Columbia and Marlow complete shipmanagement merger

Columbia Shipmanagement and Marlow Navigation have today announced confirmation of regulatory approval allowing their merger, first reported last November.

“Columbia Marlow will continue to deliver the high-level quality services that are, and will continue to be, in demand by today’s fast-changing shipping industry. It will focus on its core services of technical and crew management, together with whatever support services are required by its clients,” the newly merged entity said in a statement today.

Mark O’Neil, formerly the president of Columbia Shipmanagement, has been appointed CEO of the newly merged company.

The shipmanagement sector has seen much consolidation in the past couple of years with Anglo-Eastern merging with Univan and V.Group taking over Bibby Ship Management and Graig Ship Management.

Columbia was founded in 1978 by Heinrich Schoeller in Limassol, Cyprus, while Marlow was founded in 1982 by Hermann Eden, also in Limassol.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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