What We Do?

We provide transport of dry bulk commodities at sea. Our mission is to provide our customers with distinctly reliable seaborne transportation services, and our principals with best-in-class ship management services. 


Why Choose Us? 

Our business rationale comprises a customer centric approach and a high standard of excellence. We closely monitor technological developments and invest our principal’s funds where it makes the most sense for our customers; we operate today some of the best-of-breed vessels on the water. 

How We Think?

We operate in a very competitive environment where pricing is determined by global market forces independently of any one market participant. We strive to deliver superior services at a superior overall transport cost and wish to become our customers’ preferred service provider.

Our Customers: 

We work with some of the world’s largest trading houses and world-class vessel operators. We very much value these relationships and are constantly seeking to improve and adjust our services to best suit their evolving needs.


Over the years, IHS has developed a fully-fledged ship management operation, which encompasses a lean core team of highly experienced individuals that operate out of its headquarters in Athens, Greece.


Our on-shore staff is complemented by rigorously selected crews on-board managed vessels and dedicated ad hoc site teams deployed at various new building project locations.

In order to maintain our high standards, we annually engage external professional consultants to audit compliance with our comprehensive management

systems and robust set of organizational processes that reach beyond the minimum requirements set by the International Safety Management Code.

Our organizational design and business process model have been developed in cooperation with a global consulting firm lending credibility to the quality of our business processes.


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Who works for us?

Altogether we make up a team of 109 engaged employees both on-shore and on-board managed vessels, which collectively drive our organization forward.

Key People



Alexandros Petrakis – President & CEO

Alexandros Petrakis is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of IHS, and is also the Chairman of Iason Maritime Holdings Inc.. Since 1983 he remains at the helm of IHS. Notably, in his earlier days in trade and transport he founded Esmaco S.A. which he grew to become a leading company in the intra-Mediterranean animal feed trade. He draws upon his experience from his remarkable 40+ year career in shipping as a charterer, manager and owner of dry bulk vessels. Alexandros Petrakis is also a member of the board of directors of various private companies and is an honorary member of the Hellenic Advisory Committee of RINA SpA.

Themistocles Petrakis – Director

Themistocles Petrakis is the Managing Director of Iason Hellenic Shipping (UK) Ltd and the Chief Executive Officer of Iason Maritime Holdings Inc. He previously led for 13 years the commercial division of Iason Hellenic Shipping Co. Ltd and was responsible for the company's business development of which he remains a Director. During that time he also served as Managing Director of Kemika Tankers Management Inc. while in his early days worked as a competitive broker for V.Ships Commercial in London. He is a member of the Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs (SIG) and the Hellenic Advisory Committee of RINA SpA. Themistocles Petrakis earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with Business Finance from University College London (UCL), received his professional accreditation from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) and completed his postgraduate studies in Leadership at Harvard Business School (HBS).

Christos Strapatsakis – Chief Financial Officer

Christos Strapatsakis is the Chief Financial Officer of IHS and Iason Maritime Holdings Inc. He previously worked for HSBC and Eurobank, as well as reputed private shipping enterprises serving as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Family Office. He draws upon his experience from his extensive career in shipping and corporate finance and brings significant knowledge in the full spectrum of financial structures applicable to shipping. Christos Strapatsakis earned his Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Jussieu/Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris and his Master's degree in Shipping, Trade & Finance from Cass Business School in London.