Oil company and shipowners mark 50 years

20 Sep 2011
ExxonMobil has been supplying lubricants to the Greek Group for 50 years

ExxonMobil has been supplying lubricants to the Greek Group for 50 years

ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants and shipowning partnership the Greek Group have celebrated a 50-year business partnership, representing the oil company’s longest supply agreement with a marine customer organisation.

The Greek Group was established in 1961 when nine shipping family companies formed a fuel and lubricants purchasing group with Mobil Bunker Ltd., London. The original companies, organised as the Prometheus Group, were mainly from the island of Chios in the eastern Aegean sea and had settled in London during World War II.

Exxon Mobil Corporation has been serving the lubrication needs of the marine industry since the 1880s. Today, its global marine lubricants organisation claims to be the leading supplier of mineral and synthetic oils, and to provide technical expertise and service worldwide.

During the 50 years of the supply partnership between ExxonMobil and these family companies, the Greek Group has grown and now consists of 29 Greek shipping companies. ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants supplies about 250 vessels within these companies.

To celebrate this half-century of cooperation, Exxon Mobil’s UK marine lubricants department hosted a reception and dinner in June 2011. More than 80 guests attended the event, held at the Yacht Club of Greece in Athens. Among those taking part were sons, daughters and relatives of the original shipping families.

“A business relationship of this duration requires ongoing service and support,” said Ray Pomfret, global marine sales manager, ExxonMobil Marine Lubricants. “Our reputation for providing innovative technologies and ability to reliably supply a complete range of Mobilgard products in smaller ports where many members of the Greek Group trade has been key in cementing this long-term relationship. It has also been the foundation for the personal and business relationships that have set a new record for our company.”

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