Witherbys Today

Witherbys is a specialist publisher of regulatory, technical and operational marine publications. 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. 270 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 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. The company holds a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade, with sales to 100+ countries per annum.

As the oldest independent publisher in the English-speaking world, Witherbys celebrated its 275th birthday in 2015.