1935 - Westward Shipping was first formed as Westward Towing Co. Ltd operating tugs and barges along the coastline of B.C.
1946 - The
company was appointed managing operators of Canadian registered tankers
and petroleum barges and changed the company name to Westward Shipping
Ltd. The company rapidly diversified its agency activities to tramps,
specialized carriers and ultimately, liner services.
1955 - Management of the company
was assumed by D. Murray Williams and controlling interest
went from the Johnson family to Straits Towing Ltd. The Kenwa
Maru, owned by Nitto Line, Japan was the first dry cargo
ship attended by the company, in 1955.
1960 - Straits
Towing's shares were acquired by D. Murray Williams and Maurice
Fellis implementing the philosophy still applied today, of
1964 - The existing 14 Japanese lines merged into 6 and Japan Line was formed by the merging of Nitto Line and Daido Line.
1968 - Westward
Shipping handled the first containers to move across Canada, from a
conventional vessel at Ballantyne Pier on flat deck railcars, to
1980 - The company expanded
nationally, establishing offices in Toronto and Montreal and assumed
the Canadian national representation of Japan Line Ltd, Tokyo.
Fellis was appointed President & CEO and D. Murray Williams
continued to play an active role in the company, as Chairman.
1985 - Represented
50 years of experience and progress for Westward Shipping. The
anniversary was marked with the printing of a nostalgic memoir written
by Norman Hacking entitled "The Two Barneys".
1991 - Westward Shipping began their long and continuing association with Maruba s.c.a., Argentina.
- Maurice Fellis retired as President and continues to play an active
role in the company, as Chairman, Emeritus. Joseph Nicol was appointed
President and COO.
1999 - Joseph Nicol retired and Gilles Langlais was appointed President & CEO.
2009 - Gilles Langlais retired as President and will continue to play an active role on the Board of Directors. Ralph Steffenhagen was appointed President & CEO.
Present - Westward
Shipping remains firmly committed to playing a leading role in the
industry. We continue to be progressive in adapting our systems to the
ongoing changes in reporting requirements.