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John N. Goulandris
(1923 - 2011)

JOHN N. Goulandris was instrumental in establishing the N.J. Goulandris group, which for over half a century has epitomised high-quality vessels and operations. However, he will also be remembered as ahead of his time for his interest in engineering that, in the 1970s, almost put Greece on the map as an innovative car manufacturer.

A grandson of Ioannis P. Goulandris who acquired the family’s first steamship in 1910, John N. Goulandris and his two younger brothers in 1953 established N. J. Goulandris Ltd, named after their father Nicholas, in London. They also created Andriaki Shipping as their ship management arm in Piraeus.

The next two decades saw the company rise dramatically. N. J. Goulandris was among the first international shipowners to build ships in Japan, starting with the first-ever Goulandris tanker. Another tanker, the 1958-built Violanda, was the largest thus far built in Japan. The company’s 192,477-ton Nicholas J. Goulandris, built in 1968 by Hitachi Zosen, is considered the first supertanker to raise the Greek flag.

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