For over a century and a half, the Greeks have carved an extremely creative course in world shipping, guided by their steady vision in serving international seaborne trade with quality and consistency, strictly operating under competitive terms.
The timeless commitment of Greeks towards the sea has resulted in achievements that have been characterized as a miracle. The successful evolution of Greek shipping at the top of the industry is indeed a miracle given that less than a century and a half ago Greek seafarers were struggling to accomplish the transition to the steam era, while most Greek owners had to start nearly from scratch in order to reconstruct their decimated fleets after the end of WWII. Their accomplishments look even more impressive, if one takes into account that they have been the result of entrepreneurial initiatives performed solely abroad.
The foundation of this online museum was supported by distinguished members of the Greek shipping community to whom I wish to express my gratitude. This project aims to demonstrate, with every possible detail, the admirable journey of the Greeks in the international shipping arena over the past 150 years. I hope that the timeless achievements of the Greek shipping industry will be appreciated all over the world and at the same time will serve as a model of willpower and creativity for young people, who dream of a world where the achievements of one person have a positive impact on the lives of many. For only then, will the Greek Shipping Miracle fulfill the vision behind its creation.
George M. Foustanos
11 July 2014
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