Posted: 14 July 2023

WestBridge backed APEM Group completes fifth acquisition in two years

WestBridge backed APEM Group completes fifth acquisition in two years

APEM Group has today announced the acquisition of NASH Maritime, a specialist shipping, navigation and maritime risk consultancy. This is APEM’s fifth acquisition in the last two years and bolsters the company’s offering to the global offshore wind and maritime infrastructure sectors.

NASH Maritime will be able to offer its customers enhanced technical shipping and navigation capabilities by drawing on the significant resource of the wider APEM Group and will continue to develop its suite of technology and software solutions to be deployed across the global renewables and maritime sectors.

APEM Group CEO Leah McGimpsey commented:

“I am delighted to welcome NASH Maritime to the APEM Group. NASH Maritime will be a significant addition to the Group, bringing maritime expertise, cutting-edge technology solutions and a global footprint, while broadening the markets and clients we serve. This latest acquisition delivers on our stated strategy of organic growth, international expansion and strategic acquisitions. By bringing NASH Maritime and the APEM Group together, we are continuing to deliver on our mission to provide ecological and technological solutions to decision makers around the globe, partnering with them to achieve environmental and social outcomes that matter.”

With synergies for clients across the renewables and maritime sectors, the combination of the APEM Group and NASH Maritime will provide new avenues to deliver APEM’s ambitious growth strategy.

Alistair Davison, managing director of APEM’s Marine and Consents division, added:

“The offshore wind and maritime infrastructure sectors are a key driver of future growth for APEM Group. As these sectors develop at a rapid pace, the acquisition of NASH Maritime deepens our capabilities across the globe and positions us to capitalise on that growth.

“NASH’s shipping, navigation and maritime risk services are key to the offshore wind market and will drive synergies with our existing data collection and analysis services to the offshore wind and marine development sector. I have been impressed with the calibre and experience of the people behind NASH Maritime and I am looking forward to the innovative technology solutions and services we can offer to our combined clients, helping them minimise the risks to their business and driving profitability. With a commitment to scientific advancement complemented by advanced data collection and modelling capabilities, NASH Maritime’s passion for leading the industry forward matches our own culture at APEM and I see a bright future for us together.”

Jamie Holmes, director and co-founder of NASH Maritime, said:

“We‘ve known and worked alongside APEM Group on some significant projects over the years in offshore renewables and have always been impressed with their reputation for delivering deep scientific rigour in consultancy and technology solutions.  NASH Maritime was founded in recognition of the complexity of managing shipping, navigation and maritime risk with maritime infrastructure and, in particular, the challenges around co-existence with the renewables industry. APEM’s backing enables us to take the business to the next level, expand our services globally and further invest in the development of our innovative technology software and product solutions. With shared values and origins as a strategic and specialist technical consultancy, I’m confident our team will thrive within the APEM family and am incredibly excited about this next phase in the NASH journey!”

The continued investment in strategic acquisitions is validation of the growth strategy being purued by APEM since a management buy-out backed by private equity firm WestBridge.

Peter Barkley, partner at WestBridge, said:

“We are delighted to continue our support for APEM’s strategic acquisition programme, and excited by the future growth potential that the addition of a high-quality operator such as NASH Maritime brings to the group.  Alongside our continued organic growth, acquisitions remain core to our strategy. We will continue to seek to add quality focussed, culturally aligned businesses that bring complementary services to customers of the APEM Group, having completed two such acquisitions already this year.”

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