A recent visitor to Vancouver was Diana Shipping’s Panamax bulk carrier Coronis which I spied at anchorage while using the Seabus to cross into the city for a sunny afternoon at the Vancouver Whitecaps. Registered on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and specializing in the ownership of drybulk tonnage, Diana Shipping currently operates a fleet of 51 vessels including 4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax. The company also owns Diana Containerships Inc. comprising 6 post-Panamax and 5 Panamax container ships.
Built by Hudong Zhonghua Shipbuilding Group, Shanghai, PRC
Owned and Operated by Diana Shipping, Athens
GRT 40,485 tons
DWT 74,381 MT
Registered in Majuro, Marshall Islands
Mr. Symeon Palios (picture below right ) serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of both companies. Having served as an ensign in the Greek Navy and qualifying as a naval architect and marine engineer, Mr. Palios purchased his first ship in 1969 and then served as the Managing Director of Diana Shipping Agencies S.A. from 1972 onwards. Mr. Palios was honoured at the 23rd Annual International Maritime Hall of Fame reception and awards dinner held in New York in May 2016. Since 2011, he has been a Board Member of the “Maria Tsakos” Public Benefit Foundation which is closely involved in the development of maritime technology and protection of the marine environment.
Ship of the Week contributed by Capt. Stephen Brown, West Pacific Marine Ltd.