Bibby Line

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Coordinates: 53°24′5.9″N 2°58′51.3″W / 53.401639°N 2.980917°W / 53.401639; -2.980917

Bibby Line
Industry Transportation
Founded 1807
Headquarters Liverpool, United Kingdom
Key people
Jebb Kitchen (MD)
Owner Bibby Line Group Ltd
Website Bibby Line homepage
The Danube was a steam and sailing ship built for Bibby Line in 1856 and sold to Leyland Line in 1873

Bibby Line is a UK company concerned with shipping and marine operations.

Its parent company, Bibby Line Group Limited, can be traced back to the shipbroking partnership of Bibby & Hall, which was founded in 1801. The company along with all the group companies such as Bibby Ship Management is based in Liverpool.[1]


The cargo steamship Derbyshire was built by Harland and Wolff in 1897, survived the First World War and was scrapped in 1931
The Bibby Line passenger ship Oxfordshire, built in 1912, serving as a hospital ship in the Second World War
The cruise ship Fairstar, which was built in 1957 as the Bibby Line troopship Oxfordshire
Bibby Sapphire is a diving support vessel built in 2005

The Bibby Line was founded in 1807 by the first John Bibby (1775–1840). It has operated in most areas of shipping throughout its 200-year history, and claims to be the oldest independently owned deep sea shipping line in the world. Along with other British ship owners, it endured hard economic conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, but survived through diversification into floating accommodation. The group diversified in the 1980s and 1990s and Bibby Financial Services was formed in 1982. Today, the financial services division has 46 offices in 15 countries.

Today the company employs about 3,500 people, mainly in UK distribution, and has financial services offices in USA, Australia, Poland, France and Canada. Its traditional base, shipping, has undergone something of a renaissance, and grew fourfold in the 2003–07 period on the back of the success of its floating accommodation business, ship management activities and shrewd timing of disposal of ships.

In 2002 Sir Derek Bibby, 2nd baronet, and great-great-grandson of the founder and past chairman and president of the firm, was aged 80 and terminally ill with leukemia. He committed suicide on 9 October 2002 by consuming aluminium phosphide, a poison that caused his body to emit, hours later, dangerous fumes that forced the evacuation of the hospital where his body was being held.[1]


The Bibby Line fleet currently comprises three vessels: two bulk carriers and an oil tanker.[2] The newest vessel in the fleet is the Cheshire.[3]

Current fleet[edit]

Picture Name Built
Tonnage Port of Registry Type Notes
March 2012
56,598 DWT
Isle of Man Isle of Man
Bulk carrier
(October 2011)
4,568 GT
Singapore Singapore
Bunker ship
February 2009[5]
(July 2009)[6]
56,811 DWT
Malta Valletta
Bulk carrier

Former fleet[edit]

Vessels that have previously operated for Bibby Line include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Merchant Navy Career with Bibby
  2. ^ "Vessel". Bibby Line. 
  3. ^ "BIBBY LINE SETS SAIL FOR EXPANSION WITH NEW SHIP ORDER" (PDF). Bibby Line. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Vessels". Bibby Line. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ ""Shropshire" Christened As Latest Addition To The Fleet Nears Delivery" (PDF). Bibby Line. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  6. ^ ""Shropshire" Delivers!" (PDF). Bibby Line. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 

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