In 1937, at the age of 23, Anthony Veder, his mother and a number of relations incorporate ‘N.V. Maatschappij Zeetransport’, the predecessor of the shipowner that now bears his name. The shipowner operates under the ‘Oranje Lijn’ name.
The ships are named after members of the Dutch Royal Family. The shipowner maintains a scheduled service between Rotterdam and American and Canadian cities on the Great Lakes. The shipowner initially operates a freight scheduled service, which is expanded to include a passenger service after the Second World War. In the winter, when ships are unable to sail on these Northerly lakes due to the thick floating ice, they transport citrus fruit in the Mediterranean. The emergence of aviation and the resultant competition in both freight and passenger transport, results in the decision to sell the Oranje Lijn.
Koraal Scheepvaart Maatschappij
In 1958, in the same year he sells the Oranje Lijn. Anthony Veder and a number of his staff incorporate a new shipowner, the Anthony Veder Group, on Curacao. After his profitable sale of the Oranje Lijn, Anthony Veder is active in many areas: he buys refrigerated ships for overseas fruit transport and begins port operations. In 1961, he incorporates a subsidiary which, as the Koraal Scheepvaartmaatschappij, is specialised in refrigerated shipping.
The shipowner’s vessels sail under the Netherlands Antilles flag and bear names which begin with Coral followed by the name of a type of coral. Over the years the shipowner increases the number of refrigerated ships and expands into gas tankers and container ships. The shipowner also gradually develops a diverse range of additional activities, such as port agents on the Netherlands Antilles and in Rotterdam, Avis rent-a-car on Curacao and Bonaire, and a travel agency with branches in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and on the Netherlands Antilles.