GREEKS IN THE SHIPYARDS
The Maru exhibition presents the distinctive relationship between Greek-owned shipping and the Japanese shipbuilding industry as it evolved into a successful cycle of cooperation, trust and mutual assistance. The story of this cycle unfolds through the Naftika Chronika Archive and is detailed in the anniversary December edition of the magazine
In the mid-20th century, Greek merchant overseas shipping grew at an exceptional rate. Greek shipowners, eager to invest in the expansion and modernization of their fleets, ordered dozens of new ships of all types. Over the next decades, most of them were built in the shipyards of Japan. After World War II, Japan adopted a co-ordinated national shipping and construction strategy that made it the most reliable, competitive and modernised shipbuilding industry the world.
The Maru exhibition visualizes aspects of this history by utilizing the wealth of archival material as well as authentic objects from the golden age of Greek-Japanese cooperation.
Naftika Chronika, issue number 503/262, 15 May 1956, pp. 11