ECONOMY

Greek shippers still hold sway

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Greek shippers continue to have a strong presence in the global shipping market as 13 of them rank among the 100 most influential people in the industry, according to a chart drafted by Lloyd’s List.

The highest-placed Greek is John Angelicoussis. The man who controls Anangel Maritime Services, Maran Tankers and Maran Gas Maritime is fifth in the global list.

Angelicoussis may rank sixth in the list of owners of the largest capacity, but he is the biggest single private owner, as he only trails companies owned by states or by multiple owners, such as Cosco Pacific, MOL, NYK, China Shipping and AP Moller-Maersk. The Angelicoussis group controls 143 vessels with a total capacity of 26.8 million deadweight tons (dwt).

The group of George Economou ranks 10th in the world in capacity with 116 ships that add up to 14.18 million dwt, while the Star Bulk Carriers group owned by Petros Pappas and Oaktree ranks 23rd with 89 vessels and 10.82 million dwt.

The chart of the 50 biggest groups in terms of capacity also includes George Prokopiou (25th), the Tsakos Group (30th), the Martinos family’s Thenamaris (35th) and the group of Angeliki Frangou (39th). All these Greeks are also to be found in the Lloyd’s List chart of the top 100 influential people in shipping.