General Maritime Corporation

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General Maritime Corporation (OTCBB: GMRRQ) operates crude oil tankers, mostly in the Atlantic Ocean and in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Black, and North Seas. Founded in 1997 by current CEO Peter Georgiopoulos, as of 2004 the company is the second largest (based on cargo capacity) operator of mid-size tankers. In 2003 the company gross revenues were 454 million US dollars and they had 345 employees; the company is incorporated in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

However the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 17 November 2011, after oversupply in the shipping industry caused it to lose money for at least eight quarters.[1] In April 2012 General Maritime came out of bankruptcy as a result of investment from Oaktree Capital Management.

There are currently[when?] 31 ships in the fleet; the fleet grew over 50% in 2003. The first name of every ship in the fleet is a contraction of the company name, "Genmar". The fleet is fairly new, with only 10 built before 1990, and the oldest built in March 1985. Most of the fleet is double-hulled or double-sided; only 9 are single-hulled, after recently selling two single-hulled boats. Twenty-three are in the Aframax size category (75,000 – 110,000 tonnes deadweight (DWT), and 19 are in the Suezmax class (110,000 DWT – 150,000 DWT).

Customers include international oil companies such as ChevronTexaco, Shell Oil, BP, Exxon Mobil, and ConocoPhillips.


  1. ^ Bala, Vaishnavi (17 November 2011). "General Maritime files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy". Reuters. 

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