Since 1916, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) represents Greek-owned commercial vessels over 3,000 gt under the Greek and other flags. Despite current challenges, Greek shipping aims to maintain its share of 50% of the EU and 20% of the world deadweight capacity.

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Union of Greek Shipowners
Centenary Celebration

On November 9th, 2016, at 20.00 hrs, the anniversary of one hundred years since the foundation of the Union of Greek Shipowners was celebrated in the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) (“Christos Lambrakis” Hall) with the participation of 1800 guests. The event was honoured by the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, and the Prime Minister, Mr. Alexis Tsipras.

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"Seven Seas"
by Athina Rachel Tsangari


On the occasion of its 100 years anniversary, the UGS commissioned the renowned filmmaker Athina Rachel Tsangari to create a film that salutes the Greek seafaring family which laboured at home and in the far corners of the Earth to reach and retain the summit of world shipping.
Enjoy Seven Seas, a tribute to the Greek maritime tradition and its legacy.

Press releases

The UGS welcomes the progress made at the UN IMO MEPC74 towards a safe and consistent implementation of the 2020 global sulphur cap on marine fuels and sustainable environmental policies

Piraeus, 20.05.2019

The Union of Greek Shipowners warmly welcomes the significant progress made by the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) (London, May 13-17, 2019) of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (UN IMO) with regard to the outstanding issues related to the challenges stemming from the implementation of the new 0.5% sulphur limit on marine fuels.


Greek Shipowners put their weight behind the forthcoming UN IMO MEPC 74 for effective and sustainable solutionsGreek Shipowners applaud the important decision of the UN IMO MSC 100 to develop further measures to deal with the safety implications associated with the 2020 compliant marine fuels and their respective challenges

Piraeus, 10.05.2019

Ahead of the critical UN IMO Marine Environment and Protection Committee 74 (MEPC 74) meeting of next week, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) urges IMO Member States and all stakeholders to face up to their responsibilities as decisive contributors to global policy making and commit to reaching attainable, workable and sustainable solutions to the problems related to the 2020 global sulphur cap in marine fuels and the issue of the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions reduction from ships.


The Union of Greek Shipowners joins the Arctic Economic Council

Piraeus, 5.12.2018

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) is pleased to announce its acceptance as member to the Arctic Economic Council (AEC), the independent organization acting as the primary forum for interaction between the Arctic Council and the wider circumpolar and non-Arctic business communities.


Shipping today

Greek shipping and the economy

In 2017 the first rays of improved market conditions for global shipping made their appearance after a long and deep recession and challenging fundamentals for 2016 across most sectors. The global upswing underway since mid-2016 continued to strengthen through 2017 bringing about a broad-based annual global economic growth of 3.7%. World trade also grew, by 4.7%, leaving behind the slowest pace since 2009 it had witnessed the previous year...

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Shipping policy

The UGS, representing the interests of Greek-owned shipping, follows closely developments in the area of shipping policy, engaging constructively in the formulation of the collective...

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Maritime Safety and Protection of the Marine Environment

Maritime safety and the protection of the marine environment depends on a chain of collective responsibility, namely, flag states, port states, shipowners, ship operators, shipbuilders....

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