Maritime Forums


“Crisis, Recovery and Innovation in the Greek Shipping Industry after WWII
Place: P.C. Hoofthuis – Universiteit van Amsterdam, room 1.14, Spuistraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 1.00-3.00 p.m.

During WWII, the size of the Greek merchant fleet dropped dramatically. The sailors who had survived the war were left unemployed and many emigrated abroad as the ship-owners were left with only a handful of operational vessels. Consequently, shortly after the end of the war, a request was made to the US Government to grant the use of 100 Liberty-type ships, that were built for the war. These 100 cargo ships were to become the key to the development of a new Greek fleet. Later, in the 1950s, shipbuilding orders on behalf of the Greeks soared and by 1956, during the Suez crisis, Greek ship-owners held almost a third of the world tonnage. Shipping firms that were once based in London and New York were gradually been relocated to Piraeus by the Greeks. The Greek State assisted their efforts by passing laws on the ship’s taxation system and the Greek flag was reinstituted on Greek ships, making the Greek economy flourish.
Greek ship-owners were the torchbearers of innovation in shipping and paved the way for the exit from a global commercial crisis.

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On May 17th 2019 the Düsseldorf Maritime Forum “Shipping & Logistics in Northern Europe” was held by the European Institute of Law, Science & Technology, St.Thomas Polytechnic in Singapore, University of Patras LLP Shipping Studies and the Institute of International Nautical Studies.

The economic importance of Düsseldorf is directly linked to its significant port activity on the Rhine River, that is accessible to ocean-going vessels, and its being an outlet for the agricultural products and ores of the Wuppertal valley of Germany. The Düsseldorf Maritime Forum discussed issues that included Logistics and Shipping, Geopolitics, Energy Issues and the EastMed Gas Pipeline, Maritime Education and the modern trends in postgraduate specializations.


Following a joint initiative of St. Thomas Polytechnic, Singapore and the Merchant Marine Academy of Macedonia, the Maritime Forum “Shipping & Global Challenges” was held in Thessaloniki, a key port of Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, on February 2nd 2019. The Maritime Forum aimed at creating and reinforcing efforts in the Maritime sector in terms of bringing together institutions and people, promoting Maritime Affairs within society as a think tank, giving prospects for individual and collective development of maritime entrepreneurship and education.