The Fillette, Green Companies were established by the Fillette family of Mobile, Alabama and the Green family of Pensacola, Florida They joined their already established offices at Mobile and Pensacola in 1904 to begin a tradition of Agency services under the Fillette, Green & Company banner and became the dominant agent in the state of Florida. After World War 11, the Fillette Green Company represented most major general cargo carriers, either directly or through other general agents, in the range of Mobile all the way through the major Florida ports.
In 1983 the current owner esatblished Peninsular Ship Agencies, Inc. in New Orleans, which subsequently operated offices in Houston and Mobile. The policy of this organization was at the outset exclusively dedicated to the representation of principles trading in the dry and liquid bulk trades, with particular emphasis on cement, crude, chemicals, coal, fertilizer, grains, petroleum coke and steel products. The group has also had great success in the reefer market and in the attendance of cruise vessels.
In December of 1986, the Denholm Group, a British Company founded in Glasgow in 1866, became a substantial shareholder. Denholm, apart from its main group activity as a vessel manager and shipowner, also maintains some 60 other companies in overseas marine-related business. The association with the Denholm Group, a reputable and well known shipowner and vessel manager, brought further international connections and agency expansion for the group. The majority owning interest, however remained with the current Chief Executive Officer, Robert N. Punndsack, who in 2005 bought out the Denholm Group and is now the sole owner, under the name of Christian Bay Shipping Company.
Christian Bay Shipping Company was registered in December 1986 as a Florida holding company, with corporate offices in Tampa, Florida to consolidate all group activities. In 1996, the corporate offices were relocated to Pass Christian, Mississippi seeking a more central focus on the Gulf of Mexico activities. The Company has evolved into a full service company offering clients full port representation in 14 offices, in 6 states, spanning the entire US Gulf and South Atlantic Ports.
After the disastrous Hurricane Katrina destroyed the corporate office in Mississippi in 2005, it was moved back to Tampa, Florida and has now been permanently located in Houston, Texas.
With focus on being a full service operation, being able to offer clients full port representation in the United States became an additional company requirement. This national coverage, initially in the U.S. Gulf, has been achieved by concluding joint ventures with well known and established agency organizations who also specialize in the representationof owners and charterers alike.
The prime areas of development are in the tramp sector market, in the reefer market and in the cruise industry. The culmination of new regulations for ship’s trading in the U.S. has caused the development of our Regulatory Compliance Department which serves vessel operators and Masters with portals and assistance in meeting the timely regulatory constraints associated with U.S. trade today. Additionally, we continue to enjoy considerable in house expertise as it refers to the more traditional chartering, brokering, forwarding, bunkering and turn key projects.
The agency services, which the member companies of the group are able to offer, continue to be dedicated to servicing the needs of operators and charterers. The ongoing support, which the group continues to enjoy in the national and international shipping market is the best reference we can offer to any prospective client.