October 15, 2020

Ambitious American Plan for a Large Shipbuilding Centre in Greece

The USA are considering the creation of a large shipbuilding centre in Greece, expressing serious interest in the Scaramanga Shipyards, the largest shipyard of the country. The ambitious plan was examined in Washington, by ONEX CEO Mr. Panos Xenokostas and the Managing Director of the American International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Mr. Adam Boiler, just a few days before the official tender for the Scaramanga Shipyards.

The American proposal is expected to be finalized by the end of October and will be funded by both DFC and ONEX. The proposal provides the formation of a shipbuilding centre that will consist of three large Greek Shipyards (Neorion, Elefsina, Skaramagkas), which will be involved in armament programs, the maintenance of the Sixth Fleet’s vessels as well as the provision of maintenance services on large merchant ships, including LNG carriers.

At the same time the American side expressed an intense interest on the supply of four new frigates to the Hellenic Navy, with Lockheed Martin offering co-production for the three of them.