Shipping Guides Ltd was founded by Colin Pielow, a man who, having been a seafarer himself, saw a need within the shipping industry for a single source of port, harbour and terminal information, and who had the courage to make his idea a reality with the publication of the first edition of Guide to Port Entry in 1971.
Detailed research, determination and the development of communications between Colin and the maritime community lead to the success of his unique idea, as the maritime industry recognised the value that port data would add to their day-to-day operations. Today, it is exactly these elements which continue to be the foundation of excellence upon which Shipping Guides Ltd operates and as a result, we continue to supply the latest port information gathered from port authorities, agents and operators.
The content of the first edition of Guide to Port Entry in 1971 ran to less than 600 pages within a single volume. Today, despite using a smaller font, we find it difficult to include all our available information within 6,000 pages of a four volume set!
Colin, the original author of the Guide, was an innovator and a man of vision, but even he could not have known just how successful Guide to Port Entry was destined to become, together with the additional publications that would appear in subsequent years.
The development of our other products
Tanker Port Information
In 1972, recognition of the tanker industry's specific requirements lead to the production of a specialist publication, Guide to Tanker Ports. What started as a single binder of information for wet cargo terminals and facilities provided on loose-leaf paper, grew to no less than 10 binders over the product's 40 year life cycle. In 2014, Guide to Tanker Ports was replaced with the digital product FindaportCD:Tanker, which provides tanker port information to our subscribers on a quarterly basis.
Maps and Atlas
During the early years of the company's history, with sales steadily increasing, it was a large order from a Russian shipping line that really put Shipping Guides Ltd on its feet. This was all the encouragement Colin needed to launch the next publication in the company's portfolio in 1984: The Ships Atlas. In no time this also became renowned as one of the world's leading maritime atlases, an indispensable reference tool for many in the industry.
The 90's welcomed The Shipping World's Map (1990) and owing to the success of our world themed maps included within The Ships Atlas, Shipping Guides Ltd was encouraged to also make them available to purchase individually, now known as our Feature Maps.
Whilst Guide to Port Entry remains the industry's preferred port information resource, technological developments have made it possible to provide our data in a more user-friendly and efficient format than on paper. The Guide on CD (replaced by FindaportCD in 2010), was released in 1997 and the new millennium saw the development of our online port information resource, Findaport.com.
With our growing customer base and an ever-increasing portfolio of publications we are, and will remain, as committed as ever to providing the most comprehensive and accurate port, harbour and terminal data to everyone in the maritime industry.