The founder of Zouros Group, Mr. Nikolaos Zouros, established a maritime agency company in the early 80’s, providing the full range of port services. Having secured exclusive local representation rights for the Port of Thessaloniki for the majority of the large ship owners he managed, in the course of a decade, to establish a privately owned harbour fleet, composed by mooring and crew boats as well as tug boats, operating in the port of Thessaloniki and the Group was gradually formed. The group managed in the next ten years to combine an exemplary track recording the areas of operations, such as safety, maintenance, accident prevention etc, with consistently positive economic indexes, thus becoming the regional market leader.
The next years were marked by a series of successful long distance towages and the most specialised of ocean salvage operations. The enrichment of the personnel with the technical and naval know how from such operations was constantly being supplemented with the acquisition of additional vessels of ever increasing capabilities, ocean going tugs and AHTS vessels.
This continuous success and growth made the group a respected international layer in this specialised field with local salvage stations established in West and South Africa, in North Sea and the Mediterranean, other than the headquarters in Thessaloniki and MCT became a member of the International Salvage Union (ISU) as well as ITF.
Since 2002, striving to maintain the highest standards of quality and in sync with the international rules and regulations, the company adopted the International Safety Management system (ISM) [ISO9001/2001 and now /2008] under the supervision of LRS (Lloyds Register), after which we have registered thousands of days of operations without any accident or incident in very diverse conditions ranging from Port operations,to salvage, towage, offshore support.
In this period the company also added the successful management of a bulk carrier vessel for a number of years under its belt. The experience was very important for us not only as a successful business venture but also for the insight in this particular market segment and as evidence that the company is able to successfully operate in this as well as in it’s more traditional activities.