Far Eastern Shipping Company: history and our days

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Far Eastern Shipping Company: history and our days
Far Eastern Shipping Company: history and our days

Far Eastern Shipping Company is one of the most significant shipping companies in today's Russia. According to the management, the company strives to become the leader of the transport industry in the territory of the Russian Federation.

Far Eastern Shipping Company
Far Eastern Shipping Company


Vessels of the Far Eastern Shipping Company operate all over the world.

Offices of representative offices and agents of the company are located both in Europe and throughout Asia. The official address of the Far Eastern Shipping Company is located in Moscow, where you can communicate with top management. And the main assets are located in Vladivostok.


Formation of the company

Far Eastern Shipping Company traces its history back to 1880. Back in the days of the Russian Empire, a strategic decision was made to develop the eastern coast of the country and the shipping company based on the port of Vladivostok. The Volunteer Fleet Agency was established.

vessels of the Far Eastern Shipping Company
vessels of the Far Eastern Shipping Company

Well, today's name is "Far Eastern Seashipping company" the carrier company received back in 1935.

The first ship to set a course for the distant shore was a steamer called "Moskva". It is with this flight that the history of regular ship calls to the port of Vladivostok begins.

However, given the climatic conditions of this region, for a long time access by sea was interrupted for the entire winter period due to the fact that the water area was covered with ice.

And only in 1894, the Agency of the Voluntary Fleet acquires a full-time icebreaker. The steamer "Strongman" throughout the winter of 1894-1895 managed to ensure the continuous functioning of the port and prevent icing of the navigation channel.

Far Eastern Shipping Company 2
Far Eastern Shipping Company 2

During the Great Patriotic War

Vladivostok was the main Pacific outpost of the Soviet Union. The main danger then was the Japanese army.

By the beginning of 1941, the DMP merchant fleet already consisted of 70 steamships and 15 motor ships, among which there were also five tanker-type ships.

In December 1941, the land of the rising sun declares its rights to the Far Eastern straits of La Perouse, Sangar and Korea, calling them "Japan's maritime defense lines." Although legally the rules of their passage were governed by the principle of freedom of the high seas, in practice, enemy armed forces block the passage through the straits, including by using weapons.

Border clashes have happened before. After the official declaration of war, the city and the port have fully switched to combat mode.

It so happened that in these yearsVladivostok remained the last port of the USSR located outside the war zone. A large flow of cargo went through it for supply, defense and attacks.

address of the Far Eastern Shipping Company
address of the Far Eastern Shipping Company

During the war years, the Far Eastern Shipping Company lost 25 of its own ships. The last ship torpedoed was the Transb alt, which put an end to this sad statistic.

In Russia

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation, which became the successor of the previous government, establishes the Far East Shipping Company, an open joint-stock company.

In a new country with an existing fleet, the administration of the shipping company is making great efforts to expand the geography of its work.

New shipping lines open between Australian and US ports.

Own agency companies start their work in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada.

captains of the Far Eastern Shipping Company
captains of the Far Eastern Shipping Company

Development of a new package of services begins, including forwarding with the possibility of providing services "ex-works" (from door to door).

In 2003, with the opening of FESCO Logistic, whose office is located in Moscow, the Far Eastern Shipping Company focuses the service market on the European part of Russia. The development of rail transportation plays a significant role in this.

Fleet today

In 2006, the fleet of the Far East Shipping Company receives six new container ships and one Ro-Ro vessel.

For todayday FESCO operates twenty ships of various years of construction.

The oldest ship in the fleet is the container ship Kapitan Krems, built back in 1980. Its deadweight is only 5805 register tons. It is also one of the smallest vessels in operation.

The newest ship and at the same time the largest in the shipping company's operations is the container ship "Fesco Diomede", built in 2009, with a deadweight of 41850 tons.

Also, the Vasily Golovnin icebreaking vessel, which was built in 1988, is still functioning.


The "captains" of the Far Eastern Shipping Company deserve special attention. To date, only four such vessels operate in the fleet:

  • "Captain Afanasiev";
  • "Captain Maslov";
  • "Captain Krems";
  • "Captain Sergievsky".

They are all single-deck motor ships designed to carry general container cargo.

Kapitan Afanasiev and Kapitan Maslov were built in 1998 at the Polish shipyard in Szczecin. Vessels with a deadweight of more than 23 thousand registered tons sail under the flag of Cyprus.

Kapitan Krems and Kapitan Sergievsky are the oldest and most experienced ships in the fleet. Their story begins back in 1980 at the Vyborg shipyard and continues to this day.


Far Eastern Shipping Company today is a very important company in modern Russia, which strives to become a leader in the entire transport industry. Her history is wideand long. But she survived and not only does not lose her positions, but every day she develops and becomes more and more popular.