Costamare Inc. (NYSE:CMRE) is a Marshall Islands corporation and one of the world's leading owners and providers of containerships for charter. Its headquarters are in Athens Greece. Costamare Inc. has 37 years of history in the international shipping industry and a fleet of 56 containerships, with a total capacity of approximately 326,000 twenty foot equivalent units (TEU) including 10 newbuild containerships on order.
The company’s strategy is to time-charter its containerships to a geographically diverse, financially strong and loyal group of leading liner companies. The containerships operate primarily under multi-year time charters and therefore are not subject to the effect of seasonal variations in demand.
The founders of Costamare Inc. have a long history of operating and investing in the shipping industry. The name “Costamare” was first used in the shipping industry in 1975 when Captain Vasileios Constantakopoulos, the father of the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, Konstantinos Constantakopoulos, founded Costamare Shipping Company S.A. (“Costamare Management”) to serve as the manager of the then existing fleet of ships directly or indirectly owned by the Constantakopoulos family.