Case | HBS Case Collection | September 2010 (Revised December 2010)

Compass Maritime Services, LLC: Valuing Ships

by Benjamin C. Esty and Albert W. Sheen


Tom Roberts, a founding partner of Compass Maritime Services, a New Jersey-based shipping research and consulting firm, has been asked by a new potential customer in May 2008 for advice on purchasing a capesize bulk carrier. After identifying a suitable ship with his colleague Basil Karatzas, they must determine an appropriate offer price for the ship and justify their recommendations.

Keywords: Decision Choices and Conditions; Judgments; Price; Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques; Negotiation Offer; Mathematical Methods; Ship Transportation; Valuation; Consulting Industry; Shipping Industry;


Esty, Benjamin C., and Albert W. Sheen. "Compass Maritime Services, LLC: Valuing Ships." Harvard Business School Case 211-014, September 2010. (Revised December 2010.)