On the 2nd of May 1957 ‘OVET’ (OVErslagbedrijf Terneuzen; transhipmentcompany Terneuzen) was founded by the French stevedoring company Manufrance. Initially the company was only involved in stevedoring activities for the Association Cooperative Zélandaise de Carbonisation in Sluiskil, locally better known as the Cokes fabriek (Coke Factory). It did not take long before the company diversified its activities and also became involved as a shipping agent in the Scheldt Estuary.
In 1971 the shipping agency of OVET decided to join forces with the French Worms Cie group, and continued their activities under the new name ‘OVET Worms’.
About six years later, in 1974, a third partner joined; the Rotterdam based ship owners Anthony Veder. The new name was easy to guess: ‘OVET Worms Veder’.
This situation lasted until 1988, when Worms Cie decided to return to its core business and retrieved from all its shipping activities. The company continued under the name ‘OVET Veder’.
In 1998 also Anthony Veder decided to return to its core business and sold all of her shipping agencies. OVET B.V., now remaining as only shareholder, established a new joint venture with Bulk Maritime Agencies under the present name ‘Ovet Shipping B.V.’.
Since 1996 Ovet Shipping is also acting as a booking agent for Jamaica Shipping Co. Ltd. This Jamaican shipping company operated a weekly service from Antwerp to Kingston and vice versa. The wide variety of different cargo, for example containers, pallets, cars, but also larger objects like trucks, cranes and cargo on project basis, makes that Ovet Shipping B.V. has built up a lot of knowledge as a liner agent.
Knowing the history also tells something about the present activities. The specific know-how of (former) partners have formed the solid basis for a number of core activities today. Through the relation with the stevedoring company Ovet B.V., Ovet Shipping has been able to develop as a specialist in the field of dry bulk cargoes, especially solid fuels, ores and fertilisers. Next to that, there is a profound knowledge and experience in handling liquid cargoes as well as forwarding of containers and project cargo.
However, Ovet Shipping is more than a synthesis between Ovet and BMA, it is a company with an own identity, a company which is leading when it comes to quality in service. On the 4th of September 1991 Ovet Shipping developed, as one of the first shipping agents in the Netherlands, and the first in the Scheldt estuary, a quality system in accordance with the ISO-9001 standard. On the 16th of July 2012 Ovet Shipping was Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)-certified by the Dutch customs. Throughout the years, Ovet Shipping has not only maintained the system, it has been improved continuously.
Nowadays Ovet Shipping B.V. has developed itself as one of the leading shipping agents and maritime- and logistic service provided operating in the Ports of Terneuzen and Flushing. Offering a high quality professional and tailor-made service to the clients.
The latest development is the establishement of a passenger terminal at Zeeland Airport for helicopters flying to offshore wind farms located in the North Sea. The passenger terminal is set up together with Peterson Aviation from Den Helder, an authority in the field of offshore aviation.