Clarkson Plc provides integrated shipping services. It operates through the following segments: Broking, Financial, Support, and Research. The Broking segment refers to services provided to ship-owners and charterers in the transportation by sea of a wide range of cargoes as well as services provided to buyers and sellers and yards relating to sale and purchase transactions and also provides futures broking operation which arranges principal-to-principal cash-settled contracts for differences based upon standardised freight contracts. The Financial segment renders services in investment banking, specialising in the maritime, oil services, and natural resources sectors. The Support segment covers port and agency services representing ship agency services provided throughout the UK and property services regarding the provision of accommodation. The Research segment encompasses the provision of shipping-related information and publications. The company was founded by Horace Anderton Clarkson in 1852 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.