Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean business unit is based in the Singapore office and operates an average volume of about 20 vessels in the Handysize to Supramax segment.

Through its significant customer base the business unit is active in most dry bulk commodities, but specialises in alumina, fertilizer, coal, petcoke and sulphur.

The business unit has a long-term industrial contract into the Red Sea, as well as other long-term clients that are serviced on short to medium term contracts or on a spot basis. Via joint setups with the other business units it is also involved in cross-basin trading, and thus linking the Singapore office nicely together with the other Western Bulk Chartering offices.

Contacts

Vivek Kumar

Senior Vice President
+6566532305
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Firas Basem Douleh

Chartering Manager
+6566532316
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Paolo Da Silva

Chartering Manager
+6566532333
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John G. Sokolsky

Chartering Manager
+6566532325
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Charlie Holman

Chartering Manager
+6566532322
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Mohneesh Bhutani

Chartering Manager
+6566532303
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Amit Rahul

Operations Manager
+6566532302
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Rebeca Pinedo

Operations Manager
+6566532327
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Patrick Feng

Operations Manager
+6566532334
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Aditi Khilnani

Assistant Operations Manager
+6566532335
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Ravi Prakash

Port Captain
+6566532311
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Western Bulk

Email and IT-related Fraud Alert

There is an increasing risk of attempted fraud and other security threats via email. In particular, Western Bulk has noticed an increase of fraudulent requests to change bank account details of suppliers/creditors, in an attempt to redirect payments to criminals and not to the intended recipient. We encourage everyone to be vigilant and learn to detect fraudulent email instructions - seemingly legitimate emails may contain fraudulent information, this is not just a cybersecurity matter.

As a result, Western Bulk will treat any notice of bank account changes as suspicious. Urgent pressure to effect payment as soon as possible without verification of the changes will also be treated as suspicious.

Please note that Western Bulk would not inform of changes to bank account details by email notice alone. In the unlikely event that we need to change a beneficiary name or our other bank account details, we would personally contact our supplier or customer in order to personally verify any change in details.

Similarly, we ask that all our suppliers and creditors:

1. first notify us in writing and
2. personally verify any change in bank details or change in beneficiary in any payment advice to Western Bulk.

In summary, notices of bank account changes will require voice confirmation from your Western Bulk contact, either by telephone or face to face, before payment can be authorised so please make sure to notify any changes in good time.