London-based Alibra Shipping has launched Alibra Hellas, a new office in Athens that will give the shipbroking company a new base from which to focus on the dry cargo market.
Alibra’s founder and CEO Giuseppe Rosano commented: “Any expansion I look at is always with the view to finding the right people who share the same ethos that we have always held at our headquarters in London – that is, providing a tailored service that meets the individual needs of each client. This expansion will allow us to deliver this approach from both our offices.”
The Athens office based in Glyfada will initially focus on handy and supra/ultramax dry cargo chartering with a transition to provide a broad spectrum of services in the future.
“Conventional wet and dry is what we do, with a twist here and there. I feel that a broker needs to have the freedom to work interchangeably as his/her career develops,” said Rosano, an industry veteran of 27 years.
The Athens office will be headed up by dry cargo broker Stefanos Makris, former managing director of Lightship in Athens. Makris will oversee a team of five brokers, who will join Alibra mid-September.