|1903||Wallem & Co. established in Shanghai, China and engaged in ship broking and chartering.|
|1905||Haakon Wallem acquires his first ship, the SS Oscar II - a 4,750 dwt sail-assisted steamer built in 1893.|
|1908||Wallem appointed to manage two sister ships for Ping An Steamship, the SS Chingtufu and SS Tsinanfu, both employed in the coal trade on the Chinese coast.|
|1912||Took over management of the SS Erviken, named after the Wallem family home in Bergen, Norway, and later sadly torpedoed in 1917 during the First World War.|
|1917||New vessel built for worldwide tramping - the SS Storviken of 4,703 grt.|
|1921||Second new vessel built and named the SS Erviken; this 5,019 grt vessel also trading worldwide but mainly in the Trans-Pacific.|
|1925||Hong Kong office opened (the earlier representative office closed in 1910 after three difficult years).|
|1926||Three modern China coasters built in the UK with a Hong Kong government license for 21 cabin and 1,100 deck passengers. The SS Norviken, SS Daviken and SS Sandviken, manned by Chinese crew with Norwegian officers, were long-term chartered to Jardine Matheson and considered the best of their kind in Asia.|
|1930||Shanghai office became the main broker to aspiring Chinese ship owners by helping them acquire second-hand vessels from UK/Norwegian owners.|
|1935||Wallem moved into offices in the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank's new building in Hong Kong.|
|1937||SS Norviken and SS Daviken took 1st and 2nd place respectively in the Efficiency Shield for vessels owned or chartered by Jardines.|
|1938||The Wallem fleet had grown to 15 ships totalling 47,101 dwt.|
|1938||Wallem pioneered the use of the Panamanian Registry in the Far East for older ships. This involved setting up a registered office in Panama City and became very popular with Chinese owners, who then utilised Wallem for a range of chartering and maritime services.|
|1941||Managing Director Reidar Johannessen and family escaped from Hong Kong through China “over the Hump” to Bombay (now Mumbai), from where the Wallem fleet was managed during the period of the Pacific War.|
|1944||21 Wallem controlled or managed vessels were lost during the Second World War.|
|1945||Wallem & Co. (India) established during the war years to manage the Wallem fleet away from occupied Hong Kong.|
|1946||Wallem Lambert Brothers Ltd established in London to manage the insurance and trading business.|
|1947||Activities extended into aviation with the agency acquired for Braathen SAFE Airways that connected Hong Kong with Europe via 4 weekly DC4 (and later DC6) flights per week. This was a pioneering moment for air travel between Europe and Asia.|
|1949||From 1949 until the mid-1950s Wallem was the sole broker for Sinofracht - the official ship chartering company for the government of the People's Republic of China.|
|1949||The Hong Kong company is re-registered as Wallem & Company Limited, coinciding with the start of the Hong Kong ship-owning expansion precipitated by the infusion of shipping talent from Shanghai.|
|1951||Wallem & Co. opened in Kobe to serve Japanese ship owners.|
|1951||Karachi office opened.|
|1951||Haakon J Wallem, founder of the Wallem Group, died at Erviken in Norway. Known on the China coast as "Typhoon Wallem", he was a legend in his times.|
|1951||Shanghai office closed after Communist rule made business too difficult to continue.|
|1952||Several Chinese beneficial owners appointed Wallem to act as registered owners of their ships until the mid-1960s.|
|1954||Reidar Johannessen retires after 33 years with Wallem, having built a hugely successful business.|
|1958||Singapore office opened.|
|1961||Anthony Hardy joins Wallem, later becoming Group MD and then Chairman in 1972. Now retired after 45 years with Wallem and the main force behind the new Hong Kong Maritime Museum.|
|1962||Wallem became the largest tanker broker for the carriage of water into Hong Kong during the water shortage crisis which lasted 3 years.|
|1963||Established a dedicated Ship Agency department in Hong Kong.|
|1965||Philippines office opened.|
|1965||Nordahl Wallem increases shareholding in Wallem & Co. Ltd to 60%, with Lambert Brothers Ltd acquiring 25% and the balance held by Anthony Hardy as the new Managing Director.|
|1966||Wallem becomes the first non-Chinese ship owner to be admitted to the Hong Kong Ship Owners Association (HKSOA).|
|1966||GSA (General Sales Agency) acquired in Hong Kong for British Eagle airlines, and later for Laker Airways.|
|1967||From 1967 until the early 1970s Wallem ordered a range of new vessels from Japanese yards, including specialized pipe carriers, a woodchip vessel and Freedom type general cargo ships.|
|1967||Wallem Shipping (Thailand) Ltd established in Bangkok.|
|1971||Wallem-Ringdal Offshore Ltd set up to contract and arrange charters and management of offshore drilling rigs via a number of syndicates. Five rigs were built and then before 1980 were sold on a by then booming market.|
|1971||General Sales Agency (GSA) for Cargolux airline was established by Wallem in Hong Kong to handle the new CL-44 swingtail turboprop aircraft that operated regularly to the region.|
|1971||New operating company Wallem Ship Management Ltd incorporated to technically manage a brand new fleet of ten product tankers for Gotaas-Larsen - vessels that had also been contracted at the yard and hire-purchased to Pertamina by Wallem.|
|1972||Wallem Chairman Mr Nordahl Wallem died in Bergen on 9th December, with his shares passing to his widow Blanche and daughter Anne-Sophie.|
|1973||Wallem Travel Ltd was established to manage crew movements, and this was later expanded to include GSAs for various airlines under the name Wallem Airways Ltd.|
|1973||Wallem Towage and Salvage Ltd established in Thailand, at its peak owning 35 assorted vessels operating in Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.|
|1976||Wallem enters into partnership with Jahre, DAL and Prince Mishaal Abdulaziz Al Saud in Saudi Arabia to own and operate large tankers as the Saudi Orient Marine Company Ltd. After three years managing the Jeddah office, Wallem sold back its interest.|
|1980||Awarded the management (held for 15 years) of the 'Jahre Viking', the world's largest ship at 564,763 dwt.|
|1981||On the death of Nordahl Wallem's widow Blanche, the Wallem Group was acquired by Hill Samuel and in the process acknowledged as the “world's largest ship management concern” by Lloyd's List.|
|1988||Wallem's Shanghai office re-opened.|
|1989||Jahre Wallem Ship Management Ltd incorporated - a joint venture to manage the Jahre family fleet.|
|1989||Wallem buys a freight forwarding company in Hong Kong (CIFF).|
|1991||Wallem Vietnam opened in Ho Chi Minh City.|
|1992||Ownership of the Wallem Group was acquired, under a pre-emptive right, by Anthony Hardy who brought in as majority shareholder Caledonia Investments and staff participation through Mellaw Investments Ltd.|
|1993||A fleet of seven handysize bulkers (28,000 - 30,000 dwt) was purchased together with partners and operated principally in Asia.|
|1994||Taiwan Wallem Transportation opened.|
|1994||Wallem managed the VLCC 'Ambon', one of the first ships certified by the Green Award.|
|1997||Resumption of Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong.|
|1998||Japan ship agency company acquired.|
|1999||Decision taken to close the ship operating division, with the handysize bunkers being transferred into the Pacific Basin bulk pool.|
|1999||Wallem Innovative Solutions established and Wallem e-procurement launched (a proprietary supply chain management tool for the marine business).|
|2000||Lloyds Maritime Asia 'Best Ship Manager' and 'Best Crew Manager' Awards.|
|2001||Lloyds Maritime Asia 'Best Ship Manager' Award.|
|2002||Management of FSO tanker 'Okha', a 157,200 dwt vessel designed to operate in fully icebound conditions.|
|2003||Wallem Centenary - 100 years young!|
|2004||Wallem GmbH & Company KG Germany is established.|
|2004||Pen-Wallem established, the first foreign Ship Agency joint venture in China.|
|2004||Purchase of Harpers Singapore and an associated share of Harper Wira in Malaysia.|
|2005||New Wallem Maritime Training Centre established in Mumbai.|
|2005||COSCO Wallem Ship Management Co. Ltd established in Qingdao.|
|2006||New Wallem Maritime Training Centres open in Qingdao and Manila.|
|2006||FW Ship Management Ltd established in Hong Kong.|
|2006||Woodstreet Investments BV acquired The Wallem Group. Woodstreet is jointly controlled by shipping industry specialists, Tom Steckmest, the great-grandson of the founder Haakon Wallem, and Nigel Hill.|
|2007||Women of Wallem (WoW) set up in India to provide support to our seafarers' families and their local communities.|
|2008||Celebrating 50 years in Singapore.|
|2008||Women of Wallem (WoW) set up in the Philippines to provide support to our seafarers' families and their local communities.|
|2009||Wallem Ship Management achieves SAS 70 auditing standard certification (SOX).|
|2009||ID Wallem Ship Management established in Hong Kong.|
|2010||India offices celebrate 25 years of seafarer recruitment and training.|
|2011||Wallem Singapore welcomes 100th cruise call in a 12-month period.|
|2011||Simon Doughty was promoted to Group Managing Director. He originally joined the Group in 2005 as Managing Director, Wallem Ship Agencies.|
|2012||Women of Wallem (WoW) set up in Sri Lanka to provide support to our seafarers' families and their local communities.|
|2012||NW Ship Management established in Singapore to manage a Chinese tanker fleet.|
|2012||Ship broking services return to Shanghai office.|
|2012||Freight forwarding team established in Thailand.|
|2012||SeaSafe Marine established offering independent lifeboat servicing and testing.|
|2012||Marine Buying Services established to offer project-based purchasing.|
|2013||First hub of expertise established in Singapore, where The Wallem Group offers a diversified range of Maritime Solutions to the cluster of maritime companies now established in Southeast Asia.|
|2013||Celebrating 110 years of excellence in maritime services.|
|2013||The Wallem Group acquires full ownership of Wallem Shipmanagement GmbH in Hamburg, Germany.|
|2013||Delivering Maritime Solutions campaign launched to re-position The Wallem Group in the marketplace.|
|2013||Port Agency offices in South Africa established in Cape Town and Durban.|
|2014||Shipping Company of the Year by International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN)|
|2014||Wallem Ship Management won the Car Carrier of the Year Awards and the Innovative Bunker and Idle Time Saving (IBIS) Award by NYK|
|2014||Ship Manager of the Year by Seatrade Asia Awards|
|2014||Wallem received award for Most Compassionate Employer of Indian Seafarers|
Intertanko’s Annual Tanker Event will be held from 23rd – 26th May 2017. The event, which will be held at The Houstonian Hotel in Houston, Texas, includes a series of key summits and forums on tanker-related issues; in addition to the Annual Gala dinner.
Wallem is delighted to sponsor the Intertanko photo competition again this year! The competition is open to all seagoing and shore-based staff and photos should cover any aspect of carrying the world’s oil, gas and chemicals safely, cleanly and efficiently. Wallem Senior Management will be there at the event and will proudly announce the winners of the photo competition.
Click here to register and to find further information including a full rundown of events.
On 27th March, the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) was welcomed on her maiden call to Incheon by Wallem's Korea Ship Agency team. The vessel then continued on her journey to China.
On 29th March, our China Agency team were happy to welcome the vessel to Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal where a special “Maritime UK Showcase” event was held onboard. The event was jointly hosted by the British Consulate-General, Shanghai along with the Department for international Trade (DIT) in China.
As agent for the QM2, the Wallem team ensured that the boarding permits were arranged in advance for all 169 of the event’s guests and looked after transport to the terminal for the VIPs - British officials and Carnival’s Chairman, Mr David Dingle.
L-R: Chairman of Carnival UK Mr David Dingle, General Manager for Wallem Agency China, Pony Chen, the vessel's Captain Christopher Michael and Hotel Manager, David James
The team received a message of thanks from Trade and Investment Manager at the British Consulate, Stewart Gorman who said,
“I just wanted to say thank you to both of you and your colleagues for the work you did yesterday in helping our delegates through the Port Authority clearance process before boarding the QM2. I know how difficult it was for you but appreciated your good humour and patience which shone through. Thank you again and hope we get the chance to work together again soon.”
Carnival also expressed that they were pleased with the smooth call and Wallem’s contribution towards making the event onboard a success.
Congratulations to our Ship Agency team in China on another job well done!
In light of the recent interest in Chinese crewing, Wallem Ship Management still leads the way in providing Chinese crew to the international shipping market.
Wallem has been providing full Chinese crews for over 18 years and has a long established Training Centre in Qingdao and a large support presence in mainland China.
In 2015 Wallem became the only foreign shipping company to 100% own a Manning Agency operation in China – with full rights to recruit, train and deploy Chinese seafarers worldwide. ‘Wallem Maritime Services’ was set up in 2015 and is licensed by the Shenzhen Maritime Safety Administration of China (MSA) to directly provide Chinese seafarers to vessels managed by Wallem Ship Management.
Prior to this, Wallem was and remains the largest 3rd party provider of Chinese seafarers to international owners with 47 vessels currently operated by full Chinese crews. Our crews have built up long experience trading globally with over 800 of our Chinese crew having more than 5 years of service with Wallem.
Of great importance is the uptake of cadets and Wallem currently has over 60 Chinese cadets now working directly for Wallem.
Captain Sun Jian Jun, who has worked on Wallem managed vessels since 2003 says, “What impresses me about working at Wallem is the strong emphasis on safety and training and the excellent communication between ship and shore. I am very proud to work for a company which has such a good reputation.”
Established in Shanghai in 1903, Wallem has a long history and established presence in China and the wider Asian region. Wallem offers a range of Technical Services in China including New Building & Drydock Supervision plus a Ship Agency business with 8 owned offices serving all Chinese ports.