Greek Shipping Reigns Supreme: A Global Leader in Maritime Power

Greek shipping

A captivating video unveiled at the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) annual meeting showcased the impressive global standing and societal contributions of the Greek shipping industry. UGS President Melina Travlos presented the video, highlighting key facts and figures that solidified Greece's leading role in maritime transportation.

Dominating the Seas:

  • Greek shipping boasts a remarkable 20% share of global capacity, placing it firmly at the forefront of the industry.
  • The Greek-owned fleet reigns supreme in specific segments like liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers (23%), tankers (30%), and bulk carriers (25%).
  • This dominance translates into an expansive fleet encompassing 2,602 bulk carriers, 507 chemical & product tankers, 910 oil tankers, 147 LNG carriers, and a diverse range of other vessel types.

Pioneering Sustainability:

  • Recognizing the importance of environmental responsibility, Greek shipping sets the pace in adopting alternative fuels. An impressive 6.7% of the Greek-owned fleet utilizes LNG dual-fuel, exceeding the global average of 5.3%.
  • Furthermore, Greek shipping ranks second globally in vessels equipped with sulphur oxide (SOx) scrubber technology, with 36% of new tankers on order featuring these systems compared to the global average of 24%.
  • The commitment to sustainability extends to energy-saving technologies, with 35% of the Greek fleet equipped, surpassing the global average of 23%.

Beyond the Waves: Social Impact:

  • Greek shipping's positive influence extends beyond its economic prowess. The video highlighted a significant social contribution of over 130 million euros to Greek society between 2013 and 2023.
  • This commitment translates into various initiatives, including 80+ million euros in social contributions, 50+ million euros dedicated to supporting the affected areas of Thessaly, and over 100 scholarships awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year.


The video served as a powerful testament to the remarkable achievements and positive impact of Greek shipping. Its global leadership in maritime transportation, coupled with its dedication to sustainability and social responsibility, cements its position as a true industry leader.

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