Data from VesselsValue reveals Greek shipping companies have concluded deals for 91 dry cargo vessels as of June.

This compares to 81 in the whole of 2012.

And Bimco is tipping Greeks to top the 199 purchases recorded in 2013.

Its chief shipping analyst Peter Sand said: "The interest is much centred on bulkers and has become more and more explicit over the past two years, whereas Greek buying interest in tankers and containerships is flat.

"The development gives insight into the minds of Greek owners and where they expect to see the biggest opportunities arise – sooner rather than later”.

Interest has been greatest for handysizes, handymaxes and supramaxes, accounting for 67% of all deals.

“On the selling side the same pattern is disclosed as the Greek ship owners sell fewer and fewer bulkers. Greek owners have sold just 14 bulkers in 2014 as compared to 73 in 2013. They are clearly building on an already significant bulker fleet," added Sand.

Greek owners’ appetite for tankers is lagging behind, at 19% of all buys over the last two and a half years.

So far in 2014, they have acquired 39 vessels.