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Intercargo and Intertanko raise the spirits

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INTERCARGOES  Secreatry General Dr. Kostas G. Gkonis, with Katharina Stanzel - Managing Director and Nicholas Tsakos - Chairman, from INTERTANKO

Intercargo’s Secretary General Dr. Kostas G. Gkonis, with Katharina Stanzel – Managing Director and Nicholas Tsakos – Chairman, from Intertanko


INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO joint open house-reception in the heart of London’s Square Mile last Thursday was a great success this year! Who wasn’t there; more than 200 guests and many members from both associations attended! John Faraclas was there with his camera:

This pre-Christmas afternoon reception was attended by the top echelon of the City’s international shipping entities – analysts, charities, classification societies, lag state’s representatives, journalists, legal practices, maritime arbitrators, maritime organisations, oil companies, p and i clubs,  shipbrokers, shipmanagers, shipowners, you name it were there.

Intertanko's Johan Gahnstrom, Intercargo's Dr. Kostas Gkionis, Intertanko's Katharina Stanzel and ClassNK's London head Dr. Abdul Rahim

Intertanko’s Johan Gahnstrom, Intercargo’s Dr. Kostas Gkonis, Intertanko’s Katharina Stanzel and ClassNK’s London head Dr. Abdul Rahim

It was also beyond the announcement’s …offerings of  “…a drink, some nibbles and a mince pie” ; a great variety of hot and cold food for all tastes from all over Planet Ocean’s regions; unique and superb! Good spirits too raising the business and festive season’s spirits too; good red wine in particular!

A great chance to catch up with many from both associations’ secretariats  as well as the chance to meet at ease many specialists in the field as the main issue was for both dry and wet markets prospects, given the annus horribilis witnessed by all through 2016 and concern about what lies ahead.

Sophia P. Contraros, Peter D. Contraros of PDC Maritime, Dr. Peter Swift and Claire Heath from the Sailors' Society

Sophia P. Contraros, Peter D. Contraros of PDC Maritime, Dr. Peter Swift from HRAS and Claire Heath from the Sailors’ Society

Regulation was the second most discussed issue, the third being BREXIT… Lucky to talk to Stavroula Betsakou, head of Tanker Research for Howe Robinson. All in all, I could see a controlled optimism on all three issues, and that’s very important!

Congrats to the organisers of both associations for this double event and pleased to see a strong Greek presence!



INTERCARGO is the short name for the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners.
It was established in 1980 with the objective of giving a voice to shipowners, managers and operators of dry cargo vessels and represent better this shipping sector. The power of INTERCARGO, like its partner shipping associations, is that collectively, it is possible to change bulk carrier industry for the better in a world where one bulk carrier shipowner acting on its own finds it most difficult to make itself heard and facilitate progress.

LISCR's Costas Ladas, DNV GL's Kostas Papadakis, Intrecargo's Vivian Venizelou and PACCShip's UK Mladen Velimirovic

LISCR’s Costas Ladas, DNV GL’s Kostas Papadakis, Intrecargo’s Vivian Venizelou and PACCShip’s UK Mladen Velimirovic

INTERCARGO works closely with the other international maritime associations – BIMCO, INTERTANKO and the International Chamber of Shipping who, together with INTERCARGO, comprise the Round Table of International Shipping Associations. The aim of the Round Table is to maximise the benefit to members and to avoid costly and inefficient duplication of activity. We believe that this strategy of working together is in the best interests of our collective memberships.

INTERCARGO Members commit to a safe, efficient, high quality and environmentally-friendly dry cargo shipping industry. INTERCARGO considers that free and fair competition in the shipping industry is of fundamental importance and this serves as its prime principle.

INTERCARGO aims to create strategies to enhance the interests of its Members for the benefit of the dry cargo shipping as a whole.


Star Bulk's Dimitris Kondylis with IMO's Frederick J. kenney

Star Bulk’s Dimitris Kondylis with IMO’s Frederick J. Kenney



INTERTANKO is the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners. INTERTANKO has been the voice of independent tanker owners since 1970, ensuring that the liquid energy that keeps the world turning is shipped safely, responsibly and competitively.

Gard's Michael Kougellis with Bureau Veritas' London office head Yannis Calogeras

Gard’s Michael Kougellis with Bureau Veritas’ London office head Yannis Calogeras










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