International bunkering firm GP Global (formerly Gulf Petrochem Group) has expanded European and Asia Pacific bunkering operations with the appointment of five senior traders alongside the establishment of a new office in Hull, UK and a new branch office in Seoul, South Korea.
Steven Taylor, Lead – Physical Supply, West of Suez and Susan Needham, Trading Operator – Physical Supply West of Suez, both previously from OceanConnect Marine UK will be based at the brand-new GP Global office in Hull, UK.
GP Global’s London office will be further supported by former KPI Bridge Oil trader Chris Holroyd and ex- Ocean Connect Marine UK trader Dave Matthews; they both hold the position of Bunker Traders, West of Suez.
Both the Hull and London offices will report to Chris Todd, Head of Bunkering, West of Suez at GP Global.
“We are delighted to have strengthened our UK bunker team with experienced, well respected and seasoned professionals within our industry,” says Todd.
Our UK operations continue to go from strength to strength with the opening of our brand-new office in Hull, strategically located close to the P66 and Total refineries in Immingham, and the expansion of our London office.
“We expect 2018 to be another successful year at GP Global’s bunkering division due to the team we now have in place West of the Suez.”
GP Global’s Asia Pacific operations, meanwhile, will be boosted by Senior Bunker Trader Robin Park who will lead the Korean operations in the group’s new office in Seoul, South Korea. He comes with experience from Asia MBS and Cockett Marine Oil in South Korea as well as Glander International Bunkering in Singapore.
Park will report to Anil Keswani, Head of Bunkering, East of Suez at GP Global.
“We are pleased to expand our East of Suez operations to Korea with Robin on board,” notes Keswani.
“The expansion in our Asia Pacific operations is aimed at strengthening GP Global’s reach in the Bunkering business.”
Prerit Goel, Group Director at GP Global, rounded up the development: “Our bunkering division enjoyed a successful year in 2017, despite challenging market conditions, and that was down to the people we have in place across our trading desks around the world.”
“With these latest appointments, we are confident that the new team structure both in the UK and Asia Pacific, will allow us to capitalise on further opportunities moving into 2018.”
Photo credit: GP Global
Published: 4 April, 2018
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