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Marcura Group to acquire ShipServ

Photo: Shipserv/Marcura (left to right) Henrik Hyldahn, CEO ShipServ and Jens Lorens Poulsen, CEO Marcura.png
(left to right) Henrik Hyldahn, CEO ShipServ and Jens Lorens Poulsen, CEO Marcura.
Shipping service company, Marcura Group, is to acquire maritime online procurement firm, ShipServ, to create what it describes as a ‘vertical software, data, payments and procurement platform focused on the maritime sector’.

Together, the joint entity will have a workforce of more than 970, a customer base of 800 maritime customers, and a network of 47,000 maritime suppliers around the world.

Marcura Group CEO, Jens Poulsen, commented: “Both organisations share a foundation based on industry expertise and unwavering customer satisfaction which will drive our joint product evolution, enhancing value across our customer base. Marcura and ShipServ are a complementary fit that will combine broad product offerings and market presence with an established platform.”

Poulsen said that his company’s various services, including port spend management, compliance, port optimisation intelligence, and supplier, agent, and crew payments has resulted in strong relationships with various departments within shipowner and operating companies.

“The integration with ShipServ, which serves customers in similar companies but in different departments, will yield synergistic benefits,” he said. “Moreover, ShipServ will leverage Marcura's profound expertise in KYC (Know Your Customer) and compliance across its solutions, significantly enhancing customer experiences.  Likewise, Marcura’s customers will benefit from the highly specialised procurement, logistics monitoring and relevant pricing data points integrating into our existing platforms.”

ShipServ CEO, Henrik Hyldahn, noted the advantages of becoming part of a larger group of renowned brands. “Joining forces with Marcura will allow us to further accelerate network adoption and reinforce our positioning with the joint company’s wider platform.

“Our integration with Marcura will enable our team to increase the long-term strategic value and product differentiation of ShipServ’s e-procurement offerings. By incorporating additional features such as payments, proprietary compliance data and settlement workflow, we can offer solutions to the industry’s growing need for digitalisation, efficiency and compliance,” he added.