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Clarkson PLC acquires Spanish shipbroking company


Clarkson PLC ("Clarksons") is pleased to announce that Clarkson Overseas Shipbroking Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary) has acquired 100% of the issued share capital of Martankers I, S.L. ("Martankers") of Madrid, Spain. 

Founded in 1989, Martankers is an independent and well-established shipbroking company, with a proven and respected track record in the shipping of bulk chemicals and gases.  It has a primary focus on the European markets, but also boasts a considerable global footprint. 

Martankers is led by José Antonio Leira and Francisco Pascual who, along with their team, bring a wealth of experience and a broad, long-standing client base. The business will continue to operate from Madrid under the leadership of José Antonio and Francisco and will be integrated within the Specialised Products and Petrochemical Gases divisions, such that Martankers can benefit from the sector-leading Clarkson technology, data and research.

Commenting on the transaction, Andi Case, CEO of Clarkson said:

"We believe this accretive acquisition will provide an established opening for Clarksons in Spain and brings enhanced growth opportunities. It will help us gain share in the bulk chemicals and gas markets, strengthening our global market-leading position. We are excited to announce this deal, and look forward to working with the experienced team at Martankers, combining forces of expertise to deliver to our clients an enhanced service."

José Antonio Leira and Francisco Pascual added:

"Martankers is proud to be joining Clarksons, a company with whom we share the same values and ambitions. We are excited about the opportunity to continue delivering a first-class service to our existing client base whilst taking advantage of future opportunities both locally and globally."