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Yacht a Win!

Peters & May provide bespoke yacht logistics on time, within budget and to an impeccable standard and it is for this reason that the Institute of Transport Management has named Peters & May Ltd “Best Yacht Logistics Company 2011”.

Peters & May provides worldwide yacht transportation services to over 5,000 vessels each year via sea, road, rail and air, to any global destination. Established in 1973 and headquartered in Southampton, Peters & May has 38 years experience in the provision of marine logistics and offers global boat transportation and freight forwarding from a global network of offices and exclusive agencies. The company ships vessels through more than 150 ports in over 60 countries and is the preferred shipper for many of the world’s leading boat builders, including Correct Craft Inc, Gulf Craft, Princess Yachts, Sunseeker and Viking Yacht Company.

Peters & May Ltd employs approximately 100 people in eight countries and is part of the Constantine Group of companies, which includes niche logistics operating in the transportation of aid and relief, medical supplies, out-of-gauge cargo, and a domestic and international courier business.

Peters & May was founded in Reading in 1973.  The first shipping agent to be based outside a major port in Southern England, it quickly expanded and set up strategic branch offices at Heathrow and Southampton. 

In the early 1980s, Peters & May entered the leisure marine industry when it was contracted to provide race logistics to the growing number of global yachting events, including prestige races such as the Whitbread Round the World Race and the America’s Cup.  Throughout the decade, the company continued to increase its presence in the leisure marine industry.  In April 1989, the company was subject to a management buyout and Southampton became the company’s headquarters. The 1990s saw continual growth to meet the demands of the increasing global reach of leisure marine shipping and Peters & May consolidated its worldwide position.

In 2003, to support its yacht racing logistics business, the company opened Peters & May Valencia.  A year later, in 2004, a joint venture was set up with one of Australia’s leading freight forwarders, Dean Sharples, to establish Peters & May Australia.   
With the support and backing of Constantine, recent years have seen strong global expansion for Peters & May.  In July 2007, it took a majority stake in the US company Air & Ocean Shipping Inc(subsequently renamed Peters & May USA Inc in 2008).  Peters & May Germanywas set up in Hamburg in January 2008 and the Peters & May Franceoffice was opened in Nice in December 2008. 

In May 2009, the company saw an opportunity to strengthen its presence in the international yacht racing circuit with the acquisition of Complete Freight, whose founding directors Angus Bruce Jones and Simon Judson, together with their staff became wholly absorbed into the Peters & May global operation.  

According to the ITM:

“As an independent service provider, P&M can source the best route, through the best carrier, for the best price, whatever the vessel. The Institute is highly impressed with Peters & May’s track record in customer service, as well as its commitment to continual expansion and innovation. This is a company which quite literally delivers. The award of ‘Best Yacht Logistics Company 2011’ is richly deserved. Congratulations to all who contributed to this success.”