Witherby Publishing Group

Witherby Publishing Group, formerly known as Witherby Seamanship, is a publisher of maritime and navigation training, reference and regulatory materials.[1] The company is the resulting merger of Witherby Books and Seamanship International in January 2008.[1] Beginning with its origins in 1740 it lays claim to being the oldest independent publisher in the English-speaking world.[4][5][6]

Witherby Publishing Group
FounderThomas Witherby
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters location
Key peopleIain Macneil, CEO. Kat Heathcote, Commercial Director [1] Gillian Macrosson, MD[2]
Revenue£10 Million[3]
No. of employees55[1]
Official website

Witherby are the official electronic distributors for the International Maritime Organization and publish work with numerous shipping bodies. These include the International Chamber of Shipping, the UK Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, OCIMF and SIGTTO.[7][8] Witherby are the sole official distributor of INTERTANKO publications.[9] The company also publishes for North P&I, UK P&I Club, IMAREST, the International Association of Classification Societies and the Merchant Navy Training Board.[10]


Witherby continue the tradition of publishing and bookselling initially started by Thomas Witherby in 1740. The collections of the early Witherby company are available at the London Metropolitan Archives.[11] In 1998 Seamanship International began providing training materials for the maritime industry and merged with Witherby.[12] It has since expanded to become one of the largest maritime publishers in the world, publishing over 400 titles to over 110 countries in the world.[13][1][10]


The company has registered offices in Edinburgh, with the main offices and warehouse being located in Livingston, West Lothian, in Scotland.[14]


Recent awards have included the Queens Award for Enterprise, a Lloyds List Training Award and a Green Award.[2][15][16] In March 2017, the company won the Sea Transport Award for 'best marine training material publishing company'.[17]


  1. "Scots marine publisher helps Australians navigate Barrier Reef". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  2. "Gillian Macrosson: new Witherbys MD". Publishing Scotland. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  3. http://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/company_news/16263140.Specialist_publisher_weathers_the_storm_of_shipping_industry_to_swell_annual_sales_to___10m/
  4. "Witherby Seamanship International Ltd". Publishing Scotland. Archived from the original on 23 February 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
  5. "2015 Company Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  6. "Witherby History". Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  7. "Chamber of Shipping and Witherby". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. "International Chamber of Shipping and Witherby". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  9. "INTERTANKO and Witherby". Retrieved 3 July 2016.
  10. "2017 Company Fact Sheet" (PDF). Witherby Publishing Group. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  11. "London Metropolitan Archives-Thomas Witherby". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  12. "Witherby Company History". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  13. "Herald Scotland - Witherby on the Crest of a wave". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  14. "Witherby - Today". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  15. "Marine publisher goes Green". Green Awards. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  16. "WITHERBY GROUP, Joins Green Awards schemen". Shippingnet.eu. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  17. "Transport News Sea Transport Awards 2017". Transport News. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
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