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Basil Karatzas

Basil Karatzas is the founder and CEO of Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co. a shipping finance advisory and ship brokerage firm based in Manhattan, New York. He can be reached at [email protected], or via LinkedIn.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Bulk Insight: Looking for Treasure Ships in China
Maritime News

Bulk Insight: Looking for Treasure Ships in China

  In a very interesting recent transaction in the dry bulk market, Sea Traders of Greece has acquired at auction in China eight modern dry bulk vessels,

September 23, 2015
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Sunday, July 19, 2015
Turbulent Waters in the Country of the God of Shipping

Turbulent Waters in the Country of the God of Shipping

  In Greek mythology, Poseidon was the god of the waters and oceans, and bearing a trident, he was riding imperially in a sea-chariot or playfully

July 19, 2015
Total Views: 46

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Maritime News

Smart Investments in Shipping

At a recent shipping conference, we were asked to present on the topic of smart investments in shipping given the present phase of the business cycle. The

May 10, 2015
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Friday, April 17, 2015
dry bulk carrier ship shipping
Maritime News

Baltic Dry Index has been flirting with all time lows – Isn’t that good news?

Visiting with clients in shipping during recent trips to Europe, one can positively see the angst and anguish emanating from the state of the dry bulk market.

April 17, 2015
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Sunday, March 22, 2015
capesize dry bulk iron ore
Maritime News

Short Thoughts on the Dry Bulk Market

The last couple of weeks have brought the slimmest hope that springtime may be forthcoming for the much beleaguered dry bulk market; we are not talking about

March 22, 2015
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Saturday, March 14, 2015
private equity

Shipping, Private Equity and the Theory of Agency

The involvement of the private equity in the shipping industry has consumed plenty of ink and has rekindled not too little of a hope for an industry in

March 14, 2015
Total Views: 1107

Sunday, November 16, 2014
black ship silhouette

Private Equity’s Black Ship

Since the beginning of the shipping crisis, it seems fewer topics have drawn more attention than private equity (PE) funds interested to invest in shipping.

November 16, 2014
Total Views: 1146

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
ship rudder propeller stern drydock

Shipping Lending’s Good, Bad and Ugly

Six years into the shipping crisis, the debate still rages whether there is light at the end of the tunnel. There have been market gyrations among market

November 12, 2014
Total Views: 64

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Vale Rio de Janeiro vloc
Maritime News

Valemax Vessels and Risk, Whether of Execution or Political

In May 2008, capesize vessels – hard to believe now – were averaging $155,000 pd on the spot market, while the ‘front leg’ of the trade Tubarao

September 28, 2014
Total Views: 806

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
salt flat Altiplano salar de uyuni Bolivia

The Salt of the Earth

There are crocodile tears, but salt tears are always the ones that are genuine, memorable, passionate and sometimes pedagogical. It has been said that the cure

September 24, 2014
Total Views: 229

Sunday, July 6, 2014
ss hellas liberty

The Indispensable Liberty Ship

We often tend to pay special honors, and rightly so, to the crucial battles that took place at decisive moments and changed the course of a war or possibly

July 6, 2014
Total Views: 432

Friday, June 20, 2014
Reflecting on Posidonia 2014

Reflecting on Posidonia 2014

For once, attendance has set a new highmark and reconfirmed Posidonia as the premier event of the shipping industry, and by association, Greece as a major

June 20, 2014
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Friday, April 25, 2014
cutty sark

How to Name a Ship

In 1936, Cunard White Star Line Limited’s chairman Sir Percy Bates was granted an audience with King George V to inquire about a sensitive matter, to get the

April 25, 2014
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014
ss united states

SS United States: America’s Flagship, Historic Maritime Artifact and Engineering Marvel

She was built as an unsinkable ship, a claim allegedly attributed to Bruce Ismay, the managing partner of the White Star Line, the direct shipowning company of

April 8, 2014
Total Views: 433

Monday, April 7, 2014
port hole ship

A Porthole of an Exit Window for Shipping Investments?

After a year where large vessels such as capesize bulkers and supertankers were barely earning break-even day rates, momentum has since picked up in the

April 7, 2014
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
teekay kareela spirit aframax tanker
Maritime News

Peeling the Risk Onion Back: Teekay’s New Tanker Investment Company

Earlier today, January 21st, 2014, Teekay Tankers Ltd. (NYSE:TNK) and Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK) announced the creation of Tanker Investments Ltd. (TIL)

January 21, 2014
Total Views: 46

Sunday, January 12, 2014
maersk nautilus tanker vlcc crude carrier
Maritime News

Shipowners Make Big Bets on Markets and Evolving U.S. Export Policies

With the holidays behind us, shipping slowly returns to daily routine of moving cargoes (we should never forget what shipping is all about) and everyone having

January 12, 2014
Total Views: 171

Monday, January 6, 2014
sunset sea ocean weather red sky

Red Sky in the Morning, Sailors Take Warning… And Other Nautical Lore Sayings

Ever since people tried to navigate the seaways, the prevailing weather has always been very crucial to the success of expeditions. To steer away from trouble

January 6, 2014
Total Views: 6544

Tuesday, December 31, 2013
East Indiaman Götheborg

Early 18th Century Sailing Onboard the Götheborg

Tall ships are the last few living objects of ages past, like hands with long arms protruding from the past to our times, like long piers coming to our

December 31, 2013
Total Views: 434

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
american petroleum tankers golden state

Private Equity Investing and the Jones Act

In a week expected to be dominated by otherwise routine festive celebrations, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: KMP) announced that it has entered

December 25, 2013
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