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HISTORY

The Fratelli Cosulich Group goes back a long way, with the origins of the Cosulich family on Lussino, a small island off the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic Sea. We started out in the shipping trade in 1857 and we've come a long way since then, expanding and diversifying to become a global leader in shipping services and logistics.

1857

1857

Captain Antonio F. Cosulich built the 500-tonne ship - FIDES - and launched the family's shipping business.

1889

The family added steamers to their fleet and transferred their business headquarters to Trieste, then the main port for the Austrian Empire.

1889
1900

1900 - 1918

Callisto Cosulich established a joint venture called Austro-Americana, which began regular passenger and freight services from Trieste to North and South America. In that period, Callisto's brother, Alberto Cosulich also built a shipyard at Monfalcone near Trieste. Part of the fleet and the shipyard were destroyed during World War I.

1920 - 1930

Shortly after the war, the Cosulich family, under the leadership of Callisto's sons, resumed shipping activities under the name Cosulich Line and rebuilt the Monfalcone Shipyard. During this period, two passenger vessels were built: SATURNIA and VULCANIA (24,000 GRT), twin transatlantic passenger ships that connected Trieste and Naples with New York. SISA-Società Italiana Servizi Aerei (Italian Company for Air Services), was founded and started business with two aeroplanes, one connecting Trieste, Venice, Milan and Turin, and the other connecting Trieste with Zara (now Zadar), later on adding Lussino (now Mali Losinj), Ancona and Venice. The company also introduced new lines connecting Trieste with Genoa and Fiume (now Rijeka).

1920
1930

1930 - 1940

The passenger ships OCEANIA (19,500 GRT) and NEPTUNIA (19,475 GRT) were built for the South American route but were also occasionally used for cruises. At the time, they were the fastest transatlantic ships in the world.

1940 - 1950

In 1947, commercial air services resumed operations following the Paris Treaty. Some Italian companies were authorized to fly and among them SISA. The Cosulich family took over the reins of the company and tried to improve their fortunes by purchasing seven military Douglas C-47s from the US Air Force, which they entrusted to the Officine Aeronavali of Venice for the conversion to civil transport. In this context, the Cosulich family re-started the "Amedeo duca d'Aosta" airport in Gorizia and started negotiations with the Czechoslovak, Yugoslav, Greek and Turkish aviation bodies to establish reciprocal air links between the capitals. The new SISA continued its services until May 1949, when it was absorbed by Avio Italian Lines, then renamed ALI - Flotte Riunite.

1940
1950

1950-1960

Fratelli Cosulich was incorporated, with its registered office in Trieste and branches in Genoa, Naples and Palermo. Fratelli Cosulich manned the fleets of major oil companies, as well as providing catering and travel agency services.

1960 - 1970

Cosulich AG was formed in Zurich, general sales agents for cruise ship owners.

1960
Cap. Antonio F. Cosulich

1970 - 1980

Fratelli Cosulich became the general agent of Arya National Shipping Lines, Tehran. ASAMAR Inc. was established in New York as part of a drive to enter the bunkering trade.

1980 - 1990

Pan Am, Iberia, Tap Air Portugal and Kuwait Airlines all appointed Fratelli Cosulich as their agent in Italy. Fratelli Cosulich Hong Kong was incorporated to operate bunkering activities and in 1988 Fratelli Cosulich became general agent for Cosco Lines Shanghai.

Cap. Antonio F. Cosulich
2000

1990 - 2000

Fratelli Cosulich founded Link Industries S.p.A., which imports insulating material, welding equipment, cast iron and steel products for the building industry and construction sites. Fratelli Cosulich launched its freight-forwarding business through the company EXPRESS, currently operating in Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, USA and China. Forwarding is also the core business of the Fratelli Cosulich Group in UK, Ireland and Turkey.

Established in 1993, GeneSys Informatica started out as a software development company and today the business is part of the ever-expanding Fratelli Cosulich Group: it designs, develops and supplies IT services and application software, as well as covering their maintenance and customer service.

2000 - 2010

Fratelli Cosulich Comercio e Serviços Ltd expanding Fratelli Cosulich Group catering worldwide activities was set up in Macaè, Brazil. Fratelli Cosulich took over Montecarlo-based Catalano Shipping Services, thereby moving into the business of luxury yachts. In 2005, the company moved into the physical bunkering supply when it bought its first bunker tankers fitted with onboard mass flow meters.

Cap. Antonio F. Cosulich
2000

2010 - 2020

Cosulich Assicurazioni S.r.l. was founded to deliver insurance services. The Fratelli Cosulich group entered into an important partnership with the Turkish group Arkas through the joint-venture enterprise, Arkas Italia S.r.l. The group also acquired Chemoil Monde-Export SAM, headquartered in Monaco and opened an office in Dubai which predominantly handles bunkering and brokering.

Our present is the future we commited ourselves to achieve. The Group is continuously expanding in different areas related to our core-business. We are focused on consolidate our diversification through external and internal growth to become the best partner in the field.