McAusland Turner to acquire shipping firm as expansion continues

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Mar 2019

Historic Hull marine firm McAusland Turner has announced the acquisition of Sussex-based Robmarine Shipping.

McAusland Turner, which has been in Hull since 1888, said the merger would help Robmarine Shipping continue with its growth.

The Hull business, based in Victoria Dock, also revealed early plans to expand to a new office in London.

Albert Weatherill, managing director at McAusland Turner, said: “This acquisition fits perfectly with our expansion programme and further enhances the McAusland’s brand.

“We see this as a great asset which also fits with our plans to further expand into a dedicated office in the City of London.

“I will be making a further announcement regarding that in due course.”

McAusland Turner won Small Business of the Year at the 2018 Humber Renewables Awards (Richard Addison)

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.

The deal to acquire Robmarine Shipping is expected to be completed on April 1.

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When the merger is concluded, Robmarine Shipping will continue to trade under its own name, but will become part of the McAusland & Turner Group.

Michael Robertson, managing director at Robmarine, said “McAusland exceeded our hopes for a firm we can combine with and continue the tradition we have for excellent service, deep expertise, and an environment our clients and associates want to be a part of.

“We will be able to provide our clients with many new services and areas of expertise in the future and we look forward to discussing those in more depth with them.”

Robmarine began its professional practice in the early 1990s.

Its growth over the past 25 years has been largely internal, and has stemmed from the referrals of its existing client base.

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Robmarine decided to seek a merger with another firm in a bid to offer a wider array of services and continue to expand.

It is hoped joining established industry name McAusland Turner will provide it with new opportunities to grow.

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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