Howe Robinson Partners up and running in Singapore

Singapore: Shipbroking’s consolidation era continues with today being the first day of trading for Howe Robinson Partners, the merged entity between Icap Shipping and Howe Robinson.

Other broking mergers have taken place between Braemar and ACM as well as between Clarkson and RS Platou.

Howe Robinson Partners is headquartered in Singapore and has 240 staff around the world including offices in London, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Gibraltar, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Howe Robinson’s head Peter Kerr-Dineen is the new chairman of the company.

The news comes a day after broker E A Gibson sealed a management buyout from its former parent Hunting.

Gibson took a swipe at rivals, noting in a release yesterday: “There are repeated claims that to provide a quality service, a prerequisite is to follow the current fashion of being one of the largest companies, involved in all aspects of shipping and its peripheral activities. We beg to differ and believe that the depth and quality of service to our clients is paramount and best served when the focus of the company is the core shipbroking activity.”

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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