Hellenic Shipyards Co.

Hellenic Shipyards S.A.
Industry Shipbuilding
Founded 1957
Founder Stavros Niarchos
Headquarters Skaramagas, Greece
Products Ships, submarines, railcars
Owner Abu Dhabi Mar (75.1%)
ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (24.9%)
Number of employees
1,300 (2009)
Website www.hellenic-shipyards.gr

Hellenic Shipyards S.A. is a large shipyard in Skaramagas near Athens, Greece.

Its origins are connected with the Royal Hellenic Naval Shipyard created in 1937 in order to build warships. Despite heavy investment and an order of 12 destroyers and a number of submarines (of which 2 destroyers were in initial stages of construction), development ceased due to the Second World War while in 1944 the facilities were virtually destroyed by Allied bombing.[1] Operation started in 1957 when Greek business tycoon Stavros Niarchos purchased the ruined shipyard and rebuilt and expanded its facilities; since then the company has built a large number of ships (both civilian and military).

Military constructions include Greek-designed Fast Patrol Boats and Gunboats, as well as Frigates, Fast Attack Crafts, Submarines, etc. based on French or German designs. A company division is involved in metal and machinery constructions, including specialized constructions for the Greek Industry, structures and platforms for offshore drilling, cranes, etc. A special branch has also been created since 1986, for the mass production of various types of railcars (diesel and electric) and railroad cars (passenger and freight), mostly on German designs.

The company was bought in 2002 by a group of German investors under the industrial leadership of the German shipyard Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft (HDW), later a subsidiary of the German ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. However, sector problems have led to a progressive decline of the shipyard. The number of employees was reduced to 1,300 in 2009 (from about 6,200 in 1975) after serious economic problems.[2] On March 1, 2010, an agreement was reached to sell 75.1% of the company to Abu Dhabi Mar.[3][4]

Ships built by Hellenic Shipyards

Gunboat HS Aittitos P-268 (Ospray HSY-56A class)

Several ship types, commercial (general cargo, bulk carriers, tankers, tugboats, super yachts, ferries and other passenger ships) and military, among which:

Ships repaired at Hellenic Shipyards

Thousands of ships, among which:


  1. Ναυπηγεία Σκαραμαγκά: 10 χρόνια ...επαιτεία (in Greek). Kathimerini. 7 May 2006.
  2. L.S. Skartsis, "Greek Vehicle & Machine Manufacturers 1800 to present: A Pictorial History", Marathon (2012) ISBN 978-960-93-4452-4 (eBook)
  3. "Thyssenkrupp Annual Report 2009/2010, p. 108-109". Thyssenkrupp. 2010. Retrieved Nov 22, 2011.
  4. "Thyssenkrupp Press release, Oct. 27, 2010 - Contracts securing the future of Hellenic Shipyards come into effect". Thyssenkrupp. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
  5. Plowman, Peter (2007). The Chandris Liners and Celebrity Cruises. Roseberg Pub. ISBN 1-877058-47-5.
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