Founded in July 1999, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions are the result of a merger of the operating activities of Wallenius Lines of Sweden and Wilhelmsen Lines of Norway. Both are well established family-owned transportation companies known throughout the world for their reliability, quality, innovation and personal service.
A leader in ocean transportation and outbound logistics into the 21st Century
1999: Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines is established as one of the world’s largest specialised RoRo transporters with logistics activities.
2000: The first of the fourth generation RoRo vessels, Mark IV, is delivered. Global logistics system purchased.
2001: Southampton terminal opens with a multistorey car park. Vehicle logistics company eestablished in Thailand.
2002: Mark II and III vessels have garages built on weather deck.
2003: Storage facility opened in Baltimore.
2004: Partnership agreement signed with WWF. New office opened in Guangzhou, China.
2005: 50% stake purchased in DAS, a leading American logistics company.CAT/WWL established in South Africa.The environmental concept vessel E/S Orcelle is launched.
2006: Strategic shift towards fully integrated outbound logistics services. Wallenius Wilhelmsen changes name to Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. Opening of a terminal in Kotka.
2007: WWL starts to operate the world’s largest car carrier (LCTC) with a capacity of 8,000 standard cars.Investment with Eukor on RoRo terminal in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. VPC in Baltimore opens.
2008: Establishment of “The Orcelle Fund” based on the prize monies from the Heyerdahl Award. Processing centres opened in Zeerugge and Melbourne. Office opened in Chennai, India.
2009: Launch of Castor Green Terminal concept – our zero emission vision for terminal and processing services WWL opens in India with establishment of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (India) Private Limited in Chennai.
2010: Design and construction of a new generation RoRo vessel, Mark V. WWL earns shipping’s first independent third-party verification for green house gas emissions, confirming that WWL’s Ocean Transportation GHG inventory conforms to the accounting requirements of ISO 14064-1 and the GHG protocol.
2011: WWL opens rolling equipment logistics hub and processing centre in Singapore. New offices opened in South Africa, Moscow and Istanbul.
2012: Acquisition of 60% share in Abnormal Load Services (ALS) and rename of ALS to WWL ALS.
2013: Acquisition of Australian SRO Group Manufacturing Division Christopher Connor appointed new CEO and President for the company. Four Post-Panamax vessels ordered by the two owners.
2014: WWL launches the Trident Alliance. Joint-venture signed for terminal in Tianjin. WWL's MIRRAT selected to build and operate new Melbourne Auto terminal.
2015: Delivery of mv Thermolyae and Thalatta; our first Post-Panamax vessels. 10 year anniversary for WWL Vehicle Services Americas. Aquisition of Car Logistics in Mexico. WWL aquired remaining 50% share in CAT/WWL in South Africa.
2016: Opening of MIRRAT terminal in Melbourne. Receiving the third Post-Panamax vessel mv Theben.
Wallenius Lines was founded in 1934 by Olof Wallenius in Stockholm, Sweden. The company built the world's first automobile-carrying vessel. In the 1960s, it pioneered the RoRo concept and became the first independent shipping line to work with Japan's automobile manufacturing industry. Today, the company's main activities are the ownership, design and management of their vessels.
Wilh. Wilhelmsen was founded in 1861 by Morten Wilhelm Wilhelmsen in Tonsberg, Norway. Building on its nineteenth century shipping business, the Wilh.Wilhelmsen group has evolved into a leading global maritime industry group offering shipping and logistics solutions as well as maritime services through a worldwide network.