David Glass

David Glass

Greece Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime


An Australian with over 40 years experience as a journalist and foreign corrrespondent specialising in political and economic issues, David has lived in Greece for over 30 years and was editor of English language publications for Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini in the 1970s before moving into the Akti Miaouli and reporting on Greek and international shipping.

Managing editor of Naftiliaki Greek Shipping Review and Newsfront Greek Shipping Intelligence, David has been Greek editor for Seatrade for over 25 years.

The growing appeal of Cyprus as a shipping hub is apparent when one looks at the numbers.

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) is maintaining its opposition to scrubbers as way to comply with the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap despite significant investments in exhaust gas cleaning systems by some of its members.

At a time when Europe is “experiencing turbulence such as Brexit”, Greece, with oceangoing shipping and its management as the cornerstone of a development plan can become "a pole of attraction for many shipping businesses and maritime activities”, says Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) president, Theodore Veniamis.

In 2018 the value of the Greek fleet increased by over $5bn to break the $100bn milestone, ensuring Greek shipowners continue to run not only the world largest fleet but also the most valuable.

In what is becoming so common in Greece these days, good news is often clouded by bad news. China’s Cosco-run port of Piraeus had no sooner announced its goal of handling 5m teu annually is on the horizon after a record-breaking performance in 2018 at the port's three container piers, than it was dealing with allegations of fraud against its clients.

London-based Greek shipowners have urged the IMO to bring together oil companies, marine equipment makers and classification societies to guarantee fuels created to comply with 2020 environmental rules do not damage engines and cause accidents.

Last year proved to be "challenging but positive" and "cautious optimism" seems to sum up the feeling in the industry when it comes to 2019, judging from comments made by Nick Brown director, marine and offshore at Lloyd's Register when cutting the Greek Vassilopita at the classification society's traditional annual celebration in its London office, 15 January.

As is the case in most shipping sectors, the Greek footprint is becoming more evident in the transportation of gas.

Piraeus has climbed to second place among the Mediterranean’s highest-ranking commercial ports at the end of 2018, thanks to its status  as a container handler.

Greek authorities have seized drugs worth more than $113m after intercepting a Syrian general cargo ship sailing for Libya, the coast guard said on 14 December.

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