’[We] look forward to working closely together to provide the best marine insurance solutions,’ says head of marine practice

Howden-owned business Aston Lark has acquired Plymouth-based insurance broker Curtis Marine, a statement released today (29 August 2023) revealed.

Curtis Marine provides marine insurance solutions to the south west region and organises cover for a range of vessels and marine-focused businesses.

The acquisition will see the firm join Howden’s marine practice, trading under the Haven Knox-Johnston brand.

Haven Knox-Johnston is a trading name of Aston Lark and provides marine insurance products across the UK.

Speaking about the deal, Steve Hook, head of marine practice at Aston Lark, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the entire Curtis Marine team to the Howden Marine Practice.

“[We] look forward to working closely together to provide the best marine insurance solutions to the marine industry and boatowners in Plymouth and the local area.”

‘New chapter’

Aston Lark added that having a local team in Plymouth would develop Haven Knox-Johnston’s national presence.

“Our aim is to create the UK’s most client-focused marine insurance proposition and deliver a wide choice of products, combined with expert advice and excellent value for money to our clients,” Hook said.

“Acquisitions like Curtis Marine are key to helping us achieve this objective.”

Aidan Mepsted, director at Curtis Marine, added that the deal represented a ”new and exciting chapter”.

“Our business success has been made possible due to the hard work of our excellent staff and support from our loyal customers and insurance partners,” he said.

“We look forward to joining the Howden Marine Practice and developing the business as it continues to expand in the marine insurance sector.”