Hong Kong: Michael Birley, the founder of Langton Shipping Group in Hong Kong, has plans to become a shipowner. Langton was established last year as a broker and shipmanager by the ex-Wallem employee. The company now has six ships under technical management and three under commercial management. Birley, 60, told Splash: “I hope over the next two to three years there could be an opportunity to buy or invest in ships as a separate entity.”
Birley said the plan for Langton was to get the number of managed ships up so that the company can attract more conservative owners who would not normally give their ships to independent start-ups.
“We want to get to 20 ships,” said the veteran broker.