Historic Hull firm McAusland Turner bought by Dutch insurance giant

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Apr 2019

Century-old Hull marine firm McAusland Turner has been acquired by European giant Van Ameyde.

The firm, based in Victoria Dock, confirmed the deal had been completed, as the Dutch-headquartered claims management company looks to expand its UK presence.

McAusland Turner, which has been in Hull since 1888, said the takeover would have no impact on any of its staff or management.

Albert Weatherill, managing director, said: “The company and its clients will benefit from Van Ameyde’s extensive marine surveying network.

“Thanks to our mutual vision of providing high-quality services to the marine insurance market, we uphold employment and growth.”

McAusland Turner will provide Van Ameyde with a meaningful presence throughout the UK, and complement its existing loss adjusting business of Woodgate and Clark.

The company will continue to operate from its existing offices in Hull, Grimsby, Newcastle, Bristol, Burgess Hill and Ipswich.

A London city office is also expected to open in the near future.

The deal comes just weeks after McAusland Turner announced it had bought Sussex-based Robmarine Shipping.

McAusland Turner offers a range of services to support the region’s marine industry.

It works in sectors including cargo, offshore wind, loss prevention and auditing.

Bob de Bruijn, board member at Van Ameyde, said of the deal: “The acquisition is part of Van Ameyde’s strategy to expand its loss-adjusting and surveying network.

“With the UK being the largest marine insurance market, expansion of our marine surveying network to the UK is vital.

“In McAusland Turner, we have found the perfect match in terms of quality and identity.”

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McAusland Turner will benefit from Van Ameyde’s access to the marine surveying markets across Europe.

The network currently covers the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Baltic States, the Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

In addition, Van Ameyde will support sustainable growth and provide IT support to McAusland Turner.

The deal continues McAusland Turner’s own growth in recent months.

The business recently announced it had opened a new office in Newcastle, to better service its growing list of clients.

It also earlier this month opened a new office in Grimsby.

The business also has a base in the Ergo Centre in Hessle, as it taps into the Humber’s offshore wind and renewables market.

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