4th Generation Owner
The Odfjell family in Bergen, Norway has been involved in shipping since 1915 when they started transportation of timber. In the 1930s the first tanker was built, and in the 1950s they entered the chemical tanker trade. The family was one of the pioneers in the global trade of chemical shipping and has taken a role as a leading provider of deep-sea transportation services for chemicals and other high value liquids like petroleum products and edible oils world wide.
Johan Odvar Odfjell was the 4th and last generation owner of JO Tankers, a multinational shipping corporation with offices in Norway (HQ), Singapore, the Philippines and the US. Summer of 2016 Mr. Odfjell sold JO Tankers and parts of his shipping investments to Stolt-Nielsen.
Johan Odvar Odfjell has worked in the family company for over two decades serving as both CEO and Chairman, before he stepped down in 2011. August of 2016 Odfjell relocated to San Francisco with his family to start investments in technology startups.