Clarksons acquires Martankers as an entry route into the Spanish market

This acquisition will help it grow in the maritime transport market for bulk chemical and gas products

Clarkson Overseas Shipbroking, a subsidiary of Clarkson PLC in the maritime goods transport sector, has acquired 100% of the issued share capital of the Spanish company Martankers, an intermediary specializing in the maritime transport of bulk chemical and gas products.

Martankers was created in 1989 by Isabel Pons and Arnold des Arts, two industry experts with longstanding experience. Since then it has focused on European markets, while also maintaining a strong position globally. In 2014, on the company's 25th anniversary, Pons announced her retirement and left the company in the hands of Francisco Pascual and José Antonio Leira.

Management team
After announcing the acquisition, the British company praised the experience of Pascual, Leira and their team, and highlighted their extensive and longstanding loyal client portfolio. In fact, it has been confirmed that the current partners will continue at the head of Martankers, which will be integrated in Clarksons' Specialised Products and Petrochemical Gases division.

Founded in 1852, Clarksons is one of the largest shipbroking companies in the world, and offers end-to-end services in maritime transport, logistical support, market research, investment banking and project funding on a global scale.

Excellent opportunities for growth
Andi Case, CEO of Clarkson, commented: “We believe this acquisition will provide an established opening for Clarkson in Spain and bring enhanced growth opportunities. It will help us gain share in the bulk chemicals and gas markets, strengthening our global market leading position. We are excited to announce this deal, and look forward to working with the experienced team at Martankers, combining forces of expertise to deliver to our clients an enhanced service”.

For their part, José Antonio Leira and Francisco Pascual said: “Martankers is proud to be joining Clarksons, a company with whom we share the same values and ambitions. We are excited about the opportunity to continue delivering a first-class service to our existing client base whilst taking advantage of future opportunities both locally and globally”.