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The UK’s Maritime Financial services continue to dominate the international shipping sector

London is a leading centre for the provision of capital for shipping companies for the construction of vessels and the purchase of second-hand tonnage. Banks based in London are some of the most significant providers of funding and banking services to the shipping industry.

Most shipping finance from the UK has traditionally been extended in the form of mortgage finance, but leasing, corporate financing and public bond issues are growing in importance.

Many banks also offer ancillary services which include freight collection, foreign exchange dealings, remittances, sale and purchase completions as well as consultancy and advisory services. An increasing number of banks is now active in the freight derivatives market.

In addition to banking services, the UK is home to many of the other financial related services including accountancy, consulting, insurance  and legal.

The London Stock Exchange offers shipping companies an alternative source of funding for fleet expansion. Listing in London is easy in terms of both time and cost.

London has always been at the forefront of financial innovation and remains well-placed and committed to doing so in the future.

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Standard Chartered aims to bank the people and companies driving investment, trade and the creation of wealth across Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Founded in 1590, Berenberg is a dedicated partner to the shipping industry, supporting its customers worldwide with a view to long-term success.

For over 200 years, Citi’s job has been to believe in people and help make their ideas a reality. The world’s Citi. It is wherever you are.

NatWest is an active supporter of the Maritime Services Sector with a strong understanding of clients operating in the international shipping arena.

What is Maritime London?

Maritime London – the promotional body for UK based companies providing professional services to the international shipping industry

Funded by over 100 companies and organisations from a wide range of disciplines, Maritime London ensures that the UK remains a world beating location to base a maritime related business. Maritime London’s mission is to promote the UK as the world’s premier maritime business centre.

Our core Maritime Services

The UK is home to a world beating array of professional maritime service providers. Maritime sectors include:

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