TCM: What is Peacock Container’s background and ownership?
JV: Peacock was founded by Van Ommeren (now Vopak) in 1987. It was acquired by its management and a former board member of Van Ommeren in 2000. A few years later, the company was sold to the current shareholder group of private investors with long track records in maritime and ﬁnancial markets.
TCM: What drove the relocation of Peacock’s HQ from Rotterdam to Singapore?
JV: Peacock was looking to create a more efﬁcient corporate structure and to further develop Asian markets to support growth. As a global maritime hub, Singapore offered sector-speciﬁc corporate infrastructure, access to global debt providers, skilled manpower, a business-friendly government and a stable legal environment. Additionally, with its strategically located position in Asia and chemical hub status, it was an ideal location to base the company to enable us to tap the region’s potential.
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