BMT Group Ltd (BMT) has announced that marine surveying companies BMT De Beer and BMT Techmar became BMT Surveys on May 1, 2013. This will help provide clarity and a more uniformed approach, whilst paving the way for future expansion both in Europe and further afield.

Phil Thompson, Transport Sector Director at BMT Group explains: “BMT De Beer and BMT Techmar have combined experience of over 110 years working in the marine surveying market. The company names will disappear, but the breadth and depth of our offering will be available to our customers through a more coherent network. We continue to be one of very few marine surveying companies that deals with both H&M and P&I and we are fully committed to investing in the future of marine surveying.”

This name change will see BMT Techmar become BMT Surveys (Antwerp) with BMT De Beer becoming BMT Surveys (Rotterdam) supported by additional offices in the Netherlands and Indonesia. As well as this restructuring, BMT Surveys has launched a dedicated Risk & Quality division to reflect an industry demand for loss prevention, audits and risk management. BMT Surveys (Risk & Quality) B.V. will operate as a separate business unit based in Rotterdam.

Jeroen de Haas, Managing Director of BMT Surveys (Rotterdam) comments: “The rich heritage of a business that has been in existence since 1925 will remain engrained in everything we do, and the business culture and customer service focus that we have developed will transcend a change of title. Allied with our independence and access to significant global resource which is available through the wider BMT group, BMT Surveys is in a very strong position and will continue to service its customers with the best possible industry knowledge and expertise.”

To further strengthen BMT’s market position in blue water surveys, BMT Group Ltd, the leading international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, announced the acquisition of marine survey and consulting engineers, Verweij & Hoebee. A co-founder of the Association of Marine Surveyors and Consulting Engineers, Verweij & Hoebee was established in 1913 in the Netherlands and has built a strong reputation as a leading provider of both blue water (coastal) and brown water (inland) Hull & Machinery (H&M) surveys in Europe.

Bruce Verweij, Managing Director, comments: “This acquisition actually gives us the best of both worlds. As a part of the BMT group we can fall back on the many facilities within the group, share our knowledge with them (both technical knowledge and that of the markets) and make use of BMT’s international network to reach new customers. At the same time, we can remain a smaller specialist company serving a niche market in Europe. The long-term relationship we enjoy with many of our customers is based on trust and personal contact. We can now offer these customers a wider service, whilst retaining the identity and personal service for which the company is renowned. As no family successor is available, the invitation to join the BMT group has allowed the continuity of our "family company" (which will become 100 years old in July 2013) within a larger family.” With a team of 14, Verweij & Hoebee has offices in both Amsterdam and Rotterdam and has been in the ownership of the same family since its formation.

BMT Group is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors.