Our company was founded by Captain Stephan Nedelchev, Master Mariner (FG) and his wife, Mrs. Margarita Romaniz de Nedelchev. Stephan Nedelchev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1944, son of a renowned violinist and an opera singer. Via a circuitous route, he arrived with his father in Montevideo at the age of nine.
In 1966 he graduated from the Uruguayan Maritime Academy, having sailed thereafter as an Officer on various types of vessels both under the Uruguayan flag and on foreign fleets. In 1975 he passed all exams, obtaining his Master’s (FG) Certificate in Uruguay. Further positions included command on tankers Ancap Tercero and Ancap Cuarto.
In 1978 he started his shoreside activity, founding the first Uruguayan company engaged in legal servicing of marine safety systems. Around the same time, he was appointed Lecturer at the Uruguayan Maritime Academy, teaching courses in Navigation and Ship’s Stability there for a few years. In 1988 he started his own private business:
Today´s Captain Stephan Nedelchev – Marine Technical Services.
In the same year of its foundation, the company was appointed as a British Admiralty Chart Agent as well as an Agent for the Servicio de Hidrografía Naval (Argentina). In 1996 the firm was re-appointed as an International Admiralty Chart Agent, becoming the first to hold such a category in the Americas.
Such an appointment was due to its commitment to supplying professional “full package” services such as the AUTOSUPPLY®, as well as complying with IMO’s ISM Code regulations, years in advance of it coming into force. At present, the company holds this appointment for both Uruguay and Argentina, where it also has an office in Buenos Aires.
Captain Nedelchev’s daughter Ms. Nadia Nedelchev worked for several years in the company, having reached various positions including that of General Manager.
At present, daughter Ms. Ivana Nedelchev is a Partner and CEO. She started her career in Uruguay as a certified English teacher, founding her own language school, Seaside English Center, in La Paloma back in 1992.
In 1998, she immigrated to the United States and lived in Connecticut for 18 years. During that time she was Director of Marketing for a renowned real estate developer, where she oversaw all aspects of the real estate process. In her present position she is in charge of the general supervision of the various activities performed at our company: production, administration, marketing and human resources.