Liverpool-headquartered Bibby Line acted mainly as a ship owner and operator until the 1980s, when it diversified into business services. Strong American revenues from Bibby’s debt-factoring company and sales of floating accommodation vessels have boosted recent international growth. Although Bibby Line sold most of its ships in 2005 and 2007, it is now rebuilding the fleet and recently purchased five tankers. Sir Michael Bibby, the sixth generation of his family to lead the firm, has overseen international sales growth of 55% a year from £50.6m in 2009 to £121.4m in 2011.
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