Johnson Stevens Limited was ‘born’ on 4th July 1976. The Company was founded by Derek W. Johnson along with Tom-Bax Stevens, a former colleague, now retired.
This was at a time when containerisation was really taking the shipping world by storm and with more and more ship owners switching from conventional vessels to modern container ships, the time was right for the establishment of a fully comprehensive and independent Liner Agency to service these owners.
To do this and to be able to maintain the level of service, required careful planning. Staff recruitment was and still is the key to our success and over the years we have always placed customer service at the top of our priority list – good customer service can only be achieved by dedicated and experienced staff – both of which we have at JSA Global!
The company experienced rapid growth from this time onwards and during the last three decades and more , we have been involved in most major trade routes throughout the globe and have represented many well known and respected shipping lines.
Although many have since formed their own organisations throughout the world, we have established friendships that will last for a very long time and that is why JSA Global is still the UK’s leading Liner Agent.
The following news was announced in an Industry Press Release On 18th May 2011, one of the most entrepreneurial names in the shipping industry agreed to buy certain of the assets of the Felixstowe-based Johnson Stevens Agencies from the Administrators, PKF.
Andrew Thorne, who owns several shipping companies in the UK and overseas, took on certain of the shipping lines which were previously represented by the Johnson Stevens business under the name JSA Global Ltd.
Kestrel Liner Agencies is a recipient of the Queen’s Award for International Trade; and runner up in the National Business Awards and operates from offices in London, Manchester, the Humber, Aberdeen and Felixstowe as well as a host of offices overseas.
The addition of JSA Global to the Kestrel portfolio is a direct result of the entrepreneurial spirit of its owner Andy Thorne and is a strong reflection of his success in running profitable businesses within the international shipping market.
“I will be approaching the future of JSA Global with my usual energy and enthusiasm and we will ensure we continue to deliver an industry excellence in service and delivery which is a trademark of our shipping operations, “ Says Andy Thorne, CEO