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Tristar Group’s US$166 million contract with Shell on track following successful delivery of new vessels
Tristar Group has taken delivery of its new vessel, Solar Sharna, and is expected to take delivery of the Solar Nesrin on June 30. These new assets, which will be on a long-term charter to Shell, underpin Tristar’s continued growth and momentum. In 2018, Tristar signed a long-term contract to charter six IMO2 25K Chemical Carrier vessels to the oil major. The remaining four vessels will be delivered from July 2020 to January 2021. The Solar Sharna and Solar Nesrin were built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, South Korea’s premier shipbuilder.
As a follow up on the inaugural Safety at Sea Conference held on November 10, 2019, the Shipping Team organized town hall-style Psychological First Aid (PFA) workshops to Vessel Masters and Senior Officers in Mumbai, India, on December 10, 2019 (photos) and January 23 and March 3, 2020, totaling over 90 participants. Awareness on human behavior, signs and symptoms of mental health, and the eight core actions of the PFA were some of the features of the workshops which were also live streamed to enable seafarers around the globe to participate. With the Covid-19 pandemic, the PFA workshops were conducted through online video conferencing with two batches held in April and May.
Tristar Assistant GM for Operations Arundhan Alphones shared the company’s health and safety practices to protect employees, specifically the drivers, during the coronavirus pandemic in a webinar organized by the Sustainability Network of Dubai Chamber. The ‘Health and Safety of Commercial Drivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic’ webinar was an initiative of the Road Safety Task Force which Tristar is the Lead corporate member. Alphones highlighted Tristar’s initiatives such as cleaning of vehicle cabin on every trip with cleaners wearing full PPEs, drivers staying inside vehicle cabin whenever possible while at the customer site, and strict implementation of precautionary measures at the staff accommodations.
The Tristar-owned Solar Sharna and Solar Nesrin, both 25,000 DWT IMO type 2 Chemical Carriers, were launched on March 6 and 27, respectively, at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyard in South Korea. They are two of the six new build vessels contracted in December 2018 by Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne. The new vessels will be delivered from June 2020 to January 2021 and will be on long-term charter with Oil Major Shell.
Tristar Group is pleased to announce that its joint venture United Stars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has signed a five-year contract with Linde-Sigas, a majority owned subsidiary of Linde in KSA and leading manufacturer of industrial and medical gases. Tristar’s mandate will be to transport these products to Linde-Sigas´ diverse portfolio of clients throughout KSA from five centrally located depots in Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh, Jubail, and Yanbu.
Tristar Group’ has been declared for the second consecutive year winner of the Golden Peacock Global Award for Corporate Social Responsibility by the Institute of Directors (IOD), India. The Tristar Team composed of Group Chief Administrative Officer Balaji Nagabhushan, GM for Road Transport and Warehousing Shivananda Baikady, and Assistant Manager for CSR and Sustainability Ashwatha Mahesh received the award from retired Judge of the Supreme Court of India Shri Cyriac Joseph and Chairperson of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development Rajashree Birla. With them is IOD, India President Lt Gen J S Ahluwalia, PVSM (Retd.). The awarding ceremony was held at Hotel Taj Lands End, Mumbai (India) during the IOD, India’s “14th Annual International Conference on CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY”.
The Shipping Business has purchased another coastal vessel named Tristar Triumph to serve the long term charter signed with Shell Oman Marketing. The vessel sailed from Turkey on February 5 towards the UAE for inspection by the Charterers. She reached Khor Fakkan on February 27 where a blessing ceremony and a Ship Inspection Report Programme or SIRE inspection were arranged. The blessing ceremony was held onboard as a thanksgiving since the vessel successfully transited through rough weather while sailing from the Suez Canal and Gulf of Eden. The vessel then sailed out for Oman on February 29 and commenced her charter with Shell on March 1.
Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne was one of the speakers at the Dubai Chamber’s Sustainability Network Achievements Ceremony last February 24 where member-companies were commended by H.E Hamad Buamim, President & CEO, Dubai Chamber. Mr. Buamin acknowledged the valuable work done by its members in implementing sustainable and responsible practices in 2019 and motivated them to further integrate these practices in the community. In 2019, the Sustainability Network organised 20 events, ranging from high-profile best practices seminar to multi-stakeholder dialogues with more than 384 participants from private and public on topics such as road safety, employee well-being, sustainable supply chain, and waste management.
Tristar conducted a Road Safety Awareness Campaign in partnership with RTA’s Traffic Department to over 242 children at the JSS International School in Dubai. Tristar arranged a ‘Kids Traffic Arena’ in the school where 10 children in a given time can ‘drive around’ in pedal cars and were taught traffic rules like stopping before a pedestrian crossing and wearing seat belt all the time. The idea behind the campaign was to increase road safety awareness among school children who can remind their parents who drive to follow basic traffic rules and road safety guidelines like not using mobile phone while driving.
The 6th Africa Fuels station was inaugurated in the county of Kisumu in Kenya. The other five fuel stations are located in Kiserian, Maasai Road, Nakuru and Eldoret in Kenya, and in Kampala, Uganda. Caltex lubricant products including the Delo and Havoline brands are available in all six locations. Other services being offered across the stations include quick oil change, car wash and technical consultation on application of lubricants.