CONTAINERSHIPS was established in 1966 by Sea Containers of UK and Finnish entrepreneur Veli Nordström. In 1967, the company’s first container vessel sailed from Finland to the UK. Between 1985 and 1990 CONTAINERSHIPS company developed into a leading shortsea carrier emphasising the use of pallet-wide containers. By 1994, we were already established in Russia with offices in St. Petersburg and Moscow.
In 2007 CONTAINERSHIPS acquired the Lithuania-based company Kursiu Linija and Lithuania, Latvia and Poland were added to our service network. In 2008 the network was enlarged to the port of Ghent in order to offer a better access to the Belgium and French markets. At the same time we established our own office in Minsk to develop the Belarus market through the port of Klaipeda. In 2008 we were awarded Transport Company of the year in Ireland.
After developments in the lower Baltic Sea, CONTAINERSHIPS extended further its network through the acquisition of Contaz Lines of Turkey in 2009. With the aim to replicate the successful North European transport network to the growing Mediterranean economies we extended our Mediterranean service coverage to Mersin (Turkey) and Alexandria (Egypt) within the course of 2010.
Further development of our core transportation within Europe took place in June 2010 when we added Sodertalje (Stockholm) as a port of call with direct service to St. Petersburg and established presence in Ruhr area, Germany.