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
HeadquartersLiverpool, United Kingdom
Key people
Jebb Kitchen (MD)
OwnerBibby Line Group Ltd
WebsiteBibby 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 John Bibby who founded the company in 1807. The company along with the group is based in Liverpool.[1] Since 2007, Bibby Line Group and its employees have donated over £10.1million and thousands of volunteering hours to over 1,000 charitable causes[2].


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 into separate divisions, including Bibby Financial Services which was formed in 1982. The parent company is now called Bibby Line Group - a £1billion global business, operating in 16 countries, employing 4,000 people in sectors including retail, financial services, distribution, shipping, marine and construction equipment hire[3].

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 two vessels[4]

Current fleet[edit]

Picture Name Built
Tonnage Port of Registry Type Notes
(October 2011)
4,568 GT
Singapore Singapore
Bunker ship
February 2009[6]
(July 2009)[7]
56,811 DWT
Malta Valletta
Bulk carrier

Former fleet[edit]

Vessels that have previously operated for Bibby Line include:

See also[edit]

Include the troop ship SS Dorsetshire which was converted to a migrant ship after WWII. British migrants sailed from Liverpool UK to Fremantle Australia in the early 1950s.


  1. ^ Merchant Navy Career with Bibby
  2. ^ "Social Responsibility - Bibby Line Group". Bibby Line Group. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Home - Bibby Line Group". Bibby Line Group. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Vessel". Bibby Line.
  5. ^ a b "Vessels". Bibby Line. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  6. ^ ""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.
  7. ^ ""Shropshire" Delivers!" (PDF). Bibby Line. Retrieved 28 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Storm of 1934 changed Cardigan Island forever". Wales online. 30 December 2010.

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