Two well know names of the dry bulk shipping industry have decided to join forces and set up a new company called NovaCarisbrooke operating a fleet of small handysize bulkers.
“We are pleased to announce the formation of a new cooperation between Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd, UK and Nova Marine Carriers SA, Switzerland namely NC Ship Holding BV incorporated in the Netherlands,” says a statement signed from both the partiers.
The new company will initially consist of four jointly owned state of the art boxy bulk carriers (named Martina NC, Lijun NC, Steffi NC and Xiaoyi NC), all geared and with a capacity of 8,050 dwt each which will be deployed mainly on the Mediterranean – Black sea trades. Further synergies between the two groups will follow soon.
Carisbrooke Shipping currently controls a combination of 60 shortsea, multipurpose and bulk carriers ranging from 5,000 dwt up to 13,400 dwt. The company’s main focus is on UK-Continent/Mediterranean short sea routes.
Nova Marine Carriers currently controls a fleet of 60 vessels ranging from 5,000 dwt up to 57,000 dwt bulk carriers as well as a fast growing fleet of pneumatic cement vessels. Nova’s core business is mainly on Baltic-North Europe/Mediterranean-Black Sea trades with 25/32,000 dwt grab fitted bulk carriers and they have close association within the steel and cement industries. The Romeo family owned group is headquartered in Lugano (Switzerland) with branch offices in Rotterdam, Sofia, Dubai, Madrid, Montreal, Miami and Bogota.
Robert Wester, COO of Carisbrooke Shipping, commented on this new cooperation saying that “this strategic alliance will allow us to develop synergies derived from the short sea and dry bulk expertise of the two companies. The focus for these vessels shall be to operate in the Mediterranean market”.
Vincenzo Romeo, CEO of Nova Marine Carriers, commented on this cooperation underlining that “that the similarities in our approach to the business coupled with Carisbrooke’s strength in North Europe and ours in South Europe shall help us better service mutual existing and potential new customers with quality tonnage and professional performance”.