In 1968, Norway's Kristian Gerhard Jebsen established Gearbulk with three partners: S.A. Louis Dreyfus & Cie of France, its British subsidiary, Buries Markes Ltd and A/S J. Mowinckels Rederi, also of Norway. It has now evolved into the world’s largest fleet of open hatch gantry crane and semi-open jib crane vessels and still works to the same high standards, setting the benchmark for worldwide ocean transportation services, especially for unitised cargoes, that are competitive, innovative and add value for the customer..
Delivery of first two of Gearbulk’s 1st Generation new buildings, Alain LD and Robert LD from Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard.
Delivery of first of 12 2nd Generation OHGC, Kiwi Arrow from Mitsui Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd, Osaka.
The first of nine floating cement processing terminals comes into operation. By 1982 they were handling 8.5 million tonnes per year, mainly in the Middle East.
Delivery of first of 16 3rd Generation OHGC, Falcon Arrow from Mitsui Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd, Chiba.
Delivery of first 4th Generation OHGC, Heina, from Sanoyasu, Mizushima.
After 10 years in operation and having processed 45 million tonnes, declining demand for cement prompts Gearbulk to diversify its floating terminal operations to fertiliser, grain, rice and metal concentrates.
The company is incorporated in Bermuda as Gearbulk Holding Ltd. The Kristian Gerhard Jebsen family acquires its partners' vessels and shares. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines takes a 25% share of the restructured Gearbulk, and then increases its share to 40%.
Delivery of first of three TEFC, Grouse Arrow, from Mitsui Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd, Tamano.
Gearbulk diversifies into shore terminals. The first of several terminals is established in a joint venture in Sinor Terminal, Port of Tianjin.
Gearbulk enters the liquid pitch business with Alouette Arrow on the North West Europe to St. Lawrence trade.
Gearbulk receives its first certification to the IS0 9002 quality standard.
Delivery of first of five Fleximax, Pine Arrow, from Stocznia Gdansk Shipyard.
Delivery of first of nine 5th Generation OHGC, Toucan Arrow from Dalian New Shipyard.
Rhone is the first Gearbulk vessel to have retrofit hold tanks fitted to carry frozen concentrated orange juice.
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines increases its shareholding from 40% to 49%.
Delivery of first of four 6th Generation OHGC, Corella Arrow from Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Delivery of first of eight Fleximax II, Kiwi Arrow from Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
The Jebsen family restructures ownership of its business interests and Kristian Jebsen takes control of the family shares in Gearbulk.
Gearbulk Norway AS established to assume technical management of the Gearbulk owned fleet. Gearbulk receives its first certification to the ISO 14001 environmental standard.
Gearbulk office established in Manila. Delivery of the first of four Fleximax III, Raven Arrow from Mitsui Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd, Chiba.
Delivery of the first of four Fleximax III, Japin Arrow from Oshima Shipbuilding Co. Ltd.
Fleet gain ISO14001 environmental certification. Delivery of ten ships in total; three Fleximax III (Macaw Arrow, Tanchou Arrow and Sisken Arrow), one Flex II ECO (Lawin Arrow), three OSY56 (Matsu Arrow, Buna Arrow and Biwa Arrow), two NACKS60 (Acer Arrow and Betula Arrow) and one conventional bulk carrier (Bulk Aquila).
Delivery of eight ships in total; three Fleximax III (Macaw Arrow, Tanchou Arrow and Siskin Arrow), one Flex II ECO (Lawin Arrow), three OSY56 (Matsu Arrow, Buna Arrow and Biwa Arrow), two NACKS60 (Acer Arrow and Betula Arrow) and one conventional bulk carrier (Bulk Aquila). Tragic loss of Bulk Jupiter.
Delivery of 3 ships in total for the conventional fleet; Bulk Aires, Bulk Carina & Bulk Hero. Gearbulk signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Grieg Star with the intention to form a Joint Venture to run both their fleets commercially and operationally.
G2 Ocean joint venture between Gearbulk and Grieg Star goes live on May 1 2017. The new company’s headquarters are in Bergen, Norway and is present in 16 different countries on six continents. In total approximately 130 vessels are operated by the pool, including open hatch, semi open and conventional bulk carriers.
Delivery of two ships for the conventional bulk fleet: Bulk Venus and Bulk Polaris.
Gearbulk Norway achieves ISO 14001:2015 in January
New Plastics Policy is implemented across the organisation in June, aiming to reduce the need and use of plastics, improve recycling and create awareness amongst employees, suppliers and customers.
Establishes High Heat Tankers PTE Ltd. with Puma Energy on 15th July with the commitment of 4 owned vessels into its pool of high heat, liquid pitch, bitumen and asphalt carriers.
Gearbulk celebrates its 50th anniversary on 31st August