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Gibson celebrates 10 years in Singapore, 125 years of Shipbroking

Gibson turns on the British charm in Singapore

April 26th, 2018 17:00 GMT // TradeWinds

Historic British shipbroker Gibson Shipbrokers had double cause to celebrate in Singapore.

Gibson, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, was a latecomer to the Lion City, only setting up its Gibson Brokers operation in 2008. Even though the subsequent decade has had what were some of the toughest years for shipping, the company nonetheless has grown in Singapore from a handful of brokers to a team now hovering around the 30-strong mark.

Asia has been a success story for Gibson, managing director Nigel Richardson told the many guests at the celebrations. It also has offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Nicholas Ward, who heads Gibson Brokers, told TradeWinds that it focuses on the dry, wet and gas sectors.

True to the company’s British heritage, Gibson hosted its party at Eden Hall, the home of the British high commissioner and arguably the most British of venues still to be found in the former colony that has been an independent country since 1965.

Eden Hall was built as a residence of a wealthy rice merchant, whose family sold it to the British government at the end of the Second World War. The sales agreement stipulated that there must be a plaque at the bottom of the flagpole stating “May the Union Jack fly here forever”.

That proclamation likely holds true for Gibson, which has been owned by its employees since April 2015.

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