Charles Taylor Expands Marine Capabilities with V+B Group Acquisition

The acquisition will enable Charles Taylor to expand its Marine Technical Services’ surveying capabilities and bolster its on-the-ground presence in Europe.

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Charles Taylor (London), a provider of claims and technology solutions to the global insurance industry, announced that it has acquired V+B Group, a maritime assurance and surveying company consisting of three businesses: Verschoor & Bras BV, Marinco Survey BV and Marintec Expertise BV. Charles Taylor reports that the three businesses will continue to trade under their existing names under the aegis of Charles Taylor Marine Technical Services.

Oliver Hutchings, Managing Director, Marine, Charles Taylor.

Headquartered in Rotterdam, V+B Group provides end-to-end survey solutions to the European maritime market ranging from claims investigations to assessments and inspections, with a particular focus on the Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp area and the Northern Netherlands region. The Acquisition will enable Charles Taylor to expand its Marine Technical Services’ surveying capabilities and bolster its on-the-ground presence in Europe, according to a statement from the company.

“The acquisition of V+B Group brings more than a century’s worth of marine expertise and relationships into the Charles Taylor family,” comments Oliver Hutchings, Managing Director, Marine, Charles Taylor. “Its management team, led by Roelof Boerma and Frits Vlugter, have driven V+B’s Group’s success to date and with our support, will be perfectly placed to continue on this trajectory. We look forward to welcoming them into our global team and building on their impressive momentum.”

Substantial Opportunities for Growth

Roelof Boerma, Director and Partner, V+B Group.

“We have grown V+B Group to become a key player in the maritime survey space, building a reputation in the industry thanks to our comprehensive offering and best-in-class service,” comments Boerma, who is Director and Partner of V+B Group. “We still have substantial opportunities for growth moving forward and being part of Charles Taylor will enable us to capitalize on these, with increased firepower thanks to its international network and broad line of expertise.”

“We have a history of growing through acquisitions, previously combining three firms to make V+B Group the company it is today, and now this acquisition marks a significant chapter in our journey as we ourselves become part of a truly global brand,” says Frits Vlugter, Director and Partner, V+B Group. Charles Taylor Marine Technical Services is a renowned and rapidly growing name in the industry, and we’re excited to become a part of the team.”

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at or (503) 936-2803.

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