Our history

Vopak is the worlds leading independent tank storage provider for the oil and chemical industry. The company can rely on 400 years of experience in storage and transshipment. This timeline gives a historical overview of developments and activities of Vopak and its main precursors: Blaauwhoedenveem, Pakhuismeesteren van de Thee (Tea Warehouse Keepers), Van Ommeren and Pakhoed.

Filippus van Ommeren was born in Rotterdam on March 5, 1807. As soon as he was old enough, he was apprenticed to his father Jan van Ommeren, who was a shipbroker and shipping agent. In 1839, Filippus, who called himself Philippus from 1833, started his own business: the Phs. van Ommeren company. In 1855, 17-year-old son Philippus junior joined the business. Philippus senior hoped that his son would eventually continue the business, but saw this dream shatter when his son died as a result of pneumonia in 1868.


Our Customers, The customers we serve include national and international producers, distributors and traders of liquid bulk products.Our wide range of customers are generally active in the production, purchasing and marketing of oil products, chemicals, gasses, biofuels, edible oils and LNG. Based on their geographic footprint, they can be divided into three large categories; global, regional and local customers.


6th May 2017,09
Vopak and AltaGas to jointly invest in Propane Export Terminal in Canada

Vopak and AltaGas Ltd. (AltaGas) announced today that they have entered into a joint venture and will invest together in the development of the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal (RIPET). RIPET is expected to be the first propane export facility off the west coast of Canada.

Corporate governance

Vopak complies with the vast majority of the principles and best practices laid down in the Dutch Corporate Governance Code (the Code). The exceptions are explained in the following chapters. For our stakeholders, and in accordance with previous recommendations of the Monitoring Committee Corporate Governance Code (the Monitoring Committee), this section includes the various risks and ways in which Vopak manages these in our external accountability and reporting on risks and risk management.

Vopak has various sets of rules in place governing the performance of its various bodies and ensuring implementation of the rules applicable within Vopak. These rules have been amended in line with the Dutch Corporate Governance Code, recent legislative amendments and decisions made by the Supervisory Board from time to time.
Shareholder information
Vopak follows an open information policy towards investors and other parties interested in the financial status of the company. The purpose is to inform these stakeholders as fully and as early as possible about Vopak’s policies and changes within the company.