The Covid–19 pandemic seems to have had little impact on the appetite of Greek shipowners as they continue to build up their fleets.

Reflecting Greek shipowners activity in the newbuilding and s&p ring, the Greek-controlled fleet over the past 12 months has increased in terms of number of vessels over 1,000gt, and has reached an all-time high in terms of gross tons (gt) and deadweight (dwt).

According to data compiled by the London-based Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee (GSCC), as of 10 March, Greek interests controlled 4,038 vessels of just on 350.5m dwt and 205.65m gt.

Overall the Greek owned fleet represents 7.1% of the world fleet in terms of ships, 13.3% in terms of gt and 15.8% of dwt. It’s notable Greek parent companies represent 26.5% of the world tanker fleet and 14.9% of the ore and bulk carrier fleet.

For the 34th year the GSCC has presented a statistical rundown on the Greek-controlled fleet based on data provided by IHS Markit. Compared with the previous year, the fleet has grown by 70 vessels, 9.64m dwt and 5.95m gt, including 134 vessels of various types on order of 17.8m dwt.  While the carrying capacity is now at a record level the fleet shipwise is some 110 vessels short of the 4,148 units in 2018, but 8.5m dwt more.

The Greek flag fleet has decreased in ship numbers, gt and dwt, and now the home flag flies from 584 ships, of 36.623m gt and 62.32m dwt. This is down from 636 ships, of 38.8m gt and 65.64m dwt a year ago. The fleet is registered under 29 flags, three fewer than last year.Based on data provided to the GSCC by IHS Markitgreekfleet2021.PNG

Overall, Liberia and Marshall Island flags are at the forefront of the Greek-owned fleet with 931 and 877 ships, respectively, on their registers. In terms of dwt, Liberia is at 87.22m, representing 24.9% of the total and Marshall Islands is at 71.3m representing 20.3% of the total dwt with Malta next, 658 ships of 61.46m, ahead of Greece in ships but not dwt. Compared with the corresponding time last year Panama has gained 44 ships, Liberia 65 ships, Marshall Islands 27 ships, Singapore five and Bahamas one ship. On the other hand, decreases were recorded in the number of vessels under the Cypriot, Maltese and Hong Kong flags, with losses of 24, 15 and one ship, respectively.

Average age of the Greek controlled fleet in terms of ships increased slightly but continues to be 2.4 years below the world average. Average age of the Greek fleet in terms of ships now stands at 12.1 years against 14.5 years for the world fleet. In terms of gt and dwt, it is 10.3 and 10.2 years respectively, as against 10.5 and 10.2 of the world fleet. Average age of the Greek-flag ships increased to 13.9 years against 13.7 years in 2020.

Six class societies have the majority of the Greek controlled fleet: LR: 778 ships (794 ships in 2020 of ); ABS: 751 ships (759); ClassNK: 744 ships (690); BV: 671 ships (685); DNV GL: 640 ships (615 ships) and RINA: 229 ships (193). Although LR ranks first in terms of vessels, ABS comes first in terms of dwt and gt.

The expansion has been boosted this year and by the time of the release of the survey Greek owners had splashed out some $1.44bn buying  98 ships since 1 January ahead of Chinese interests who have purchased 78 vessels for $871.3m.

At the same time, in the first 11 weeks of 2021, Greeks have sold 60 units for $753m. Many of the Greek buys have come form Japanese companies which have also sold 60 vessels for $866.5m

Source: Seatrade Maritime