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H. Ismail Kaptanoglu, founder of Kaptanoglu Group (1911-1986)

A life devoted to shipping

Kaptanoglu family is one of the oldest shipowners in Turkey with hunderd years of maritime experience and tradition. H. Ismail Kaptanoglu, the founder of Kaptanoglu shipping, was a captain in his father’s ships in the beginning of the last century. Those days were the last period of Ottoman empire when shipping in the empire's terriotory was controlled by foreign companies. Kaptanoglu was one of the pioneer families in shipping business in Turkey.

Just like many others, the company started to grow with the republic of Turkey. H. Ismail kaptanoglu and his five brothers worked with their father until 1950. Then, he established his own company and later, his three sons joined him to from one of most well-know family shipping company in Turkey. H. Ismail kaptanoglu was one of the founder of Turkish Shipowners Assocation. His sons carried on their father’s mission and they have been serving Turkish shipping community as well as fulfiling official duties. Today, Kaptanoglu Group is active in almost every segment of shipping bussiness such as shipowning/operating, shipbuilding and agency sevices. The group has recently entered new sectors.

Tourism, Energy and Construction. Our mission is quality service in every segment of shipping industry with utmost care to safety of life and protection of environment and with the new generation of family members joining Kaptanoglu Group, our vision is to be amongst world's first class shipping companies.

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flexible, reliable, unique...

Kaptanoglu Group's mission is to provide its customers with a flexible and reliable service of transport, and use this flexibility to develop unique industrial relations in order to make both the customers and the company with its employees able to benefit.

The business strategy of the company is based on the following principles:

  • optimizing operational safety and improving safety management skills of personnel ashore and onboard ships, including training for emergencies related both to safety and environmental protection
  • providing high quality maintenance of vessels
  • complying with all current environmental regulations
  • maximizing utilisation of vessels
  • achieving competitive financing arrangements
  • strenghtening relations with main charterers and shipyards

    On the spot market, the company's strategy tends to minimize the time element associated with ballast legs by efficiently chartering its vessels.

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    Our vision

    Our vision is to emerge as a team of inspired performers in the field of maritime transportation, serving Turkish and global trades, with the focus on:

  • Maintaining its highest position in Turkish shipping.

  • Establishing a major global presence in energy–related, dry bulk and niche tanker shipping markets.

  • Evolving suitable business models to exploit emerging opportunities in sector.

  • Safety of people and property and protection of the environment.