Tsipras reminded of shipping’s importance at UGS centenary bash

The Athens Concert Hall played host to 1,800 guests last night including the Greek president and prime minister at a star studded bash to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS).

UGS president Theodore Veniamis, used the occasion to remind the top politicians attending that the government must work to make shipping competitive on home soil. It comes as a cabinet reshuffle last Sunday saw a new shipping minister appointed.

Veniamis said UGS “prompts politicians to develop a strategic approach” since shipping is the only sector of the national economy that can claim to be a true champion. He said it was vital the sector remained competitive if it was to prosper at home.

“I would like to give the message from this podium today that Greek shipping is a national asset, beyond political parties, with a decisive and multifaceted economic, political and strategic importance for our country, and it sincerely wants to maintain its presence in its homeland,” Veniamis said.

Latest UN figures out this week show Greek owners have upped their world leading market share of global shipping to 16.36% of the world’s merchant fleet.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. There is no point in knocking a deaf man’s door. As with any sector of private economy in Greece, politicians see only a cow available to milking to death.

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