Belize Estate Co. Ltd. (BEC)
1 Slaughterhouse Road, Belize City, Belize
BELIZE ESTATE CO., LTD., formerly known as BELIZE ESTATE & PRODUCE CO., LTD. was incorporated in 1875 in the United Kingdom. It was ex-patriate owned until March, 1983, when it was acquired by the Bowen Group owned by Mr. Barry M. Bowen. Over the years, B.E.C. (as it is widely known) was involved in logging/saw-milling, in harvesting of chicle, and insurance. In the height of the logging season, it employed some 1,000 workers and operated its own sawmill and lumber yard. At one time, the company was the largest land owner in Belize. Over the years various portions of the land were distributed and a large parcel was donated to Programme for Belize, a company involved in land conservation. Unfortunately, due to high production costs, it has ceased its logging/saw-milling and chicle operations. B.E.C. are ship brokers for over 70 years, being agents for two major shipping lines. i.e Maersk Line and Hapag-Lloyd. In the days of break bulk we employed approximately 90 workers per vessel. It presently employes around 60 casual workers on containerized cargo. These lines are members of the CAROL and NSC Group, with services from Europe, Far East, North America, South America, Oceana and the Caribbean. Services provided by our Shipping Dept. include agents for container ships, break bulk services, bulk ships, namely, sugar exported in bulk, tankers, tug services, stevedoring, bunkering and barge rental. Our Shipping Department is adequately staff with some of the most experiences and aggressive personnel in the Shipping Industry in Belize.