North P&I confirms importance of Greek shipowners with new board appointment

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Dimitris Marinoa

Dimitris Marinos

North P&I Club confirmed in Athens last week that Greek shipowners are of ‘paramount importance’ to the continuing financial strength of the 131 million GT, ‘A’ rated mutual. Speaking at a pre-Posidonia reception for Greek members after the directors’ board and committee meetings, joint managing director Paul Jennings announced that Dimitris Marinos of Seastar had been appointed to the board. He joins fellow Hellenic directors George Procopiou of Dynacom, Lou Kollakis of Chartworld and Spyros Polemis of Seacrest and Fairsea.

According to Jennings, ‘Greek shipping remains of paramount importance to North and we are very proud of our strong position in such an important and dynamic shipping arena. Greece continues to be the largest single country and geographical source of business to North, and it is therefore fitting and appropriate that we have been in Athens for the last few days for our board and committee meetings.

‘North’s Greek membership has continued to grow in recent years as we have increased in size, and Greece now accounts for approximately 20% of our total membership. We have nearly 80 individual Hellenic members, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years. With yesterday’s appointment of Dimitris Marinos, whose father Alexandros was also on the board, they are now represented by four Greek directors. Overall this has been another positive year for North, in which we have again met our strategic objectives of enhanced financial stability, improved membership quality and continued service excellence. These have been the foundation of North’s success and relationships, particularly here in Greece.’

North’s local director Tony Allen said, ‘We realise that like Greece, Greek shipping and the market in general is going through some hard times. However, we have no doubt that true to its traditions, Greek shipping will continue to lead the way to a brighter future. We believe in Greek shipping and we believe in Greece.  Hopefully the UK will continue to believe in Europe but, whatever the case, we will be here to support the Greek shipping community and do our utmost to help them through these challenging times. North is tremendously proud of its Greek membership and the support they give the club. Long may it continue.’

Greek members attending the reception at the Acropolis Museum on 19 May 2016 included Aegean, Alpha Tankers, Anangel, Avin, Charterwell, Dynacom, Enterprises Shipping, Marine Trust, Minerva Marine, Navarone, Thenamaris, Unimar Success, Transmed and Tsakos.

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