Van Oord strengthens UK position

Van Oord has  acquired the UK specialist marine civil contractor J.T. Mackley & Co Ltd (Mackley), in a move which strengthens Van Oord’s leading position in the UK flood defence and coastal construction market.

Mackley will continue operating under its own name and will continue to be run by the existing management and staff. The company provides all round engineering, construction, maintenance and project delivery services in the United Kingdom. It serves water, coastal and marine and commercial and industrial industries.

Van Oord and Mackley have been working together in Team Van Oord for more than a decade.

Paul Verheul, COO of Van Oord, said: “Mackley is a strong brand and their wide variety of marine expertise and dedicated staff is a perfect match for Van Oord.

“We know each other well through our long standing partnership in Team Van Oord, where Mackley plays a crucial part in our joint work for the Environment Agency.

“We are both family-owned companies and our cultures and values are fully aligned. With Mackley on board we will be able to significantly strengthen our innovative offering to the UK’s growing need for flood defence solutions.”

Maurits den Broeder, managing director Van Oord UK, said: “Mackley holds the well-earned trust and respect from  a broad range of clients and they generally work for the same clients as Van Oord.

“It is gratifying to see that our long standing partnership has evolved into this acquisition. With our shared values and like-minded staff I have no doubt that this will strengthen our leading position in the UK flood defence and coastal construction market.”

Tony Camilleri, managing director Mackley, said: ‘We are delighted with this acquisition. The Mackley family have held majority shareholding for the past 87 years, and this handover of shares to Van Oord will ensure that our brand and family oriented culture will be carried into the future.

“We are clearly operating in a market that offers significant potential, and with the backing of Van Oord, Mackley will now embark on a solid growth strategy.”

16 June 2014