Shipping: N Fleet for Sale

For generations on end, the Greeks have gone into shipping as their natural calling, reassured by an ancient Hellenic proverb that the sea never freezes. Stavros Spyros Niarchos, 55, a trim, dapper Greek and a former brother-in-law of Magnate Aristotle Socrates Onassis, has carried on the tradition with flair and fabulous success, now owns a fleet of 74 tankers and freighters whose stacks bear the white "N" known in every port. But Niarchos, who became the world's largest independent shipowner, is ready to change course. Last week the word was out that...

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