The Greek merchant shipping fleet declined slightly by 0.8 pct in December 2010, compared with the same month in 2009, after an increase of 1.4 pct recorded in the previous 12-month period, the Hellenic Statistical Authority announced on Monday.

The service said the Greek fleet totaled 2,096 ships. Total capacity of the Greek merchant shipping fleet grew 4.2 pct in December, after an increase of 5.6 pct recorded in December 2009.