James Fisher & Sons
Marine Services Worldwide
|Public (LSE: FSJ)|
|Headquarters||Fisher House, Barrow-in-Furness, UK|
Charles Rice, (Chairman)|
Nick Henry, (CEO)
Stuart Kilpatrick (Group Finance Director)
|Revenue||£444.8 million (2014)|
|£51.5 million (2014)|
|£40.5 million (2014)|
The Company was founded by James Fisher in 1847 in Barrow-in-Furness as a ship-owning business transporting haematite from the Cumbrian hills. In 1868 it had 70 ships and by the 1870s it owned the largest coasting fleet in the United Kingdom. It acquired the Furness Shipbuilding Company in 1870 but only went on to build one ship, the Ellie Park. During the 1880s it slowly moved from operating sailing ships to operating steamers.
It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1952. From the 1960s the Company was managed by Directors with no family connection. At that time it established a reputation for moving heavy equipment, including even locomotives, by sea. By 1965 it had built its first ship suitable for transporting irradiated nuclear fuel.
In 1984 the company acquired short sea and offshore specialists Coe Metcalf Shipping, lifting the fleet to 42 vessels, and in 1996 it acquired P&O Tankships Ltd.
The company's division James Fisher Defence formerly operated the submarine rescue service for the Royal Navy, and provided the Scorpio 45 submersible which saved the lives of seven Russian sailors in their AS-28 submarine in 2005.
In 2005 James Fisher acquired Fendercare Marine Solutions Ltd for £12m and in 2007 it acquired Buchan Technical Services for £5m and FT Everard, a leading competitor in the UK coastal shipping market, for £35.0m.
The Company operates from various locations throughout the world, with its corporate headquarters in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, and provides the following services:
- Defence (design, construction and operation of rescue submarines)
- Port Agency
- Renewable Energy services
- Marine oil services
- Offshore oil services
- Shipping services
- Specialist technical services
|Forth Fisher||1997||4,972||Emergency oil spill response vessel|
|Galway Fisher||1997||4,967||Emergency oil spill response vessel|
|Seniority||2006||4,430||Adapted to handle petro-chemical cargoes|
|Speciality||2006||4,426||Adapted to handle petro-chemical cargoes|
|Superiority||2007||4,415||Adapted to handle petro-chemical cargoes|
|Sarnia Cherie||2007||3,515||Involved in supplying the Channel Isles|
|Sarnia Liberty||2008||3,532||Involved in supplying the Scottish Highlands and Islands|
Sir John Fisher Foundation
The Sir John Fisher Foundation is a charitable trust established in 1980 by Sir John Fisher and his wife Lady Maria Fisher, in order to support good causes in the area surrounding the company’s headquarters in Barrow-in-Furness. The Foundation’s capital fund includes its shareholding in James Fisher and Sons plc. The dividends paid by the company enable its trustees to make grants to charitable causes, throughout the UK, but with special regard to those based in and working for the benefit of people living in and around Barrow-in-Furness and surrounding area.
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