid to the operational challenges from the Covid-19 reality, to sustainability and ESG considerations and new challenges in ship safety, security and human resources.


Mr. Kitack Lim, The Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization is the Keynote Speaker. The forum will also feature roundtable discussions with the heads of the major industry associations, classification societies, and shipmanagment firms, as well as CEOs and COOs from major shipping companies around the world. The event will run on London Time. Attendance is complimentary. More information can be found at http://forums.capitallink.com/csr/2020athens/

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