RING, John F., Jr.

RING, John F., Jr.
RING, John F., Jr.

Member of SMA since 1970. President Century Shipping USA, Inc. Adjunct Professor at USMMA and Director of the Global Maritime and Transportation School (Post Graduate School). Formerly Chartering Manager of Bunge Grain Co. (Voyage and Timecharters), President/CEO of Mercantile Marine, Inc. (Owners & Operators) and Partner, McQuilling Tanker Brokers. Extensive experience in all aspects of dry cargo and tanker marine transportation including vessel operations, chartering, sale & purchase and ship finance. Graduate of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served at sea on U.S. Navy and Merchant vessels.
Member: AAA, ASBA, CMA, MLA(NL), NCB, NYMS, SNAME and trained mediator

Mailing Address: Century Shipping USA Inc. 71 Shafter Avenue, Albertson, New York 11507
Cell Phone: (917) 856-6160
E-mail: ringjack59@gmail.com


John F. Ring, Jr.

71 Shafter Avenue
Albertson, N.Y.
Tele: (917) 856-6160

Email: centuryshipping@optonline.net

Century Shipping USA, Inc.

President – January 1, 2003 to Present

Marine Consultancy, Arbitration and Mediation
Adjunct Professor of Commercial Shipping at United States Merchant Marine Academy
Lecturer of International Shipping at Global Marine & Transportation School (ŌGMATSÓ )

Mc Quilling Brokerage Partners, Inc – Garden City, New York.

Partner – 1987 to 2003

Initiated the Marine Projects Department to develop large scale, long term shipping projects to include ship finance, sale & purchase and cargo contracts of affreightment

Century Shipping, Inc – New York, New York.

President & CEO – 1980 to 1987

Century Shipping was engaged as consultants for international vessel management, vessel operations, disponent ownership, and ship & cargo brokerage. Century was particularly successful in bulk carrier, tanker and OBO operations in the commercial and PL480 grain trades. Depending on the international freight market conditions, Century employed up to twenty (20) professional staff and managed/operated as many as fifty (50) vessels at any given time. Clients included:

  • Mc Quilling Brokerage Partners Inc. – New York
    • Managed large scale shipping projects for this major international tanker chartering firm
  • E.D.&F. Mann – London
    • Acted as exclusive chartering agents for this company, one of the world’s leading sugar, coffee & cocoa merchants.
  • Marc Rich & Co. International – Zug, Switzerland
    • Acted as exclusive chartering agents for this major international commodity trading merchant involved in the grain, coal, ore, scrap, steel, concentrates, cement, aluminum, bauxite, fertilizer and other commodities.
  • Alpine Bulk Transport Co. Inc. – Monrovia, Liberia
    • Acted as managers and chartering brokers for this time chartered vessel owner/operator active in the international dry bulk trades.

Innovated many new profit areas for clients, including arranging new construction contracts supported by full payout charter contracts. Also originated one of the first private placement offerings for Capesize OBO’s. Further, supervised a highly profitable ocean freight futures trading operation .

Mercantile & Marine Inc. – New York

President & CEO – 1975 to 1980

Functioned as exclusive managers, agents, and chartering brokers for the Gulf Shipping Group of companies, as well as for other foreign principals engaged in ocean transportation .

Also served concurrently as President of Mercantile & Marine, Texas and President of Mercantile & Marine California, a marine terminal operation . This was a highly profitable adjunct, which I originated. Additionally I served as president of Gulf Ocean Lines and Gulf West Africa Lines, both breakbulk liner services.

Evans International Trading Co. – Portland, Oregon

Vice President – 1971 to 1975

The parent New York Stock Exchange company, Evans Products Co., was a major
International forest products merchant. I established Evans International Trading Co.
to engage in international shipping activities. I held total P&L responsibility, managed
a staff of fifteen (15) professional shipping managers, handled all marine activities, including
chartering and management of non USA flag vessels for outside clients. Further provided
complete chartering and marine transportation services to the parent company.

Bunge Corporation – New York

Vice President & Chartering Manager – 1962 to 1971

Started as a trainee, learned the business and earned a series of promotions to Vice President of one of the world’s largest international grain trading merchants

Grace Lines – New York

Deck Officer at Sea – 1960 to 1962

Served as licensed Deck Officer on general cargo & passenger USA flag vessels

United States Navy

Line Officer at Sea – 1959 to 1960

Served aboard submarines & destroyers

Corporate Directorships

  • Tradigrain Inc. – International grain merchants
  • Kirkpatrick International Inc. – Aviation industry service & supply vendors
  • Bahama Cement Company – Bulk cement producers & merchants

Marine Industry Affiliations:

  • Global Marine & Transportation School (AGMATS@) – Director
  • Society of Maritime Arbitrators – Director / Treasurer
  • Maritime Law Association – Non Lawyer Member
  • Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers – Member
  • Association of Ship Brokers & Agents – Member
  • International Marine Consultancy – Member
  • Connecticut Maritime Association – Member
  • American Merchant Marine Museum – Director/Treasurer
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Assoc. – Past National President
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Foundation – Past Chairman
  • U.S. Naval Institute – Member
  • Marine Society of New York City – Member
  • U.S. Maritime Resource Center – President


City College of New York
Graduate courses in International Trade – 1963 to 1965

United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.
B.S. Marine Transportation – 1959

USMMA Outstanding Professional Achievement Award – 1979

USMMA Outstanding Meritorious Service Award – 1984

Kings Pointer of the Year Award – 1994

USMMA Distinguished Service Award – 2009


U.S Merchant Marine Deck Officer of Steam & Motor Vessels
of any gross tons on any oceans

Listed in:

a) Who’s Who in U.S. Finance – 1990
b) Who’s Who in Finance & Industry – 1984

Nantucket Hospital – Member of the Board of Incorporators