Tullett Prebon, part of Collins Stewart Tullett plc, today announced it has entered into a partnership with London based Shipbroking company, Capital Shipbrokers, Island Shipbrokers in Singapore and MJLF of Stamford, Connecticut, to capitalise on the $4.5 billion* wet freight derivatives market.
The newly created partnership will bring together the proven experience and success of Tullett Prebon s existing inter-dealer broking business with the physical shipping expertise of the three Shipbroking companies.
Tullett Prebon, one of the leading brokers in the energy markets, will relocate part of the five-strong broker desk to Capital s offices in the West-end of London. In addition, a new team will also be formed in Island s Singapore offices at the beginning of November with Tim Spragg, formerly of Arcadia Petroleum, and at least one other.
This is the second recent product offering from Tullett Prebon, following the launch of the property derivatives desk in July. Both product teams will be headed up by Henry Ann, Head of New Business.
Forward freight agreements (FFAs) are paper contracts between two counterparties on any agreed shipping route fixed against the Baltic index, which allows market participants to gain or hedge against volatility in the underlying freight market.
Henry Ann, Head of New Business, Tullett Prebon, said, "Our newly formed
partnership will allow Tullet Prebon brokers to benefit from Capital, Island and MJLF s knowledge of the physical shipping business. At the same time, it will provide the customers of the three Shipbrokers with valuable hedging opportunities through the use of forward freight agreements and the growing use of options.
Nick Jackson, Managing Director of Capital Shipbrokers comments: We have been
working closely with Tullet Prebon over the past year and are pleased to be taking the next step by formalising our relationship with them, along with our co-brokers Island and MJLF, which we firmly believe will jointly enhance the service we can provide our clients.
Tim Madley, President of Island Shipbrokers said: Island has been watching
carefully the developing FFA market in Singapore and after looking at several interesting options chose this partnership as the ideal opportunity to move us forward in this market segment.
Bob Flynn, President of MJLF: "It's all about creating liquidity. We hope this joint effort will tap into the energy market in a way that will engage fresh participation in the paper tanker market. It will be seen as a necessary element to their overall strategy.
MJLF is excited about the prospects this partnership will generate."