Charente Ltd, which was established in 1871 as a ship owning company, is today the parent company of several major marine service and supply companies.
Although the Group’s primary shipping interests were disposed of in 2000 the Group still has a 25% ownership interest in a gas carrier the “Elbegas”.
DPM (U.K.) DPM (U.K.) was acquired in 1985 and today is one of the world’s leading suppliers of charts and nautical publications.
DPM (Singapore) DPM (Singapore) is a joint venture company which was established in 1990 and is now a major supplier of charts and nautical publications in the Far East.
Lilley & Gillie John Lilley and Gillie is a long established nautical chart supplier and navigational equipment manufacturer and became part of the Charente Group in 1999. In 2002 Walkers instruments, (incorporating Chernikeef), was acquired and incorporated into Lilley and Gillie.
P C Maritime In 2004 a 50% interest in P C Maritime, a Plymouth based marine software company, was acquired through Lilley & Gillie thus giving the Group access to electronic navigation technology.