Bell Shipping Ltd.

Bell Shipping Ltd is a privately owned United Kingdom based company which was established in 1996, with the specific objective of serving ship owning and industrial clients worldwide with shipbroking, shipping and ship finance consultancy services.

Founder and managing director, Nigel Bell, qualified as a naval architect in 1972 from the university of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK - an institution with a longstanding maritime background. He has since been involved in shipping, predominately as a shipbroker, for the last 34 years. During his distinguished career he has been responsible for the sale & purchase of a vast number of second-hand and new building ships for shipowner clients.

Since the early 1980’s, Nigel was actively involved as a main board director of the London based, international shipbrokers, Galbraith’s, in building up the company’s services in developing shipping overseas markets including the Indian shipping industry.

Bell Shipping Ltd has services that range from ship sale purchase, project & finance consultancy, shipping market consultancy and project chartering.

In 1993 Nigel Bell joined the UK based subsidiary of a major Indian industrial group to head up the group’s expansion into international non-Indian flag shipping.

This included the purchase, finance and employment of one of the largest ultra modern double hull suezmax tanker fleets and operating four handymax bulk carriers in a major Norwegian dry bulk pool of which he was a board member.

Responsibilities also included being director of the group’s India based, ship management company and an alternate director of the one of the principal P and I clubs in London.

Bell Shipping co-sponsored the "Indian Shipping Conference 2001" held in May 2001 in London, the first ever high profile Indian shipping conference to be held outside of India.

Shipbroking & Ship Finance

Bell Shipping operates its shipbroking activities in association with bright cook & co, conveniently located in west London. A small team of highly experienced associates serve the shipping industry worldwide with clients and correspondents in every maritime country. This service is enhanced by the most accurate and up-to-date market information enabling the team to offer a personal and well-informed service to our clients.

Activities include sale and purchase of secondhand and sewbuilding vessels, period chartering and projects. Arranging of ship finance with international banks, including refinancing of existing vessels, is available to clients on new projects.

Ship Consultancy & Projects

Bell Shipping has developed a particular service which is available to new and existing clients for new projects, known as the "Added Value Package". Bell Shipping speciality has been to work for clients who are either new entrants to shipping or who are already in shipping but wish to diversify into other sectors of shipping.

  • A market study, business plan and investment analysis are prepared in order to focus on the key issues in the decision making process of entering a new business area.
  • A loan proposal is prepared in conjunction with the client. This document is then used, under an exclusive mandate from the client, to approach prospective banks and lending institutions for the raising of finance for the vessel acquisition.
  • Finance negotiations are conducted on behalf of the client.
  • As sale and purchase brokers the purchase and delivery of the chosen vessel are conducted having identified the vessel/s from the international shipping market.
  • Ship broking services are available in arranging employment for the vessel, where appropriate, and on formulating the strategy for the appropriate type of employment.
  • Advice on how the shipping company is structured and the appointment of technical and commercial ship management.

Head Office UK

  • Bell Shipping Ltd
  • 105 Sussex Road
  • Petersfield
  • Hampshire
  • GU31 4LB

  • Tel: +44 (0) 1730 301385
  • Fax: +44 (0) 1730 302677

  • Nigel Bell - Managing Director
  • Email:
  • Mob: + 44 (0)7785 233567

  • David Bell - Shipbroker
  • Email:
  • Mob: + 44 (0)7968 496018

London Associate Office

  • Bright Cook & Co. Ltd
  • 139 Upper Richmond Road
  • London
  • SW15 2TX

  • Tel: +44 (0) 2087 854288
  • Fax: +44 (0) 2087 852571

  • Email:

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