About Us

95 years of Continuous Operations at The Panama Canal

Founded by John Norton in 1841 in the burgeoning international shipping center of New York Harbor, Norton Lilly International has a long-standing reputation of meeting and exceeding the shipping needs of clients around the world.

Norton Lilly opened offices in the Panama Canal Zone in 1925, and today is the largest agency in Panama, representing commercial vessels operating in the Panama Canal and local ports. Maintaining two offices strategically located at the north and south ends of the Panama Canal, we are well positioned to serve the needs of our principals for canal transits as well as cargo operations and vessel requirements at the surrounding ports and anchorage areas.

In addition to our longstanding presence in Panama, we are part of the greater Norton Lilly network with offices throughout North America and the Caribbean (www.nortonlilly.com).

Our history

  • 1841

    John Norton books his first cargo of kerosene aboard a small sailing ship bound for South America. Norton & Co. is formed.

  • 1907

    Joseph T. Lilly becomes a full partner in Norton & Company;
    The company is renamed Norton Lilly & Company.


  • 1918

    Norton Lilly builds 16 Story office building at 26 Beaver Street, New York City.

  • 1925

    Norton Lilly opens offices at the Panama Canal.


  • 1996

    Norton Lilly International acquires Theo Davies Marine Agencies in Hawaii, formed in 1845.

  • 1999

    H.W Thurber & J. Schley Rutherford acquire Strachan Shipping Agency on April 14, 1999 and move the headquarters from Savannah Ga. to Mobile Al.


  • 2002

    Norton Lilly International is acquired by Strachan Shipping Agency.

  • 2004

    Norton Lilly becomes a stakeholder in S5 Agency World Agency network and establishes offices covering Caribbean and Central America. Norton Lilly International launches offices in Puerto Rico.


  • 2006

    Norton Lilly International opens offices in Barbados and Trinidad.

  • 2007

     Norton Lilly International opens office in Guam.


  • 2010

    Norton Lilly/Reford/Montship form a joint venture in Canada.

  • 2011

    Norton Lilly opens offices in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.


  • 2016

    Norton Lilly Panama attends first booked vessel, VLGC Lycaste Peace, through the newly expanded Neopanamax Locks.

Our Values


Requires us to stay curious with our people, customers, to learn & share.


Holds us accountable to doing the right thing in the right way


Drives us to uncover needs and exceed expectations of ourselves and others


Requires each of us to be alert and aware at all times.


Create a fun and an enjoyable environment, helping us boost each team member find their unique awesomeness.

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