A modern shipping company

Since its inception in 2010 Ionic has focused on operation and management of a fleet of high quality modern vessels. The fleetcurrently stands at 14 and three new builds are on order. Ionic’s aim has always been to build a vertically integrated and diversified fleet of both dry and wet tonnage. Ionic’s continuous efforts to provide value added maritime transportation solutions to its endusers has earned it a high reputation for first class service, quality and efficiency in the maritime sector, while committing to service excellence by applying tanker-management standards throughout the operation and management of the whole of the Ionic fleet.

Senior management has many years’ experience in the shipping industry, primarily in the tanker sector, and it is their objective  to build a full service team of both shorebased and sea-faring personnel consistent with Ionic’s targeted standards of excellence. Ionic’s shipping management team is based in Athens, which provides a full in-house service of technical management, operations and supply management, commercial management, crewing, insurance, financial management and supervision of new vessel construction.

Currently Ionic operates and manages 14 quality and diversified vessels that include Aframax tankers and Handysize, Supramax, Ultramax, Kamsarmax and Post – Panamax bulk carriers. The vast majority of these vessels have been built at first class Japanese shipyards, under Ionic’s own in-house supervision. The Group’s latest addition is the 85,000 dwt newly built bulk carrier, delivered in January 2017, ‘Ionic Pride’ and built at Sasebo shipyard in Japan. MD Spyros Vlassopoulos said: “We are modern, we provide quality tonnage and our vessels are diversified, in different segments of the industry.”

The bulk carriers are mostly currently deployed on fixed-term charters. The Group’s client list currently includes wellknown companies such as Messrs, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Cargill, Bunge, MOL and Vitol in the bulk sector and Statoil, ExxonMobil and Shell in the tanker sector. To ensure that it is able to meet the exacting requirements of customers of this high caliber, Ionic focuses as closely on applying the highest standards of recruitment and retention for its crew and officer pool as well as initiating a cadetship program to have two cadets on each vessel at all times.

Ionic takes safety very seriously indeed. The company cultivates and applies the highest standards of ethical conduct both onshore and on board its vessels. “Our people understand their responsibilities and operate to the highest ethical standards. Our attitude towards corruption is very simple, we have zero tolerance,” statesMr. Vlassopoulos. “We are very proud of attaining this standard and our focus is on maintaining it.”

A further two 84,000 dwt new built bulk carriers are scheduled to enter the managed fleet within the first quarter of 2017. “They are currently being built in Imabari Shipyard in Japan to a high specification which will complement the current fleet of vessels in service. In addition, a second Aframax tanker is being constructed in Namura shipyard in Japan and will join the fleet during the second quarter of 2017,” explains Mr. Vlassopoulos. True to the original vision set upon Ionic’s inception, Ionic reached an important milestone in fulfilling its ambitions for diversification with the delivery of its latest Aframax tanker in 2016 from the Namura Shipyard in Japan.

As Ionic moves through 2017, the Group looks set to keep the house flag flying high in all four corners of the world. “We continue to build on a management company that guarantees safe and efficient transportation and the highest possible safety standards for our crew, the environment and the cargo we carry for our clients,” said Mr. Vlassopoulos.

Fourteen quality vessels in fleet
Three new builds in progress
The company’s client list includes Messrs, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Cargill, Bunge, MOL and Vitol in the bulk sector and Statoil, ExxonMobil and Shell in the tanker sector