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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 encourages the adoption of a zero tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade and would also support in its capacity:




The incumbent INTERCARGO Chairman is Mr. Dimitris Fafalios of Fafalios S.A.

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 (see the preceding Introduction).

On a day-to-day basis, our Members set a Work Programme (see the TOPICS menu on this website), covering the most important issues affecting dry bulk shipowners.  We also provide considerable information on other Dry Bulk issues. Members contribute their views so that Dry Bulk and Industry strategy can be created. (Brochure)

An overview of the INTERCARGO Membership is given here and our Members are listed here.

Our Members participate in our two main committees to determine INTERCARGO policy and forward work – the Executive Committee (ExCom), and Technical Committee (TechCom). The memberships of these two committees are listed under the aforementioned links.

INTERCARGO membership categories are Full / Consociate / Associate.

For further details, please see our Constitution.

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.

INTERCARGO Chairmen, Vice-Chairmen, and Secretary Generals

Period Chairman Vice Chairmen Secretary General
2019 – 2020 (Current) Dimitris Fafalios Jay K Pillai Kostas G. Gkonis
Spyros Tarasis
2016 – 2018 John Platsidakis Jay K Pillai Kostas G. Gkonis
Nicky Pappadakis
2014 – 2016 John Platsidakis Jay K Pillai David H. Tongue
Nicky Pappadakis
2013 – 2014 John Platsidakis Nicky Pappadakis Rob Lomas (2009-2014)
Giuseppe Bottiglieri
2004 – 2012 Nicky Pappadakis John Platsidakis Roger Holt (1999-2009)
Giuseppe Bottiglieri
2000 – 2004 Frederick Chavalit Tsao Gian C Savasta
Pierre Gehanne
1999 – 2000 Frederick Chavalit Tsao Peter Cowling
Gian C Savasta
1998 – 1998 Sverre Tidemand  Peter Cowling Bruce Farthing


Gian C Savasta
1996 – 1998 Sverre Tidemand Peter Cowling
1995 – 1996 Spyros Polemis Sverre Tidemand
Peter Cowling
1994 – 1995 Spyros Polemis Tak Wakasugi
Sverre Tidemand
1993 – 1994 Dr Frank Chao Spyros Polemis
Tak Wakasugi
1991 – 1993 Dr Frank Chao Spyros Polemis
 Bjorn Wilhelmsen
1990 – 1991 Dr Frank Chao Carl Schrumpf
 Spyros Polemis
1987 – 1990 Menis Karageorgis Dr Frank Chao
Carl Schrumpf
1986 – 1987 Menis Karageorgis Dr Frank Chao
Morten Werring
1985 – 1986 Morten Werring Menis Karageorgis
Dr Frank Chao
1980 – 1985 Christer Salen Antony Chandris
Morten Werring