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(1927 - 2014)

STAVROS DAIFAS is well-remembered as a self-made shipowner and above all as a key personality of the Piraeus shipping community after the return of democracy to Greece in 1974.

He was born in 1927 into a family of seafarers and owners of sailing ships originating from the Mani region of the southern Peloponnese. The young Stavros Daifas aimed to attend maritime academy and embark on a seafaring career to become a master, but the outbreak of the Second World War intervened.

After Greece was liberated, he turned his mind to business and acquired his first small sailing caiques while still in his early 20’s. Purchase of a first motor vessel of 500 tons led to the establishment of a fleet of freighters operating in the Mediterranean.

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