history

Our History

A legacy of excellence at sea

From the first vessel, the Elkhound, purchased in 1934 by Mr. K.C. Irving, to the official incorporation in 1946, Kent Line has had a history of success from the very beginning.

Having built a solid foundation serving the forest products industry, Kent Line now provides superior bulk, project cargo and agency services to major shippers around the world. With headquarters in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, Kent Line serves customers throughout Northern Europe, the eastern U.S. Seaboard, east coast Canada, U.S. Gulf, Central America, South America, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean.

Kent Line has a long legacy of handling shipments on time and at competitive prices with superior, responsive customer service. As a key member of JDI Integrated Logistics, we can connect customers to wide-ranging resources to meet all their transportation requirements. We are registered as an ISO 9001:2008 company and our environmental record has been exemplary.

Kent line is a proud member of the Irving Group of companies.  J.D. Irving, Limited is a family owned company with over 125 years of service in forestry, oil and gas, wholesale/retail operations, shipbuilding and transportation & logistics services.