Hope springs eternal in the breasts of owners assembled for a shipping panel at the annual Noble Capital Markets investors conference, even through the coronavirus fallout, sanctions reversals, trade wars and flagging demand.

Six owners on a panel moderated by Noble equity analyst Poe Fratt were able to find reasons why the scare that has battered shipping shares so far in 2020 won’t govern the full year in their markets.

The shipping managers were vying for investor attention within a wider conference in Hollywoood, Florida that features industries like technology and health care.