Specialists build on experience and knowledge
Fotini Karamanli, CEO
In the 1950’s, the late Konstantinos Diamantis was one of the first Greek ship owners to establish a close working relationship with leading international oil companies such as Shell and Indonesia’s Pertamina.
Hellenic Carriers management team prides itself in its former tanker experience, efficiency and safety record. With a shift in focus to the dry-bulk market, the company has chartered vessels to Sinochart, Cosco Bulk and other leading AAA charterers from around the world.
“Given the highly specialized nature of the tanker industry, we were able to use our experience and knowledge to successfully enter the dry bulk segment in 2000”, explains Fotini Karamanli, Chief Executive Officer of Hellenic Carriers, a company listed on AIM of the London Stock Exchange, and a third-generation descendant of Diamantis. “We feel the dry bulk shipping industry has tremendous potential considering the growth of urbanization in the Far East.”
The large Kamsarmax vessels will be capable of loading cargo at the world’s largest bauxite port, Port Kamsar in Equatorial Guinea. Following the delivery of the two Kamsarmax vessels, the company will have a total aggregate carrying capacity of approximately 398,550 dwt and a weighted average fleet age of eleven and a half years.
“Our plans are to continue with our expansion strategy and fleet renewal program,” says Karamanli. “We understand that all aspects of our industry are shifting towards Asia – from shipbuilding, chartering and even financing. As we move to capitalize on the changes taking place in our industry, we will continue to view China as an integral part of our business,” she says.