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c. 1848
image Georgios C. Lemos (“Papa-Lemos”) and his three sons, Antonios, Constantis and Pantelis, acquired a small share in the sailing ship EVANGELISTRIA.
1882
image Antonios, Constantis and Pantelis Lemos obtained their own sailing ship, the AVRA.
1902
image The family business was wound up and Antonios G. Lemos started his own enterprise in shipping. This new start was marked by the acquisition of the sailing ship GAROUFALIA, with two other sailing ships added to the fleet within the next four years.
1907
Antonios G. Lemos acquired his first steamship, the ELENI. Along with ownership of the vessel, Antonios Lemos also undertook its management.
1937
Spyros A. Lemos, the son of Antonios G. Lemos, along with representatives from three other shipowning families of his native island, Oinousses, established Lemos & Pateras Ltd. in London.
1947
With its entire fleet lost during the Second World War, the A.G. Lemos family acquired the ANTONIS. She was one of the 100 Liberty type ships bought by Greeks from the United States government.
1956
The family business, headed by Spyros A. Lemos and his brothers, took delivery of its first newbuilding vessel, the KYRAKATINGO followed by the CAPTANTONIS a year later. The two cargo ships were built at the world-renowned shipyards A.G. Weser in Bremerhaven.
1959
Nikolas S. Lemos, son of Spyros A. Lemos, representing his family, established in Piraeus, Avra Shipping Agencies, which was later renamed Avra Shipmanagement S.A.
1968
The Group took delivery of the bulk carrier SPYROS A. LEMOS, which went on record as the first Greek-owned newbuilding to be constructed under the supervision of Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
1983
N.S. Lemos & Co. Ltd., a continuation of Lemos & Pateras Ltd., was established in London by Nikolas S. Lemos.
1992
Avra Shipmanagement S.A. placed a newbuilding order with Samsung Heavy Industries in South Korea, the first order by a Greek shipping group at that shipyard. The order comprised of two double-hull aframax tankers and two panamax bulk carriers, the IRENE, the SPYROS, the THALASSINI TYHI and the THALASSINI NIKI respectively.
1993
Sealuck Shipping Corporation was established in Piraeus to manage The Group’s tanker fleet.
2001
The Group took delivery of its first newbuilding VLCC, the ANTONIS, with a sister vessel, the KYRAKATINGO, added to the fleet a year later.
2003
image Avra Shipmanagement S.A. and Sealuck Shipping Corporation were merged to create Enesel S.A.
2011 / 2012

After many years absence, The Group re-entered the containership sector with the acquisition of four 9,800 TEU containership newbuildings in 2011 and ten 13,800 TEU vessels in 2012. The vessels, which got delivered between 2013 and 2014, are next-generation super-eco - four of which are equipped with a high- reefer capacity . The 14 vessels are all timechartered for 10 years - the 9,800 TEU units to Hamburg Sud and the 13,800 TEU vessels to Evergreen.