Libra Group leaves container shipping

Libra Group leaves container shipping

Libra Group exited the container shipping market this week after selling close to 100 vessels for more than $2 billion over several years to focus on innovation and sustainability as new drivers of growth, the company’s executive chairman said.

The container market hit rock bottom nearly a decade ago before rebounding to record highs during the pandemic as demand for consumer goods, which are carried by container ships, surged.

George Logothetis, executive chairman of the privately owned, US-headquartered Libra Group, said they had taken the “biggest bet in shipping history” by buying scores of ships between 2010 and 2020. “It was a very difficult time, many difficult years,” he told Reuters on the sidelines of the Posidonia shipping week in Athens. “We took the decision that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get excellent prices for all the container ships that were sold.”

The vessels, operated by subsidiary Lomar Shipping, were sold between 2020 and early June 2024, Logothetis said, leaving the group with around 30 ships including dry bulk and tanker vessels. “Lomar’s exit from the container sector was part of a decade-long strategic asset play,” noted Lomar Shipping CEO Nicholas Georgiou.

He said Lomar had laid the foundation for the exit from the container shipping business over the past three years investing in bulk carriers and tankers.


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