SEMIH SOHTORIK MANAGEMENT & AGENCY INC. aka SSMA, is a family owned private ship management company, whose owners, the SOHTORIK family, has been involved in the shipping industry since four generations. SSMA is an International shipping operator based in Istanbul, TÜRKİYE, working with variable regions around the globe and thus having several diverse experiences with many different countries and cultures. We are fully connected world-wide either by way of representation or agencies. Dry Bulk has always been our main maritime industry.

The Founder, Mr. H. Semih SOHTORIK, was born in Istanbul, TÜRKİYE in 1941. After having completed his studies in Istanbul, TÜRKİYE and thereafter in Lausanne, SWITZERLAND, he has established SSMA in 1982 and played a major role in shaping up the organizational structure of the company. H. Semih SOHTORIK played an active role in the Turkish shipping world through the Naval Foundation, member of the Board of Directors of the “Turkish Shipowners’ Association”, member of the Board of Directors of the “Turkish Employers Confederations”, Vice President of the “Union of Turkish Employers”, one of the founders and also chairman of the “Istanbul Shipping Chamber of Commerce” and a lifetime member of the “American Bureau of Shipping”.

His son, Mr. Emir SOHTORIK, has taken over the business representing the SOHTORIK family and is currently Chairman of SSMA. Emir SOHTORIK was born in Istanbul, TÜRKİYE in 1982. He joined SSMA in 2004 as the 4th generation in the family business. He received his French Baccalaureate of Science from “Lycée Pierre Loti” on June 2000 and graduated from “Babson College” in Boston, MA on May 2004 with a Bachelor degree on Marketing and Economics. He is fluent in French, English and speaks some Spanish. Emir SOHTORIK is also a member of the “Istanbul Shipping Chamber of Commerce”, “TURMEPA”, “Cercle D’Orient” and “Young Presidents Organization”.