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Company History

Boasting a rich history that dates back to 1875, our family has a proven track record in the shipping industry.

Starting with sailing vessels and moving on to steamships, we have owned and managed most types of vessels: passenger ships, bulk carriers, tankers, chemical ships, ROROs, OBOs, containers, LPGs. Sailing through time, rough and calm seas, times of war and times of peace, high and low market cycles, we always look to the future with a spirit of excitement, creativity and optimism.

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1875

Dimitrios Inglessis (DI), the great grandfather of Alberta’s founder Nicholas Inglessis (NGI), starts business in the island of Samos, trading goods carried onboard his sailing ships

1885

He expands the family business, building a wine factory in Mesaio Karlovasi that produces Samos sweet wine, which is then exported to France

1890

As the company flourishes, DI decides to establish a leather factory on the seaside of Karlovasi

1900s

To accommodate the growing wine business, he also opens an office in Marseilles, which handles all exports to France

1911

The next generation takes over, creating the first official Inglessis family company. To pay tribute to its founder, DI’s sons name their company ‘D. Inglessis Fils’ and their first steamship Dimitrios. The passenger ships are operated out of their office in Smyrna.

1914

An opportunity arises from the embargo of Turkish tobacco by the US and its Allies during WWI and a lucrative tobacco and cigarette production business is launched

1918

A dynamic expansion in cargo and passenger ships allows the Inglessis family to contribute significantly to the trade between Italy, Piraeus and the Greek islands

1919

The passenger ships are operated out of their office in Smyrna, which was, at the time, under Greek rule

1920

The family’s first ‘Alberta’ passenger ship is purchased. Its success will ensure this lucky name finds its way to today’s modern company

1921

Following the destruction of Smyrna, the family offers to carry a large number of Greek refugees from Smyrna to Piraeus onboard its bulk carrier ship, Demetrios Inglessis.

1938

Meanwhile, a strategic decision is made to relocate the family’s wine factory from the island to Valimitika in the Peloponnese

WWII

The entire fleet is destroyed

Post WWII

The 3rd generation of the Inglessis family, with persistent zeal, begins rebuilding the fleet through the purchase of Liberty and T2 tanker ships from the US

1963

The Inglessis family decide to join forces with other traditional Greek shipping families to form ‘Pegasus Ocean Services’ in Piraeus and ‘Pleiades Shipping Services’ in London

1960s – 1970s

These decades see a sizeable expansion of the fleet through the purchase of 40 new multipurpose and large bulk carrier ships from esteemed Japanese shipyards

1972

Committed to working with quality shipyards, the company also cultivates a relationship with the B&W shipyard that leads to several newbuilding contracts

1981

NGI, representing the family’s 4th generation, joins ‘Pegasus Shipping Services’ as Chartering Director

1988

The first tanker LR1 ‘Obelix’ is purchased, which is quickly followed by a number of VLCCs

1991

NGI, along with family members, founds ‘Samos Steamship’ in Athens and ‘Alberta Shipbrokers’ in London

Mid 90s

Several OBOs are purchased, which are then converted to be able to carry clean products as well as dirty and bulk cargoes

Late 90s

Large DWT tankers and bulkers are procured starting with a 210k ton bulk carrier

2004

The family expands to LPGs through the acquisition of ‘Sweet Dream’ as well as the order of 2 newbuildings

2001 – 2018

NGI leads an ambitious newbuilding program, which sees around 35 NB vessels ordered and delivered from first class Japanese shipyards, strengthening the Inglessis family’s long lasting relationship with Japanese shipyards, trading houses and banks. A significant number of second-hand acquisitions complete the company’s expansion

2019

NGI, along with his daughters, the Inglessis family’s 5th generation, founds a new modern shipping company, ‘Alberta Shipmanagement Ltd’ operating a mixed fleet of Japanese built tankers, chemical tankers and bulk carriers, always built at high specifications