The interview for this podcast was taken in “Aplotaria”, the main comercial street of Chios island, in a very casual conversation amongst the bustling local market. This interview is a journey through time and homage to all the significant points that contributed to the success of Greek Shipping.
An interview worth listening because it signifies the acknowledgment of Greek sailors by Mr. Pateras, the important role of women who supported Greek Shipping as wives and mothers, the need to impart the knowledge and the advantages of the maritime profession to the new generations and of course, the very simple assumption: The Greek Miracle is the result of the immense love for shipping and the ability of Greek shipowners to know the full range of a ship's operations, enabling them to make impromptu decisions.
The Pateras family has been involved in the ownership, chartering and management of ships since 1870.
George D. Pateras, born in London, UK, is the Deputy Chairman of Contships Management Inc. and since 2016, he is also Chairman to the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping.
With studies in Engineering and Economics, holds a BSc in Marine Engineering from Newcastle University, MS in Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture from MIT, as well as a PhD from Plymouth University. He is a Board member of the Hellenic War Risks Association & the Bahamas Shipowners Association, Chairman of the Hellenic Shipping War Risks Insurance S.A., and permanent advisor (AMSCC) of the Hellenic Ministry of Defence.