As the world begins to open up again after the devastation of COVID-19, Cargostore Worldwide talks to PES Wind about how they have managed to stay profitable during the pandemic. We explore the company’s timeline of growth over the last three years which has led to their current position in the offshore container industry.
2017 – Cargostore Containers LLC established in U.A.E
In late 2017, Cargostore Worldwide formalized their expansion into the U.A.E by opening Cargostore Containers LLC, based in Abu Dhabi, appointing Sohail Ashraf as General Manager. The move cemented their position in the market as a leading supplier of DNV 2.7-1 certified containers to offshore oil and gas projects in the region.
With oil and gas production on the rise, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Corporation (ADNOC) had made known their intention to enforce the DNV 2.7-1 standard for offshore cargo carrying units, and to phase out the less safe ‘hybrid units’ which were common in the region. As Cargostore’s entire offshore fleet were already DNV 2.7-1 certified, they were ahead of the curve, which led to them supporting large projects in the region.
‘I was thrilled to join the Cargostore team in 2017 at the forefront of Cargostore Containers LLC. It was an honour and a privilege to be part of such a reliable and innovative organization who wanted to positively impact the local market by promoting the safer DNV 2.7-1 standard. After three years we have continued to do this, and we are proud to be a leading supplier of DNV 2.7-1 products in the region,’ says Sohail Ashraf.
Cargostore Containers LLC was awarded their ADNOC ICV certificate in 2019, demonstrating their support of local business. Sohail Ashraf continues to spearhead the organization now as Country Director, U.A.E.
2018 – Cargostore becomes world’s largest supplier of offshore DNV reefers with increased presence in Northern Europe
In February 2018 Cargostore increased their presence in Northern Europe by opening a quay-side rapid response depot in Eemshaven, and appointing Dennis Schouwenaar as Offshore Sales Manager, Northern Europe. With a growing client base already in the region, having the dedicated rapid response depot with Mr. Schouwenaar operating locally meant that Cargostore could provide a seamless customer service, specializing in providing containers to clients on an ad-hoc fast turnaround basis.