Did you know

Ultragas started operations in 1960
with a gas carrier only 23m long, and
probably the smallest of its kind ever built

A partner you can trust

Celebrating 60
year anniversary

About Ultranav 

Ultranav is a privately owned shipping company with offices in 15 countries. Through eleven business units, we operate in five market segments: Oil, gas, dry bulk, coastal trades, and towage & offshore. We operate a fleet of gas and chemical carriers, tankers for crude oil and clean petroleum products, bulk carriers, feeder container ships, multipurpose vessels, harbor tugs, PSVs, AHTS, pusher tugs, barges and pilot boats.

Ultranav key figures

1960

Founding year

11

Business units

15

Countries

4,170

Staff & crew

290+

Deep sea vessels

110+

Tugs & offshore vessels

Ultranav business units

“A partner you can trust”

Group history

A History of Growth

A History of Growth


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    1960

    Started Shipowning activities. Building our first ship, the very small “Ultragas”.


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    1965

    Built first tugboat.


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    1966

    Regional Trade in clean petroleum products in Chile.


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    1969

    New liner service between Chile and Brazil.


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    1970s

    Sven von Appen took over management of the Ultranav group.


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    1982

    South American dry bulk operations in coastal trades.


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    1985

    Entered the offshore support business.


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    1993

    International diversification through partnerships in Peru and Argentina.


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    1995

    Regional expansion of chemical and panamax tanker operations.


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    1999

    Product tanker operations became regional.


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    2004

    Acquisition of international LPG fleet.


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    2010

    Went global in the dry bulk segment.


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    2012

    Added Aframax tanker operations.


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    2014

    Expanded product tanker operations.


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    2018

    Merged tug and offshore operations in Latin America with Ultranav.

Management

Meet the Management Team and the Board of Directors.

Ultranav Group

Ultrabulk is part of the large and diversified shipping group Ultranav, which was founded in Chile in 1960 by Captain Albert von Appen. Ultranav now has offices in 15 countries.

Specialised services

Special cargo? We are specialists in tailor-made transportation and cargo handling solutions.

How we work

Our teams go beyond borders, so no matter where in the world you are, we are ready to assist on any marine transportation need you have.