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Shipmanagers Columbia and Marlow discuss merger

Columbia Shipmanagement and Marlow Navigation have confirmed that they are in discussions about a merger.

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.

In a statement Columbia and Marlow said they are “well into investigations” into a future equal partnership of the two parties.

The pair already have a joint venture aimed at developing enhanced IT solutions for digitalised ship management and crew training at Marlow’s training centre in the Philippines.

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

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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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