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La Nostra Storia

obo.jpgEnterprise Shipping Agency (ESA) was established in 1947 under the name of “Frank L. Bradshaw”.  The Agency began to operate as “Manning Agent” from Via Fieschi 8/7, an address we have maintained ever since.

Frank L. Bradshaw was a Colonel of the RAF.  Following the end of World War II Colonel Bradshaw discharged himself from the RAF and opened an office in Via Fieschi as an agent for B.E.A., today a part of British Airways.

Whilst fulfilling his duty during the Second World War Colonel Bradshaw met United States Maritime Commission’s Admiral Loveland.  At the end of the war Admiral Loveland was among those responsible for assigning surplus navy vessels (Liberty ships and T2 tankers) to ship owners who had lost their own ships as a consequence of the war.



obo2.jpgThe Italian merchant fleet was completely destroyed by the war and the country found it had an abundance of qualified mariners who were inundating the workforce.  These mariners were soon asked to board foreign fleets.  They began operating for petrol companies and private operators and although the fleets were predominantly from Panama and Liberia they operated in the interests and under the control of the United States.

In 1952 Admiral Loveland, remembering his friend and colleague Colonel Bradshaw, decided to ask Colonel Bradshaw to begin the selection and employment of Italian mariners for the T2 tanker Elisabeth Flannigan.  Following this, in 1955, Colonel Bradshaw again began hiring mariners.  This time providing the crew for the new petrol tanker T/T Alliance, operating for Naess Mejandler Co. of New York.

In the same year Naess Mejandler Co. decided to expand their fleet.  The construction of the fleet was undertaken by highly prestigious Japanese shipyards, and Naess Mejandler Co. asked that the provision of mariners be exclusive to Colonel Bradshaw, ensuring the quality of crew and service.

Thus the arrival of the first nine Japanese ships:

1956: T.T. Naess Companion; T.T. Naess Venturer; T.T. Enterprise; T.T. Naess Crusader;
1957: T.T. Naess Mariner, T.T. Naess Chief; M/N Naess Liberty;
1958: T.T. Naess Leander; T.T. Naess Explorer;
1959: T.T. Naess Challenger;
1960: T.T. Naess Voyager; T.T. Naess Thunder; T.T. Benjamin Coates.


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The growth of ESA continued during the 1970’s with the introduction of a new type of ship; the OBO (Oil, Bulk and Ore Carrier).  Colonel Bradshaw was the first to supply the crew for an OBO, the Naess Norseman, in Italy.  The OBO was an innovation in the shipping world.  OBO’s were able to transport oil, carbon, minerals and wheat.

The Naess

Norseman was the result of a precise combination of tanker, bulk carrier and oil carrier; extremely innovative both in the development of shipping transport and for maritime crew.
Over the course of the years ESA has progressively expanded its range of services on offer from Italy:

•    In 1983 we opened P&I Medical.;
•    In 1989, and in order to provide a faster and more economically profitable service to our Manning clients, we obtained an IATA (International Air Transport Association) certificate allowing us to function as a travel agency and as tour operators;
•    In 2000, in order to respond to new and growing requirements set by International crew training regulations, ESA founded Acma Enterprise Training Centre in Naples;
•    In 2004 we opened Ship and Crew Services in order to provide a better service to our Italian ship owners.  The company is dedicated to dealing with Port Authority-related paperwork regarding shipping companies, their shipments and registration.


In December 1994 ESA was the first Italian crew manager to obtain an ISO 9001 certificate.
In 2001 ESA added to its range of services for shipping companies by founding Norbulk Enterprise Ship Management.

We have thus created an Italian-British joint venture which provides  ship management services based on International standards, whilst also paying particular attention to the specific needs of the Italian market.

Since 1990 ESA has opened a series of international branches and acquired the collaboration and partnerships of existing crew management agencies in order to broaden our network of available crew.  Our international branches are situated in:

  • 1990 Croatia,
  • 1998 Romania,
  • 2002 Indonesia,
  • 2003 Latvia, Cuba,
  • 2006 Ukraine,
  • 2009 The Philippines


With more than 60 years experience and tradition ESA has specialised in aiding the internationalisation of Italian shipping companies alongside the integration of foreign shipping companies into the Italian market.

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