In this website you will find information about me, members of my family along with the history of Vernicos family, its business and operations together with my personal interests and activities which include the culture of the island of Sifnos in the Cyclades of the Aegean sea from where my family has its roots.
President emeritus & Board Member of International Chamber of Commerce
Vice Chair Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce, China,
Member of the Board of Directors (BOD) of Hellenic Chamber of Shipping since 1979
Member of the BOD of Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Member of the BOD of Chamber of Greek-Chinese Economic Cooperation
President of VERNICOS Maritime Group & VERNICOS Tugs & Salvage
founded in Constantinople in the 19th century.
Vice President VERNICOS YACHTS S.A.
Vice President EUROCORP Investment Services SA
Vice President CONSORTIUM TRAVEL SA , an IATA agency.
With over 35 year’s cumulative experience in the management of some of the biggest Greek companies and
organizations ,he has served as President and/or member of the BOD among others in the following companies:
Public Power Corporation (DEH),National Bank of Greece (France),Olympic Airways and subsidiaries, Hellenic
Shipyards Skaramanga, Hellenic Duty Free Shops,MINION Department stores , Attica Group/ Superfast Ferries, etc.
Prefectural Advisor of Athens and Piraeus
Lloyd’s Underwriting Member
He has represented Greece at OECD and UNCTAD conferences.
In parallel to his business activities, ΝΑV is the Vice President Amstesty International
and very active in the sectors of culture and environment.
In addition to his participation in the BOD of the National Historic Museum ,
he has been in the BOD of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), ,
and of the European Cultural Center of Delphi.
Elliniki Etairia Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage ,
The Association for the Creation of a New Building for the National Opera and “Maria Callas” Academy CEREC,
Comite pour le Rapprochement de l’Economie et de la Culture, Brussels Founder of the Kastela Centre of
Contemporary Art in Piraeus and Founding President of AHEPA Hellas , Piraeus Chapter HJ-09
The Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce
on its 70th Anniversary Gala, held in NY, March 2019.
Nicolas A. Vernicos originates from the island of Sifnos in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea.
Married with Barbara Vernicos, they have 3 daughters, 4 granddaughters and 2 grandsons.
Born in 1945 and he has a M.Sc. in Economics from the Athens University of Economics (ASOEE).
Vernicos Group of Companies is one of the oldest existing maritime enterprises in Greece. It was founded in Constantinople in the mid 19th century under the name “BOSPHORUS” by Emmanuel N. Vernicos (1835-1915) who was born on the Island of Sifnos in the Cyclades. Its first activity was to transport people and petroleum barrels from one side of Bosphorus to the other with rowing and sailing boats.
The son of Emmanuel, Nicolas E. Vernicos (1869-1947) gave the company its present name. Under its new form it operated with steam tugs offering towage services to vessels transiting the Bosphorus and later added salvage tugs to render salvage services to endangered ships in the area and in Greek waters. In 1906 Nicolas E. Vernicos purchased his first cargo ship, the S/S/ VARVARA ex Sofia.
After the first World War, and because of the persecution of the Greeks, Nicolas E. Vernicos brought his wife and 8 children by tug boats to Sifnos and set up his headquarters in Piraeus.
Although the Vernicos fleet was sunk during the Second World War, the company grew again with the help of Nicolas’ four sons (Emmanuel 1900-1947), Dimitri (1907-1996), Constantine (1910-1984) and Alexander (1916-1991) and became the leader in towage and salvage during the postwar years – a position it still maintains today in the 21st century in harbour towage.
This historic group of shipping companies is run today by the fourth and fifth generations of the Vernicos family, who have developed in ocean going shipping, and successfully diversified in professional yachting, tourism and other maritime, civil aviation and on-shore activities and financial services.
Vice Chair Silk Road Chamber
Of International Commerce