Marine publisher goes Green

Witherby Publishing Group, the world’s leading publisher of marine titles, is joining the Green Awards scheme to support good practice and offer additional benefits to certificate holders.

Green Award surveys and certifies ships and ship managers that demonstrate excellent performance. To obtain a Green Award certificate, ships and companies must meet strict requirements covering safety, quality, human element aspects and environmental footprint.

The certificate is recognized by the industry as a quality mark and rewarded with various benefits by ports and maritime products and services suppliers. In support of the initiative, Witherbys will offer all Green Award certificate holders a 10 percent reduction across its catalogue of publications.

Left to right: Johan Machtelinckx, Technical Director, Witherbys;
Iain Macneil, CEO, Witherbys; Kat Heathcote, Commercial Director, Witherbys; Jan Fransen, Executive Director, Green Award Foundation; Lea Tsui, Executive Assistant, Witherbys; Iain Scally, Technical Advisor, Witherbys


Speaking about joining the scheme, Iain Macneil, Chief Executive Officer of Witherbys, said: “I’m especially pleased to join the scheme as in 1994 I was a young third officer on a ship, the Esso Hawaii, which was the first-ever to receive a Green Award. As a company we’re committed to promoting sustainable and environmentally responsible shipping.”

“Proper and timely information about standards of the maritime industry, the best practices and effective preventive measures is crucial for the safety of shipping. Publishers providing reliable and relevant publications play an essential role in enabling the industry to improve quality and safety levels,” said Jan Fransen, executive director Green Award.

“We welcome Witherbys decision to join the Green Award scheme; many of its books are fixtures on the bridges and engine rooms of ships sailing around the globe.”

Witherby Publishing Group is the oldest independent publisher in the English-speaking world with more than 500 titles incorporating technical and operational guidance, best practice and regulatory information.


About Witherby Publishing Group

Witherby Publishing Group, which was formed from a JV between Witherbys and Seamanship International, is based in Livingston, Scotland and run by partners Iain Macneil and Kat Heathcote. Iain is an ex-mariner who set up Seamanship International to design and develop training and reference materials for the shipping industry. Kat, who has a background in the energy business including with BP and Wood MacKenzie, joined the company in 2004.

The company has customers in over 180 different countries and has won a variety of awards including a Seatrade Award, the Lloyd’s List Training award, and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade. Witherby Publishing Group has been recognised as a Great Place to Work in the small business category for both Scotland and the UK, is a Living Wage Employer and has signed up to the Scottish Business Pledge. 

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