Historic Humber Shipping Company Acquired by Global Logistics Leader


A global logistics leader has acquired a UK shipping specialist to further improve its worldwide service delivery and secure a new strategic location in Europe.

Pentagon Freight Services (Pentagon), the world leader in logistic provider to energy industries, bought Carlbom Shipping (Carlbom), which has served UK and international customers since 1897.

Pentagon, which operates in 72 locations worldwide and employs more than 1,100 people, has completed the acquisition of Humber-based Carlbom. The agreement will enable the Pentagon to offer seamless end-to-end service to its customers, including a full suite of ship agency services, with fully integrated IT systems, and enhance its service offering to the industry. renewable energies.

Established in London in 1974, the Pentagon has a fifth of its workforce in the UK, operating in Aberdeen, Dartford, Glasgow, Newcastle and Great Yarmouth. By acquiring Carlbom, a family-run shipping agency, the Pentagon is bolstering its strength in ship and cargo handling, adding a major facility on England’s east coast, the Humber ports of Immingham, Grimsby and Hull. Created at the end of the 19e century with strong Scandinavian connections, Carlbom has enjoyed an enviable reputation for delivering highly proactive service and efficient vessel rotation. The company’s location and skill base has enabled it to enter the renewable energy market, in particular offshore wind farms in the North Sea, including management of warehousing, logistics and procurement for the regional offshore supply chain.

Pentagon Freight Services CEO Ashley Taylor said, “We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Carlbom Shipping. It was clear from the start that there is great synergy between our companies and together we can combine to provide an enhanced service to all of our customers – from traditional shipping agency to logistics, warehousing, customs and supply. The Carlbom team and its expertise in shipping agency and offshore wind are a very valuable addition to the Pentagon group and we look forward to building on Carlbom’s impressive legacy.

Camilla Carlbom Flinn, President of Carlbom Shipping Ltd, added: “Pentagon Freight is the ideal partner for Carlbom Shipping. It was very important for us to find a partner with a similar experience – a family business that invests in people and shares the same vision to deliver exceptional service to local and international customers. The Pentagon’s strength and expertise in oil and gas logistics means they can bring in-house knowledge to the offshore and renewable energy sector and combine it with our expertise in the maritime industry to provide a seamless service. to our customers.


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