NEW YORK, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. (NYSE: ANW) ("Aegean" or the "Company") today announced that it is launching a bunkering operation in Algoa Bay, near the port[s] of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and Coega, South Africa.
Located within a few miles of heavily trafficked international shipping lanes, the new bunkering operation is well positioned as a natural stopover on routes to Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and both coasts of Africa. The region includes eight commercial ports that are busy conduits for global trade. Approximately two million metric tons of bunker fuel is sold annually in the region, underscoring that Aegean's new operations are located in a robust market with potential for growth.
E. Nikolas Tavlarios, President of Aegean Marine Petroleum Network, said, "The launch of bunkering operations in Algoa Bay is consistent with our strategy to opportunistically enter new markets. This strategic expansion allows us to take advantage of compelling market dynamics while simultaneously providing customers with a faster, more efficient and affordable alternative in the region. We are confident that entering this attractive market will strengthen Aegean's unique market position and prospects for continued growth. As we move forward, we remain committed to extending our successful track record of geographic diversification, which we believe will continue to benefit our customers and drive value creation for our shareholders."
About Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc.
Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc. is an international marine fuel logistics company that markets and physically supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port and at sea. The Company procures product from various sources (such as refineries, oil producers, and traders) and resells it to a diverse group of customers across all major commercial shipping sectors and leading cruise lines. Currently, Aegean has a global presence in 32 markets and a team of professionals ready to serve our customers wherever they are around the globe. For additional information please visit: www.ampni.com
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In addition to these important factors, other important factors that, in our view, could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include our ability to manage growth, our ability to maintain our business in light of our proposed business and location expansion, our ability to obtain double hull secondhand bunkering tankers, the outcome of legal, tax or regulatory proceedings to which we may become a party, adverse conditions in the shipping or the marine fuel supply industries, our ability to retain our key suppliers and key customers, material disruptions in the availability or supply of crude oil or refined petroleum products, changes in the market price of petroleum, including the volatility of spot pricing, increased levels of competition, compliance or lack of compliance with various environmental and other applicable laws and regulations, our ability to collect accounts receivable, changes in the political, economic or regulatory conditions in the markets in which we operate, and the world in general, our failure to hedge certain financial risks associated with our business, our ability to maintain our current tax treatments and our failure to comply with restrictions in our credit agreements and other factors. Please see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a more complete discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties.
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