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Fireships: How Greece’s Daring Sailors Fought the Turkish Fleet

The fireships were a weapon of necessity used by the skilled sailors of the Greek navy to a devastating, asymmetric effect during the Greek War of Independence.

The Greek Sailor from Hydra Who Became War Hero in Argentina

As a Hydriot, I had been raised on a pantheon of grizzled war heroes — Miaoulis, Koudouriotis, et al—with a focus on their virtues rather than their vices, but I was only vaguely aware that Hydra also exported naval...

Greek Shipowner Donates Entire Wealth to the Armed Forces

A Greek shipowner and World War II veteran donated his entire wealth to the Greek armed forces earlier this week. Iakovos Tsounis, 97, donated 23 million euros and 60 landing craft, declaring that he wants to leave life as he...

Hydra and the World’s Oldest Merchant Marine Academy

Rising, almost vertically from Hydra’s pier, there is a stately mansion housing the world’s oldest continuously operating merchant marine academy. Sailing and shipping, after all, is a knowledge business. For millennia Aegean islanders have plied the seas seeking the fortune...

Greece’s Beloved Hydrofoil Ships Soon to Retire

Greece's beloved hydrofoil vessels, better known in the country as ''flying dolphins,'' will no longer be actively used by Hellenic Seaways. The news was recently made public by the Hellenic Seaways company, which operates sea routes between Athens and the...

Greece’s Beloved Hydrofoil Fleet Set to Retire

Greece's beloved hydrofoil vessels, better known in the country as ''flying dolphins,'' will no longer be actively used by Hellenic Seaways. The news was recently made public by the Hellenic Seaways company, which operates sea routes between Athens and the...

Prospective Greece-Cyprus Ferry Service Receives No Bidders

There is no interest in reviving a Greece-Cyprus ferry service at the present time, despite some initial statements on behalf of several companies when the idea was floated in February of 2020, according to a statement issued on Friday...

Greek Shipowners Place Orders for 85 New Vessels

Greek shipowners have placed orders for 85 new vessels in the past year, according to an encouraging report released today by the Union of Greek Shipowners. These mavens of the shipping industry have invested more than $9 billion recently in...

Four Dead After Greek Tanker Collides with Turkish Fishing Boat

At least four Turkish fishermen were reported killed after a Greek tanker collided with their boat about 15km (9 miles) off the coast of Turkey’s Adana province on Wednesday. According to Turkish media reports, the fishing boat "Polatbey" was lying...

Greek Tanker Owners Still Dominate Shipping World Despite "Catastrophic" 2020

The economic publication New Money rates Greek shipowners as still the most dominant group in the world of shipping, according to a new article, despite the widespread economic devastation wreaked by the coronavirus lockdowns this year. Despite acknowledging that shipping as...

Arrest Warrant Issued for Polish Captain who Rammed Greek Minesweeper

The public prosecutor in the city of Piraeus has now called for the arrest of the captain of the container ship "Maersk Launceston" on charges that he caused a maritime accident through negligence and violated the international rules on...

Greek Shipping Dominates World Despite Covid-19 Pandemic

Despite the coronavirus crisis that has affected the entire world, Greece remains among the top five ship-owning nations -- along with China, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong -- with Greek ship owners controlling 20.67 percent of global shipping capacity...

Boat with 50 Migrants is Brought to Rhodes

A boat with about 50 migrants has being towed to the port of Rhodes, completing the rescue operation that started on Thursday night. Initially, an attempt was made to transfer the passengers to the three ships that were at the...

Dramatic Scenes as Greek Ferry Saves 4-Year-Old Adrift at Sea

A passing Greek ferry rescued a small child that was floating adrift in the open sea near the port of Rio, east of the city of Patras, on Monday. "She was in a state of shock. She was clinging on...

Greek Sailor Dead in Fire on Cargo Ship in the Arabian Sea

A 55-year old Greek sailor died and another member of the crew was injured during a fire on a Greek-flagged cargo ship on Wednesday in the Arabian Sea. The fire broke out on the vessel "Faneromeni", which was heading from...