Our history
2016 Going forward

Our clients’ development and success has allowed BRS to be considered one of the most important intermediaries in the maritime sector. BRS will continue to put service to clients as its priority. We will invest further in information technology and continue to lead the transformation of broking, by helping clients comprehend maritime influences and data to seize opportunities and take advantage of unfolding trends. We will maintain and further strengthen our coverage of all the maritime verticals, bringing to our clients a variety of ideas and influences from chartering, S&P and Newbuilding while extending our global coverage as markets evolve.

Our unique ‘partnership’ model that has one bottom line will continue to differentiate us as brokers who work as a team for their clients.

Our people, in an environment that encourages sharing, respect, and dignity, will continue to focus on professionalism and adding value.

We will continue to hire multicultural, metalinguistic graduates that are best able to understand our clients’ increasingly intricate operating and competitive environments, and encourage them to develop personally while maintaining the focus on being a part of our clients’ team.

2000 – 2012 Global Marine Group

The modern day period sees BRS transformed to a global firm with an international network.
It expands by offering a range of innovative shipping services in addition to core shipbroking business,
and grows the partnership substantially.

2012

A new office is opened in Germany, BRS HAMBURG, focusing on the European container trades.




2010

A new office is opened in Beijing, BRS BEIJING, making the company one of the largest shipbroking operations in China.

2008

Further expansion in Asia is achieved with a new office in Singapore, BRS SINGAPORE.

The company again diversifies with the purchase of YACHTING PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL, Monaco, one of the world’s leading yacht brokerage firms.

2007

International expansion continues with a new chartering and assets office in Switzerland, BRS GENEVA.

2004

BRS moves from the Champs Elysees to their new building in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

2003

BRS FUTURES, a dedicated freight derivative trading operation is established in London and becomes a Baltic Exchange panel member.

2002

International expansion continues with the opening of a shipbroking office in Dubai, BRS DUBAI, plus the addition of a dry bulk desk in Shanghai, BRS SHANGHAI.

BRS also diversifies into maritime consulting with the purchase of MARITIME LOGISTICS & TRADE CONSULTING (MLTC) in Paris.

2000

BRS moves into Information Technology with the founding of online shipping chartering specialist AXSMarine.

A second operation is opened in Shanghai, SINO SHIPBROKING, focusing on the container market.

1988 – 1999 Expansion

France’s cargo base and shipbuilding expertise enable it to stay a world shipping centre

1999

BRS LONDON is opened, focusing on bulk chartering activities.

BRS invests in French insurance brokers, creating insurance and reinsurance broker CAP MARINE.

1996

The company becomes one of the first shipbrokers to open an operation in China, ASIA SHIPPING INTERNATIONAL.

1995

The company expands its tanker operations with the full integration of its investments in BBW and PETROBULK.

1994

The company co-founds a new joint venture shipbroking operation in Croatia, ADRIATIC SHIPBROKERS, to take advantage of the country’s burgeoning shipbuilding industry.
BRS moves to its new offices on the Champs-Elysées.

1988

The company transitions from a family firm to a fully independent shipbroker after agreeing a MANAGEMENT BUYOUT with 15 senior shipbrokers. This transaction kicks off a busy period of European diversification and expansion for the group.

1947 – 1987 Group Consolidation

The French fleet and Europe is in a shambles. The Marshall Plan and solid professionals start rebuilding. After the war a period of strong economic development and the creation of a united Europe.

1986

The three divisions of BRS are merged into one streamlined unit.

1972

The company makes its first international expansion, taking a minority stake in the Spanish company FRANCO ESPAÑOLA MARITIMA (FEM), based in Madrid.

1970

BRS is involved in the sale of a large part of the French flag shipping fleet including the iconic cruise liner "France" and helps the newly independent North African and African countries build their trades and fleets.

1947

The descendants of the founders create a new diversified structure:
BARRY ROGLIANO SALLES (Ventes) (Sale & Purchase)
BARRY ROGLIANO SALLES (Affrètements) (Dry Cargo Chartering)
PETROMAR (Tanker Chartering)

1931 – 1946 Join forces

Wars are ravaging Europe in the run-up to World War 2 – BRS moves to Paris

1937

The company moves to 37 rue de Caumartin, Paris

1934

BARRY ROGLIANO becomes associates with Mr Edmond SALLES, the son of a Sworn Shipbroker from Marseilles, based in Paris since 1919.

1931

BARRY and ROGLIANO merge offices

1856 - 1930 Origins

France’s role as a colonial power was at its apex – sailing ships were becoming motor vessels

1920

Mr Marcel ROGLIANO opens an office of Shipbroker and Sworn Interpreter in Marseilles.

1856

French nationals Mr Jules BARRY and Mr Jean Drausin SALLES are separately appointed Shipbrokers and Sworn Interpreters in Marseilles.