12 May, 2006
The role of the Greek merchant fleet in transporting energy and other aspects of world shipping was the focus of a working visit being carried out here this week by a delegation of the Union of Greek Shipowners (EEE), headed by its President Nikos Efthymiou.
The EEE delegation met with senior U.S. officials from the State, Transportation and Energy departments, the National Security Council, the US Coast Guard, the Federal Maritime Commission and members of Congress..
Efthymiou stressed the importance of the Greek merchant fleet in the global transport system since it handles 25 percent of the imports of oil and other goods by the United States.
He said the purpose of the delegation's visit is to exchange views with officials of the U.S. government and Congress on issues concerning world merchant shipping, such as the security of ports and sea transport.
Greece's Ambassador Alexandros Mallias, who hosted a reception for the delegation, underlined the contribution of Greek merchant shipping to the Greek economy, international trade and the transportation of fuel.
Mallias also called on the U.S. officials present to help so that one of the few remaining "Liberty" ships be given to Greece in recognition of the sacrifice of Greek sailors during the World War II.
Source: Athens News Agency