Global logistics leader sets sail with acquisition

Camilla Carlbom Flinn, chairman of Carlbom Shipping and Michael Stal, managing director UK of Pentagon Freight Services

UK shipping specialist, Carlborn Shipping has been acquired by Pentagon Freight Services, the world’s leading privately owned logistics provider to the energy industries.

The deal for the Humber-based business is said to further enhance Pentagon’s worldwide service provision, strengthening in vessel and cargo handling capabilities and adding a strategically important facility at the busy Humber ports of Immingham, Grimsby and Hull.

Carlborn which was established in the late 19th century with strong Scandinavian connections has a reputation for highly proactive service and efficient vessel turnaround and has experience working within the renewable energy market particularly the North Sea offshore wind farms.

Ashley Taylor, CEO of Pentagon Freight Services said: “We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Carlbom Shipping. It was clear from the start that there is a great deal of synergy between our companies and together we can combine to deliver an enhanced service to all our clients.

“The Carlbom team and its expertise in ships agency and offshore wind are a highly valuable addition to the Pentagon Group and we look forward to building on Carlbom’s impressive heritage.”

Camilla Carlbom Flinn, chairman of Carlbom Shipping, added: “Pentagon Freight is the perfect partner for Carlbom Shipping. It was very important to us to find a partner with a similar background – a family-run company that invests in people and shares the same vision for delivering outstanding service to clients locally and internationally.

“Pentagon’s strength and expertise in logistics from within the oil and gas sector means they can bring in-house knowledge to the offshore and renewables sector and combine it with our expertise in the maritime industry to provide a seamless service to our clients.”