About Us:


DSB Offshore was founded by David Durnford-Slater in 1981. Shipping is in David’s blood.

Early in his career he worked for a large UK ship-owner both in London and overseas, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Columbo and Aden. Roland Durnford-Slater joined his father in the business in 2000 and became the Managing Director and owner of DSB Offshore in January 2016. DSB began broking the sale and purchase of offshore drilling rigs and associated support tonnage connected to the oil and gas industry.

We soon diversified into offshore wind, towage, heavy lift transport, and marine construction vessels. Over the years DSB has built a network of strong relationships with vessel owners, construction companies and brokers worldwide. We have also worked extensively with construction companies/JVs on major construction projects, from the early stages of tendering through clarifications, to tender award and beyond. In addition to sourcing vessels, we have often then been called on to dispose of marine equipment after completion of the projects.

As specialists in barges, workboats, jack-ups and tugs, DSB is often called on to do valuations for insurance companies, banks, surveyors and owners . Through our immersion in the market and our extensive network of contacts, we have a thorough, up to date knowledge of vessel values.

DSB employs a dynamic team of  shipbrokers, each having specialist  regions, languages and vessel knowledge. This enables us  to facilitate S&P and charters in almost any part of the world.



    DSB Offshore Ltd is a plucky family brokerage, punching above our weight, playing an essential role, in big marine projects of international significance.



  • We are ethical and honest. “Our word is our bond”.
  • We relate to others with respect and consideration.
  • We have a Growth Mindset. This means that we have a passionate, can-do approach to our work.


These underpin our business, guide our everyday work and inform our future decisions. We are prepared to uphold these values at all costs and to be challenged when we contravene them.