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.
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.
Our 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.
“INTERCARGO – FOR A SAFE, EFFICIENT AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY DRY CARGO INDUSTRY”
The incumbent INTERCARGO Chairman is Mr. John Platsidakis of Anangel Maritime Services Inc., Greece. “We are concerned about the safety of carriage of cargoes that may liquefy following the high-profile casualties involving high loss of life. INTERCARGO will lead and push-ahead for solutions to dry-bulk safety problems. We expect IMO and local governments (exporting and importing) to address the ongoing cargo liquefaction problem. We also expect major nickel ore and bauxite producers to be pro-active and propose effective measures”, Mr Platsidakis said during our latest Committee meeting.
To see the objectives of INTERCARGO and terms of office of its Chairman, Vice Chairmen and Committee members refer to the INTERCARGO Constitution.
Our members predominantly operate Bulk Carriers in the international dry bulk trades, such as coal, grain, iron ore and other bulk commodities. Our main role is to work with our members, the regulators and other Shipping Associations to ensure that shipping operates safely, efficiently, environmentally and profitably. To do this, we actively participate in the development of global legislation through the International Maritime Organization and other similar bodies.
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According to UNCTAD’s Review of Maritime Transport 2015, bulk carriers amounted to dwt 761 million, representing 43.5% of the world fleet by principal vessel types, with a detailed breakdown of age profile as follows:
|0-4 years||5-9 years||10-14 years||15-19 years||20+ years||average age 2014||average age 2015|
|World bulk carriers||47.50%||18.68%||11.12%||11.55%||11.15%||9.07%||9.15%|
|average size (Dwt)||80,338||73,728||69,145||63,323||59,290|
On a day-to-day basis, our Members set a Work Programme, covering the most important issues affecting dry bulk shipowners. Members contribute their views so that Dry Bulk and Industry strategy can be created. We also provide considerable information on other Dry Bulk issues.
The memberships of these two committees are listed in the following links:
INTERCARGO membership categories are Full / Consociate/ Associate.
INTERCARGO is the brainchild of Antony J. Chandris who pursued a vision of creating a forum which would draw together individual dry cargo shipowners for the common benefit: a forum where matters of mutual interest and concern could be discussed and resolved.
The first General Meeting of the Association took place on 23rd April, 1980 in London.
Previous INTERCARGO Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen
|Current||John Platsidakis||Nicky Pappadakis|
|Jay K Pillai|
|2012 – 2014||John Platsidakis||Nicky Pappadakis|
|2004 – 2012||Nicky Pappadakis||John Platsidakis|
|2000 – 2004||Frederick Chavalit Tsao||Gian C Savasta|
|1999 – 2000||Frederick Chavalit Tsao||Peter Cowling|
|Gian C Savasta|
|1998 – 1998||Sverre Tidemand||Peter Cowling|
|Gian C Savasta|
|1996 – 1998||Sverre Tidemand||Peter Cowling|
|1995 – 1996||Spyros Polemis||Sverre Tidemand|
|1994 – 1995||Spyros Polemis||Tak Wakasugi|
|1993 – 1994||Dr Frank Chao||Spyros Polemis|
|1991 – 1993||Dr Frank Chao||Spyros Polemis|
|1990 – 1991||Dr Frank Chao||Carl Schrumpf|
|1987 – 1990||Menis Karageorgis||Dr Frank Chao|
|1986 – 1987||Menis Karageorgis||Dr Frank Chao|
|1985 – 1986||Morten Werring||Menis Karageorgis|
|Dr Frank Chao|
|1980 – 1985||Christer Salen||Antony Chandris|