By L. Karageorgos
London apparently still remains a magnet for Greek-controlled ocean-going shipping, despite the specter of "Brexit", with the head of the Union of the Greek Shipowners telling the relevant UK minister this week that the British capital is like a "second home" for the former.
The Union's president, Theodore Veniamis, made the statement during a meeting with British Minister of state for Transport John Hayes, on the sidelines of the London International Shipping Week.
Both men reiterated the need to further boost European shipping's competitiveness, a clear message, at least by the Greek side, to Brussels. Greek ship owners and shipping interests have been particularly vocal over the last few years over what they decry as a "regulatory tsunami" by the EU Commission, to the detriment of European shipping vis-a-vis intense global competition, especially by Asian interests.