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A shipping line is a business that operates ships that it may or may not own.

An example of a shipping line would be Mitsui O.S.K. Line or the Orient Overseas Container Line

History of shipping lines

Large-scale shipping lines only became widespread in the nineteenth century, after the development of the steamship in 1783. At first, Great Britainmarker was the centre of development of the shipping line. In 1819 the first steamship crossing of the Atlantic Oceanmarker took place; by 1833 shipping lines had begun to operate steamships between Britain and British Empire possessions such as Indiamarker and Canadamarker. Three major British shipping lines were founded in the 1830s: the British and American Steam Navigation Company, the Great Western Steamship Company and the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company.

Almost every shipping line is registered on well known ports of the world and only the registered shipping lines are allowed to enter the port.


  1. British History - Victorian Technology, BBC History

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