Our History

During the summer of 1939, Captain Komninos sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and docked in Cape Town. Two of his friends and well known merchants in Cape Town, Gerasimos Divaris and Anthonios Protoulis, assisted Komninos in obtaining provisions and materials for repairs of his vessel. It was then suggested by him that they start their own ship chandling business, hence the establishment of Hermes Ship Chandlers (Pty) Ltd. With the end of World War II hostilities, trade and shipping routes once again became active. The Couvaras family acquired Hermes and continued running the operation in Durban as a family business for many years.

In 1971, brothers Tassos and Babis Tselentis became the new owners of this relatively small concern. George Papas joined them two years later and over the next 20 years the company grew, developed and expanded.

In 1998 Hermes was taken over by Angelos Tselentis, Tasso's son and his son-in-law, Vasilis Kostakis. In 2003 they opened their independent branch in Paardeneiland Cape Town. This branch is managed by their partner there Paul Phocas.

In 2007 Hermes Ship Chandlers (Pty) Ltd moved to their own new premises next to the Durban docklands.



A proud member of the International Ship suppliers and services association.


Contact Us

Phone: +27 31 274 1400
Fax: +27 31 274 1440
Email: operations@hermes-ship.com
P.O Box 475, Durban, 4000

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