Bibby Line Ltd MD receives prestigious maritime award

Bibby Line Group // 21st October 2021

Huge congratulations to Jebb Kitchen, Managing Director of Bibby Line Limited, who was announced as a winner of the 2021 Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, awarded to individuals annually on Merchant Navy Day (3rd September) for outstanding service and contribution to the maritime sector.

Jebb said “It’s an honour to be nominated for such a prestigious award. I’ve been privileged to work alongside so many amazing colleagues over the last 46 years, and want to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career.”

Jebb began his career with Bibby Line Limited as a seafarer at the age of 17 in 1975 as an apprentice deck cadet on board the MV Warwickshire, qualifying as a master mariner in 1986.

After 13 years at sea with the merchant navy, he moved ashore in 1988 and continued his career in the marine industry occupying various roles, working his way up to the role of Managing Director of Bibby Line Limited, which was the deep-sea ship owning arm of the Group until the subsidiary began winding down in 2018.

Jonathan Lewis, Bibby Line Group Managing Director said “Jebb is an outstanding ambassador and an extremely critical part of Bibby Line Group’s shipping sector history. He is an absolute professional, exemplary leader, collaborative colleague, excellent role model and an extremely valued colleague who effortlessly lives the company values.”

Sir Michael Bibby, Bibby Line Group Chairman said “At all times Jebb has exuded the values we would all hope to hold of honesty, diligence, loyalty and commitment and significantly enhanced our (and British Shipping’s) reputation in the marketplace as being professional, knowledgeable, honest, open and fair. He embodies what being part of Bibby Line Group is all about.”

The presentation will take place in Trinity House on Tuesday 7th December.


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