Basil Karatzas is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co., a New York-based shipping finance, advisory and marine asset valuations, and ship brokerage firm. Basil has more than 20 years of maritime industry expertise in functions ranging from shipping finance, ship brokerage, chartering and husbandry agency. A well sought-after author and speaker on marine matters, he has participated in several shipping industry events and conferences, tradeshows and forums. His thought leadership has been recognized in the contribution of book chapters on shipping matters, articles and editorials in the business and trade press. In addition, Basil is active both in international and Jones Act markets for tankers, dry bulk, containership, offshore and inland assets.
Basil has led the origination of more than $500 million of financial transactions in the maritime sector.
He marketed, negotiated and concluded sale of more than $500 million of maritime assets.
He advised on and concluded transactions with bulge bracket and blue-chip client reference accounts, including "Fortune 10" companies.
He provided extensive research and analysis in almost every segment and asset class in the maritime industry, and was mandated with more than 5,000 vessel valuation and appraisal reports.
Throughout his career, he represented lessors, creditors and financial owners with acquisition, operation, or disposition of maritime assets.
He is a frequent contributor of business and shipping articles in international business and in trade publications.
He is frequently quoted in the mainstream, international business media, including The Economist, WSJ, The Financial Times, The New York Times, NPR, and many more.
Basil Karatzas's Honors & Awards
Speaker, Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO)
Speaker, Grain and Maritime Days in Odessa
Speaker, Turkish Shipping, Investment & Finance
Speaker, Gas Shipping North America Conference
2nd Cayman Islands Shipping Summit, Grand Cayman
Guest Lecturer, Rutgers University
Guest Lecturer, Columbia University
Basil Karatzas's Licenses & Certifications
Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA), American Society of Appraisers
Fellow, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (FICS)
Certified Marine Surveyor (CMS), NAMSGlobal
Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), AICPA
Harvard Club of New York City
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
The Royal Institute of International Affairs
Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
The Baltic Exchange