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, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Hellas)
Member of the Board of Directors (MBD):
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping
Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Public Power Corporation, Athens
National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens
Hon Consul of Mexico for Piraeus and the Greek islands in Constantinople in the 19th century or Tugs & Salvage
Vice President VERNICOS YACHTS S.A.
Vice President EUROCORP Financial Services SA, Athens
MBD Global Investment Services, Paris
In addition to his business activities, Mr. Vernicos is very active in the sectors of culture and environment.
He is today director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens and has served as Member of the Board of:
The Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage
The Association for the Creation of a New Building for National Opera and “Maria Callas” Academy
CEREC, Comite pour le Rapprochement de l’ Economie et de la Culture, Brussels
Founding Chairman of the Kastella Centre of Contemporary Art in Piraeus.
Mr. Nicolas A. Vernicos born in Athens in 1945 originates from the island of Sifnos in the Cyclades of the Aegean sea.
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