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  • Allseas Marine S.A.
  • Almi Tankers S.A.
  • Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited
  • Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. Ltd.
  • Capital Ship Management Corp.
  • Cardiff Marine Inc.
  • Ceres Shipping Ltd.
  • Chartworld Shipping Corporation
  • Costamare Inc.
  • Delta Tankers Ltd.
  • Empire Navigation Inc.
  • Enterprises Shipping & Trading S.A.
  • European Navigation Inc.
  • Navios Maritime Holdings
  • Olympic Shipping and Management S.A.
  • Phoenix Energy Navigation S.A.
  • Safe Bulkers Inc.
  • Target Marine S.A.
  • The Tsakos Group
  • Tsavliris Salvage Group
  • Vafias Group

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(1926 – 1997)

George P. Livanos was a Greek shipowner who was born in the United States. But he wanted his shipping businesses to promote traditional Greek concepts of 'ethos' and 'filotimo'. While other shipowners were building larger and larger ships, one of his first original ideas was to build mini-ships that could cross the oceans but also go up rivers and into small ports. They were great for carrying food and other aid cargoes to under-developed parts of Africa and Asia. Livanos ended up building more than 50 of them!

His company became known for its big tankers and bulk ships. But he also was a pioneer of fast ferry services in Greece. He created an extensive network of routes taking passengers to the nearby islands using fast hydrofoils. The service was known throughout Greece as the 'Flying Dolphins'.

Long before most people heard about global warming, Livanos became concerned about the damage we were causing to the planet and he also wanted to do something to improve the image of shipping. The public had a negative view of shipping because of occasional - but very well-publicised - oil spills from tankers. It made him angry because he felt it was unfair to seafarers who would wish to defend the oceans, as long as they were made aware of the destruction caused by various types of pollution.

As early as 1982, Livanos drew other Greek shipowners and seafarers together to create the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association, dedicated to voluntarily reducing pollution from ships, if possible, to zero. HELMEPA also campaigned to make the Greek public aware that beaches and seas should be kept clean. His organisation is still going strong today and HELMEPA Junior, the children's wing, is highly active through Greek schools.