Witherbys Today

Witherbys is the leading publisher of operational guidance and technical standards for the shipping industry.

Witherbys was founded in 1740 in London, around the time that Lloyd’s List, one of the world’s oldest running journals, was first published at Edward Lloyd’s Coffee House. Witherbys’ early business included the preparation of contracts between merchants and shipowners and the insurance clauses associated with them. 280 years later, the company still supplies insurance clauses to the commercial marine market.

In 2005, Witherbys entered into a joint venture with Seamanship International Ltd, a Scottish-based company that had found its niche in delivering high quality technical marine content. While Seamanship provided content through a range of different delivery mechanisms and media, it also had exceptional expertise in electronic publishing.

In January 2008, the two businesses merged to create Witherby Seamanship International Ltd, publishing in the sectors of shipping operations, marine education and insurance. In 2010, to better reflect the nature of the new business, the parent company changed its name to Witherby Publishing Group Ltd. Iain Macneil, founder of Seamanship International, is the current CEO of Witherby Publishing Group.

Witherby Publishing Group is now based in Livingston, Scotland and has a portfolio of more than 400 titles in shipping, insurance and the energy sectors. In December 2018 Witherbys moved to a new office in Livingston, Navigation House, which offers the exciting opportunity for expansion.

Witherby Publishing Group works in partnership with BIMCO, CDI, IACS, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), IMarEST, IMO, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, MNTB, OCIMF, SIGTTO, Tanker Structure Co-Operative Forum and UK Chamber of Shipping, promoting and publishing material including books and eBooks for these industry bodies.

A unique aspect of the company is its use of working groups for the review of new and existing titles. This involves Witherbys recruiting specialist consultants from relevant sectors of the maritime industry to co-operate with in-house technical advisors and editors.

Witherbys have created and worked on a range of projects including LNG Port Information, SHIPMOOR and Shipping Regulations & Guidance.

LNG Port Information is a guide to each LNG import and export terminal, from the LNG carrier’s perspective, detailing all the information that a ship visiting a terminal would require pre-arrival.

SHIPMOOR is an easy-to-use, web-based application that facilitates mooring analysis and 3D visualisation of the mooring arrangement.

Shipping Regulations and Guidance is a free, essential source of reference for international maritime regulations supplemented by importance guidance from professional maritime bodies.

The company holds a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade and Witherby Publishing export their books, training manuals and CD ROMS to more than 110 countries all around the world.

As the oldest independent publisher in the English-speaking world, Witherbys celebrated its 280th birthday in 2020.