The profile of the Union of Greek Shipowners

Since 1916, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) represents Greek-owned commercial vessels over 3,000 gt under the Greek and other flags. Its members are primarily active in the bulk / tramp sector (i.e. bulk carriers, tankers, LNG/LPG carriers) and secondarily in liner trades through its container fleet which is mainly chartered to the major carriers. Greek-owned vessels are preponderantly involved in cross trading activities carrying cargoes between third countries. The UGS, representing the interests of the Greek shipping community, endeavours to promote balanced and realistic positions in international fora.

The UGS is member of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). It is represented in the European Economic and Social Committee and in the Economic and Social Council of Greece (OKE). It maintains a close working relationship with the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO) and BIMCO. The UGS follows developments in the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) – Piracy Reporting Centre, as well as in the United States through a permanent representative in Washington D.C. The UGS maintains long-standing close relations with the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the London-based Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (GSCC) and the HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association).

The UGS maintains a most valuable dialogue with the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and the classification societies - members of IACS. The UGS traditionally holds bilateral meetings with shipowners’ associations. 

The Maritime Exhibition Posidonia is organised every two years under the auspices of the UGS. The Posidonia 2016 (6-10/6/2016), with a record participation of exhibitors, state delegations, stakeholder organisations and visitors once more projected the image of Greece as the leading maritime country in spite of the severe economic crisis and confirmed the importance of its maritime cluster worldwide. 

At national level, the UGS co-operates with the Greek authorities, especially the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy and seafarers’ organisations regarding the competitiveness of the national register, seafarer recruitment and maritime education.

The UGS premises have been located since the summer of 1979 on the second floor of the office block at 85, Akti Miaouli and 2, Flessa Street, in the area of the Piraeus Port.