ship·​own·​er | \ ˈship-ˌō-nər How to pronounce shipowner (audio) \

Definition of shipowner

: the owner of a ship

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Recent Examples on the Web Many shipowners believe that more oceangoing vessels will be powered by natural gas in the years ahead. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Natural Gas Won’t Decarbonize Shipping, But the Fuel Is Here to Stay," 4 Feb. 2020 While the captain of a naval ship is under strict orders to follow the route stipulated by the shipowner, in the case of a manhunt, the rules are different. National Geographic, "Arctic obsession drove explorers to seek the North Pole," 24 Jan. 2020 His bloody reputation prompted many shipowners to switch to Panama. The Economist, "Why do one in ten ships fly tiny Liberia’s flag?," 19 Oct. 2019 There’s a guerrilla military leader, a shipowner, and a former president. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "There are only 59 named women on the most common banknotes," 19 Nov. 2019 Greece, a shipping superpower that owns the largest fleet in the world, is sailing most of its ships under a foreign flag, because shipowners want to avoid Greece's high tax rates. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Ship's flag can help its owner keep costs down. But for the crew, it can be a nightmare," 28 July 2019 Off Somalia, where the government controlled little of the country’s territory, international navies were given free rein and shipowners could hire private armed guards. The Economist, "West Africa has become the world’s piracy hotspot," 3 July 2019 The law, passed to spur American shipbuilding at a time when Great Britain ruled the seas, allows shipowners to sharply limit liability for accidents if there is no evidence the owner had any knowledge of the problem that caused the mishap. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, "High-stakes legal battle looms in California boat fire that killed 34," 9 Sep. 2019 Even Iran has been buying up U.S. soybeans, emerging as the biggest buyer of the crop in August, according to Bimco, the world’s largest shipowners association. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Another Victim of the Trade Spat: U.S. Oil to China," 15 Oct. 2018

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circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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“Shipowner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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