Union of Greek Shipowners
First established in 1916, the Union of Greek Shipowners (UGS) represents Greek-owned vessels over 3,000 gt under Greek and other European and third country flags. The Greek merchant fleet is the biggest fleet in the world, with 4,936 vessels (ships over 1,000 gt) of 389.69 million deadweight tonnes (dwt) and Greek-owned ships represent almost 21% of the world fleet (in dwt) and 53% of the EU fleet (2019 figures).
Greek shipowners are primarily active in the bulk / tramp sector (i.e. bulk carriers, tankers, LNG / LPG carriers) and have a presence in liner trades through containerships which are usually chartered-out to major carriers. Greek-owned vessels are preponderantly involved in cross trading activities carrying cargoes between third countries.
The UGS has traditionally supported and fostered policies ensuring a truly competitive business environment, free trade, global rules and regulations and first and foremost safety of life at sea and a sustainable environment.
With headquarters in Piraeus and permanent representatives in Brussels and Washington D.C., the UGS closely follows developments in the United Nations International Maritime Organization (UN IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and other global bodies. The UGS is a member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and participates in the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the Economic and Social Council of Greece (ESC). It also maintains a close working relationship with sector-specific industry organizations, such as INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO and with BIMCO. Finally, the UGS maintains long-standing close relations with the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, the London-based Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (GSCC) and the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA), raising environmental awareness regarding protection of the marine environment in Greece and abroad.
The UGS is active in engaging with international and EU institutions and stakeholders and regularly visits the U.S. and meets with the Administration and Congress in order to promote common strategic interests and better understanding of maritime issues of mutual concern.
Greek shipowners have in recent years undertaken several social responsibility initiatives throughout the country, culminating in 2016 in the establishment of the Greek Shipowners’ Social Welfare Company “SYN-ENOSIS”. Its aim is to contribute to Greek society by supporting social welfare programmes and activities for vulnerable social groups and for projects of public interest, through the provision of humanitarian and charitable aid. SYN-ENOSIS is the permanent vehicle and a solid reference point for the collective social responsibility of the shipping community and a reflection of the multi-faceted contribution of Greek shipping to public life.
For more information visit the UGS’ website: https://www.ugs.gr/en/