The amount of time that the shipping industry has been around makes it scary to imagine creating a business from scratch and competing with all of the major corporations that have been established already. Brian Ladin took a leap of faith and decided to create a shipping business that was able to fill the gaps within the industry. He began creating a company that would provide the shipping industry with asset leasing opportunities. In 2008 Brian founded Delos Shipping, a platform that lets you lease ships as well as a provider of maritime assets and financing for end users. Overtime, Brian Ladin’s vision has earned him a prominent reputation within the industry and he has completed multiple large transactions and acquisitions.
Brian first began his venture in the business industry when he made an investment in the shipping industry which led to him focusing primarily on the shipping industry. After some time he created an infrastructure for his business which would allow him to lease shipping assets to end users. This concept was new to the industry which would usually inspire fear and doubt, but Brian says that from the beginning he had no doubt that his idea would work and all it took was consistent hard work and persistence.
In order to attract customers and create publicity, he presents his business at industry conferences and spends anywhere from 100-150 days a year on the road meeting with prospective clients. As a company they make sure that Delos can meet each customer’s requirements before they even start conducting business with them. This type of business is hypersensitive and rigorous, they must make sure that each client is financially stable enough to maintain a long term lease before agreeing to do business with them. They are a progressive business that finds new and better ways to manage vessels, they are now primarily focused on sale leaseback opportunities. As for the future of Delos Shipping, Brian plans to increase their portfolio of sale leasebacks diversified by many different vessel types, such as tankers, dry bulk, cruise and containers. He also mentions that, ship leasing will be very focused on the next generation of environmentally friendly vessels for the next 10-20 years, Owners and lessors will be focused on dual fuel vessels, vessels that are energy efficient and burn low carbon footprint fuels. The vision that Brian has for Delos Shipping is ambitious but he knows that by being as productive everyday as possible, never letting any setbacks slow him down, and using his resources to keep him organized and educated he will be able to reach all the goals that he has created for himself. He mentions that anyone who is trying to turn their idea into a reality should simply work as hard as they can and never lose sight of your end goal. Just as Brian was able to do for himself, anyone else can create their own business as long as they follow his philosophy.