About Us

Johnson Stevens ship out at sea

Johnson Stevens Ireland Limited was established in 1979 by William F. Patchell (then Managing Director), Derek W. Johnson and Tom Bax-Stevens. At the outset the company was involved mainly in the trans-Atlantic trade and represented Trans Freight Lines Inc. who operated two weekly services – one on the North Atlantic and the other on the South Atlantic.

Johnson Stevens Ireland quickly became a leading player in the Irish Liner Agency trade and retains that position today after over forty years in business. The company’s services were expanded by its appointment as General Agent for WEC Lines in 1980 who then operated in the East Africa trade. WEC also served the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands. On the domestic front the company opened offices in Cork in 1983 and in Belfast in 1990.

In 1984 Yang Ming Transport Corp. of Taiwan launched its Asia-North European Continent services and appointed Johnson Stevens Ireland as General Agent in Ireland. Yang Ming’s services expanded rapidly and served the Far East, South East Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent. This new representation on the Asia trade significantly expanded Johnson Stevens’ services and market share in Ireland.

The company’s portfolio of agencies was greatly enhanced in 1985 when Independent Container Lines launched its niche trans-Atlantic service and appointed Johnson Stevens Ireland as General Agent. Johnson Stevens, now a wholly-owned Irish company, has owned offices in Dublin and Belfast and employs over 30 people.

The company’s continued success is founded on an absolute commitment to the highest levels of customer service. The company’s goal is to continue to satisfy the needs of all of its customers and Principals in a diligent and dedicated manner by offering first class, competitive and environmentally friendly services.

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Johnson Stevens Ltd. Yang Ming Line ship out at sea

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