Furness Withy Chartering is a London and Melbourne based dry cargo ship operating and broking company which is now wholly owned by the Oetker Group , one of the largest private firms in Germany. The original parent company, Furness Withy, was established in England in 1891. On its formation the company owned 18 vessels and over the subsequent years has owned in excess of a thousand ships. At times during the company's history the total owned fleet was one of the largest in the world.
Furness Withy has always been an innovator in shipping. For example in the 1960's it was one of the founding partners, along with P & O and other U.K. shipowners, of O.C.L. which created the beginning of the container revolution.
In 1980 Furness Withy ceased to be a publicly owned company when purchased by the Tung Group of Hong Kong. In 1990 it was resold to its present owner, the Oetker Group, who, alongside diverse interests in food production, brewing, hotels, banking and insurance, also owns Hamburg Süd , a leading container carrier in the north-south trades into which Furness Withy's former liner trades were merged.
Nowadays, Furness Withy Chartering continues to specialise in its core business activity of bulk carrier ship and cargo operating. This is mainly centred on the Melbourne office of Furness Withy Australia .
In addition to the commercial teams established in Melbourne and London, all ship operations are supervised from both Furness Withy offices by an in-house team of Master Mariners. The strategic location of these two offices ensures cargo transportation and ship operations are closely monitored at all times between East and West hemispheres to achieve optimum performance.
For enquiries about Furness Withy Australia's service or our Group controlled tonnage, customers based in Australia and elsewhere in the Eastern hemisphere should contact the Melbourne office, whilst those based in the West should contact Furness Withy Chartering at the London office.
The company also has a significant presence in bunker broking through Furness Withy Bunkers , situated in the London office, which provides bunker broking services worldwide.