This blog is maintained by Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co., a shipping finance advisory, vessel valuations and appraisals, and ship brokerage firm based in Manhattan, New York. The blog is intended as a general forum on all matters maritime and nautical. Although many of the topics and areas of interest discussed are commercially related, this blog will generously acknowledge topics of maritime history and tradition, marine engineering and naval architecture, politics and international trade. After all, shipping is not only the industry of trade, but also the industry that has been bridging oceans, cultures and cultures since the time of recorded history.
Basil has been educated at Harvard Business School (HBS) and at Rice University (Jones Graduate School of Management), and holds several professional affiliations and memberships, worldwide. Basil is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) in the UK, a member of the Baltic Exchange in the UK and BIMCO in Denmark, a member of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) holding the Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) qualification, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) holding the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) accreditation ,the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) holding the Certified Marine Surveyor (CMS) accreditation, a member of the Royal Institute of the International Affairs (Chatham House) in London, an Associated Member of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects in the UK, a Harvard Business School alumnus, a Rice Graduate School alumnus, etc Basil is a prolific author with his articles and contributions having appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Economist, The New York Times, National Public Radio (NPR), The Globe and Mail, The Maritime Executive, and many more.
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