Sailing through time

Follow the timeline that has led to the success of the greatest ship supplier in South Africa – National Ship Chandlers.


Hans Sorvaag, a Norwegian immigrant, established National Ship Chandlers; a company dedicated to supplying ships with general wholesale merchandise.


After 35 years supplying superlative service and products within the industry, and as a result of the amalgamation of two Scandinavian ship chandlers,

the Durban branch was opened to cater for what was now a rapidly expanding business.


National Ship Chandlers’ 3rd branch in Richards Bay was opened, creating the opportunity and ability to supply ships in neighbouring ports, such as Sodwana Bay.


Head office was relocated to Durban, where new owners raised the bar of standards and goals in the hope of becoming one of

South Africa’s largest ship supply companies, with the capacity to compete internationally.


The Port Elizabeth Branch was opened – A true testament to the fact that the company continues to grow from strength to strength.

National Ship Chandlers officially covers the entire South-Eastern coast of South Africa.


National Ship Chandlers is the largest ship supplier in South Africa.

It is also the only ship chandler with resident branches in the four strategically situated South Africa ports of call:

Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban (Head office), and Richards Bay.

Over 70 years of experience and superlative service is just a drop in the ocean of

National Ship Chandlers’ Future