The “Maria Tsakos” Foundation – International Center of Maritime Research and Tradition N.G.O. was founded in 2008 in Chios Island, Greece, by Capt. Panagiotis N. Tsakos and Mr. Nikolas P. Tsakos with the scope of promoting research, the study of Greek and international shipping, maritime tradition and education, as well as the protection of the marine environment. The Foundation carries the name of Capt. Tsakos’ beloved daughter, the memorable Maria P. Tsakos; a great promoter of the Hellenic spirit and a valuable supporter of the seafarers.