Tristar Group announced that United Stars, its joint venture in Saudi Arabia, signed a long-term contract with Sharjah Oxygen Company (SOC) to transport cryogenic liquids between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. SOC is a leading industrial gas producer and supplier in the Middle East. Tristar recently established the Cryogenic Gas Transport division which offers the leasing of cryogenic ISO tanks and road tankers, in addition to consultation, engineering and intermodal transport services for cryogenic gas. Soon, it will open a specialized maintenance and repair center for cryogenic assets in Saudi Arabia.
Tristar has begun construction of 10 new storage tanks for its chemical terminal in Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) taken over from Shell in 2019. The construction of the storage tanks will see the storage capacity of the JAFZA chemical terminal increase from 5,505 CBM to 25,000 CBM. Under the terms of the agreement, Shell will remain a customer. Eugene Mayne (3rd from left in photo), Group CEO of Tristar said: “We are pleased to announce the commencement of our expansion and modernization program for the JAFZA chemical terminal. When we acquired the facility in 2019, we invested in the UAE’s vision and its position as a significant logistics hub. The upgraded facility will be a turnkey and fully integrated distribution center that has the ability to handle bulk imports and packed chemical products at high volumes.”
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.