Trading is the engine of our business, and energy – in many different physical forms – is the resource we trade the most. In fact, almost all of the Vitol Group’s activities are driven by trading – from exploration, to shipping, to storage. More than simply a thread linking every aspect of what we do, trading is the conduit through which we receive and share vital market information, maintain the balance and flow of our liquidity, and forge lasting, rewarding relationships with customers all over the world.
We take pride in our ability to take on difficult, complex projects and deliver effective solutions quickly and transparently. Because our partnership model is based on collective responsibility, we are careful to assess risk exposure on the ground, in local markets – where we can see the real relationship between cause and effect. We don’t make decisions based on theoretical modeling or mathematical abstractions. With 5,495 ship voyages in 2012 and over 200 ships at sea at any given time, Vitol is – by any definition – a very physical trader.