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

Definition of shipowner

: the owner of a ship

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The situation is also hitting the profits of some shipowners, as the long and lucrative route from the U.S. to China dries up. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "Another Victim of the Trade Spat: U.S. Oil to China," 15 Oct. 2018 Airline and refining industry officials are bracing for a surge in diesel demand as shipowners switch from heavier bunker fuels. Sarah Mcfarlane, WSJ, "Airlines Face Rising Fuel Costs. Blame Cruise Ships.," 22 Oct. 2018 Some shipowners fear their businesses couldn’t survive a sudden spike in energy costs. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Clouds Hover Over Shipping’s Key Antipollution Law," 31 Oct. 2018 Eventually more shipowners will invest in scrubbers and LNG. The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 But smaller, more indebted shipowners will not be able to raise finance to pay for the conversions, says Basil Karatzas, a shipping consultant in New York. The Economist, "A wave of new environmental laws is scaring shipowners," 21 June 2018 The company’s order book is empty, and shipowners are buying few new vessels. Andrew Maykuth,, "With dearth of orders, Philly Shipyard's future is at risk," 10 May 2018 Still, many of these technologies still remain prohibitively expensive for shipowners or aren’t yet available in sufficient supplies. Maria Gallucci, WIRED, "The Shipping Industry Sets Sail Toward a Carbon-Free Future," 17 Apr. 2018 In fact, a few years ago, the Financial Times reported a sale in the Porto Heli area of a 40 million-euro home that was bought by a Greek shipowner and his Russian wife. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Porto Heli Might Be Greece's Best Kept Secret," 30 June 2017

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circa 1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shipowner was circa 1530

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