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.

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Greek shipping and the economy

The global shipping recession continued through 2016 with market conditions being as challenging as any seen in the last few decades across most sectors of the shipping industry. A stable average global economic growth at 3.1% for 2016 reflects divergent developments: political, economic and trade policy uncertainties in advanced economies (e.g. the Brexit shock, President’s Trump trade policy agenda) and diverse growth rates between emerging market and developing economies (broadly stable in Asian economies and India, weaker than expected in...

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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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