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The 175 year heritage of "Catoni Maritime Agencies" represented today by Jonathan Beard as the sixth generation carrying forth this history lies, in fact, in the story of three prominent Levantine families, namely the Belfante from France, the Catoni from Italy, the Beard from Scotland and their joining of forces within the field of shipping and trade in the port city of Iskenderun, on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey in the mid 1800’s.

1846

Joseph Catoni & Company starts its operations within the region, the family represents the crown as consuls and operates as an agency for British shipping interests,

1885

Joseph Catoni & Company is nominated as Lloyds of London sole agents.

1902

With evermore growing business prospects Joseph Catoni & Company expand their presence throughout Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and from Aqaba to Jordan.

1905

At the same time the French Belfante shipping family business commences its operations as the sole agents of Messagerie Maritimes.

1924

Charles Belfante and Joseph Catoni form a partnership by the name of Belfante & Catoni.

1950

Joseph Catoni passes the chairmanship to his son Augustine Catoni whom will develop the operations throughout the Levant and beyond,

1955

A partnership between P&O, Shaw Saville, Moss Hutchinson, Prince Lines, Ellerman Lines, Manchester Liners and Catoni Co. allows for the creation of the British Maritime Agencies, and a further partnership with American Export Lines, Llykes Lines and Isbranson Lines in turn expands services into the Americas.

1956

Joseph Catoni & Company official name is changed and Catoni Maritime Agencies (CMA) is formed with its head office in Istanbul and further offices in Mersin and Izmir .

1957

Partnership with NYK Lines allows for CMA to expand its services into the Far East and Japan.

1969

Augustine Catoni passes away leaving the seat to Hugh Beard, brother of Norah Catoni née Beard.

1978

CMA is one of the eight founding members of the Multiport Agency Network.

1985

Hugh Beard passes away, his wife Elizabeth Beard becomes Chairwoman. CMA celebrates its centenary as Lloyds agents and as the representatives of the Institute of London underwriters namely The Salvage Association in London.

1987

CMA acquires the Saybolt franchise partnership and establishes the leading Petroleum Inspection Laboratory in the region.

1988

Catoni celebrates its 100 year century with the Ottoman Bank of Turkey.

1990

Jonathan Beard is elected Chairman and introduces The Millennium Regional Corporate Strategy for the Catoni group, opening further offices in the Black sea countries and the Caspian.

1992-1999

CMA is awarded the agency representation of P&O Containers, NSCSA, Maruba, CSAV, Hamburg Sud and a number of others.

1994

Catoni Interlink is formed as the stevedoring, warehousing, distribution company of CMA operating in the state owned terminals. Catoni Chartering is formed in Malta.

1995

Jonathan Beard is elected to the ICC Commission for Customs and Trade, the Chairman to the British Chambers of Commerce and Deputy Chairman of Multiport.

1996

Catoni celebrate its 150th anniversary and B&C Global Investments UK ltd, the Holding company is established.

1998

Establishment of Catoni Energy Logistics Division providing shore base logistics services.

2001

The Catoni Millennium statement is published , the groups new operating region becomes officially Turkey and the Black sea only, all offices in the Middle East are closed.

2001

Catoni Energy and Project Logistics is formed to provide services for Exploration and Production for Oil and Gas in Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania.

2003

CMA is appointed agents for Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg-Sud shipping companies for the Caucasus region, and Catoni Air and Sea is formed as the dedicated partner for Yusen logistics, Japan, a subsidiary of NYK group.

2005

The LCL-TR joint venture is established.

2007

Catoni celebrates fifty years with NYK Line general lines in Turkey.

2008

Acquisition of Catoni Persa by Saybolt.

2010

Catoni core activities are revised and the Fourth Five year Strategic Business Direction is introduced.

2012

Establishment of a JV with Rhenus-Logistics for Port Logistics and Ship Management.

2012

Strategic alliance with ASCO to accelerate the further growth in Exploration and Production for Oil and Gas in Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania.

2013

Nomination of NileDutch for the Liner Agency in Turkey and Black Sea region.

2013

Catoni Iraq office is opened bringing the expansion to 11 active Catoni offices within the region.

2016

Catoni Corporate restructure first phase completed,

2017

Catoni moves to new head office on the commercial centre of Istanbul.