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|Headquarters||Liverpool, United Kingdom|
|Jebb Kitchen (MD)|
|Owner||Bibby Line Group Ltd|
|Website||Bibby Line homepage|
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.
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.
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Vessels that have previously operated for Bibby Line include:
- Merchant Navy Career with Bibby
- "Vessel". Bibby Line.
- "BIBBY LINE SETS SAIL FOR EXPANSION WITH NEW SHIP ORDER" (PDF). Bibby Line. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
- "Vessels". Bibby Line. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- ""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.
- ""Shropshire" Delivers!" (PDF). Bibby Line. Retrieved 28 February 2012.