MERLIN PETROLEUM was established in 1987 by President and
founder, Terri Ignozzi-Little, as a bunker
brokerage firm, specializing in meeting the fuel purchasing requirements of
ship owners and charterers. Merlin has expanded its activities into trading
and has become one of the largest procurers worldwide of all grades of
fuels to the various branches of the United
WE have over 90 years of combined oil industry experience in
tracking worldwide bunker prices, supply ports and negotiation with
suppliers around the globe to ensure the best possible price, place, time
and availability of products to meet our
Merlin's superior performance has generated an unmatched
degree of reliability and cost saving for its clients. Merlin personally
manages your bunkers from origination to final destination providing
ON-TIME AND ON-BUDGET performance!
Using our service will give
you the benefits of:
highly personalized, hands-on approach
access to international and domestic suppliers
and highly skilled professionals at your disposal around the clock.
500 Women Owned Businesses in the USA in 2004, 2007
500 Diversity Businesses in the USA in 2004, 2005, 2008
Women Owned business in USA in 2005
200 Government Contractors in 2006,2007,2008
100 Women Owned Business in America in 2007, 2008
100 Small Business in Connecticut in 2007,2008
Business of Westport 2007, 2008
Our staff include:
Terri Ignozzi-Little, graduated from
Fordham University with degrees in Spanish Linguistics, French literature
and business concentration. She has also successfully completed the
Association of Ship Brokers and Agents Certificate, Course in Principals of
Chartering. Terri has been working in the marine fuel industry since 1980
and has gained experience working with suppliers, ship owners, and major
oil companies. Terri possesses over 29 years experience selling
bunkers and associated products and services.
Through several partnerships with major domestic and international
ship owners, Terri's experience lends to a strong understanding of
chartering and operations, which allow us to provide added services and
value to our customers.
Terri's focus is running the company, handling all
commercial, brokering, trading and all finances
for Merlin Petroleum and its investments.
has been involved in the oil industry since 1979. His experience covers
major oil companies (Exxon) a partnership with a ships agency and the
founding of the first independent bunker trader in South Africa. He has a
Master's of Business Administration with an International Business
been instrumental in the development of business with the Federal
government and its entities which has resulted
in the award of several multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts and the
continued financial strength and success of Merlin.
Maurice Lara started his professional career straight out of high school in 1985, with the family Import-Export business, where he gained experience in a variety of disciplines, including; sourcing, procurement, negotiation, sales, contracts, and a unique concentration in domestic and international logistics.
Concurrently, he was studying and earning his degree at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he graduated in 1990, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a minor in Philosophy. After graduation, he spent almost 5 years handling the transportation and storage of food, steel, and chemicals worldwide for various companies.
In 1995, he was recruited into the metals trading business, where he spent 10 years, starting in logistics and progressing through chartering and ultimately the trading desk. His career in the marine fuel industry began in 2006 with Ocean Connect Marine, Inc., where he learned the business from the bottom up, over 5+ years as a broker, and trader, in the New York office.
He subsequently opened an office in Connecticut for GAC Bunker Fuels, Ltd. As the Bunker Manager - Americas, Maurice was responsible for trading and the development of a supplier network and credit lines throughout the region to support GACís global network of 6 offices and 25 traders.
Prior to joining Merlin, he was a broker and trader with Glander International, part of the Bunker Holding group, based in Florida. Maurice has broked and traded marine fuels, gas oil, lubricants, and associated products and services. He is fluent in Spanish as a second language.
He has gained experience and respect in the industry, working with suppliers, ship owners, charterers, major oil companies, and agents. He values and nurtures these relationships, many of which go back more than ten years and which result in support from all corners.