1974

In 1974, Pål Smith-Kielland established his first company, Hesnes Shipping AS. His idea was to be a specialized shipbroker in the car carrier market. From his stay in Tokyo, Mr. Smith-Kielland had established a business relationship with Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK)...

1994

In 1994, Mr. Smith-Kielland was asked by NYK to run United European Car Carriers (UECC) in Grimstad. UECC was, and still is, a leading provider of European short sea roro transportation. Smith-Kielland accepted after being offered a helicopter to commute back and...

1996

As a consequence of the UECC engagement and that Smith-Kielland now had some experience in how to run a helicopter company, Hesnes Air, a commercial helicopter operation, was established.

2000

In 2000, Smith-Kielland was asked by NYK to run yet another company, Saga Forest Carriers Intl AS (Saga FC). Saga FC is a global shipping company that transports pulp, forest products, breakbulk and bulk cargoes. The company’s head office was in Atlanta at that time....

2003

In 2003, HNG was dissolved and the shares in BB were sold. The proceeds from this sale were used to purchase the open hatch vessels MV Saga Spray, MV Saga Morus, MV Saga Monal. All three vessels were chartered out to the Saga FC pool and the Saga FC pool now consisted...