Why KPI Bridge Oil and OceanConnect Marine are a great match
When we (KPI Bridge Oil) announced our plans to merge with OceanConnect at the beginning of IP Week in February, I didn’t imagine for one moment that I’d be signing the final legal documents or celebrating while wearing a medical-grade surgical mask!
During that week in London many people asked me why I thought OceanConnect was a good fit for KPI Bridge Oil. The reality is that we first saw the potential many years ago, but it took until the end of last year for it to become clear that the timing is now right for both. The synergies were clear right from the beginning, and the more I talked with OceanConnect veterans like S.I. Shim and Bill Wakeling, the clearer it became that it was also going to be a good match culturally and in terms of our approach to business.
In short, I believe that we have created a company that can do more, and do it even better.
Together we are now a 170-strong team operating across 15 locations globally, including in Hamburg, Dubai, Hong Kong and Japan. KPI OceanConnect has the technical expertise, strong financial foundations and credit profile, as well as solid industry experience to thrive in the post-IMO 2020 world. This makes us the safe choice that the industry needs today, as well as an excellent option for professionals looking for an exciting long term career with one of the most forward thinking organisations in the industry.
Covid-19 rightly continues to dominate the headlines, but the low-sulphur cap remains a a challenge for shipowners and charterers. The market dynamics have changed forever, and it’s more challenging than ever to quickly find the fuels that best fit your voyage activity, ship setup, and commercial preference.
The new and changing market dynamics require a more consultative approach to marine energy procurement. This needs to be underpinned by companies that can offer its business partners significant financial strength and capabilities, a service offering tailored to each individual shipping segment, substantial global resource and market leverage, a solid track record of integrity and reputation for trust, as well as a commitment to quality in every facet of its operations.
As KPI OceanConnect, we are uniquely positioned to fulfil this need.
Written by Søren Høll, CEO of KPI OceanConnect