GREEK-OWNED TONNAGE GROWS
THE Greek controlled fleet decreased slightly in number of vessels but increasing in deadweight and gross tonnage terms, according to latest figures released by the London-based Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (GSCC).
Greek interests now control around 8.2% of the world’s total number of vessels in service and on order, 15.2% of the world fleet deadweight, or 13.2% of the world fleet expressed in gross tonnage, against 8.7%, 16.4 % and 14.01% respectively, last year. In terms of ships on order, the percentages are 10.3%, 16.2% and 14.4% respectively. The Greek owned fleet remains the first in the world.
As of 27 February Greek interests controlled 4,161 vessels of various categories, totalling 263.6m dwt and 156.2m gt, including 1,072 newbuildings of 53.4m gt still on order. The latest figures represent a decrease of 12 vessels, but an increase of 2.6m dwt and 1.6m gt.
The Greek-flag, has also decreased, now comprising 1,121 ships, including 356 on order, against 1,197 ships in 2008, including 422 vessels then on order.