Stanfords the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories has finalized the purchase of Bookharbour from the maritime digital solutions provider OneOcean Group.

Bookharbour was the leisure division of the OneOcean Group, which is the largest global supplier of voyage solutions for the maritime industry.

OneOcean have taken great care to ensure that Bookharbour becomes part of a company that has the energy, experience and focus to continue to nurture the business. Stanfords has been a partner to them for many years and already has a strong reputation in maritime and specialist book sales. It is a perfect match.

Bookharbour sell an extensive range of nautical charts, nautical books, both paper charts and digital charts, navigation instruments and marine software. They also offer products for marine based courses such as the Royal Yachting Association range of boating courses. They cater for first time boat buyers and owners of boats of all types and sizes and those who enjoy all types of other water sports.

Vivien Godfrey, Chairwoman and CEO of Stanfords, said: “We have been impressed with the quality of the Bookharbour brand and feel that it will be an important addition to our offering. Stanfords has specialized in serving leisure mariners since 1853 and high quality nautical publications are very much in demand by leisure mariners and hobbyists, so we are excited at the potential that Bookharbour brings to our business.”

“We are focused on continuing to build our leading position in the commercial maritime industry as a software solutions provider. The sale of our Leisure business will simplify our operations, allowing us to focus on our core business, which is the fantastic breadth and depth of our commercial offering,” commented Martin Taylor, CEO of OneOcean Group.

In the United Kingdom, Bookharbour operates an eCommerce site and wholesale distribution of marine leisure products. In spring 2022 Bookharbour will move to offices and a warehouse at Shamrock Quay in Southampton. A small shop will open to allow customers to place click and collect orders on the website and browse a selection of products.

In the Netherlands, Bookharbour operates an eCommerce site and wholesale distribution of marine leisure products.

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About Stanfords

Stanfords is the UK’s leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford. Their flagship store in Covent Garden, London, can justly claim to offer the world’s largest stock of maps and travel books under one roof. It has been an essential first port of call for adventure and armchair travelers alike for 161 years. Their rollcall of customers past and present includes such famous names as Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Scott of the Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, and even Sherlock Holmes.

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About OneOcean

OneOcean is the largest single digital solutions company in the maritime industry and the global leader in digital navigation and voyage compliance. The business supports over 15,000 vessels in their regulatory and navigational activities, making life easier for ship owners and managers, both onboard and onshore. They strive to improve safety and efficiency and reduce environmental impact by removing traditional operating barriers through innovative software and data transparency. The powerful OneOcean platform is built for the future, giving ship and shoreside teams the real-time information they need when they need it.

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