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.

Chinese leasing transactions can no longer be viewed as an alternative source of financing, but rather as a fast developing prime source of finance and on the way to becoming an equal to the European and US financial markets.

The Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) have hit out at the IMO’s approval the use of scrubbers to comply with 0.5% sulphur cap, and called on more maritime nations to “step up” efforts to have safety concerns about the shift to new low-sulphur fuels in 2020 properly addressed by the UN body.

China and Greece intend to use the shipping industry to expand relations between the two with China's Transport Minister, Li Xiaopeng saying his country made the geo-strategic choice to strengthen bilateral economic and trade cooperation with Greece.

Seanergy Maritime has urged shipowners to not tacitly accept the cost of scrubbers as it closing on a deal for charterers to pick the bill for installing exhaust gas cleaning systems to its vessels.

Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) president, Theodore Veniamis has attacked the "intense negativism" towards ocean-going shipping by some sectors, which he also says display a "hypocritical" stance on the issue of environmental protection regarding shipping.

The Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) reported record profits for the first half of the year, and though the upward trend continues the Cosco Shipping-controlled port company's ceo warned official foot-dragging is holding back development plans.

The Eastern Mediterranean’s largest port, Piraeus, was the star of the recent China Global Television Network (CGTN) report ‘Where the maritime silk road meets land’.

The new school year in Greece  on17 September welcomed the first private professional lyceum, for teenagers aged from 14 to 17 years old, on Chios island with the specific aim of steering youth towards the maritime professions and back toward the island's glorious sea tradition.

With traditional banks cutting back on ship financing and owners increasingly looking to alternative ways to finance fleet renewal and investment programmes, Chinese banks have climbed to the top of lenders to shipping.

Greece is still by some way the largest shipowning country, but the gap is closing as China’s fleet expansion continues at a rapid rate as it overtakes Japan for the number two position.

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