- (Medical):THE HISTORY OF FALCK SHIPPING
The firm Ths. S. Falck was established by Thomas S. Falck i
Thomas S. Falck was born in 1829. As a young man he moved to England in search of a good business education. After he graduated, he started his own company in Newcastle, and subsequently expanded by opening up a branch in Grimsby. He was appointed Norwegian consul in Newcastle. His business consisted of wholesale fish trading and exporting, and soon also shipping.
In 1862 Thomas S Falck sold out in England and moved back home to Stavanger, where he established a shipping company. Over time, this represented one of the largest shipping fleets in the country, both in terms of tonnage and the number of ships. Thomas S. Falck also carried on wholesale trading and exporting of fish, herring and prawns, and imported salt. The company owned several fishing vessels and was an important herring salter. It also owned fish landing facilities at several locations in Island and along the Norwegian coast. Thomas S Falck died on his farm, Hillevaag Gaard, in 1889.
His son, Christian Fredrik Falck, took over the company and continued in the same line of business. During the difficult times after World War I, the shipping business was discontinued although the company continued as a wholesale trader and shipping agent.
Christian Fredrik Falck was the Swedish consul in Stavanger until his death in 1939. His son, Jacob, took over the company Ths. S. Falck in 1936, and changed its name to Jacob Falck. The company continued with importing, trading, commercial agencies and as shipping agent, which became an increasingly important part of its business activities. Jacob Falck was the Swedish consul in Stavanger until his death in 1980.
In 1953, his son, Thomas S. Falck, became co-owner of the company, and continued its shipping traditions. The shipping agency part of the business gradually grew in volume and importance. Thomas S Falck is the Greek consul in Stavanger. His eldest son, Thomas S Falck, Jr., was made co-owner of the company in 1983. He is the British consul in Stavanger.
In connection with the construction of a gas terminal at Kårstø, Falck Shipping A/S was established in 1984.
The companies Jacob Falck ANS and Falck Shipping A/S are the biggest shipping agents in the district and represent all the major oil companies and shipowners. Other important lines of business are forwarding and customs clearance, and the company owns its own bonded warehouse for goods going to and from ships. Administration of laid-up tonnage and the manning of laid-up ships have also been important business activities.