October 19th, 2016: the « Cargo Day » in favor of Mercy Ships

On the 19th of October will be the “cargo day” in favor of Mercy ships, a NGO operating the world’s largest private hospital ship, serving in the poorest countries in the world ranked by the United Nations Human Development Index.

The vessel is always based in Africa and now is in Cotonou where she will stay one year after a year spent in Madagascar with a total of :

- 2,899 operations performed.
- 1,987 health professionals trained.
- 12,688 dental patients treated.

A second ship is currently under construction and will be fully deployed in 2018, thus expanding the ability of Mercy Ships to deliver medical care, while significantly increasing capacity building and training potential.

For the first time ever the shipping and trading community raises funds for Mercy Ships. Riverlake are participating to this donation.

How does it work ?

On October 19th 2016, Charterers give or commit cargoes (called Mercy Cargoes) to participants (shipbrokers) or nominate participants (port agents and inspection companies) who in turn will donate 50% of their commission made on Mercy Cargoes to Mercy Ships. Riverlake among others fully support this action and hope to achieve the maximum participation together with you.

For More information we invite you to visit and don’t hesitate to contact us or MercyShips if more information is needed.

The Offshore Service Base (OSB) a new service of Riverlake !

The Offshore Service Base (OSB) is a new service of Riverlake offering lay-up or warm and/or cold stacking locations including value added services for owners having equipment idle in the Americas. OSB has accommodated various vessels from first class operators at best conditions in sheltered (sweet water) places. It’s likely to be an answer to your challenge. Find much more on or contact Riverlake Caribbean via or on +59995600417 or +31650128422.


ABIDJAN - Les Ateliers du Marché International Pétrolier - 8- 11 Novembre 2016 Une formation CITAC en partenariat avec RIVERLAKE

Une formation essentielle sur les stratégies d’affrètements, les dangers liés au transport de produits pétroliers, la sélection de navires et leur qualité, les coûts de frets, les marchés africains, la piraterie, les connaissements, etc...


Riverlake daily barge report 16.06.2016

The Riverlake Daily Barge report - Spot demand from inland Germany is still slow and most storages are full. Rhine freights are stable. Read !


Join Riverlake at the 3rd European Oil Barge Conference – Rotterdam 9–10 June 2016

Riverlake Barging is delighted to participate in and sponsor the 3rd European Oil Barge Conference organized by Asdem UK, which will take place in Rotterdam on 9 – 10 June 2016.

The previous conferences run by a panel of very experienced speakers experts in their fields have resulted in a very extensive feedback confirming the quality of the events. The programme put in place is fully relevant for the Barge industry. If you are involved in any aspect of the European oil barge market we are confident you will find this conference is directly relevant to your work and to your company in several different ways. You will identify future trends and potential areas for dispute and learn the best ways to avoid them. You will also have an excellent opportunity to make new business contacts.

Please ask us for further information or look for more including registering on-line via the link of the organiser:


New staff joining Riverlake Shipping Ltd !

We at Riverlake Shipping Ltd are pleased to announce that Nick Coulson has joined our Tanker Chartering Team as from the 1st February 2016 in our London office.

This is a new and exciting phase in the continued expansion of the Riverlake Group. Nick Coulson has worked in the London tanker market for 29 years and will complement our already well experienced and established team and further the high quality service the Riverlake Group has to offer the maritime industry. 

The Riverlake Group welcomes this development as part our relentless commitment to building local capacity in our indigenous offices around the world, while ensuring continuous business growth and sustainability.

Please join us in welcoming Nick to Riverlake. We wish him the very best.

Nick can be contacted at:

Riverlake Shipping Ltd

The Baltic Exchange

38, St Mary Axe



Tel +44 207 781 9821

Mobile +44 79 439 337 25


Riverlake group provides fully integrated solutions to the maritime industry. Founded in 1985, the Riverlake Group has offices in Switzerland, Netherlands, Nigeria, Congo, Germany, the UK, Curacao, Oman and French Guyana. Riverlake specializes in providing logistical and associated services for the oil, dry & gas industry worldwide.


Riverlake Barging Rotterdam looking to hire a Shipbroker !

Riverlake Barging BV is a marine service company specializing in inland barge tanker brokerage and is part of the Geneva based Riverlake Group. Our core business is to provide an independent and transparent barge brokerage activity for mineral oils, chemicals and edible oils to producers, traders and barge owners. Our focus is to offer a wide range of cargoes and barges through our global network, optimizing client’s barging logistics and to bring an independent market information flow. We are based in Rotterdam.

 To strengthen our team of brokers, we are looking for a full-time :

Shipbroker (m/f)

You will be responsible for negotiating and fixing spot cargoes on various routes within the inland tanker barge market. You will be in daily contact with our clients, such as oil & chemical companies, oil traders, and barge owners.

Responsibilities include:

Negotiating and fixing spot cargoes on behalf of our clients

  • Negotiating time-charters and contracts of affreightment on behalf of our clients
  • Providing operational follow up of barge fixtures
  • Collecting market information
  • Expanding our customer base


The right candidate has minimum HBO level education or equivalent, preferably in a maritime or logistics environment. He or she should have provable commercial skills, have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as a professional knowledge of the Dutch and English languages, German and French are a pré. He or she should be a self-starter, ambitious and persistent. Knowledge of our customer’s industry in general (oil & chemicals) and inland barging in particular will give you an advantage. Minimum 3 to 5 years working experience in our industry is required.

We offer an interesting and challenging working environment. You will work in a small team where initiative and success is highly appreciated, encouraged and rewarded. 

New staff joining Riverlake Nigeria

Riverlake Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of the Riverlake Group, is very pleased to announce that effective from today Mr. Bello Tukur has joined our Lagos office as Chartering Director.

Bello Tukur has years of professional experience in the industry. His expertise in LPG, Oil tanker chartering, Shipbroking and ship management will contribute immensely to our business strategy in the local market.

The Riverlake Group welcomes this development as part our relentless commitment to building local capacity in our indigenous offices around the world, while ensuring continuous business growth and sustainability.

Please join us in welcoming Bello to Riverlake. We wish him the very best.


Managing Director
Tel : +234 80 888 54545
Email :
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Chartering Director
Tel : +234 803 616 5619
Email :
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Tel : +41 22 906 79 35
Email :

STM Deutschland moved to Hamburg

Please be advised that effective 01 October 2015, STM Deutschland relocated its office to Hamburg.

New office address and telephone:

STM Deutschland GmbH
Raboisen 38,
20095 Hamburg
Tel    : + 49 40 2109 12733
e-mail :

E-mail and mobile telephone numbers remain unchanged.

International Petroleum Shipping and Freight Market

This CITAC training course, in partnership with Riverlake Shipping, will use numerous theoretical and practical workshops to examine in detail, international petroleum shipping and freight markets. It will explore the global and African situation and analyse key issues such as vessel selection, freight costs, risks involved in shipping petroleum products, the various benefits of working in the African market, and documentation.

The 4 day course will include:

  • International Shipping Market
  • How to charter?
  • Charter-party contracts negotiation. What is the best charter-party?
  • Freight invoices
  • Documentation
  • Demurrage - managing risks 
  • Maritime Regulation 

Who should attend?

  • Charterers, marketers, importers & exporters of oil products
  • Shipowners and ship managers
  • Distribution companies
  • Finance institutions involved in cargo and stock financing
  • Government energy regulators


To download the program, please follow this link : 


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