Geest Line has fostered trade links between the UK and the Caribbean for more than 65 years and today carries more cargo between Europe and the Windward and Leeward islands than any other shipping line.
Geest horticultural business formed by the Van Geest brothers in Spalding, UK.
Geest enters shipping business across North Sea
Geest Industries (WI) Limited formed in St Lucia and first consignment of bananas shipped on the Golden Gate to London docks. Antilles Banana Company acquired.Charter of ships Windward Island and Leeward Islands bringing first shipment of bananas from Dominca to Preston then subsequent voyages to Preston and Liverpool
Geesttide enters service
Geestcrest and new Geestland enter service
New Geeststar enters service
Geestbay rescues Richard Branson, Chay Blyth and crew of Virgin Atlantic Challenger from sea after their failed attempt to claim the Blue Ribbon trophy for fastest Atlantic crossing.
Geest plc quoted on London Stock Exchange
Geest Line port operations moved from Barry to Southampton
Geest St Lucia and Geest Dominica enter service
Geest plc sells Geest Bananas to a joint venture between Windward Islands Banana Development & Exporting Company (UK) Limited and Fyffes Group Limited
Coventry Ripening centre opened & Geest Line uses controlled atmosphere for carriage of bananas for first time improving shelf life of fruit
Geest Bananas stops selling bananas in its own name in the UK
Port operations in the UK moved to Portsmouth
Geest Bananas Limited changes name to Geest Line Limited
Port operations in the UK moved to Dover
Port operations in the UK returned to Portsmouth
April 2021 – Geest Line acquired by ‘Seatrade Group and Jamaica Producers Group in new joint venture