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


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.


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


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


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


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


Bore introduced the first aft ramp RoRo vessels in Finland.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


Bore cargo service began sailing in the Mediterrenean Sea.


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


Bore was acquired by the Spliethoff Group.

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