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 53% of the EU and 21% 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.

The strategic importance of Greek shipping



Press releases

Aid of the shipping industry in the battle against the pandemic

Piraeus, 20.3.2020

During these unprecedented trying times that our country is going through along with the entire planet, suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), through its collective body, the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company SYN-ENOSIS, and in parallel with private initiative, has launched a special purpose fundraising campaign to reinforce the national health system with the necessary medical equipment and consumables.

Greek Shipowners fully support the global shipping sector’s proposal for a $5 billion R&D Fund to eliminate CO2 emissions

Piraeus, 18.12.2019

The international shipping community has today announced plans for the creation of the first collaborative shipping Research & Development (R&D) Fund, intended to eliminate CO2 emissions from international shipping. The proposal, which is more timely than ever, includes core funding from shipping companies across the world of about USD 5 billion over a 10-year period.

Donation of high speed patrol vessels to the Greek State

Piraeus, 22.11.2019

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS), through the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company Syn-Enosis (, responding with a sense of responsibility to the national challenges facing our country, donated 10 high speed patrol vessels of high standards and fully equipped to the Hellenic Coast Guard, in order to cover its operational needs. The relevant agreement was signed in the presence of the Prime Minister, Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Christos Staikouras and the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Mr. Ioannis Plakiotakis.

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Greek shipping and the economy

The global economy started in 2018 on a positive note but, as industrial production decelerated, trade slowed and business confidence fell, the momentum lost steam. Global growth, which peaked at close to 4% in 2017, moderated to 3.6% in 2018 and is projected to decline further to 3.3% in 2019.

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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 Environment

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

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