Dileship Marine Corp. was founded in 1972 by Dimitris Lekanidis a Greek law graduate, studied Marine Law and former mercantile average adjuster who had developed a thirst to explore other aspects of the shipping world.
Dileship Marine Corp. was always engaged in tramp and liner operation on a worldwide basis.
During its early years the company's activities focused on regular shipping lines - mainly in management and charter. Two particular successes (in association with the German company R.M.S. and Sanara Lyon) were the North Europe-Mediterranean and Lyon-Greece lines where Dileship successfully operated vessels which had both the bulk capacity for open sea cargo transport and the low draught to navigate rivers.
Simultaneously, Dileship for many years undertook carriage contracts for large European industrial consortiums, where the number of vessels directly under its own management were often augmented by others on a time-charter basis.
During the same period, Dileship also managed and operated vessels belonging to third parties -having expanded its activities into other aspects of maritime operation such as charter and agency - as well as developing its interests in the various cargo markets. From the mid 1980s, however, it gradually moved its focus of interests and started to concentrate solely on the management of vessels (throughout the years in excess of 30 large and medium dry bulk carriers) owned by the family.
The expansion of the fleet was always implemented in a disciplined manner through timely and selective acquisitions of quality vessels making the fleet more cost efficient and attractive to the customers, without compromising the company's high standards of performance, reliability and safety.
In 1988, after graduating from Boston University with an MSc in Business Administration, Stefanos Lekanidis - the son of Dimitris Lekanidis - joined the company; and in 1997, he became its Managing Director .