Melina Travlos elected as first-ever female leader of Greek Shipowners Union


By Eleni Patsalides.

Melina Travlos, Chairwoman of Neptune Lines Shipping & Managing Enterprises, was elected on Thursday as the first female president of the Union of Greek Shipowners (USG) in its 106-year history.

Travlos has been a union board member for 15 years and is currently one of the two secretaries. She will succeed outgoing president Theodore Veniamis, who has led the union for 13 years, and will start her first term of three years soon.

Neptune Lines was founded by Travlos’ father, Nikos, in 1975. It specialises in transport of vehicles and holds over 18 ships in its fleet. Over 1 million cars are transported to 20 countries per year.

Today, Travlos also runs Neptune Dry, which she founded five years ago, and that has a fleet of five bunkers.

According to, Greece is still considered the “world’s leading ship owning nation with a fleet of 4,901 vessels, while Greek shipowners control 19.42 percent of global deadweight tonnage.”

Source: Ekathimerini.

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