Iron Ore & Coal
Shipping Summit 2009
Thursday 1 October 2009
Divani Apollon Palace
Athens - Greece
Shipping moves the commodities the world depends on. Without shipping half
the world would freeze and the other half would starve. We all need ore and
coal and shipping is the way we get it. However, being the catalyst of world
trade is a two-edged sword. It makes shipping vulnerable to swings in the
world economy and unforeseen geopolitical events. When the boom comes, the
whole chain serving the sector prospers, when the market crashes, they all
Swings in demand drive shipping fortunes, but shipping itself cannot control
the demand. So any investment in shipping is at the mercy of economic
factors beyond our industry’s control. In many ways, ore and coal trades are
the most exposed, so they both suffer and prosper the most.
With today’s credit crunch slowing everything down the global economy is
suffering. So is ore and coal shipping. This conference addresses and
explores opportunities as well as dangers while we strive toward global
The conference will focus on the maritime transportation of iron ore and
coal and make an attempt to forecast the global economy, iron ore and coal
production and distribution, the trading markets, shipping capacities and
shipping requirements, the financing and investment climate and the
This will be a unique forum for the shipping and mining industry to explore
common challenges. It will feature many high profile speakers from shipping
companies, charterers, traders, mining companies, steel mills, shipbuilders,
classification societies, financial institutions, politicians, regulators
and the media.
The entire production and maritime chain will gather at this prestigious
conference where the interaction and exchange of information and ideas will
make this an unforgettable experience.
Learn from the iron ore
and coal producers and end-users what are their market perceptions and
Discuss who has the
real hard information on current trends and how it should be valued.
Debate with charterers,
traders, brokers, operators and ship-owners on when the markets will
recover, what ships will be needed and how shipping will be affected.
Debate with leading
personalities if quality will be affected in the market downturn.
Learn about shipping
innovations needed for the future.
Learn how to mobilize
money in the current and future climate.
Come to Athens on October 1st 2009 and join
the leading CEO's from the iron ore and coal industry, shipping, trading,
brokerage companies, politicians and regulators, charterers, key investors
in shipping, bankers, consultants and entrepreneurs in a very personal and
tailor made discussion of where iron ore and coal shipping is going, what
challenges and opportunities it must face up to and where the smart shipping
investments are going next.