M2M Management was originally established in 2006 to manage institutional assets in the complex and highly volatile dry-bulk shipping markets. The business grew to become one of the largest privately owned freight-trading groups in the world, offering its clients unique risk-management systems and a vast experience of managing third-party assets in the maritime industry.

It was the first pure dry-bulk shipping hedge fund to attract investments from major blue-chip pension funds, university endowments, family offices and private equity. At its peak, M2M Management managed $650 million of investments, with investors enjoying a market-leading 85% capital appreciation, and an equally impressive Sharpe ratio of 1.5 (a risk-adjusted performance indicator). The business was a market leader, with a proven track record of adding real value to asset management, typically operating between 60-80 bulkers in the Panamax to Cape sectors. What makes M2M unique is the unparalleled sophistication of the tools it uses to manage its investments.

M2M Panamax Limited (Malta) operates a fleet of modern economical bulk carriers servicing the needs of industrial clients globally, whilst M2M Shipping, London provides management and consultancy services throughout the whole logistics chain.

Why M2M ?

In the complex and challenging environment of deep sea freight transport and logistics, M2M is able to provide different levels of support to Traders, Merchants and ship-owners alike. With a vast experience of managing institutional capital in the challenging arena of one of the most volatile markets in the world, we bring stability to a portfolio through proprietary risk management and portfolio measuring instruments, through to back-office development and commercial strategies. Our expertise creates a bridge between the deep-sea side of transportation, through to inland ‘door-to-door’ approaches to logistics.


Stuart Rae
Managing Director of M2M Shipping Ltd.

Stuart pioneered freight derivatives trading in 1992, and in 1994 established one of the world’s first pure freight trading businesses, in partnership with a prominent Greek shipping name. Stuart has been involved in the sale and purchase market since 1995 as both a principal and a broker, with experience in negotiating time charters with purchase options, outright purchases, and sale and leaseback transactions. Stuart co-founded M2M in 2006.

Steve Rodley
Managing Director of M2M Shipping Ltd.

Steve began his shipping career as a tanker broker in London and joined Mitsubishi Corporation as Chartering Manager in 1994. Steve joined BHP Billiton in 1999 and served as Manager of the Global Head of the Panamax Freight Division. During this time, Steve oversaw the creation of market leading freight trading and risk management systems within BHP. He was also part of the management team during the sale of BHP’s owned fleet. Steve co-founded M2M in 2006.