About Us

Since our inception, when the business was founded in Manchester, England by the current owner Julian Chambers, Arbour Shipping has grown strength by strength in to one of the UK’s largest logistics providers of supply chain solutions and value added services in all manors of project forwarding and NVOCC.

Thanks to our industry knowhow and bespoke / custom built IT systems, our key business activities and market position are built on the company’s truly world class capabilities.

Below are some of the reasons why Arbour shipping should be your number one choice.

Ocean freight:

  • Sustained year-on-year growth in managed freight and volume of traffic moved
  • Global agency Network and infrastructure
  • Extensive range of preferred ocean carriers
  • Contract agreements with all the major carriers / operators

Air freight:

  • Leader in innovative cargo management concepts
  • In-house online services dedicated to our air freight department
  • Global Cargo 2000 Phase 2 certification

Road & Rail Logistics:

  • Global reach of overland transportation capabilities, including dedicated and individual delivery services
  • Close partnerships with best-in-class rail and road operators

Julian Chambers / Managing Director

Julian is the founder and Managing Director of the Arbour Shipping Group of Companies.

With 30 years experience in the Shipping and Logistics Industry, covering both Liner and Freight Forwarding, Julian brings an outstanding wealth of experience and knowledge with him not just in general shipping but also heavy lift, break bulk, out-of-gauge, project forwarding and vessel chartering.

When Arbour Shipping Ltd first started, Julian built the company up in the sales and finance role. Today he is more involved in the planning and structural running of the business, although he does involve himself in the day to day aspects of the company and is always available to help anyone who needs him.

He is our ‘go to guy’ when advice is needed or something out of the ordinary pop up.

Julian is a well known and highly respected member of the freight industry and is one of the key experts in Out-Of-Gauge and Project Shipping. He is a regular contributor in Westminster at the All-Party Parliamentary Maritime and Ports Group.

His commitment and dedication to getting the job done are legendary. His passion for Mixed Martial Arts and the Filipino Fighting Arts give him the competitive drive to never quit and always succeed. However his main passions still remain his family and the business he founded.

In his spare time he is a local Councillor and avid Freemason.


Liam Davies / Commercial Director

Liam is the groups Commercial Director and brings many years of Liner experience to Arbour Shipping. Having been the UK Trade Manager for one of the worlds top 4 largest Shipping Lines, he possesses an outstanding knowledge of sales and operations.

Liam brings a vibrance and energy to the company that is hard to contain and his knowledge of pricing, operations and corporate management have helped both clients and the company develop for the better.

Liam also possesses a vast list of contacts within the Freight Community and especially around the Port of Felixstowe where he is a well known and respected figure.

This has enabled him to oversee many aspects of Cargo Loading, Out-of-Gauge Lashing and the Operational Integrity for our clients.

Liam is responsible for the development and continued expansion of the company in the UK.

He is an avid golfer and a devoted family man who sees everyone in the company as part of that family.

We deliver reliable Supply Chain Solutions that provide value to our customer’s every time.


No matter what the size, industry sector or location, we are always driven by our qualitative, safety-related and environmental principles that best serve our customers long-term interest.


Our values are more than just words and definitions; they are the heart of our day-to-day activities. For our teams, the challenge is not simply believing in, but rather actually living up to our company values.


Our vision and values hinge on the keystones of:


  • People
  • Performance
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Transparency


You can rest assured that your interests are our primary concern every step of the way.

The global compact is an international initiative to support the principles in the area of human rights, working conditions, the environment and anti-corruption.

Arbour Shipping is committed to support the United Nations Global Compact by adhering to the following principles:

  • Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights within their sphere of influence
  • Make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses
  • Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the rights to collective bargaining
  • The elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour
  • The effective abolition of child labour
  • Eliminate discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
  • Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges
  • Undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility
  • Encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies
  • Business should work against all forms of corruption, including extortion and bribery

For further information on our ethical compliance or any other polices please contact us.

The Management of Arbour Shipping recognises the need to have in place an active policy that both protects the environment and promotes good working practices. A Policy that is designed to minimise the effects of pollution, reduce our carbon footprint and promote recycling efforts.

Arbour shipping actively intends to comply with all legislation and official codes of practice, in line with advice from the Environment Agency and local authorities whose mission statement encourages all commercial businesses to consider their environmental impact.

This is achieved by suitably training all staff and taking reasonable and practical steps to minimise the production of waste, noise, dust, smoke and any other known pollutants generated by the operation of this site.

Particular, attention will be directed to all staff with regards to:

  • Segregation of all types of waste to ensure maximum benefit for recycling
  • Minimising resource consumption
  • Monitoring utilities usage and measuring meter readings
  • Use of energy saving lighting
  • Reviewing all sub-contractors and customers

Special care and attention will be given to ensure that:

All company vehicles in our operation are regularly maintained and serviced to keep emissions of fumes and noise to an acceptable level in line with legislation.

All recyclable materials are segregated from other wastes, e.g., plastic cups, wooden pallets, office paper, archive files, toner cartridges, cardboard etc. Other wastes are also segregated to ensure any recyclable elements can be removed to minimise waste to land fill, e.g., computer monitors and accessories plus any Electrical Wastes (WEEE Products).

To keep to the minimum or avoid completely, using environmentally hazardous substances in the cleaning and maintenance of this office.

Efficient use of energy, reducing resource consumption, e.g., water, electricity and gas by reporting leakages to maintenance staff, switching off lights in rooms not in use, turning off computer monitors when not in use, reducing thermostat controls, efficient use of air con units, reduce/re-use of paper or re-use of office consumables.

All staff and those having defined involvement with the operation of any environmental protection measures or controls will be informed of their responsibilities in the relevant Company procedures. Temporary and visiting staff, suppliers and contractors will be made aware of the Management’s policy.

Environmental Protection philosophy by means of prominent display of this notice, and where appropriate a one-to-one introduction to this site’s policy to ensure compliance.

We monitor and review this policy on a regular basis or further legislation is introduced which indicates the necessity. We also maintain for the provision of adequate resources to ensure its application.

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