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From Humble Beginnings

From our humble beginnings as a local boiler water treatment supplier to a few ocean-going vessels, we have vastly expanded our onboard presence following decades of growth. We have cemented our reputation as the premier global supplier of maintenance chemicals, refrigerant and welding gases and products, fuel management programs and services to the very same industries we proudly serve.

We have a distinguished history, one where we brought groundbreaking water treatment programs and maintenance methods to our business partners. Several of our branded chemical products have become industry standards and we actively pursue new technologies and programs to benefit our business partners.

1920s - 1940s
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  • The Sinking of the Titanic
  • Drew Marine is established. Standardized marine water treatment programs introduced.
  • The first SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention took place.
  • Drew Marine’s onboard technical support expanded.  
  • Post-War Reconstruction leads to rapid expansion of trade.
1950s - 1970s
Old photo of a large carrier vessel in black and white.
  • Drew Marine’s maintenance chemicals introduced.
  • IMO Created. Supertankers reach 100,000 LT capacity with the Universe Apollo.
  • Drew Marine’s global network supply completed.
  • 1st containerized cargo moved from Newark USA to Houston USA. Standardization of Intermodal transportation. 
  • Drew Marine’s fuel additive program launched.
  • IMO MARPOL 73/78.  SOLAS 1974
  • Drew Marine’s Welding & Refrigeration product lines are introduced, along with our automatic, monitoring, dosing and control systems.


1980s - 2009
Palm trees with a large white cruise ship in the background.
  • Drew Marine’s Engineered Products & Services catalogue is expanded. 
  • Drew Marine introduces onboard potable water testing.
  • World's largest tanker, Seawise Giant, built during the end of the decade-long oil crisis.
  • Drew Marine introduces Accommodation cleaning program to marine industry..
  • Drew Marine’s global fire, safety and rescue network created.
  • IMO MARPOL Annex V
  • Mega Cruise Ships launched that can carry over 2,500 passengers.
  • Ashland Inc. sells Drew Marine to J.F. Lehman & Co in 2009. 
2010 - 2018
  • Drew Marine launches Specialty Lubricants, Crew Care, and ballast water programs
  • Drew Marine Introduced Accommodation cleaning program to marine industry.
  • Drew Marine’s leading fuel additive position anchored.
  • Drew Marine launches specialty lubricants with a portfolio of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants.
  • Drew Marine launches ballast water treatment chemicals and test kits


2019 & Onward
  • Drew Marine expands specialty lubricant product line with range of maritime greases.  
  • Court Square acquires Drew Marine.  
  • Drew Marine sells FSR division to VIKING.
  • Drew Marine acquires Chemo Hellas, S.A.
  • Construction completed on the Innovation & Manufacturing Global Center of Excellence in March of 2021 in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA.
  • Innovation & Manufacturing Global Center of Excellence completes initial production test run of ENVIROMATE 2000.
  • Drew Marine launches Drew Water Technologies

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