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Chariton Grecu

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Chariton Grecu (1914-1980) was a prominent figure in the maritime industry. In the mid-1950s he was engaged in organizing the first Soviet expedition to Antarctica. Grecu was also the chief of several sea ports major seaports.

 

Greku was born in Khabarovsk, the son of the Comptroller Excise. From 1932 till 1936 he was studying at the Vladivostok Maritime College at the Department of Seaports Mechanization. His further career had the following stages: 1936-1945- an engineer in the service of the mechanization of the port of Vladivostok; 1946-1955 - the Head of the Kaliningrad sea port; 1955-1957 - the Deputy Head of the First comprehensive Antarctic expedition and the Head of shore base "Mirnyy"; 1957-1961 - the Head of the port of Nikolayev; January-June 1962 - the Head of the port of Odesa; 1962-1978 – the First Deputy Chief of the Black Sea Maritime Shipping.

 

In retirement age Chariton continued to work in Bulgaria. For outstanding service to the country he was awarded with "Honorary Worker of the Navy", "Honorary Polar" and other honorable awards and medals. Besides it, one of the largest bulk carriers of the Black Sea Maritime Shipping was named after him - the "Chariton Grecu".