Armacup Maritime Services 1981 to 1992
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Founded by Sean Rothsey in 1981, and leveraging off his liner and tramper shipping experience New Zealand-based Armacup began as an International Freight Forwarder and NVOCC in Auckland. Chaired by Sean Rothsey until 1992, the company grew to include customs clearance,port agency services, but by 1984 was predominantly involved in slot, time and voyage chartering,ship management and operation with 14 vessels per month under the Company’s management. Armacup handled PCCs (Pure Car Carriers), Roll On Roll Off, multipurpose bulk carriers, Cape Size, Panamax Size , Cellular Container Ships and VLCCs. Sean Rothsey became a member of BIMCO Denmark and the company also successfully grew a substantial third party parcel ship and cargo chartering business.
The company specialised in both shipping and port agency services in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Ireland. When sold in 1992, the business had annual revenues exceeding $250 million, 90 staff with substantial operations in four countries and its own offices in Auckland,Wellington,Sydney,Melbourne,Fremantle,Tokyo and Taipei.
Today Armacup Auckland and Armacup Tokyo still offer monthly two way sailings from Japan to Oceania and from Japan Europe, the Med, UK, Ireland and Africa under the AECL (Armacup Express Car Line and Armacup Express Container Line) and continue to specialise in new and used cars, trucks, tractors and other rolling stock.