Leo V. Berger, 78, one of the country's biggest shipping...

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August 02, 1999

Leo V. Berger, 78, one of the country's biggest shipping magnates, who helped revitalize the U.S. merchant marine fleet, died July 24 of a heart attack. He began working to rebuild America's dying international shipping business in 1967 with the federally subsidized purchase of an oil tanker for $1.5 million. Mr. Berger built up his Apex Marine Corp. of Lake Success, N.Y., which had an estimated $100 million annual revenue and a fleet of 24 ships at its high point in the mid-1980s.

Pub Date: 8/02/99

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