Atlas Maritime

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Atlas Maritime Ltd.
Type Private
Industry Shipping and oil transportation
Founded (2003≈ (2003≈))
Founders Leon Patitsas
Headquarters Athens, Greece
Area served Worldwide
Key people Leon Patitsas, Founder and CEO
Dr. Antonios Zenios, President
Michael Mantzavinos, Commercial Manager
Harris Takakis, Legal Counsel
Products Tankers
Employees 27 ashore and 207 at sea (2012)
Website Atlas Maritime

Atlas Maritime is an international shipping company with a fleet of seven double-hull tankers, engaged in the worldwide transportation of crude oil and refined oil products.

CEO, Leon Patitsas[edit]

Leon Patitsas has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Maritime, since he founded the company in 2004. Leon Patitsas built the company from ground up, and bought, operated and sold dry bulk carriers, gas carriers and oil tankers. Mr Patitsas formulates the strategic direction of the company and oversees its implementation. Leon has over 15 years of experience in Shipping and prior to heading Atlas he gained valuable experience in sale and purchase, chartering and corporate finance positions. In the 90’s Leon worked for a bank in New York as a member of the team that invested in hedge funds. Starting from the bottom as an engineer on board a ship he gained valuable hands on experience, offering him a thorough knowledge and understanding of the facets of ship management, engineering and operations. Mr. Patitsas has a Master of Science from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. He is the VP of the committee of Skuld P&I Club (Norwegian Insurance organization).

Current Fleet[edit]

Atlas Maritime's Mitera Marigo Aframax Tanker under steam
The Mitera Marigo from Atlas Maritime's fleet of 7 Tankers.

Atlas Maritime currently manages seven tankers. The fleet consists of[1]

  • Armada Ulysses: VLCC, 299.000 dwt, 1999 Built, Samsung, S.Korea
  • Aspasia Lemos: Aframax, 105.187 dwt, 2009 Built, Hyundai, S.Korea
  • Atlas Voyager: Aframax, 115.482 dwt, 2003 Built, Sanoyas, Japan
  • Lady M: Aframax, 115.418 dwt, 2003 Built, Sanoyas, Japan
  • Mitera Marigo: Aframax, 105.495 dwt, 2007 Built, Sumitomo, Japan
  • Rainbow 1: Aframax, 107.160 dwt, 1999 Built, Imabari, Japan
  • Texas Star: Aframax, 115.527 dwt, 2003 Built, Sanoyas, Japan

Recent Articles[edit]

Atlas News [1]


Atlas Maritime draws on the long history of the Lemos family, a prominent Greek ship-owning family which has been involved in shipping since the 18th century. From 1860 to 1914 the family owned 52 vessels. Whilst their first vessels were general cargo, the family expanded their interests over the years into bulk carriers and tankers.

Throughout the 20th century, the family continued to charter, sell, and purchase vessels of various types. In the two centuries of its operation, the Patitsas-Lemos family has managed over 100 ships developing a wide network of industry contacts.

In 1905 Christos M. Lemos purchased, together with other prominent Oinoussian families, the family's first steamer; the 2,339 gross ton “Marietta Ralli”. Christos M. Lemos, who also became the first captain of the steamer, continued to build the fleet through the purchases of s/s “Triaina” and s/s “Efploia”.

His sons, including Captain Leon Lemos, further expanded the shipping business by co-founding the London-based company “Lemos & Pateras” in 1937. In recognition of their contribution in World War II and as compensation for the losses they suffered, the family, in 1947, bought the “Hellas”, one of the one hundred newly-available Liberty ships. Captain Leon Lemos became a prominent Greek shipowners in the 1970s and 1980s, building up a fleet of 17 vessels.

Captain Leon Lemos was the father of Mrs. Marigo Patitsas-Lemos, and the grandfather of Leon and Philemon Patitsas. Their father Spyros Patitsas entered the family business in 1968.[2][3][4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Fleet, retrieved 27 January 2010 
  2. ^ Nigel Lowry (March 5, 2009). "Atlas Maritime has an affinity for aframaxes" (Subscription required). Lloyd's List (London). 
  3. ^ "Atlas bash to celebrate new Paleo Faliro office" (Subscription required). TradeWinds (Stamford, CT). December 21, 2007. 
  4. ^ Nigel Lowry (March 5, 2009). "Following in a rich Oinoussian tradition" (Subscription required). Lloyd's List (London).