Basil Karatzas

Basil Karatzas

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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.

Professional Experience

Academic History

  • 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

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

Basil's Organizations