ECONOMY

Greeks ruled ship market in August

Greek shipowners accounted for 30 percent of all ship acquisitions in the world in August, as they bought 23 vessels with a total capacity of 2.14 million deadweight tons and a total value of 622.1 million euros, according to data released by shipbrokers Golden Destiny.

On a global level, shipowners acquired 76 ships for a total of 1.3 billion euros, which means that Greek shippers accounted for just over half of the market share in terms of value last month. Transaction value was 40 percent lower compared to a year earlier.

Dry-bulk carriers comprised the lion’s share of Greek acquisitions, as nine came into Greek hands at a price of 137 million euros. Greeks also bought six tankers, whose combined prices added up to 171 million euros, while the five container ships bought set shippers back 54.5 million euros, the Golden Destiny data showed.