Our Beginnings


In 1985, Herminio S. Esguerra started his petroleum transport business with one rented barge and ten employees. Herma Corporation, as it was known then, provided bunkering services for a major oil company.

The late 80s to the early 90s was a period of tremendous growth as Herma Corporation expanded its operations to serve the petroleum transport needs of oil players within the Manila Bay area, roughly 50% of the country’s petroleum requirements. In 1992, Herma began offering petroleum transport services along interisland routes for oil players throughout the Philippines. By 1995, Herma Corporation became the country’s largest marine hauler of petroleum products.

In 1996, the operations were merged into one entity — the Herma Shipping and Transport Corporation (HSTC).

Today, HSTC continues to set the bar of excellence in petroleum marine transport in the Philippines.