Ankorgaz to aim at LNG in 2018
Barani’s trading company purchased a few LNG road vehicles, established shipping branch Gasnav and is co-organizing the European LPG summit scheduled for next spring in Monaco
Ankorgaz SpA, with registered office in Milan, and headed by General Manager Mauro Piccirillo – part of Ankor group, aside Storgaz SpA, headquartered in Belgioioso (Pavia) - dealing with the LPG retail market, is beating all records and in 2017 it installed 750 tonnes for retail in small tanks.
Chairman Antonio Barani It recently purchased 2 LNG semi-trailers from Turkey and 7 Renault Trucks tractors ranging from 440hp for national deliveries and 480hp for shuttling between Laverà (Marseille's port depot) and Belgioioso, up to 520hp to tow 2 LNG semi-trailers connecting Barcelona (Spain), Fos sur Mer (France) and Italy.
Ankorgaz' current rolling fleet, providing free on site deliveries from main European terminals, consists of 10 semi-trailers (towed fleet) and 7 tractors (towing fleet), for a value of 2 million euro.
Barani is also Chairman of Gasnav Sarl, with 3 employees (2 traders and 1 back office) and registered office in Montecarlo, the Group's new maritime division, dealing with cargo trading and LPG paper trading.
"We have 3 operating routes – the entrepreneur explained to Ship2Shore – and we are focusing on the optimization of the supply chain of Ankorgaz' inland volumes, trying to carry volumes to Adriatic ports to load them via ATB and deliver them.
Secondly, we deal with position trading, both physical and swaps, by purchasing volumes and gaining on sale margins, that are usually generated by contango or negotiating capacity.
As regards risk management, we cover physical positions with swaps mitigating foreign currency risks, the various bids and offers”.
Deeply networking, Barani recently attended the Iran-Italy trade forum held in Rome – attended also by Augusto Cosulich, Italian agent for state shipping company IRISL, and by lawyer Andrea La Mattina of law firm BonelliErede – to seize new opportunities of doing business in Tehran.
"We met Iran's parliamentary delegation, one of the main LPG producers worldwide as Gasnav aims a strengthening its presence in this sector".
Ankor's boss will also co-organize the next industry event of European LPG Association due in Monaco, and of which his company is a Platinum Sponsor.
“It will be the European LPG Association's annual summit. I am the President of the National Organization Committee as well as a member of AEGPL's governing council in Brussels”, Barani confirmed. “As the association was founded in 1968, we will also celebrate its 50th anniversary. The summit will be attended by many sponsors invited by the new president Francesco Franchi, Chairman of Livorno-based Costiero Gpl and of the association Assogasliquidi. The stands within the Grimaldi Forum venue are almost sold out and dates are strategically scheduled right after the Formula 1 Grand Prix, from May the 31st to June the 1st”, Barani concluded.