From 1744 to the 21st Century, the traders, brokers, shipowners and charterers who walked the Baltic floor represented the most important trading and maritime centres in the world.    Although the trading floor is a thing of history, the Baltic's position as the pre-eminent provider of independent maritime data means that its role at the centre of the maritime markets is as true today as it was 200 years ago.


A history of the Chairmen of the Baltic Exchange is also a history of the maritime markets.   The list of those that have held the position is littered with the names of leading shipbrokers and shipowners' representatives who headed up large organisations whose main business was the transport of world trade.