70 years of MAG
Discover our amazing history.
As a result of reorganization of a number of state-owned and private companies, related to the maritime industry, the Minister of Shipping decides to replace the above-mentioned organizations with a newly established state-owned enterprise called “Morska Agencja in Gdynia”.
The Morska Agencja in Gdynia begins its operation. The office is located on the premises of the former Dworzec Morski in Gdynia.
1954 - 1963
MAG takes over the entire service of ships of domestic shipowners – Polish Ocean Lines and Polish Maritime Shipping, as well as units remaining in the chartered Polish-Chinese Ship Association – Chipolbrok.
Zygmunt Śmigielski, the to-be long-term president of MAG and the founding father of the Polish maritime industry, distinguished for the Tri-City community, begins work at the Maritime Agency in Gdynia.
MAG represents 64 foreign regular shipping lines and 48 foreign insurance clubs.
MAG moves to 8 Pułaskiego Street in the very center of Gdynia.
Zygmunt Śmigielski, along with his closest associates and with the support of MAG employees, implements one of the first successful privatizations of a state-owned company. Morska Agencja in Gdynia becomes an employee-owned company and changes its name to Morska Agencja Gdynia.
Inception of an office in London, handling the acquisition and recruitment of Polish crews on ships of foreign shipowners.
Moving to a comprehensively renovated building of the former HANDLOMOR, located at 15 Tadeusza Wendy Street, acquired by the company with full ownership.
MAG receives ISO 9001 certification.
MAG receives the award in the first edition of the Business Fair Play competition, awarded by the Polish Chamber of Commerce.
Morska Agencja Gdynia is constantly expanding the range of its activities by further transport and logistics, customs, warehousing and rail forwarding services.
The Management Board decides to purchase land in the Port of Darłowo, where the MAG Terminal is built.
In the following years, MAG constantly grows new branches. The new offices are located all over Poland and in Romania in Constanca. MAG gains leadership on the Polish forwarding market, retaining its former character – an ideal composition of experience with a modern outlook on the ever evolving market.
After 55 years at MAG, Zygmunt Śmigielski goes into a well-deserved retirement.
Morska Agencja Gdynia, with many awards on its mantel and the recognition of its contractors, develops the idea of MAG Centrum, uniting companies that provide broadly understood port, logistics, transport and offshore services.
MAG celebrates its 70th anniversary. Being an experienced and mature 70-year-old, it is now a 30-year-old dynamically operating employee – owned company that has retained its leading position in the agency market, servicing the largest number of ships in all Polish seaports. Its own transport fleet travels hundreds of thousands of kilometers each year. The company already owns 25 thousand m² of warehouses and specialist handling equipment.
A team of specialists in each field forms a well-coordinated crew, whose work translates into Morska Agencja Gdynia being a leader among companies in the maritime services industry in Poland.