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Ramps Logistics takes
its services to the region
ith a growth strategy
aimed at penetrating
new markets, Ramps
Logistics Ltd (RLL)
has successfully grown its presence
in the blossoming Guyanese market
and is focused on expanding its operations to both Suri-
name and Colombia.
The company is a two-time winner of the Energy Confer-
ence Exporter of the Year Award for 2017 and 2018.
Established in 1985, the company began by offering cus-
toms brokerage services and later adding freight forward-
ing services to its portfolio.
“Right now we are managing the entire logistics supply
chain for Atlantic LNG, for PowerGen, for Pt Lisas Nitrogen
Ltd,” said Javed Razack, director of new venture for RLL.
Razack, a former Ministry of Energy geophysicist, said
in T&T, RLL is considered to be one of the largest customs
brokerage/freight forwarding companies with about 40 li-
censed customs clerks.
The company employs 125 people in its T&T operations
headquartered in Cunupia, providing logistics and other
services for varying sectors of the economy including the
Business and Money spoke to Razack, to find out more
about the company’s growth strategy and strategic inten-
tions for the future.
Moving into Guyana
When RLL entered Guyana, it capitalised on first mover
advantages, as it was the first T&T logistics company to
enter that market.
Razack, a 28-year-old part time lecturer at UWI, St Augus-
tine, said when the company first entered Guyana in 2013,
there was little or no infrastructure in place to facilitate
He added that there was no “supply base” onshore to
house equipment, tools and other items needed at the
When ExxonMobil made its oil find in 2015, RLL began
working with the oil giant.
“Instead of looking at multinationals they were trying to
minimise costs by asking a logistics provider to do the sup-
ply base work for them. It was a huge discovery by world
standards and since then RLL has been providing logistics
support, shore-based management, and out of the 10 or 11
wells all but one found oil.”
With so much work completed in just one territory RLL
started a company called El Dorado Off-
shore, to supply manpower and catering
to vessels and rigs, leveraging the first set
of work done with Exxon and now work-
ing with most, if not all the major vendors in Guyana.
“In Guyana we actually put people on the rig. We have
four people who are the logistics clerk on the rig. Our peo-
ple interact with the people in T&T and the people in Guy-
ana and in both shore bases.”
Razack said all the global names in the energy service
industry have established a presence in Guyana and “we
have been bidding for work with all of them, as just about
every company along the upstream supply chain must ship
cargo, clear cargo at ports and manage cargo onto supply
vessels destined for the rig.”
Outlining the company’s accomplishments, he said RLL
has been doing logistics work for Schlumberger and Hal-
liburton, as well as cargo and shipments for Stena which
owns the drill ship in Guyana that is working for Exxon-
“We’ve also added on services to provide work permits
and visas and taxi transport as well as assist with hotel ac-
commodation,” Razack said.
After finding success in Guyana, Razack said RLL decided
to explore other territories in the region to determine what
additional business opportunities were available.
According to Razack, Suriname stood out as an obvious
choice because of its onshore oil industry, refinery busi-
ness, and brand new deepwater exploration projects.
In 2017, the company was able to capture work from Af-
rica’s leading independent oil company, Tullow Oil, which
has operations in Suriname, after successfully bidding for
its shore-based and customs brokerage work.
“We set up in Suriname in 2017. We found a port facility
that we were able to lease. Tullow did not find oil unfortu-
nately, but everything else went very successful.
In January, RLL won a contract from Kosmos Energy, an
American international oil company founded and based
in Texas, to supply customs brokerage, freight forwarding
and shore-base management services for their upcoming
drilling in Suriname.
He said through providing indirect services, T&T compa-
nies have the opportunity to tender for jobs through RLL.
In other words, now that it has deepened its footprint in
Guyana, RLL wants to be a platform for other companies
to set up businesses in Guyana.
“We think that we are enabling guys in T&T who may not
have work due to the slowdown. We have been arranging
for companies in T&T who want to meet Exxon, or the Gov-
ernment of Guyana who wants to set up operations there,”
He pointed out that Jamaica was of interest to RLL also,
as it is now registering a company there in anticipation of
“big” exploration work coming up.
Javed Razack, director of new ventures at Ramps Logistics Ltd.
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