A decade full of challenge

Since 1998, General Bunkering Services became active in the ARA-region. After around 15 years of acquiring experiences of chartering and inland navigation in the ARA-Area, the time had come for Erik Vermeylen to set up his own business. He took over a limited company and four single-hull barges and from that time on General Bunkering Services (GBS) was a matter of fact.

Very quickly a variety of oil traders and oil companies found their way to GBS. Within a few years the company was investing in renewing and increasing the number of double-hull inland tankers. The investments were necessary because the company didn’t have any double-hull tankers. The first double hull type C tanker, ‘Beethoven’ was christened in August 2005. Since 2017, GBS is exclusively managing a fleet of dubble hull tankers who are working for several independant oil trading companies. We are following the new developments in LNG bunkering closely in order to continue to respond to the wishes of our costumers.

rue to tradition, all 'GBS' ships are named after composers. 

Current address Lichterweg 3, 2030 Antwerpen, Belgium. 


Over the years GBS has always been focusing on innovation, an absolute must in this sector! That is why the company will continue with this tendency in the future.


In order to continue to occupy a competitive position, GBS will be diversifying further.Until now the company has concentrated mainly on transporting fuel oil. However, the new double hull type C ships do lend themselves excellently to transporting other goods, including various mineral oils and chemicals. In the future a wide market will be opening for us, full of challenges. With five brand new ships, GBS is going to meet the future full speed ahead. Preferably with you!