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Marcura Group acquires software and data companies

(l-r) Christian Haunso, Marcura Group; Simon Francis, G-Ports & Falmor; Jens Lorens Poulsen, Marcura Group (l-r) Christian Haunso, Marcura Group; Simon Francis, G-Ports & Falmor; Jens Lorens Poulsen, Marcura Group

The Dubai-based Marcura Group has announced the acquisition of the UK-based companies G-Ports (UK) Ltd and Falmor Ltd, with the aim of expanding its digital services for chartering customers.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}G-Ports specialises in port, congestion and commodity tracking data, while Falmor offers a Cloud platform for laytime/demurrage management and collaboration.

Simon Francis, the founder and CEO of the two acquired companies, will now become group director for business development of Marcura’s Digital Chartering Services department following the deal.

The acquisitions are intended to support Marcura’s ability to provide relevant software and data-driven systems to its chartering customers, and will link with the company’s recently released online fixture collaboration tool, MarDocs DRY.

“Marcura’s acquisition of G-Ports and Falmor fits our strategy perfectly. By working with our customers and other partners, Marcura raises industry standards,” said Jens Lorens Poulsen, co-founder and group CEO of Marcura.

“We are not just about improving processes but also providing information that is very relevant to the respective digital journey of industry participants. We view our role as that of a large-scale utility service provider, keeping our customers’ voyage management systems updated in a reliable manner.”

“This has required us to build a compelling Maritime Master Data Environment and a Maritime Benchmarking Database, which, when combined with external data sources, allows us to generate high-quality decision support data for universal use by our customers in chartering and operations. This latest acquisition greatly enhances the value-add that we can provide the shipping industry.”{/mprestriction}

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