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Trefoil welcomes Robin van Elderen as MD to expand low carbon bunker fuel market

03 Mar 2021

Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg bunker supplier Trefoil on Tuesday (2 March) announced the recruitment of Michael de Boeck as Bunker Trader, heading Trefoil’s Antwerp office, and Robin van Elderen in the role as Managing Director of Trefoil TradingB.V. overseeing all trading activities, including its physical setup in Hamburg which is headed by Jens Reese. 

The onboarding of de Boeck and van Elderen is to further strengthen the company’s commercial team to take its business to the next level, said Trefoil. 

Both gentlemen bring a wealth of experience and are well connected within the international maritime industry both having more than 15 years’ experience on the physical side as well as from a resellers perspective.

“I am delighted to have joined Trefoil and to be able to use my knowledge and experience to expand Trefoil’s presence within the ARA region. My focus will be on the business expansion within Belgian supply region whilst further expanding our international customer base,” said de Boeck.

“I am very excited to join the experienced team of Trefoil and I am looking forward to reconnecting again with many of my contacts within my network,” added van Elderen.

“Trefoil has a very strong and unique position being part of Burando Maritime Services. Burando has a strong presence within ARA and Hamburg region offering various maritime services based on a one-stop-ship concept. 

“The services offered by our group companies Burando Barging, Nature Environmental Services, Fendercare and Ship Spares Logistics will help us to cross-sell a wider range of services that will enable us to expand our international customer base and will further strengthen our relationships with our existing business partners.

“Due to the fast-changing business landscape where we see an accelerated interest on decarbonization, alternative fuel solutions and upcoming changes in rules and legislation it is important for Trefoil to stay ahead of the market.

“Hence, we will be looking into new opportunities with the aim to further expand our footprint within existing and new markets as well as expanding our product lines.

“Trefoil is already at an advanced stage to be able to offer biofuels in the very near future, the required ISCC certificate has already been obtained. We recently re-entered the supply market on HSFO RMG & RMK side as we saw more demand coming in by our key customers.

“Next to our existing barge fleet of 8 barges, 3 on fuel and 5 on the gasoil side, we also have access to a big pool of clean and dirty barges via our colleagues of Burando Barging.

“By working closely together we can optimize our barge fleet, consisting of 71 barges, and increase our efficiency and services whenever required.”

Photo credit: Trefoil
Published: 3 March, 2021

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