GTLK Global is a relative newcomer to ship leasing, but it has big ambitions to carve a niche in the highly competitive market.

The company — the foreign leasing platform of Russia’s State Transport Leasing Co — is best known in aviation.

GTLK Global set up its maritime leasing arm in 2018, with Hong Kong picked for its headquarters last year.

DVB transport banker Tomasz Pietraszkiewicz was recruited to spearhead GTLK Asia, the official name of the Hong Kong operation.