Tuesday, September 17, 2013

New London Office for Consultants Offering Expertise on Ports, Logistics, Vessel Surveys and P&I

BMT Take Up a Picturesque Position in the Heart of the City
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UK – The BMT group, an operation which is many things to many people, has gathered together elements from some of its subsidiary companies and opened a new office in the heart of London in one of the city’s oldest docks. The group consists of several individual companies serving customers principally as consultants in a range of fields including marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and the port and logistics sectors, with the group’s assets held in beneficial ownership for its staff.

The new complex, close to St Katherine’s Dock and the City of London will house elements of subsidiary companies, BMT Hi-Q Sigma, BMT Surveys, and BMT WBM under one roof. BMT says that both new and existing clients will benefit further from the collective skills and wealth of knowledge available within the BMT group of companies.

Whilst other subjects covered by the group’s activities include consulting on company structure, engineering, environment and defence contracts BMT has its heritage rooted in the nautical realm. Formed in 1985 from the merger of the UK's British Ship Research Association and National Maritime Institute, BMT’s marine surveying pedigree has its heritage in the Benelux with the original purchase of established technical outfit P. De Beer in 2001 and the subsequent acquisitions of Techmar and this year Verweij & Hoebee. Peter French, Chief Executive of BMT Group commented:

“Our new central London location brings the subsidiary companies into close proximity with clients and partners in government, the London insurance market and other professional services firms based in the City. BMT Surveys will offer enhanced, world-wide support to London based clients focussing on P & I, hull and machinery, cargo insurance and maritime law through its global survey network based in more than 250 ports worldwide.”

Photo: An Executive celebration outside the new office with (L to R) – Simon Gould, Managing Director BMT Hi-Q Sigma; Jeroen de Haas, Managing Director of BMT Surveys (Rotterdam); Peter French Chief Executive, BMT Group; Dr Matthew Roberts, Operations Manager, BMT WBM (UK); David Bright, Sector Director (Defence) BMT Group; Ian Davies, Non-Executive Director BMT Group.