Shipping: Greek merchant fleet one of the world's biggest

07 May, 11:35

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MAY 7 - The Greek-owned merchant fleet remains one of the world's biggest, ranking first in tankers, second in dry bulk carriers, second in LNG tankers and container ships as GreekReporter website writes. The Greek-owned fleet has managed to compete directly with big shipping countries such as China and Japan, continuing its long tradition in shipping and the successful course demonstrated by Greek ship-owners. According to Greek financial newspaper Naftemporiki and data from the biggest global ship-broker company, the Greek-owned fleet in April comprised 4,894 vessels with 291,735,318 deadweight tonnage (dwt) and 168,922,455 gross tonnage (gt). Japan ranked second with 8,357 ships, 242,640,509 dwt and 159,401,728 gt, while third was China with 6,427 ships, 190,601,765 dwt and 116,675,336 gt. The top five list was filled by Germany with 4,197 ships and South Korea with 2,651 ships. By types of ship, Greece ranked first in tankers with 1,217 ships followed by Japan with 938 registered tankers. China ranked third with 531 ships. As for dry bulk carriers, the Greek-owned fleet ranked second with 1,878 ships, following the leader Japan with 1,791 ships. China occupied the third place with 1,936 ships. (ANSAmed).

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