Witherbys is a privately owned company that publishes operational guidance and technical standards for the shipping industry, both digitally and physically. Based in Livingston, they are one of Scotland’s largest and most successful publishing companies.

Witherbys is also the oldest independent publisher in the English speaking world and celebrated its 280th birthday in 2020.

In addition to publications, Witherbys has recently developed a software, SHIPMOOR, that determines and optimises static and dynamic mooring for the LNG industry.

Witherbys’ own titles are developed using scripts written by in-house technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to promote understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by the industry.

Witherbys’ reputation for quality publications attracts industry experts to participate in working groups, ensuring technical accuracy and dependable guidance on regulatory compliance.  The working groups, led by our in-house technical advisors, editorial and graphics staff, produce publications that are accurate, relevant and concise.

Witherbys also works in collaborative partnership with a number of key industry bodies (including BIMCO, CDI, IACS, IMarEST, the International Chamber of Shipping, OCIMF, SIGTTO and the UK Chamber of Shipping) to create specialist publications. Typically, these publications promote an enhanced understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by the industry body or by the IMO.

By keeping abreast of developments across the industry and working with appropriate specialists, Witherbys is able to produce timely and detailed content on matters of current or future focus, such as cyber security and environmental protection.