Naming ceremony for first of 35 newbuild crude oil and product tankers on order to be leased to Trafigura

Revenues and volumes continued to grow across both trading divisions, though pressure on margins led to a fall in profit

Singapore - 20 September 2018

Trafigura Group Pte Ltd (“Trafigura”), one of the world’s leading independent commodity trading companies, has today named the first of its 35 crude oil and product tankers being built in South Korea and China.

Today’s naming ceremony took place at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries’ shipyard in Jeolanam-do, in the southwest of South Korea in the presence of Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, Dr Lam Pin Min. Dr Lam’s wife, Dr Jeanette Chen, became godmother to the first vessel to be named, the Mt Marlin Singapore, a 150k dwt Suezmax vessel. Chin Hwee Tan, CEO Asia Pacific for Trafigura also joined today’s ceremony whose wife, Michelle Lee, became godmother to the second vessel to be named, the Mt Marlin Siena, also a 150k dwt Suezmax vessel.

“My wife and I are honoured that the first of this fleet of new, technologically advanced vessels has been named after our country. We take this as a fitting tribute to Singapore’s role as a global hub for trading in commodities including oil and oil products, and as a centre of the global shipping industry,” said Dr Lam during today’s naming ceremony.

“Trafigura is a leading player in global shipping,” said Chin Hwee Tan during today’s ceremony. “We’re delighted that all the new vessels will be registered in Singapore, flying our nation’s flag as they transport commodities around the world.”

The order for the 35 newbuild vessels that includes Medium Range (MR) tankers, LR2s and Suezmax tankers has been placed by a close Asian financial partner and the vessels are being leased on delivery to Trafigura with options to purchase at a later stage. Vessels are being delivered from today and throughout 2019, with the majority of vessels being delivered in the first quarter of 2019.

“The super eco-efficient vessels are being built to the highest technical specifications which also meet the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations,” said Rasmus Bach Nielsen, Global Head of Wet Freight Shipping for Trafigura. “We’re looking forward to employing the vessels within our trading division.”

The company’s wet freight trading division which acts as a profit centre in its own right was responsible for over 3,050 fixtures in 2017, up from 1,970 fixtures in 2015. It has decreased its time chartered wet fleet which, despite the new fleet’s arrival, will result in around 80 percent of all Trafigura-controlled wet cargoes continuing to be placed on third party tonnage.


Image by Trafigura Beheer B.V.


Image by Trafigura Beheer B.V.

About Trafigura
Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world. The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including 49.6 percent owned global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura's Mining Group; and Galena Asset Management. The Company is owned by around 600 of its 3,935 employees who work in 62 offices in 35 countries around the world. Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD136.4 billion in 2017. The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.

Trafigura Beheer B.V. press release