In 1946, Mr. Torvald Klaveness established his first company. His idea was to provide technical management and Norwegian seafarers to American ship owners. He soon expanded into brokering reefer vessels and used the proceeds to contract his first vessel, the MV Balao in 1950.
In 1958, Klaveness built one of the first specialised bulk carriers, for the transportation of fertiliser from Norway. Three years later, Klaveness also became the first to transport cement in bulk.
In 1960, Klaveness ordered six selfunloading 16,500 dwt. bulk carriers together with three Norwegian partners. The vessels became the start of Bulkhandling in 1963, the first shipping pool ever.
Mr. Torvald Klaveness believed that he had to provide cost-efficient and predictable transport services to his customers and that he had to find new and creative ways to do so. Loading and discharging using the vessel’s crew and equipment, new ways to transport hitherto difficult commodities and creating trading patterns that minimized ballast became some of his hallmarks.
The many innovations were the result of strong technical capabilities combined with a thorough understanding of the customers’ challenges. His interest in developing new trades led him to partner with governments and companies in Africa, South America, Eastern Europe, Asia and the former Soviet Union. These partnerships and pools enabled Klaveness to develop shipping solutions on a scale he could not have accomplished alone.
Throughout his career, Mr. Torvald Klaveness wanted to do business in such a way that he became a trusted partner. In turn, he put his trust in the resourceful people around him and particularly in the captains and crew.
Mr. Tom Erik Klaveness started working for the company in 1975 and took over as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1989. Under his command, the company developed into a large global player in the drybulk market.
In 2006, he handed over the job as Chief Executive Officer to his younger brother, Mr. Trond Harald Klaveness.
In March 2011, the shareholders of the former Torvald Klaveness Group formalised an agreement to split the group into two separate entities. The split was fully implemented in September 2011. The investment activities within real estate and stocks were taken over by Mr. Tom Erik Klaveness and his daughters.
The core shipping activities continued under the ownership of Mr. Trond Harald Klaveness and his sons. This includes drybulk chartering and operations, the drybulk pools Baumarine and Bulkhandling, CABUs, beltunloaders and container vessels.
As of September 2011 Mr. Lasse Kristoffersen became the new CEO of the company, the first CEO in the company’s history from outside the Klaveness family.
The Klaveness business model is based on Craftsmanship, Integrity, Commitment and Curiosity and continues to build on the company’s history of finding new ways to improve the nature of shipping. Shipping is our market and where we make a difference. Torvald Klaveness has a global market approach with a local presence through offices in Oslo, Singapore, Shanghai, Manila and Rio de Janeiro in addition to a partly owned office in Constanta.
Today, Torvald Klaveness operates around 150 vessels that carry about 65 million tonnes of cargo annually.