ANSCOR SHIP MANAGEMENT CORPORATION (ASSM) was organized in the Philippines as a corporation in the 1930 by the late Colonel Andres Soriano, a leading industrialist and respected business figure in the Philippines who promoted the growth of San Miguel Corporation. At the start of its operations, the corporation was engaged principally in general merchandising and investments in real estate and securities.
In 1937, ASSM diversified its operations and entered into management and technical direction of firms engaged in the development and exploration of the natural resources of the country. New corporations were formed and engaged in mining, oil exploration, agri-business, air transportation and other diverse industrial and commercial activities.
SSAI was established in 1963 as a division of ASSM. It initially engaged in serving and acting as agents for several Japanese shipping companies active in tramping. On January 24, 1980, it was incorporated as a wholly owned subsidiary of A. Soriano Corporation. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 13, 1980, and with the Bureau of Domestic Trade on August 26, 1986.
SSAI now acts as general agents for several international shipping lines such as Tasman Asia Shipping, New Guinea Pacific Line (NGPL), NORSUL International, Sea Consortium, China Navigation Company Ltd. (CNCO) and several Trampers. Other lines represented in the past were Wilhelmsen Lines A/S (WLAS), Far East Micronesia (FML), New Zealand Unit Express (NZUE) and P&O Containers (P&OCL) until the latter's merger with Nedlloyd. read more....