History

Past and Present

The original name of the company was Nicolay Nisson & Company. Founded on the 12th of September, 1794 by Nicolay Nisson together with his elder brother, Erich, and possibly other members of his family.
Nicolay Nisson & Co. started out as a traditional ship chandlery near Copenhagen's newly constructed harbor area (hence the name Nyhavn, which means 'new port' in Danish).The usual range of ship chandler's goods included tar, ropes, sails and also rum and biscuits. Technical spare parts rarely went beyond a highly sophisticated sextant in those days.

 

eckersberg 

The Nisson's house is seen behind the white house with the soldiers parading in front.

 

 

Kongens Nye Torv (The King's New Square)
C.W.Eckersberg, 1807

 

Nicolay Nisson & Co. also made a fortune from privateering (no less than piracy encouraged by the crown) in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars and the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807, when British soldiers seized or destroyed almost the entire Danish naval and commercial fleet.​As the industrial age found its way into the shipping business, so did the need for technical spare parts.  

Berg & Larsen was quick to pick up on this new business.

What a change it must have been, suddenly having to become acquainted with valves and pumps and boilers.​Having started out as a family business being passed on from generation to generation within the family, a century later in 1902 the company moved into the hands of staff members, Jens Ludvig Hartmann Berg and Valdemar Larsen, who changed the name to Berg & Larsen, a name we maintain to this day. ​

We are one of the oldest ship chandlers in the world still in business.​  

 

 

Mr. Søren Kristiansen, a marine engineer by education and a former Maersk chief engineer, owns and runs Berg & Larsen today. He is also a former Alfa Laval Nirex (Alfa Laval Desalt) Sales Manager and has brought into the company expertise and focus on quality supplies for Alfa Laval Nirex Desalination and Thermal.​Søren Kristiansen has successfully steered Berg & Larsen into the 21st century by implementing a leading edge IT platform and slimming all processes.
This is a solid and contemporary business foundation. And the reason shipowners worldwide has made us their trusted sourcing partner. This is why we deliver every time.