Souter Investments
is one of the UK’s leading family investment offices specialising in private equity



Vintage: July 2021

Sector: Industrials

Location: HQ Rotterdam with global operations

Type: MBO

Souter Role: Co-investor

Souter Director: No

Status: Current

VPS is the world’s leading marine fuel testing and advisory services company, which assists the global shipping fleet verify fuel and oil quality to meet environmental regulations.

The global marine fuel supply chain is complex, and international regulations are becoming more restrictive on emissions and fuels. Shipping companies are therefore increasingly focused on ensuring that the fuel they are using is within specifications and fit for purpose.

VPS delivers testing, inspection and advisory solutions that help its customers to achieve measurable improvements to fuel and lubricant management, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance. Headquartered in Rotterdam, VPS provides its services globally through five strategically located laboratories, with samples shipped and tested from anywhere in the world.

Souter co-invested alongside European mid-market private equity house Fremman Capital to complete the secondary management buy-out of VPS in 2021.