George M. Foustanos
Author and Maritime Historian
George M. Foustanos was born in Athens in 1948. He studied Naval Architecture and Shipbuilding at the Southampton College of Technology before joining his family’s business – Valmas Shipping Ltd. – in 1972. Between 1979 and 1989 he was a director and partner of Seastar Navigation Co. Ltd., also heading its technical department.
For many years he was a board member of the Union of Greek Shipowners and also served as a member of the board of directors and the governing committee of the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping. He has acted as a board member of the Piraeus Port Authority and the Piraeus Marine Club. He is a founding member of HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association) and served as a member of its board. He was a member of the Det Norske Veritas and the Bureau Veritas Greek committees, as well as of BIMCO’s documentary committee. He was a board member of the Institute of Hellenic Maritime History and is currently serving as a member of the board of the Oinoussian Maritime Museum.
Since 1990, he has focused exclusively on researching maritime history and documenting the evolution of the Greek merchant marine since its transition from sail to steam. He has been the publisher of the maritime periodical Argo for 25 years and is the author of 35 books on shipping.
George M. Foustanos heads the Greek Shipping Miracle, the first online maritime museum, which he established in 2014 in order to communicate worldwide the timeless achievements of modern Greek merchant shipping. He is also currently engaged in efforts to save maritime archives from all over the world in order for them to be housed in a soon to be established international research center for modern shipping history.