Needless to say, this presents challenges. We have to be quick and flexible, with short decision paths. And we have to come up with unconventional solutions. No matter what cargo we transport. In an entrepreneur-driven Group, this runs in our blood.

Today our business includes RoRo liner services, transportation of project and general cargo, agency services, as well as commercial and technical management services.

Our various business areas work together to identify further benefits. Moreover we work in a focused, efficient way close to our customers. We have a long tradition of entrepreneurialism, and we attach great importance to personal responsibility and freedom for all employees. We are convinced that it is our employees who make the difference. We develop our service and our offering together; indeed, this is a hallmark of all the companies in the Group.

We always strive to identify the best possible solutions in the quickest possible way. Making a difference for our customers is what we regard as good business — for all parties involved. And we do good business frequently, as demonstrated by our surveys. And our development.

About us

Adding value for our customers

We always strive to find the most efficient solutions possible to the logistical problems we face. Solutions that our customers benefit from and everyone profits from. This is how we build close, long-term relations. As entrepreneurs we are always actively pursuing new opportunities. Both on existing markets and by identifying collaboration benefits between the company’s various business areas.

Cargo is king

For our customers’ cargo and its safety, effective transportation is all-important. We create solutions for them that add value and make a difference, regardless of the type of freight we are asked to handle.

Organisation

SOL is a privately owned company through Imperial Shipping.

The administration of SOL and our subsidiaries is carried out under one roof in Klippan, Gothenburg. We have built up an open, honest working climate with short decision paths – which is important to us. The building is home to a considerable core of knowledge and experience. In order to harness these assets, the door is always open to any employee who wants to bring up new ideas with the management.

Our History

1911. Svenska Levant Linjen is founded by Dan Broström through TirfinRederi AB, and the first voyage is by the M/S Upland from Gothenburg in late September.

1927. The shipping company changes name to Svenska Orient Linien.

1938. Fresh grapes in cold storage are shipped to the UK and the Scandinavian countries for the first time.

1948. Jaffa oranges start being shipped. Svenska Orient Linien is involved in the introduction campaign.

1969. The M/S Trojaland transports Thor Heyerdal’s papyrus boat Ra from Egypt to Morocco.

1984. Transatlantic takes over Broström’s entire line operation.

1993. Svenska Orient Linien is acquired by Bylock & Nordsjöfrakt.

1997. Svenska Orient Linien is listed on the Swedish stock exchange.

2000. Line operator SolNiver is formed together with Scan Orient Shipping.

2003. Imperial Shipping Ltd and Navalmar Lda buy Svenska Orient Linien, which is de-listed from the stock exchange.

2005. Hansa Shipping, with regular services to China, for example, is integrated into the Group.

2006. Imperial Shipping Ltd becomes the sole owner of Svenska Orient Linien, and services between Northern Europe and the Mediterranean aronce again handled by Svenska Orient Linien.

2007. SOL Forwarding Service starts up. Svenska Orient Linien is the official sponsor in the closing stage of the restoration of Pater Noster lighthouse and manages transport to the original location on the rocky islet of Hamneskär off Marstrand. In-house ship management handling 10 of the Group’s ships.

2008. Sweden’s largest privately owned forwarding agent, Sky Transport, is acquired in December.

2009. SOL North Europe Service, SNES, starts in January. 2009. SOL Ahlmark Lines, SAL, starts in December.

2010. SOL Continent Line starts in November.

2012. SOL Continent Line acquires the Hangö-Rostock route including three vessels from Scandlines.

2014. SOL Continent Line starts new routes between Sweden, Finland, Germany, Benelux and the UK.

Our business areas

Management Services

Management services is a relatively new business area in the SOL Group. The main focus is currently the forestry industry, were we act as an outsourcing partner to one of the world’s leading forestry product companies. With the SOL Group’s vast know-how and experience, we are always willing to handle new shipping and logistics assignments.

Liner Services

Liner services run regularly between Scandinavia, the Continent, UK and the Baltic, as well as North Africa and the East Mediterranean. We can provide a flexible supply of tonnage, adjusted for all types of cargo, on a regular basis using our conventional vessels. Our competitive offer has been based on experienced, dedicated crew and the highest ice class for the 100 years we have been operating. Our local knowledge and networks are extensive and have been carefully built up over the years.

Project & Contract Cargo

We handle transport of project cargo and military transport as well as charters, and also manage the line operation of RoRo and LoLo ships. We are also a tonnage supplier to major shipping lines. Our advanced technical solutions and skilled, dedicated personnel have earned us a leading position on the market.

Agencies

SOL Agencies has a long tradition and specialises in regular services to and from the Mediterranean and Africa. We have progressively increased our offering and today it also encompasses the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf and the Far East.

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