Our rich heritage

149 years of sailing the seven seas

During the last decades, 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 our core values Empathy, Reliability, Ambition and Flexibility with large industrial customers around the world.

Step on board and join us through our historic gallery and get a few snapshots from NORDEN's many years as ship owner and operator.

1871

Mr. Mads Christian Holm founds Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S.

1872

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

1884

Mr. Mads Christian Holm founds Helsingør Shipyard.

1892

Around 100 years after the Danish royal family moved from Christiansborg Palace to the new royal residence of Amalienborg, Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S acquired a new domicile only a few hundred metres from the royal palace, at No 49, Amaliegade.

1923

NORDEN's first motor vessel, NORDBO, is delivered.

1939-1945

The fleet of 9 vessels is reduced by 4 during World War II, 3 of which are lost in allied services.

1946

NORDEN sells its last steamship, NORDLYS.

1971

The vessel NORDPOL is lost during the armed conflict between India and Pakistan.

1973

The first of 5 dry cargo vessels is delivered from Japan, and NORDEN enters what today is the core business of the Company.

1979

The last liner-type vessel, NORDFARER, is sold.

1990

NORDEN's Tanker department is established.

1994

A merge between Dampskibsselskabet Orient and Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S takes place. Orient continues as the "operating" company, but the name is changed to Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S.

1996-2005

NORDEN expands and establishes offices in Singapore, Annapolis, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai.

1997

A new growth strategy based on long-term charters with purchase options is set in place. Hence, NORDEN takes a giant step from minor shipowner to major tramp shipping company.

2005

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

2006

Sustainability becomes an integrated part of the NORDEN business. New vision, mission and values are rolled out as well.

2007

NORDEN launches its climate action plan to reduce emissions from the Company's vessels.

2008

NORDEN moves into its new domicile Bryghuset. 2008 is also the year where the Company celebrates its largest COA ever - 15 million tonnes of coal over a 15-year period.

2009

NORDEN signs the UN Global Compact.

2013

NORDEN finalises its first sustainability strategy with focus on i.a. reducing CO2 emissions, anti-corruption and responsible supply chain management.

2015

NORDEN opens offices in Melbourne and Santiago.

2016

A new sustainability strategy "Joint Effort - Mutual benefits" is launched. With this sustainability strategy, NORDEN has embarked on a new journey within sustainability, which increasingly focuses on shared value creation

2018

A new office is established in Vancouver as NORDEN keeps growing its global reach.

For shipping, the introduction of the IMO 2020 regulation is one of the largest changes in modern history. As a consequence, NORDEN announces a significant investment in scrubbers, essentially enabling NORDEN to comply with the regulation by installing scrubbers on some vessels and switching to new fuel on others.

2018 is also the year where NORDEN acquires 100% ownership of Norient Product Pool and welcomes 60 “new” colleagues​.

2019

NORDEN is on a journey of transformation, re-modelling the business with a focus on tradable positions, yet still with a solid foundation in the form of long-term contracts. Furthermore, sustainability is increasingly becoming an integrated part of NORDEN’s activities, which is reflected in the new sustainability strategy emphasising UN’s SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. There is a strong focus on decarbonisation and logistics optimisation, and in 2019, NORDEN celebrates its first test voyage with a large ocean-ongoing vessel powered solely on CO2 neutral biofuel.

NORDEN opens an office in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and is now present on all relevant continents.