Bibby Line was established in
1807 in Liverpool, and it was well known to all British
seafarers in the heyday of the UK liner fleets. The
fleet was named after English counties and after the
Second world war the company was to remain profitable
due it its troop ship contracts with the UK government.
In the 1960s the company joined with other British
ship-owners in the search for new trade and joined a
consortium of bulk carrier owners, and in addition built
some LPG carriers. By the late 1970s the trade recession
was having a seriously adverse effect on all
international trade and Bibby were forced to sell a number of ships. And in 1980 their ore carrier Derbyshire
was lost. It just disappeared on a voyage to Japan, and
has become one of Britain's most famous shipwrecks.
The company entered the
offshore industry in the 1980s when it took an interest
in Consafe then an accommodation unit operator. This was
not entirely successful. The company retains a variety
of interests in shipping and related activities, and for
this site the area of interest is Bibby Offshore Ltd,
which set up an office in Aberdeen in 2003, and became a
separate entity within the group in 2007.
In addition to the three
ships shown here Bibby have the Toisa Polaris and the
Nor Spring on hire.
In September 2013 Bibby
gained the management contract for the BP 'Jigsaw'
fleet, of which much has been written on this site over
the years. This small fleet of offshore support vessels
is soon to be joined by a number of BP owned platform
ships, and so a page has been set up for the BP fleet.
Since the last review the
company has purchased the Toisa Polaris and has renamed
the Nor Spring to Bibby Spring, however this vessel
still appears to be owned by Solstad. They also now have
the Mermaid Endurer and the Olympic Aries on hire.
At the time of the 2015
review nothing much seems to have changed for Bibby,
except possibly the change of the Jigsaw ships from
emergency ships to standard platform ships. This may
well mean that they no longer manage them. But in any
case they are all on the BP page.
Reviewed 28th September 2015.