Established in 1914, Odfjell pioneered the development of the chemical tanker trade in the 1950s and the tank storage business in the late 1960s.
Most of the products we use in our everyday life are made by using chemicals – from the clothes we wear to the water bottle we drink from, and the medicine we sometimes take. Our job is to transport and store these chemicals, and to make sure that our customers all over the world get them delivered safely, efficiency, on time.
Sounds easy – but the logistics behind the perceived simplicity of this task are immensely complex. 2530 colleagues around the world work to secure safe and reliable storage and coordinate the transport of more than 600 different chemicals, each one requiring special handling. The expertise of our people makes all the difference.
Safety and sustainability are at the heart of our work – it is our responsibility, and our licence to operate. Onshore in the USA, Belgium, China, and Korea, our terminals teams operate a total of 553 tanks with a capacity of 1.51 million cubic meters. That is equal to 7.9 million bathtubs. On the oceans, our 83 highly sophisticated chemical tankers make 320 port calls and transports 15 125 611 tonnes during a year, in all weather conditions, day and night. The distance our ships sail in a year is the equivalent of going 212 times around the equator.
We bring the chemicals to the producers, so that they can make the rainwear for your hike, the football for your soccer team, the wheels for your bike, the paint and insulation for your home, the coating on your windshield, and an almost endless array of everyday items – PCs, makeup, phones, clocks, cooking oil, medicines, to list but a few.
We continuously search for ways to improve our services and take the best care of our customers, our partners and investors, our staff and our environment. We ship and store the building blocks for industries, markets, consumers, and we are proud to do so.
- 2530 employees
- Of these: 1663 seafarers | 490 terminal employees | 377 shipping employees on shore
- Operating +/- 80 ships
- 18 offices around the world
- Seven terminals at key strategic locations: 553 tanks and 1.51 million cbm storage capacity
Key numbers 2018
- Gross revenue: USD 851 million
- EBITDA: USD -31 million
- Operating result: USD -131 million
- Net result: USD -211 million