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Conoship is founded

The exact date (or even year) of establishment is actually unclear; various documents mention different dates. In the Conoship Bulletin of October 1977 the year 1952 is considered to be the ‘year of establishment’.

It reads as follows:

“The oldest record we can find of Conoship in the making dates from 2 September 1953 when nine directors of shipyards met in “de Faun” in Groningen, on the initiative of Mr T. Barkmeijer in Hoogkerk, to jointly process an application for one hundred coasters (which later turned out to be only 20) on behalf of Indonesia, which became independent only a few years ago.
However, it is a fact that already a year before, support was sought and partly obtained from and by the shipyards belonging to the Shipbuilding Association “Hoogezand” but which were not members of the “Noordergroep”, to deal with important requests and/or export orders in a co-operative manner. That is why we can trace the initial activities of what was later to become Conoship back to the autumn of 1952, i.e. 25 years ago now.”
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Conoship Bulletin October 1977 – 25 years front cover



On 29th July 1955 the association received the Royal Approval of the Articles of Association with its initial name “Conos” (Combination Northern Shipbuilders). As this name not cleary indicate they were involved with ships, the name of the association was changed to “Conoship”. The original structure of the association was: “the promotion of the commercial interests of the members”.
They hoped to achieve this goal by holding meetings, advertising and appointing agents. This shows that from the beginning the members were aware of the
opportunities to increase sales.
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First contract m.s. I.T.W.A. PATHFINDER

“…it would take ten years before the Conoship group won their first contract. On 1 June 1961 an order was placed for the account of the Pakistani Government on a buoy-laying vessel, which was built at the Gebr. Grol shipyard.” states the same bulletin from October 1977.


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