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The J.J. Ugland Companies

The J.J. Ugland Companies

Customer focus, flexibility, reliability, safety, high quality and the protection of the environment are governing elements for all our operation.

From their headquarters in Grimstad, a historic shipping town in southern Norway, the family-owned companies provide worldwide services. The activities incorporate
  • a professionally managed and fully integrated shipowning and ship management enterprise with all functions in-house 
  • offshore operation
  • a full-service EPC yard
Our team of professionals is always prepared to find optimal solutions that benefit our customers and secure an environmentally friendly trade.

For centuries the Ugland family has made their living from farming, forestry and shipbuilding. The famous local shipbuilder Halvor Olsen Ugland built the sailing ship FORTUNA in 1772. This was the start for the Ugland family in shipping. Shipowner Jørgen H. Ugland sold off his shipping assets during the 1888 market peak. His son, Captain Johan M. Ugland, started the family’s present involvement in shipping when he bought MV MELANIA in1930 and renamed the vessel SARITA after his wife. A/S Uglands Rederi, established the same year, is still the main shipping company in the present enterprise,The J.J. Ugland Companies (JJUC), named after J.J. Ugland, who joined A/S Uglands Rederi in 1947. He was active in the business for more than 60 years and the driving force behind the significant growth of the companies. His grandson, Knut N.T. Ugland, is currently the sole owner of JJUC.
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