Our History

Unitas was set up in 1997 by Mr. Darrell Ponniah, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to service the intermodal container financing needs of container shipping lines and other users. As a financingspecialist at that time, Unitas used a wide range of lease and structured finance products, to provide its clients with bespoke solutions. Unitas' success has been built on its local focus and its ability to respond to theneeds of a competitive and rapidly evolving global market.

In 2006, having financed a container fleet with an original equipment cost of over $750 million, Unitas expanded its activities to include full service master lease and term leasing products. It used its access to the capital markets and expertise in structured finance, to expand its network globally with a team of experienced leasing professionals and extensive depot facilities.

In 2007, Unitas further diversified its operating lease portfolio by establishing a dedicated tank container leasing division supplying high quality intermodal tank equipment for both the chemical and food industries transporting bulk liquids. The Unitas tank fleet offers a wide range of capacities between 17,000L up to 35,000L of varying types including bottom and top discharge, swap tanks, gas tanks, and other specialised equipment for dedicated cargoes. Today Unitas is a globally recognized participant in this market. 

This growth and expansion was underpinned by investment in technology and communications platforms, which enable the company to offer flexible leasing products and superior services, to an increasingly sophisticated client base.

Unitas has emerged over this period of time as a reliable and serious global container lessor with a clear and identifiable niche.

Unitas aims to service its customers’ needs through its emphasis on value added services, not just in the established European and US markets, but also in emerging markets and right across Asia.

Unitas has a flat organisation structure to ensure a responsive service built upon its experienced team of dedicated professionals.