The Bulgaria branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
was first established in 2002 as an ITC, thanks to the work of a
group of enthusiastic fellows and members who had previously taken
their ICS exams in London - in particular ROsen Kosturkov, FICS,
Daniel Stefanov, FICS, and Todor Todorov, MICS (now FICS).
However the branch establishment would not have been possible
without the guidance and special support of Todor Vassilev, FICS of
Vassilev Maritime, Istanbul.
The ITC started working in close cooperation with the
Naval Academy in Varna. The good relations between the Branch and
the Academy grew stronger and was the foundation on which the
branch continued to develop its structure. The ITC was recognised
and officially registered as a Branch of the Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers, on 16th January 2013.
The branch official establishment was possible due mainly
to the efforts of past Chairman, Mr Daniel Stefanov, FICS, who
organised and arranged the whole event.
The Branch today
The mission of the branch is to promote the Institute of
Chartered Shipbrokers and its values, promoting professionalism in
commercial shipping locally.
In Varna, there are a lot of young professionals with
on-board experience, who constitute a vital part of the
international shipbroking and operations community.
The branch endeavours to hold regular seminars,
particularly on legal matters. This aims at boosting the
professional knowledge of the branch membership as well as at
offering networking opportunities. As an educational body, the
branch is actively organising events in conjunction with the Court
and Customs officers at the ports of Varna and Bourgas.
The branch also works closely with the Bulgarian
Association of Ship Brokers and Agents - BAKBA. The Branch is
partner with the Odessa law firm, Interlegal, and with Vassilev
The Branch is based in Varna and has its office within the
premises of the Naval Academy. Visitors are received in the office
by appointment only.
For more information please check the branch website here.
Who is who in 2020-21
||Rosen Kosturkov, FICS
||Vihren Zahariev, FICS
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Bulgaria Branch
Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy
73 Vasil Drumev Str.
9026 Varna, Bulgaria