Van der Sluijs Groep launches the transport of mineral-based fuels by water. Strategic decisions in the nineteen seventies result in expansion of the inland tanker shipping activities.
Vopak is the result of a merger between Koninklijke Van Ommeren and Koninklijke Pakhoed. Vopak Mineral Oil Barging is the inland shipping division of Vopak.
Interstream Barging is launched as a 100% charterer. The company emerges form a joint venture between Van der Sluijs Groep and Vopak Mineral Oil Barging. Interstream Barging carries mineral oils for both parties.
All inland shipping divisions of Vopak and the Van der Sluijs Groep are transferred to Interstream Barging: Van der Sluijs Tankrederij (16 single-hull barges) and Vopak Barging Europe (9 double-hull stainless steel barges). The most important changes are the addition of chemical chartering and the management/operation of the company’s own fleet.
Vopak sells its shares to North Sea Groep (formerly the Van der Sluijs Groep)(Now Argos Group). North Sea Groep then sells 70% of its shares to Statendam Beheer, the management company of the Van der Sluijs family.
Start up in vegoil market
All activities of Fluvia Vegoil Inland Shipping will be part of Interstream Barging and carried out under the name Interstream Barging Vegoil.