New appointments at  Cockett Marine  Oil

New appointments at Cockett Marine Oil

August 25, 2016

Group Chief Executive

On 18 May, Cockett Marine Oil announced the appointment of Cem Saral to the role of Group Chief Executive Officer. He will assume the role on 1 September, and succeeds Karl Beeson who has stepped down after eight years as CEO of the group.

Cem  joined  Cockett  Marine  Oil on 1 March 2015, having spent three years working in the fuel oil trading team at Vitol, a 50% shareholder of Cockett Marine Oil. He has over 20 years’ experience in the marine fuels supply chain and has held a number  of  senior  positions  in Europe, the Middle East, the US and the Far East.

Steve Brann and Murray Paul Grindrod, representing the group share- holders said, “We thank Karl for his outstanding contribution to the group and the profitable growth achieved during his tenure. Cem’s appointment illustrates our commitment to building Cockett into a leading integrated provider of fuel products and services globally. We wish him all the best in the  role.”

Cem added, “I am looking  forward to  building on Karl’s hard work and leading the group through this next exciting phase in its development.”

Hong Kong

Cockett Marine Oil Group has strengthened its trading team in Hong Kong with the appointment of Bai Di as Trading Manager.  Bai Di has extensive experience in the Asia bunker market having worked for several years with a Japanese trading house in Beijing, China, and most recently for a Chinese trading house in Singapore.
The appointment will enable the Group to develop its presence in Hong Kong, increase its customer business and provide structured and strategic supply solutions across Asia.”


Earlier this year, Cockett Marine Oil, Florida office, welcomed Frank Ray on board as Senior Supply Trader. Frank is highly experienced in global fuel sourcing, particularly in the cruise shipping segment,  having previously fulfilled a similar role within the industry for many years. Frank’s appointment will enable the group to increase its customer business in the US and provide various structured and strategic supply options across America.


Also joining Cockett Marine Oil, Rotterdam office, earlier this year was Arthur Janssen, who comes with extensive experience and coverage in the global market. Cem Saral said, ”The appointment will enable the Group to increase its customer business in Europe with a special focus on North Europe.”