Bibby Ship Management Welcomes New Deputy MD of its India Office

Bibby Ship Management is delighted to welcome Sanjiv Wagh as Deputy Managing Director of its India offices.

With over 30 year’s industry experience, Mr Wagh joins Bibby Ship Management from Kongsberg where he was General Sales Manager for Kongsberg Maritime India. During his time with Kongsberg, he occupied a number of roles covering research and development, ship simulation and analytics. Read more

Bibby Ship Management Employees Take On The Grand Canyon In Charity Trek

Hospice Isle of Man is thrilled that local lady, Sandra Corrigan is raising funds for them. Her work colleague Nicky Davenport is raising funds for the Isle of Man Sea Cadets. Both are employees of Bibby Ship Management (WE) Ltd which is part of Bibby Line Group.

During October 2015 they will both embark on a trekking and camping challenge in the Grand Canyon. Walking 10-15 miles each day in 80 degrees heat and camping (sharing a tent) in a Native American camp site by night. This is an adventure, but primarily a challenge for both of these ladies. Camping, intense heat and outdoor toilets would not figure on a list of musts for either on a trip normally; however the opportunity to fundraise for their charities makes this trip a must.

They could not do this without the support of the employer. In 2007 Bibby Line Group began the ‘Giving Something Back’ programme for its employees. This is a unique initiative, aiming to harness the passion of its people and support them to fundraise and volunteer for the charities they choose.

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Bibby Ship Management Appoints New SHEQ Director

Bibby Ship Management is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald Macfarlane as Director responsible for managing and developing Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) related initiatives across the Group.

With over 20 years’ experience in the Oil & Gas industry, Mr Macfarlane has previously worked at Archer as a QHSE Manager where he completed a NVQ 5 Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

In 2005 he became a Chartered Member of the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) and is involved with IOSH Scotland, as well as being Chairman of the NE of Scotland Branch. He is also a member of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, an Associate Member of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA) and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer, said: “The safety and wellbeing of all our employees, both onshore and on board our ships, is of paramount importance to Bibby Ship Management and as we are fully committed to maintaining high levels of achievement in these areas, we are very pleased to have Donald Macfarlane join the senior management team.”

Mr Macfarlane added: “Bibby Ship Management has a fantastic reputation for safety so I am thrilled to be joining the team and I am looking forward to maintaining and developing Bibby Ship Management’s high standard of safety, health, environment and quality initiatives.”

Bibby Ship Management Philippines Receives FAME Award

Bibby Ship Management Philippines, Inc, has been recognised by the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc (FAME) for its vital role in the development of the Philippine maritime industry.

The company, part of the Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd, received a plaque in recognition of its “active support and loyal affiliation” to the Association for the last 15 years. FAME is celebrating its fourth decade in the maritime manning business.

Jonathan Palma, President/CEO of Bibby Ship Management Philippines, received the award during FAME’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, which culminated in an Appreciation and Recognition Night on Thursday March 19th in the Pandango-Polkabal Ballroom of the Manila Hotel. Business leaders and Government representatives joined together in celebrating the important role FAME has played over the past 40 years and the Philippine industry’s manning success.

Mr Palma said: “Bibby Ship Management takes an active role within the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment and we are delighted to be recognised in this way during this time of celebration for the Association. We congratulate FAME on a successful forty years and wish them every success for the coming decade.”

Founded in 1971, the Filipino Association for Mariners’ Employment Inc is the first and largest organization of manning and shipping companies in the Philippines, with 120 regular members and seven associate members. FAME is a successful example of public/private partnership, linking manning companies and government agencies in jointly developing the Philippine maritime sector which contributes almost 30% of the world’s seafarers.

The Association is committed to ensuring high management standards and business ethics. Its membership provides competent, qualified and competitive seafarers to the world’s shipping industry, meeting international maritime standards, and ensuring safe, efficient and environmentally sound vessel operations.

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT WINS ANOTHER NEW CONTRACT

Bibby Ship Management’s reputation as a key player in the offshore sector has been further strengthened through the securing of a contract with Marine Platforms Ltd to manage three support vessels for global use. The vessels will initially be operating in Nigeria but will be managed from Aberdeen.

Bibby Ship Management has been appointed as the technical and crewing manager for Marine Platform Ltd.’s African Vision multi-purpose support vessel; the African Inspiration multi-purpose support vessel; and the platform supply vessel Rem Supplier.

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management, said: “Bibby Ship Management’s focus on the offshore and oil & gas market is going from strength to strength and I’m pleased that our reputation for delivering excellence is being recognised. The African Inspiration and Rem Supplier came into our full management earlier this year and the African Vision will follow in the next few months. This is a great achievement for the team and we are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with Marine Platforms Ltd.”

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT APPOINTS NEW REGIONAL MANAGING DIRECTOR

There are exciting times ahead for Bibby Ship Management with the recruitment of a new Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, Andrew Rodden, who brings with him a wealth of commercial and technical knowledge and experience.

Andrew Rodden will manage Bibby Ship Management’s Crew & Technical service delivery across the UK and Isle of Man while managing the support functions and other operational areas within each local business. He will be mainly based in Bibby Ship Management’s Aberdeen office.

With 23 years industry experience, Andrew Rodden joins Bibby Ship Management from Technip where he was most recently based in Paris as Vice President Strategic Resources. During his time at Technip, he was in a number of roles covering Marine Superintendent, Fleet Management, Quality Management and Project Management before moving to Paris. Prior to coming ashore, Andrew had a seagoing career starting as a dual cadet with Shell with time spent as a Deck Officer on Oil, Gas and Chemical tankers before moving into the Offshore Sector on Diving Support, Pipelay and Construction vessels

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Andrew Rodden has a proven track record for successfully managing and leading teams. He knows the industry well so I am sure he will be a big asset to us here at Bibby Ship Management.”

Andrew Rodden, Regional Managing Director for the UK and Isle of Man, said: “I am delighted to be joining a company with such a long and distinguished history in our business at an exciting time for our industry. I look forward to adding another chapter as Bibby Ship Management enters a period of growth in multiple sectors in the next few years.”

NEW JOINT VENTURE: BIBBY-USM SHIPPING PTE LTD

Bibby Ship Management has formed a strategic alliance with Singapore-based United Ship Management to capitalise on business opportunities in the growing Chinese market.

The joint venture, to be known as Bibby-USM Shipping Pte Ltd, has been set up as an independent company by both companies to help diversify operations into the North Asia region, targeting China and Taiwan for specialist sectors such as offshore, oil and gas, LPG and LNG. Read more

BIBBY LINE LIMITED CELEBRATES OFFICER TRAINEE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Bibby Line Limited sponsored Trainee Deck Officer Jonty Turnbull is celebrating being awarded the prestigious Trainee Officer of the Year Award by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

The MCA Officer Trainee of the Year Award is presented each year to a newly certificated Officer for outstanding achievements during their training. Nominations are made nationwide by nautical colleges.

Julie Arnold, Training and Cadet Manager from Bibby Ship Management said: “I am really proud of Jonty as he was an outstanding Trainee Officer to mentor throughout his three year cadetship. He has worked relentlessly and we are proud of the fact that he represented Bibby Line Limited so well! We aim to provide excellent training to all our Trainee Officers to the highest standards and Jonty’s MCA Trainee Officer of the Year Award highlights the fact that we’re on the right lines.”

Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive of the MCA, will attend the award ceremony which will take place at the Annual Court of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, on 15th October 2014. He said: “Having high-calibre officers is vital to the future health of the UK shipping industry. At the Maritime and Coastguard Agency we are committed to recognising and promoting excellence and are therefore delighted that this year’s award is going to such a deserving candidate. I wish Jonty every success for what I am sure will be a very impressive career.”

Jonty Turnbull was deemed a worthy winner by a panel consisting of Admiral Sir Peter Abbott, Captain Nigel Palmer OBE, Kirsty-Nicolle Wright, Captain Jonathan Holloway RN, Martin Coles and Rt Hon The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG Hon FRSE PC.

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT SUPPORTS

Delegates attending this year’s International Shipping Conference, organised yesterday in London by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), were also able to continue their high-level debates and discussions over drinks and canapés during a post-conference reception, sponsored by Bibby Ship Management.

Guests included key maritime leaders such as International Maritime Organisation Secretary-General, Koji Sekimizu, and ICS Chairman, Masamichi Morooka. Guests mingled with speakers and ship owners to further consider a number of key issues of relevance to international sea trade, including environmental regulation, and the implementation and enforcement of maritime rules.

Sir Michael Bibby of Bibby Line Group said: “Bibby Ship Management is a keen supporter of the International Chamber of Shipping so we were delighted to sponsor the drinks reception at the end of the International Shipping Conference. We had a strong turnout and positive discussions and everyone had a lovely evening.”

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT SECURES TWO MORE OFFSHORE CONTRACTS

Bibby Ship Management has further strengthened its position in the offshore oil and gas market with the securing of two new contracts.

Bibby Ship Management Singapore has been appointed as the technical and crewing managers for the OSX 2, an FPSO vessel, working in conjunction with overall project managers Tecnomar & Associates.

The office has also secured a contract with Global Samson to take over the management of two Platform Supply Vessels, the Ocean Turquoise 1 and another vessel which is currently being finalised.

The contract wins come on the back of Bibby Ship Management securing a contract to supply crew management services to Chevron North Sea’s Alba-FSU, and further demonstrate the company’s focus on servicing the offshore oil and gas market.

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management Group, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that, through these two new contracts, Bibby Ship Management is receiving recognition for providing exceptional service.”

Arvind Mohan, Managing Director – Singapore, at Bibby Ship Management Group, added: “It is a great privilege to have partnered with Tecnomar & Associates and Samson Global, both of whom are leading players in the offshore industry. We look forward to creating a long-term working relationship and partnership over the coming months.”

Ashwin Samant of Global Samson said: “The Ocean Turquoise 1 is a new building PSV and the largest in our fleet, and we are confident that Bibby Ship Management is up to the challenge of managing our vessels, considering their experience and professional services in the offshore and maritime sector. It is a partnership we look forward to developing”.

Paul Hopkins, Managing Director at Tecnomar & Associates said: “The collaboration venture with Bibby Ship Management is a key element going forward, in terms of how we execute this contract providing industry recognized professional services during the current preservation and FPSO hot stack lay-up phase. Quality, reliable support from the Bibby team in Singapore affords Tecnomar the opportunity to complement our in-house specialist energy sector technical services and offer the most comprehensive package available.”

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT SECURES TWO MORE OFFSHORE CONTRACTS

Bibby Ship Management has further strengthened its position in the offshore oil and gas market with the securing of two new contracts.

Bibby Ship Management Singapore has been appointed as the technical and crewing managers for the OSX 2, an FPSO vessel, working in conjunction with overall project managers Tecnomar & Associates.

The office has also secured a contract with Global Samson to take over the management of two Platform Supply Vessels, the Ocean Turquoise 1 and another vessel which is currently being finalised.

The contract wins come on the back of Bibby Ship Management securing a contract to supply crew management services to Chevron North Sea’s Alba-FSU, and further demonstrate the company’s focus on servicing the offshore oil and gas market.

Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management Group, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that, through these two new contracts, Bibby Ship Management is receiving recognition for providing exceptional service.”

Arvind Mohan, Managing Director – Singapore, at Bibby Ship Management Group, added: “It is a great privilege to have partnered with Tecnomar & Associates and Samson Global, both of whom are leading players in the offshore industry. We look forward to creating a long-term working relationship and partnership over the coming months.”

Ashwin Samant of Global Samson said: “The Ocean Turquoise 1 is a new building PSV and the largest in our fleet, and we are confident that Bibby Ship Management is up to the challenge of managing our vessels, considering their experience and professional services in the offshore and maritime sector. It is a partnership we look forward to developing”.

Paul Hopkins, Managing Director at Tecnomar & Associates said: “The collaboration venture with Bibby Ship Management is a key element going forward, in terms of how we execute this contract providing industry recognized professional services during the current preservation and FPSO hot stack lay-up phase. Quality, reliable support from the Bibby team in Singapore affords Tecnomar the opportunity to complement our in-house specialist energy sector technical services and offer the most comprehensive package available.”

MURRAY FENTON INDIA SCALES ANOTHER HEIGHT

Murray Fenton India, the Technical Services division of Bibby Ship Management (India) Pvt. Ltd, has been appointed by a consortium of banks as “Lenders Independent Engineers” for the prestigious ABG Shipyard Project.

This project will require the Murray Fenton India team to monitor the construction of vessels, ship lift projects and expenditure at the ABG shipyards – Magdalla and Dahej – as well as oversee financial disbursements to the yard.

Bibby Ship Management has mobilised a team of experts, including naval architects, ship yard specialists and procurement personnel to work on the contract.

Capt. Purnendu Shorey (Head of Technical Services) said: “We wish to establish ourselves as experts in this field and provide such services to financial institutions and ship yards in the near future.” Capt
Kapil Dev Bahl, Director, added: “It is a very commendable achievement and very satisfying to see the young team taking the company ahead.”

Prakash Agarwal, Managing Director, said he was confident that Capt Kapil Dev Bahl and his team would deliver the desired level of service to the clients. “It is the beginning of a new chapter in Bibby’s 207 year old history,” he said. “This contract will take Bibby Ship Management India into a new league. It is a significant achievement indeed.”
Bibby Ship Management (India) has grown over the last 10 years into a high quality provider of services in the areas of Mariner & Offshore Training; Ship and Crew Management; Travel; Marine & Offshore Surveying as well as Port Agency.

BIBBY LINE GROUP CHALLENGES AND ENTERTAINS DURING MLE SHOWCASE

Liverpool-based international services and shipping business Bibby Line Group challenged, informed and entertained hundreds of guests during the popular showcase ‘Bibby Day’ events during the Maritime, Logistics & Energy (MLE) thematic of the International Festival for Business (IFB).

Bibby Line Group, a leading MLE sponsor, hosted two thought-provoking industry seminars at the Museum of Liverpool before entertaining guests with magicians, Beatles music and local cuisine during a champagne VIP reception amidst the museum exhibits.

Shipping skill shortages were firmly on the agenda during Bibby’s seminar ‘Global Skills Shortage – Changing the Maritime and Offshore Industry’, chaired by Andy Bounds, North of England Correspondent and Enterprise Editor for The Financial Times.

Hard hitters on the panel included John Ridgway, CEO, BP Shipping; Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank; James Leake, Managing Director of Research at Arrow Shipbroking Group; Jacqueline Foster MEP, Deputy Leader of the Conservative MEPs and Conservative Spokesman on Transport & Tourism; Marcus Bowman, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and also Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director of Bibby Line Group.

The shipping industry faces challenges in identifying and retaining competent young crew in the face of predicted growth in the size of the world fleet on the back of a revival in seaborne trade. This in turn is leading onto shortages in many expert roles onshore (such as maritime lawyers and marine engineers) where the UK remains a leading global centre. Panellists and guests debated the issues which may create barriers to recruitment including the need for qualifications and whether these are all strictly necessary, the cost of training, the problems associated with being away from homes for months, gender concerns and how language and multiculturalism affects communication at sea. Institutions such as the Chamber of Shipping and the Merchant Navy Training Board were challenged to work with government to deliver solutions to the issue.

Meanwhile guests at the other Bibby Line Group panel discussion were shown how collaboration in the supply chain could save around £2bn a year on fuel alone, particularly through better training, driver standards and customer support.

Panellists included Kate Willard, Corporate Affairs Director of the Stobart Group, who discussed how the industry needs to move away from a ‘survival of the fittest’ mentality; Jonathan Ballard, Director of Toyota Motor Europe’s Parts Supply Chain Group, on how customer manufacturing practices could be strongly supported by great collaboration; Professor Murray Dalziel, Director of the University of Liverpool Management School, who explored how the industry has an image problem despite being at the cutting edge of collaborative strategy; and Darcy Willson-Rymer, CEO of Costcutter and Chris Etherington, Chairman & Chief Executive, Palmer & Harvey, who shared their experiences on the collaboration which had reduced their operating costs by 20 per cent.

Sir Michael Bibby said: “We were proud to be able to host these successful events during this high profile and important business festival in Liverpool. This gave us the perfect opportunity both to stimulate industry debate and to showcase our strength as an integrated services group and I have been delighted to receive very positive feedback from our guests who joined us throughout the day.”

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT CONTINUES TO GROW ITS OFFSHORE CLIENT BASE

Bibby Ship Management has secured a contract to supply crew management services for Chevron’s floating storage unit, the Alba-FSU.

The crew will provide operating, loading and equipment handling services on the Alba Floating Storage vessel.

Mark Robertshaw, Managing Director, Bibby Ship Management – Isle of Man said: “This is an important contract for us as it underpins Bibby Ship Management’s continued growth as a trusted business partner in the offshore sector. We invest a great deal in the selection and training of our crew to ensure we provide well-qualified and highly competent personnel for our managed vessels. We look forward to working with Chevron to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the Alba FSU.”

Bibby Ship Management, which is able to draw on the company’s 200 years of owning and managing experience, supplies, highly-trained crew for a range of international vessels, providing a bespoke service tailored to individual owners’ requirements and is FPAL verified.

Bibby Ship Management recently acquired GAC Travel and Murray Fenton (India) Surveyors Limited and announced that it provides statutory management services to a quarter of the Isle of Man Ship Registry’s registered gross tonnage.

Bibby Line Sponsors Flagship Maritime Event

Bibby Line Group has been announced as a Lead Sponsor for the forthcoming Maritime, Logistics and Energy (MLE) thematic within the International Festival for Business 2014 (IFB) in Liverpool.

The sponsorship deal will see the Bibby Line Group name displayed prominently across all the 30-plus events taking place during MLE, from 9 to 20 June as part of the six week Festival.

And the company will hold three events on 12th June, consisting of a Logistics Supply Chain event and a Maritime & Offshore Services event running in parallel during the day and an evening reception for key stakeholders held at the Museum of Liverpool.

Sir Michael Bibby of Bibby Line Group said: “We are excited to be supporting this high profile event. We see the International Festival for Business as a perfect opportunity to bring together our key customers from across the globe and showcase our strength as an integrated services group.”

Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime Group said: “Liverpool is a city built on its maritime mercantile history, with a breadth of experience and maritime activity that is unrivalled anywhere in the UK outside of London. As the host city for a trade festival showcasing UK-plc, there’s no better choice. This year’s International Festival for Business – and the MLE programme within it – will reflect the enormous investment flowing into the city today. With major new infrastructure projects underway and more container, cruise and other vessels calling at Liverpool, the port will continue to thrive and its importance to UK economy will become ever more apparent.”

More than 250,000 business visitors are expected to attend the International Festival for Business 2014 – a six-week business jamboree which aims to connect UK businesses into international markets, bringing together the smartest entrepreneurial minds and the best business opportunities.

The IFB 2014 events calendar is programmed around seven business growth themes aimed at showcasing the ‘Best of British’ and engaging an international audience. They are: Maritime, Logistics & Energy; Higher & Further Education & Research; Cities, Enterprise & Urban Business; Manufacturing, Science & Technology; Knowledge, Professional & Financial Services; Low Carbon & Renewables; as well as Knowledge, Creative & Digital.

The Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic is organised jointly by Mersey Maritime and Shipping Innovation, organiser of last year’s highly successful London International Shipping Week (LISW).

Bibby Travel Buys GAC Travel

Bibby Travel is pleased to announce the acquisition of GAC Travel Limited with effect from 1st March this year.

The deal will see GAC Travel integrated within Bibby Travel, which is a trading division of Bibby Ship Management (Western Europe) Ltd.

Welcoming the deal, Ed Rimmer, Chief Executive Officer, Bibby Ship Management Group, said: “We’re delighted with this acquisition as it underlines our commitment to both the marine and business travel markets both at a large corporate and at an SME level. We would like to welcome Joanne Vicente, General Manager of GAC Travel and her team onboard and look forward to working with them in the months ahead.”

The similarities of operations with GAC and the current Bibby Travel should lend itself to a smooth transfer, Mr Rimmer added.

Commenting on the deal, General Manager Joanne Vicente added: “GAC Travel and Bibby Ship Management are a good fit and will now be able to concentrate strongly on the corporate and conference sectors as well as the important marine and offshore crew travel markets. Bibby Travel will continue operating from the GAC UK Ltd premises in Stockton on Tees.”

Ivo Verheyen, GAC Group Vice President, Europe, adds: “The sale of GAC Travel is part of GAC UK’s long term strategy to focus on its core Shipping and Logistics capabilities, especially in the energy sector. We’re pleased that the Travel team remaining in GAC UK’s Teesside & Aberdeen locations means that we will be able to maintain our relationships with our former colleagues while continuing to benefit from their expertise.”

The acquisition now means that Bibby Travel has offices in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Isle of Man, Mumbai and Teesside and significantly expands the resources available with 21 new staff being welcomed to the business.

Bibby Travel’s parent company, Bibby Ship Management, recently acquired another business, Murray Fenton (India) Surveyors Limited, which saw India’s service offering expand into marine, cargo and offshore surveying including marine audit services.  Both acquisitions were a strategic move to diversify the business away from a traditional technical management company as they strive to become a complete marine services business.

Alongside these acquisitions Bibby Ship Management has recently spent two million dollars on new simulator equipment for training centres in the Ukraine and India, as well as establishing a new senior management team tasked with taking the business forward.

London’s Maritime Sector Can Benefit From Liverpool’s Lessons Learned

Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL) held their last event of the year on Tuesday, 3 December 2013. The event was well attended with guests travelling far and wide to hear views and opinions on the next generation in shipping and the future of maritime London.

Speaking at the new London offices of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director of Bibby Line Group Limited, addressed the question: In today’s high tech global maritime industry does it really matter where you are based?

Focussing on the ‘next generation’, he asked London firms: “Are your aspiring managers seeking experience elsewhere? Are you too expensive if you are based in London?” before advising that tomorrow’s challenge is to “stay relevant and ahead of the competition”.

Bibby Line is the only deep sea shipowner headquartered in Liverpool. Sir Michael outlined the city’s rise from the declining years of the 1960s to today’s vibrant maritime cluster with burgeoning marine professional services. He highlighted that the port of Liverpool now handles record cargo volumes and benefits from new investment in its container and cruise terminals and shipyard.

“London has great strengths particularly through the quality of its people and its central position at the heart of maritime finance, insurance and legislation,” he said, adding the warning to “beware – make sure you know what your customers want and adapt to new technologies while keeping a close eye on increasing international competition.”

Sir Michael was speaking alongside Marcus Bowman, Vice President of the UK Chamber of Shipping and a Partner with international law firm Holman, Fenwick Willan. Thanking both speakers, SPNL Chairman Claudio Chiste from Investec Bank said: “We are pleased that our members and guests have been fortunate to hear views and opinions on the next generation in shipping and the future of maritime London straight from the prominent leaders of the shipping industry and experts in their fields.”

The event raised £400 for the Mission to Seafarers.

Bibby Ship Management ‘Girl Power’ – Taking Up The Challenge

Intrepid trekkers – Jess Kramer, Sarah Ryan, Nicky Davenport and Sandra Corrigan have just arrived home from a trip of a lifetime.

All four Bibby Ship Management (BSM) Isle of Man employees took part in the Bibby Line Group ‘Giving Something Back’ Dalai Lama Trek in India, in October. The five day trek saw the team reach an altitude of 3,500 metres, camping in some extreme weather, however with such a fantastic support crew keeping the team firmly on the ground the trip was a great success.

Months of training and hard work paid off as the team raised an amazing £6,800 for their chosen local charities – Hyperbaric Chamber, Manx Diabetic Group, IOM Sea Cadet Troop and IOM Hospice. The charities will benefit from the team’s wonderful achievement and it will make a positive impact on them.

Mark Robertshaw, Managing Director, of the Isle of Man office, said: “This is a significant achievement for the team and we’re proud of their hard work and dedication to such worthy causes.”

The trek was organised by the wider Bibby Group and involved up to 22 employees from across its diverse businesses taking part, with a total of 21 charities benefiting from over £35,000 which was raised.

New Commercial Director for Bibby Ship Management

Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Robertshaw as its new Commercial Director, joining the business on 23rd September 2013. His responsibilities will also include the role of new Managing Director for Bibby Ship Management’s Western Europe office, based in the Isle of Man.

Mr Robertshaw, a shipping and marine professional, is joining the business from Faststream Recruitment, where he set up its new Asian operation and took responsibility for sales performance for the region.

With over 20 years’ worldwide experience in the maritime industry, he has worked around the world in various senior client management roles within the chartering sector. He is looking forward to the challenge of applying his extensive experience to a new sector of the shipping industry.

Ed Rimmer, CEO of Bibby Ship Management, welcomes Mark onboard. “We have ambitious growth plans for the business and are delighted to welcome Mark to Bibby Ship Management. With his global experience and understanding of the market, we are very much looking forward to his contribution to the management team.”

Bibby Ship Management, part of the Bibby Line Group, has a long history within the shipping sector, as well as contributing its expertise within other industries, to provide effective business solutions to meet the needs of modern ship owners.

Bibby Ship Management Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Bibby Ship Management Group Ltd is delighted to announce the appointment of Chris Stone as its new Chief Operating Officer who joined the business on 1st July 2013.

Chris will replace Simon Barham who was scheduled to move on from Bibby Ship Management at the end of June. However, Simon has kindly agreed to work a further month to have a managed handover with Chris and will therefore leave at the end of July 2013.

Chris has over 30 years’ world-wide experience in the maritime and logistics sector having worked in in Africa, the Middle East, India and most recently in Asia Pacific and Australasia.

He joins Bibby Ship Management after spending 14 years with Inchcape Shipping Group in various managerial roles. Including Regional Managing Director for the Middle East and India, Regional COO for the East (Middle East and Asia Pacific) and most recently Executive Vice President Asia Pacific based in Singapore. He has a strong operational and commercial track record which has translated into sustained business growth and profitability in all his previous roles.

Prior to Inchcape, Chris established a Greenfield office for Maersk in Cape Town. He was a Deck Officer in the British Merchant Navy and studied at both Liverpool Polytechnic and Riversdale College.

Welcoming his appointment, Ed Rimmer, Bibby Ship Management Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that Chris has joined our team and look forward to seeing him continue to drive the business forward.”