HR Maritime is a Geneva based company providing services to the International Trading and Shipping industry.

With a client base both within Switzerland and around the globe we offer guidance and implement tailored solutions to the range of problems besetting a company involved in the trading and shipping of commodities.

We work with Commodity Traders, Importers and Exporters, Ship Owners and Managers, P&I Clubs, Insurance Underwriters, Trade Financiers, Lawyers and a number of associated service providers.




Richard Watts
Founder & Managing Director 

Richard has extensive experience in all areas of shipping, trading, insurance, finance and legal matters. Richard started his career working for the leading independent Rice Trading company in 2000 by working in various departments including contract execution; legal, insurance and shipping (time charter and voyage).

Richard then moved to Addax & Oryx Group’s Rice Trading Company, Ascot Commodities NV, where he managed all shipping operations for the carriage of approximately 1 million tons of rice per year. During this time, Richard was managing all aspects of shipping including the numerous demurrage claims generated by the majority of operations being in West Africa. Richard was also managing all insurance and legal files.

In 2008 Richard created HR Maritime, based in Geneva with the aim of providing services to the trading and shipping community. At the same time, Richard became a member of ICS (The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers).

HR Maritime has quickly expanded its activities and continues to grow. HR Maritime’s full range of services can be found here