Today SPI Marine is a recognised global brand in bulk liquid shipping and logistics.
Our history in the USA dates back to 1978, when Fleets Cove Chartering was founded by Rick Laux and his father, Dick Laux. From humble beginnings here are the key milestones in our history:
Sound Tanker Chartering INC. (STCI) is founded by Jeff Mavelli and his two colleagues from a NYC tanker brokerage with offices located in South Norwalk, Connecticut. Later that same year STCI merges with Fleets Cove chartering and move from long island to STCIs Connecticut offices. Tom Wimmer joined the company in 1987 and became a partner in 1996, Tom Robbins joined in 1991 and made partner in 2000 followed by Jason Siemer who joined in 1997 and became a partner in 2010.
In 2014 SPI Marine formed Manuport Logistics Asia (MPLA), a joint-venture with Manuport Logistics NV (Antwerp), to offer the full range of freight forwarding and logistics services – Progressing truly Beyond Shipbroking ! operating from the Group’s Singapore office, MPLA specializes in bulk liquid transportation in drums, flexi-tanks and iso-tanks.
With its global vision, the Group had long sought a presence in Europe. This was realised in 2014, when Graeme Harness joined, opening the UK branch. SPI Marine UK went on to develop it logistics arm, complementing the existing UK core broking business, enabling SPI Marine to further deliver a truly bespoke end-to-end solution, from commodity broking, shipping through to storage, containers, road and rail transportation.