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.

A series of meetings in recent days between European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, and leaders of the Greek shipping community appear to have got Commissioner Bulc on side when it comes to regulating the maritime industry.

Bimco maintains there is more match than clash for shipping and the environment and it’s up to the shipping industry to demonstrate what it has done, and what it is doing, to protect the environment.

While Cosco Shipping’s massive investment plan for the port of Piraeus is not yet ancient history it is certainly under threat of becoming part of Greece’s modern history.

Bimco will open an office in Athens early this summer with the objective is to have a stronger and closer dialogue with Bimco's Greek membership and to recruit more Greek members and provide a back-up service to the owner’s every day challenges.

The Greek shipowner’s ability to address the ebbs and flows which characterise the shipping industry has served them well in the past and they need to re-commit in order to continue the growth of Greek shipping, says analyst Petrofin Research.

The Athens residence of UK ambassador to Greece, Kate Smith was the focus of a 'cyber attack' 5 March, but UK expertise in cyber security prevailed. The attack was the showcase of a presentation at the residence by the UK Society of Maritime Industries, which allowed attendees during a presentation on the challenges of maritime cyber security to take part in a tailored cyber 'war game'.

The delivery of fewer newbuildings has led to an aging yet still expanding Greek fleet capacity wise though the number of shipping companies is in steady decline according to a new study of the Greek shipping.

Though Greek owners continue to rule the global roost when fleet size and asset value, due to the unstable market conditions and new regulatory requirements, for the first time in decade on an annual basis in the 12 months to the beginning of March the size of the Greek-controlled fleet recorded a decline year-on-year.

The Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) described 1 March as "an historic day" as it marked the first anniversary since the island’s stand-alone Deputy Ministry for Shipping was established.

Greeks may control 20% of the world's global fleet and be a dominate player in most aspects of sea transportation but the country has minimal influence in the politics which are increasingly influencing the way the industry is expected to operate, says a leading member of the Greek and international shipping industry.

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