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.
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.
By types of ship, Greece ranked first in tankers with 1,217 ships, 118,621,414 dwt and 64,347,957 gt, followed by Japan with 938 registered tankers, 40,175,492 dwt and 21,660,620 gt. China ranked third with 531 ships, 32,954,543 dwt and 18,094,791 gt.
As for dry bulk carriers, the Greek-owned fleet ranked second with 1,878 ships, 145,484,209 dwt and 78,843,115 gt, following the leader Japan with 1,791 ships, 156,251,060 dwt and 84,987,256 gt. China occupied the third place with 1,936 ships, 124,726,924 dwt and 69,870,973 gt.