About Us

Tomini Group is a privately-owned international business group; it is focused on three core sectors within transportation and maritime services: shipping, classic cars and plant machinery. The group is wholly owned by the Shaikh family.

Our Values

Our vision is simple – to be the most trusted partner in global transportation and maritime services to our clients, guided by our values and our commitment to safety, corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Our values are the foundations of our company’s success they are how we strive to act every day. Through living these values we work together to achieve our strategic goals, they guide our decisions and our relationships with our clients, partners, suppliers, employees and local communities.

We are authentic.

We are passionate.

We are diverse.

We are resilient.


We act with integrity as a trusted partner to our clients. We know who we are, we know what we stand for and we stay true to our vision and beliefs.


We act with energy, spirit and conviction in everything we do. We bring this passion and commitment to all our clients and never settle for second best. We are committed to the pursuit of excellence on a daily basis.


We know that new ideas come from diverse ways of seeing, we come from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, styles, perspectives, values and beliefs and this range is an asset to Tomini and our clients.


We never give up; we are not cowed by adversity rather see it as an opportunity to demonstrate ability.

Our Heritage


Tomini was founded in 1952 in Karachi, as the United Oriental Steamship Company by Mian Kader Baksh, a cotton trader and the grandfather of the current chairman.


It was initially created to move cotton to buyers around the world.


Shipping, however, was identified as being more commercially viable and the company quickly grew in line with international shipping demands.


The nationalization of the Pakistani shipping industry in 1974, cost Tomini its entire fleet.


The company moved its operations to London to manage vessels owned by offshore family companies.


Tomini quickly began rebuilding its entire fleet, managing a fleet of tweendeckers with London as their base.


Tomini established a partnership with Alpina Chartering ApS in Denmark to manage the chartering of the vessels.


Tomini sold a number of vessels when the market peaked.


Tomini continued to grow the business owning and operating a fleet of vessels.


A move to Dubai in 2004 provided a strategic global hub to continue to grow the business.


A strategic decision was taken to focus exclusively on dry bulk as the core business, with an eye on newbuildings when the timing was right.


The design and construction of our Dubai headquarters were set in motion.


Nine ultramax bulkers ordered from CIC Jiangsu Shipyard.


Tomini Classics established as one of the premier classic car showrooms.


Tomini Transport enters the market and is quickly establishing itself as one of the region’s leading plant machinery hire companies.

Facts & Figures

$300m+ has been invested in the shipping business over the last 60 years

65 years of deeply embedded experience in the shipping

Tomini Shipping has a strategic 40 year partnership with Alpina Chartering ApS in Denmark

The current fleet
comprises of Ultramaxes and Supramaxes

Shipping is 90% of the business, the group has business interests in
classic cars and plant machinery

The current value of Tomini Classics collection is close to $20m

Tomini Classics has a diverse customer base, including collectors from the Gulf, US, Europe and Asia

Tomini Classics accounts for approximately 10% of the Groups business

Tomini Classics top five transactions average $3m