SEKA S.A. was established back in 1961 by Nikos J. Vardinogiannis. It commenced operations through the initial co-operation together with Mobil Corporation and Aristotle Onassis, as a bunkering station for vessels crossing the southeastern Mediterranean. These beginnings are depicted also in the company’s logo featuring elements of logos of participating parties.
Initially, bunkering operations were performed through the use of an anchored ‘mother’ vessel at the natural port of Kali Limenes at the southern tip of Crete. Vessels of clients tied alongside the ‘mother’ vessel for fuelling and provisions. In 1966, SEKA completed the construction of the tank farm on the little island of Ag. Pavlos situated just a quarter of a mile from shore. The tank farm consists of six tanks, of aggregate capacity in excess of 31,000 metric tons.
The competitive edge of the Kali Limenes station has always been its ideal positioning, only 7 nautical miles off the international waters and the sea route coming out from the Suez Canal. In addition, the area climate in general gives mild weather and seas maximizing the operating days of the station.
For decades, the station thrived into a renowned port call, providing quality services to a large number of vessels utilizing the sea route of Suez. SEKA extended its bunkering operations in Piraeus since the commencement of operations of the Motor Oil (Hellas) S.A. refinery in Ag. Theodoroi located near Corinth. Bunkering deliveries are made at the refinery and the Piraeus port wider area (Piraeus Roads).
Over the past few years, SEKA has executed an extensive investment program for the station’s complete maintenance; refurbishment and upgrade, aiming to reclaim its position as a major bunkering call in the Mediterranean. These investments consist of upgrades in the tank farm, piping and pumps capacity, notwithstanding the development of ancillary services (lubricants, water, garbage removal, provisions & stores).
In March 2009, SEKA acquired its ISO 9001:2008 ‘Scope of Supply’ certification.
SEKA targets to become a full port call for vessels that will earn the recognition of the shipping community. Apart being merely a bunkering call, SEKA stations provide and/or arrange for the necessary range of agency services for a vessel. The full satisfaction of our clientele constitutes our priority over half century of operation of SEKA.