About Us

What do we do?
Witherby Publishing Group is a specialist publisher of training, reference and regulatory materials, providing the finest books and publications to the shipping, insurance and energy industries.

Based in Edinburgh, Witherbys is one of Scotland’s largest and most successful publishing houses. With a portfolio of over 700 specialist titles, Witherbys also publish under the Seamanship International and Witherby Insurance imprints.  Witherbys books and guidance material are exported to more than 110 countries.


Our History
Established in London in 1740, Witherbys has long been involved in the maritime industry, drawing up Articles of Agreement between merchants, ship owners and Captains.

In 2008, Witherbys was taken over by Seamanship International.  Seamanship International’s owner, Iain Macneil, is the current CEO of Witherby Publishing Group.


Our Products
Producing innovative, quality content that is up to date and topical is at the heart of everything we do.  We are proud of our work partnering with many of the maritime industry bodies including BIMCO, CDI, IACS, INTERTANKO, OCIMF, SIGTTO, Tanker Structure Co-Operative Forum and UK Chamber of Shipping.

Publications published in partnership with industry bodies include Mooring Equipment Guidelines, ISGOTT, Guidance Manual for Tanker Structures and Liquefied Gas Handling Principles.

Witherbys has been creating and protecting digital content for over 15 years. ‘Seamanship Library’ is the marine industry’s leading software platform for digital publications.  Created by Witherbys to meet specific needs on board vessels and in offices on shore, it is estimated that there are over 500,000 protected eBooks in use today.  This platform was selected by the IMO (International Maritime Organization), the United Nations agency for shipping, for use with their own publications.

Witherbys have also developed an online eBook reader and an iPad app, allowing students to access their publications on the go.

‘Witherbys Flag States’ offer a fully compliant, digital flag State shipping notices and circulars subscription saving hours of searching, indexing, checking and correcting notices and circulars issued by the IMO, ILO and flag State authorities.

‘Shipping Regulations & Guidance’ (www.shippingregs.org) is a website summarising the latest updates to international regulations for the maritime industry.

To be launched in 2018, Witherbys’ ‘LNG Port Info’ portal is a guide to each LNG import and export terminal, from the LNG carrier’s perspective, detailing all the information that a ship visiting a terminal would require to assist her pre-arrival and then safe passage in from the seabuoy to the berth.



Our charitable side
The Witherbys Charitable Trust funds inspirational projects and individuals, primarily in the areas of arts and sport in Scotland.  Recent projects include a ‘Festival of Sport’, to encourage youngsters to try different sports and supporting Project Scotland with their work to help 16-30 year olds get on in life.


Our future
With offices in Edinburgh, Livingston, London and Singapore, Witherbys will move into new bespoke premises in the summer of 2018 to ensure that we can continue to meet the demands of the next generation of our customers.



Next Day Delivery in the UK

On orders placed before 2pm Monday - Friday

Secure Payments

Using SagePay

International Delivery

To over 110 countries

Serving the Marine Industry

For over 275 years