HISTORY

history

The origin of Romilos J. Davelopoulos Maritime and Commercial Co. (R.J.D.) dates back to 1946 when the company was founded by Mr. Romilos J. Davelopoulos in Thessaloniki.

During the period of 1946-1978 R.J.D. was developed into one of the major shipping agencies in Thessaloniki, while accomplished to act as general agents from small coaster vessels to major worldwide shipping companies.

Mr. Romilos J. Davelopoulos participated for many years in the board of directors of Thessaloniki Port Authority and was elected as the president of Thessaloniki’s Shipping Agents Association.

Meanwhile the company’s fields of business expanded when Mr. Romilos J. Davelopoulos undertook the co-ownership of a number of dry cargo vessels.

In 1978 R.J.D accomplished to be the first-ever agency from Thessaloniki to establish a branch office in Piraeus.

In 1982 the company was nominated as General Agents in Greece by MITSUI O.S.K. LINES while expanded its involvement in freight forwarding being the first company involved to the transportation (import/ export) of raw cotton in Greece.

In 1986 the direction of Piraeus office was undertaken by founder’s elder son Mr. Ioannis R. Davelopoulos after having successfully completed his Bachelor degree in Economics at University of Thessaloniki and his postgraduate shipping course at the London University.

In 1988 the direction of Thessaloniki’s office was taken over by founder’s second son Mr. Kostas R. Davelopoulos. He had also completed his Bachelor degree in Economics at the University of Thessaloniki and holded a Master degree in Finance and Accounting of the London School of Economics.

At the same time Mr. Romilos J. Davelopoulos was named as the President of R.J.D. and was unanimously elected by the Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce & Industry as its representative in Thessaloniki’s Port Authority’s Board of Directors.

In 1990 R.J.D. was established in Greek market the "experts" of transportation of Greek raw cotton by controlling about the 95% of the exports by sea.

The company became a member of the International Cotton Association.

In 1996 R.J.D. was proudly chosen by WILH. WILHELMSEN ASA, as their Greek partner in establishing a joint venture under the name of BARWIL HELLAS LTD. being a part of their international ship services network.

In 2008 R.J.D. was awarded by MITSUI O.S.K. LINES CAR CARRIER DIVISION as the best performing port agent of the year.

In 2010 Mrs. Athina I. Davelopoulos, joined the company after completing her Bacheclor degree in Shipping and Finance, being the third generation in business.

In 2013 R.J.D.established a subsidiary company in Istanbul – Turkey, "Davelo Uluslararası Taşımacılı ve Dış Ticaret Limited Şirketi" offering a full range of forwarding services from/ to Turkey.

In 2015 Mr. Romilos I. Davelopoulos, joined the company after completing his Bachelor degree in Economics at university of Athens and his Master degree in Shipping, Trade and Finance at CASS Business School of London.

In 2018 R.J.D. established a joint venture company in Piraeus named ENA Shipping Agency SA, acting as general agents of ONE (Ocean Network Express), the Japanese global transport company formed by the joint venture between Nippon Yusen Kaisha Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and K Line.

R.J.D. continues its operations full of confidence, wisdom and energy.

Confidence, gained by the fact that it managed to become and remain a solid, reputable and financially sound company in Greek shipping industry.
Wisdom, by the unique experience gained by the long years of experience of its directors and the carefully selected stuff.
Energy, along with willingness to further business opportunities guaranteed by the youth of the third generation that joined the company with pioneer ideas and proficient management skills.

 

Pursuing Excellence

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Creating a bond is a start. Working together is development. Remaining together is success.

Vision. Knowledge, Responsibility and Innovation. Based on these four core principals, R.J.D. is your first choice shipping services partner.Providing leadership and innovation in global levels by delivering a flexible portfolio of services built on quality,safety,honesty,vigor and commitment  to long term business relationships.  R.J.D. is a solid, reputable and financially sound company  with a long standing reputation in Greek shipping. arrow

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