The shipping business was initially established 1978 in Norway by Mr. Jann K. Lindberg, and was incorporated as a limited company as of 1981. Shipping has been the main activities during first two decades, with global operation as owner and operators of ships for passengers; dry cargo; oil; as well as offshore oil service vessels.
Operation expanded into the energy business as of mid 1990s, initially by marine operation of mega floating power generating plants. As of early 2000, the shipping activity was gradually sold out and the operation was further expanded within the energy sector and into oil exploration offshore, as co- founders of one oil company and two seismic survey companies, – all became public listed.
As of 2010, the JKL Companies operation has mainly been comprising of industrial and financial investments; real estate development; and co-founding of new business ventures, and as of 2016 the investments are specifically target developments within the marine fishing industry, and subsidiary special purpose companies are established.