Shipping Since 1897

Bore has long traditions in shipping, dating back to 1897, when Bore was founded. Today, Bore offers industrial shipping services with a highly maintained fleet, consisting of vessels that have year-round service and Ice Class 1A or 1A Super, and are suitable for the RoRo market.

Bore’s expertise in shipping solutions has developed from over a century of experience. With the future in mind, Bore is constantly progressing towards a new generation in sustainable shipping. The fleet is operated by a competent and service minded crew, where efficiency and safety are the key words for a successful and award winning work environment and attitude.

Bore’s innovative approach for sustainable shipping alternatives have launched an Environmental Programme, as well as founded several practical and environmentally sound developments. With innovative steps and pioneering vessels such as M/V Bore Sea and M/V Bore Song – Bore can offer economical and ecological shipping solutions today.

Historical Milestones

1897

Bore Steamship Company was founded in 1897. Its first ship S/S Bore, built for year around traffic between Turku and Stockholm, was delivered in 1898.

1924

Bore started cargo service trade from Finland in the Baltic and the North Sea area.

1926

Finland – South American Line was opened. Bore sailed this line for 30 years.

1958

Finnish Steamship Company, Rederieaktiebolaget Svea and Bore founded Silja Line for passenger service between Finland and Sweden.

1960

Bror Husell founded his own chartering and shipping company in Mariehamn.

1967

Bore introduced the first aft ramp RoRo vessels in Finland.

1973

With the Engblom family’s previous history in cargo shipping in the Baltic, Rederi Ab Engship was founded in 1973.

1980

Bore left passenger shipping, with a focus on cargo ships only.

1982

In addition to shipowning Engship also started a chartering business. The company headquarters was established in Turku.

1986

BHC was active in designing new types of vessels together with Transfennica. The newest was a fast combined RoRo/LoLo ship for paper industry transports.

1987

Bore merged into the Rettig Group. Bore continues line operations with the focus on owning and managing ships.

1989-1999

Three container / bulk vessels are delivered from Germany between 1989-1991. The first newbuilt vessels for Engship. Engship’s two first newbuilt RoRo vessels were delivered in 1997 and 1998, and the first Finnish newbuilt RoRo vessel was delivered in 1999.

1991

Rettig and Finnlines agreed a transfer of the Bore Line operations to the Finnlines Group.

1996-1999

BHC, together with Engship and Transfennica, designed a new kind of vessel for forestry transport. The first next generation ship was delivered to BHC in 1996.

In 1999 BHC designs a new longer, sleeker and faster RoRo vessel that utilises advanced technology, characteristic of BHC ships.

2007

Bore, Engship and BHC are merged into a new ship-owner: Rettig Group Ltd Bore Shipowning Company.

2011

Bore was incorporated as Bore Ltd. New investments in RoFlex ® vessels, M/V Bore Sea and M/V Bore Song were delivered from Flensburg, Germany.

2012

Bore cargo service began sailing in the Mediterrenean Sea.

2015

Bore decided to focus on RoRo-tonnage providing under Finnish flag.

2016

Bore was acquired by the Spliethoff Group.

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