Maritime Publishing of San Diego, CA announced today that it has acquired Professional Mariner and Ocean Navigator magazines from Portland, Maine based Navigator Publishing.
According to Dave Abrams, CEO of Training Resources Limited, the parent company of Maritime Publishing, “We are in the business of providing mariners with knowledge through education. Professional Mariner and Ocean Navigator have been providing knowledge through current industry news and original editorial content for decades, so they are a natural extension of our existing business. The titles give us the ability to provide mariners with advocacy, news and information about the industries and adventures we train them for.
Alex Agnew, President of Navigator Publishing added “I am very excited to be passing the torch to Dave and his team at Maritime Publishing. I believe they will elevate the already outstanding content that we have been known for and provide resources to expand our efforts in both print and digital media. We could not think of a better successor to carry on our legacy.”
“This is the kind of strategic deal that we see as the future of special interest and B to B publishing,” said Ed Fitzelle, Managing Director of Luntz, Suleiman & Assoc. Inc., a publishing industry M&A veteran.
All Navigator employees, including Agnew, will continue with the magazines and will work with Maritime Publishing’s other magazines, Pacific Maritime Magazine and Fisherman’s News.
About Maritime Publishing
Maritime Publishing is a publisher of trade and technical publications for the Marine Industry. Formed in 2020, Maritime Publishing is a division of Training Resources Limited, Inc., the largest privately held provider of maritime training in the Western United States. Maritime Publishing also owns Pacific Maritime Magazine and Fishermen’s News. For more information, please visit www.maritimepublishing.com and www.TRLMI.com or contact Dave Abrams, CEO at 619-263-1638.
About Professional Mariner
Since 1991, Professional Mariner and its annuals American Tugboat Review and American Ship Review have been focused on the needs of USCG-licensed professional mariners. These mariners work on board vessels, ashore running small and large maritime companies and often go back and forth between office and vessel. Known for its careful and consistent coverage of lessons learned from maritime casualties, Professional Mariner is a news magazine with associated websites and newsletters.
About Ocean Navigator
Since 1985, Ocean Navigator and its annual Ocean Voyager, have been focused on seamanship for self-reliant recreational mariners serious about spending time at sea. Initially focused on owners of voyaging sailboats, Ocean Navigator began serving the needs of owners of ocean-going displacement powerboats often referred to as “trawlers.” In support of its mission, Ocean Navigator operated a school, the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship (ONSOS) and also operated a tall ship, Schooner Ocean Star, from 1991 until 1998. In recent years, the magazine has sponsored youth education at sea by sponsoring the non-profit Sailing Ships Maine which has sent more than 500 teenagers to sea for overnight weeklong experiential educational programs.