Starting a new bunker company is something most of us never get to experience. We have done exactly that here since December and it reminds me a bit of when I was getting ready for my fiancée to give birth. There is a huge amount to do. I’m “the credit guy” and I only see a fraction of the huge amounts of work that Finance, Risk, HR, Management and the Commercial heads are putting in. Just like having a baby, there are endless things you need to prepare for, sign, buy, arrange and have on property. You need to draw up new procedures and ensure your “what if” contingency planning is 100% comprehensive.
They say no plan survives first contact with the opposition and that is so true of setting up a bunker company. But we have been doing lots to bring Delta to the market and it has been pretty exhausting, with a few sleepless nights for sure. How gratifying then, to start seeing the business begin to flood in and for us to stop crawling and start walking.
Policies have been produced, reviewed, signed off and implemented. Our ERP systems are being tailored with dedicated development resources to what we need, how we need it. Barges have been sorted, documentation has been arranged. Office space has been acquired and moved into and now feels very much like home. Credit reports have been written about us, endless KYC forms filled in, suppliers are now giving us credit and bank lines have been arranged. It has been a tiring few months but as summer blooms, so too does Delta’s bunker business. Covid coming to an end so we can have well-deserved drink together at the end of the week is really nice too.
One of the loveliest things about having a baby is watching him/her grow; so fast sometimes it feels like you can see it happening in front of your eyes and I get the same vibes from watching how Delta has been planned, brought into being, loved and nurtured and is now growing and developing day by day by a multinational, multi-nation team of professionals all taking their “parent” role to heart.
It is fair to say that 2020 wasn’t what anyone could have predicted. However, 2021 we start with something I take great pleasure in announcing and something I consider to be very special.
The start of our new bunker company Delta Energy has been a long time in the making and something I have personally wanted to do for a while. Having worked in some of the best bunker companies in the world in lead roles, alongside some of the best people in the industry, I now feel the time has come to pull together all the best bits I learned over my 20 year career and create a unique and special bunker company that makes difference. A company which will push boundaries and one day leave a legacy that all those who are part of it can be proud of.
We are not here to be the next bunker player in line; we will be unique, different, do the job with a smile on our faces and let the way in which we work rub off on those around us. For years, the team I’ve worked with has always been known for being a little unorthodox, having fun whilst always being professional and serving our clients to the best of our ability to make their lives easier. We will be diverse in many different ways and we will be like no other in our various offerings.
With a lot of old fashioned hard work, thinking outside the box, a willingness to explore new avenues, coupled with honesty and integrity we will create something that those who join us on our journey will feel the benefits of in many ways.
I’m extemely proud of the team we’ve assembled here. It is already one in my view that could and will stand shoulder to shoulder with our biggest peers. It’s a very exciting time for the Delta Group and so I look forward to your support now and in the years to come as we approach this this new era with cautious optimism.
All the best,