About Us

The business of John Jolly was founded by its namesake in 1902 in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, where the business is still run from today. Originally a coal merchant, it grew by necessity into a shipping firm, dealing with various marine aspects that came its way by virtue of sourcing coal into a remote group of Scottish islands. Today, the Islands are not considered so remote, but still present some logistical challenges for the principal looking to send their vessels here.

John Jolly remains a family run business having been in the same hands since 1978, with the owners involved personally on a daily basis. Our local expertise is second to none and indeed we are unique in that we are genuinely locally based, providing a 24 hours service, 7 days per week. The combined agency expertise of our operations department totals over 100 years.

The business today centres around three main activities:-