Η ανθεκτικότητα του ελληνικού εμπορικού στόλου από τη δεκαετία του '70 μέχρι σήμερα σε σχέση με αλλά έθνη που κατέχουν εμπορικούς στόλους
Resilience of Greek owned commercial fleet from 70s’ to today as compared to other major ship owning nations
What does it take to Excel in a specific economic field or a specific industry? The easy and stereotypical ‘picks’ for a quick answer could be that ‘money goes to money’ – so, if you have good financial backing you can achieve targets easier - or that ‘size matters’ – therefore, big industrial countries or group conglomerates have the means and the calibre to drive developments and implement strategies the way they wish. These answers, of course, are not wrong; political influence and financial robustness can play a very important role. However, history can provide interesting cases to study, where things do not seem to be so straight forward. One such case, is the history of Greece in Shipping. A country which is more known for its struggles and internal turmoil rather than its wellbeing in recent years. Also a country of negligible size and global influence. Despite this, Greek Ship owners have demonstrated remarkable resilience through time and have managed to climb and stay at the top positions of global shipping by showing notable skills in negotiating ‘rough waters’ as well as exploiting opportunities. So, how did the Greeks have done it so far? In this research, we attempt to look into the recent history of the main shipping cycles, focusing on the ‘Greek’ point of view. We also bring into the picture some characteristics from other traditional ship owner nations for comparison reasons. Findings are then analysed – given the limitations in the size of a Thesis research - and conclusions are drawn on the question raised above. Today’s status is then used to feed a S.W.O.T analysis. In the end, areas for further investigation are proposed as emerged during the research.