About Swedish Orient Line
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.
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.
SOL is a privately owned company through J.A Kjellberg & Söner.
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.
We acknowledge that our core business will have an impact on the environment.
All activities carried out at SOL comply with applicable environmental regulations and standards. SOL strive to implement continuous improvement of our operations - the main aim is to reduce our energy consumption. SOL is committed to optimising resources and providing safe transport solutions in order to minimize our environmental footprint. Due to the nature of our business, the main focus of our efforts will be on emissions to air, pollution to water and waste handling.
The environmental policy has been communicated to all SOL employees in order to raise awareness of the environmental challenges.
Value to Society
We believe that, as a company, SOL should contribute in a variety of ways and put something back to into the community and try to help those who need a helping hand. We are therefore very proud to work with the following organisations:
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 are once 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.
2019. SOL and Wallenius have formed a joint shipping company – WALLENIUS SOL – which operates scheduled services from five ports in the Gulf of Bothnia to and from Europe/UK.
2020. SOL becomes majority shareholder in Scandinavian Logistics Partners, Scanlog.
Our business areas
SOL Breakbulk Services operation include tramp and liner shipping with LoLo ships (Lift on, Lift off) between Scandinavia and the Baltics to the Eastern Mediterranean.
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.
TransProcCon - 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.