140 years afloat in 2011

 – and more to come

On NORDEN’s 140th birthday, 11 February 2011, the company has a fleet of more than 200 tanker- and dry cargo vessels and an international organisation of close to 900 employees at sea and on shore. During the last decade, NORDEN has undergone a transition from an internationally oriented Danish shipping company to a global shipping company, headquartered in Denmark. The key to success has been and still is strong and lasting relationships based on the values Empathy, Reliability, Ambition and Flexibility with large industrial customers around the world.







Take a quick tour through this historic gallery and get a few snapshots from NORDEN’s 140 years as ship owner and operator. 



11 February 1871: Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S is founded by Mr Mads Christian Holm.


1872: The Company's first vessel, the steamship NORDEN, is launched.

1884: Helsingør Shipyard is founded by Mr Mads Christian Holm. (Photo provided by Det Kgl. Bibliotek)


1923: The Company's first motor vessel, NORDBO is delivered. (Photo provided by Handels- og Søfartsmuseet)

1945-61: 4 vessels are lost during the war, of which 3 in Allied services. (Photo provided by Handels- og Søfartsmuseet)

1946: The Company's last steamship, NORDLYS is sold. (Photo provided by Handels- og Søfartsmuseet)



1971: NORDPOL is lost during the armed conflict between India and Pakistan. (Photo provided by Handels- og Søfartsmuseet)


1973: NORDEN’s first dry cargo vessels are delivered and NORDEN enters into what today is the core business.

1979: The last liner-type vessel, NORDFARER is sold. (Photo provided by Handels- og Søfartsmuseet)


1990: The Company's Tanker Department is established.

1994: Merger between Dampskibsselskabet Orient and Dampskibsselskabet "NORDEN" A/S. Orient continues as the "operating" company, but the name is changed to Dampskibsselskabet "NORDEN" A/S.

1996-2005: NORDEN establishes offices in Singapore, Annapolis, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai.



1997: New growth strategy based on long-term charters with purchase options. NORDEN takes a giant step from minor ship-owner to major tramp shipping company. 


2005: NORDEN establishes Norient Product Pool with pool-partner Interorient Navigation Company Ltd., Cyprus.

2006:  Kick-off of NORDENs new vision, mission and values.


2007: NORDEN launches a climate action plan to reduce emissions from the company's vessels.


2008: NORDEN moves into its new domicile Bryghuset. See also film.

2008: NORDEN enters into the largest COA ever. 15 million tons of coal over a period of 15 years. 



2008: Best result to date: net profit of USD 708 million despite the emerging global economic crisis.  See also Q3 2010 Film (in Danish)

2009: NORDEN signs the UN Global Compact.


2010: Launch of Handysize- and Post-Panamax pools.


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