x

Economy

Untaxed Greek Shipping Tycoons Buying Vessels From South Korea

Greek shipping companies, that pay only voluntary contributions to their homeland while flying flags of foreign countries, are flourishing during the COVID-19 pandemic as they did during Greece's economic crisis, ordering ships from South Korea's shipbuilding industry.

The United Kingdom market research firm Clarksons Research showed Greek firms placed orders for 18 ships worth 589,421 compensated gross tonnage from South Korean shipbuilders this year, accounting for 20.7 percent of the total, Greece the top buyer.

Greece, which has the most ships in the world, has traditionally been a big customer for Korean shipbuilders. Greece’s largest shipping company, Angelicoussis Group, has ordered 110 ships exclusively from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering since 1994.

According to the industry, the Kyklades Maritime Corporation of Greece, run by the Alafouzos family, ordered two 300,000-ton crude oil carriers from Korea Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in September and the shipping company Evangelos Pistiolis also ordered two more vessels.

The orders are worth a combined 420 billion won ($364 million) the Korea Herald said in a report about how the Greek oligarchs are continuing to build their world dominance in shipping while doing almost nothing to help their country deal with the pandemic or the economic crisis before that.

Pantheon, a Greek shipping company specializing in liquid cargo carriers, ordered two Suezmax tankers from Samsung Heavy Industries that the newspaper said was likely worth more than 120 billion won ($104.45 million.

The Greek shipping company Pleiades Shipping recently signed a contract with Daehan Shipbuilding to build an Aframax crude oil carrier. The order is worth about 54 billion won ($46.9 million.)

RELATED

ATHENS – Tourism is leading Greece's accelerating recovery during the waning COVID-19 pandemic – it's the country's biggest revenue engine  - but the comeback is being aided by transport and trade too.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Video

After Amazon, Google’s First Cloud Region Coming to Greece

ATHENS - Despite having a costly Internet that’s the slowest in the European Union, Greece is continuing to attract high-tech giants, with Alphabet’s Google planning to create its first cloud region in the country.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.