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Prominent Greek shipping personality Philip Embiricos passes away

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Philip Alexander Embiricos Coumoundouros, a member of one of Greece's leading shipping families and former head of Bimco, passed away earlier this month in Paris aged 78.

Embiricos was the director of Embiricos Shipbrokers UK, served as president of Bimco from 2007-2009, and was for many years on the executive committee of Intertanko as well as Lloyds Register technical committee and the Maritime Industry Foundation.

He was also closely connected with the workings of the Panama Canal for many years and in 2006 wrote a book about the waterway. Previously he led shipowning and shipmanagement companies Andros Maritime and Aeolos Management.

A qualified naval architect he was renowned on the shipping conference circuit, offering great insight to the technical and commercial value of ships. With extensive experience in the tanker industry, Embiricos’ involvement in the shipping industry’s regulatory matters was well known.

Embiricos was always thinking ahead as to the consequences of what the next regulation would bring to the market.

From the island of Andros, Embiricos was a member of the Baltic Exchange since 1979 and it was the Baltic’s website that revealed his the passing on November 20. Due to the pandemic, his funeral took place in Geneva and was attended only by his close relatives and in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Embiricos Hospital on Andros.

Throughout his career, Embiricos focused on improving the environmental footprint of global shipping and wrote several books. He was well known in the shipping market for his excellent advice on the technical characteristics and commercial values of ships, and he always thought in advance of the implications that the coming regulations would have for the market.

“His passion for the industry will be remembered as will his smile when he challenged those less informed offering their unqualified opinions,” said the Baltic in its statement.