Established in London by its present chairman, Suay Umut, more than 30 years ago, privately owned Dunya Denizcilik ve Ticaret A.S. is a byword for quality in the international tanker shipping community, and has long been at the forefront of the drive to improve the standard of Turkish shipping in general and Turkish tanker shipping in particular.
Dunya acquired its reputation for reliability and service as the operator of second hand tanker tonnage purchased from Exxon in the early 1980’s.
The company’s headquarters were moved from London to Istanbul back in 1984 from where it launched its ongoing fleet renewal programme, in the process becoming the first privately owned Turkish shipping company to place a tanker newbuilding order with a foreign yard. The Company went on to order a series of 5 medium range product tankers at Onomichi, Japan, before switching its attention to South Korean yards.
Whereas many shipping companies aim to expand the range of services they provide, Dunya continues to focus on that which it believes it does best; the efficient management of oil and chemical tankers.