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By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime seeks representatives for the ‘Members Board’

At Mersey Maritime we value our members’ knowledge, opinions and contribution so we have decided to set up a Members’ Board.   The Members’ Board is an opportunity for members to help shape the future direction of Mersey Maritime, providing a structured forum for members to present ideas, discuss challenges and opportunities, and to help promote and grow the maritime sector across the Liverpool City Region.

There will be 10 spaces available on the board and it is our hope to have multi-sector representation. The chosen board will be in position for a year and will be required to attend quarterly meetings. 

The first meeting will take place on Monday 25th June, 9:30am – 11am at the Maritime Knowledge Hub.  

Those interested in applying to sit on the Board should register their interest with Suzanne Fulton, suzanne.fulton@merseymaritime.co.uk

 

By Mersey Maritime

WORK BEGINS ON LIVERPOOL’S NEW CRUISE TERMINAL

The first phase of construction of Liverpool’s new Cruise Liner Terminal has begun

An overwater jack-up platform has arrived in the River Mersey to begin site investigations on the bedrock on which much of the new facility will be built.

This jack-up platform will be working for approximately four weeks in order to establish the strength of the seabed near to the Princes Jetty.

Working around the clock, drillers, engineering geologists and support crew will be drilling a total of seven boreholes into the river bedrock, extracting and testing rock samples, to understand the geological layers – or strata – present beneath the site.

Geotechnical engineers are simultaneously drilling a further seven boreholes on land in Princes Parade to carry out ground investigations.

The results for both river and land tests will then determine the design of the piled foundations for the terminal, which will contain a suspended deck, and the associated facilities.

The investigation works are funded by Liverpool City Council, designed and supervised by AECOM Ltd. and performed by Fugro GeoServices Ltd.

The new facility, which replace the current terminal, will enable the city to welcome the world’s biggest cruise ships to its UNESCO listed World Heritage waterfront.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool is used to welcoming majestic vessels to the Mersey, like the Queen Victoria the other day, but this unusual looking jackup platform is arguably our most critical visitor this year given the importance of the work its carrying out.

“It is a symbolic moment for the next chapter in the city’s maritime future as these site investigations will determine the foundations upon which our new Cruise Terminal will be built.

“The city is working with the very best in the engineering industry to deliver this very complex project which shows our determination to create a world class experience for the cruise companies and their passengers.

“Much work is still to be done but it will be fascinating to see the terminal begin to rise out of the river later this year.

“This new cruise facility will be a huge boost to our visitor economy plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs which is why we’re putting together the best team of experts to ensure we build this facility to the very highest standards.”

Andrew Merritt, an Engineering Geologist with AECOM Ltd, supervising the investigation said: “It is a pleasure to be involved in such a prestigious and long-awaited engineering project.

“Similarly, it is a privilege to work closely with colleagues at Liverpool City Council to assist them in fulfilling their wishes to regenerate one of Liverpool’s great landmarks.”

Liverpool City Council recently appointed one of the UK’s leading building and civil engineering contractors McLaughlin & Harvey to carry out the first stage of a two stage design and build contract.

The first stage will consist of supporting the council’s appointed design team, led by Ramboll UK, to finalise the design and construction method, including completing enabling works such as the controlled dismantling of the existing derelict Princess Jetty, which has been gifted to the city by Peel Land and Property.

They will also establish the final construction costs by inviting competitive sub-contract prices for each package of works in advance of the second stage main contract award, whilst designing out construction risks. McLaughlin & Harvey will also be fully supporting the Liverpool in Work programme to provide and promote engagement with local subcontractors and suppliers, and offer local employment opportunities.

The main contract works involve the construction on a suspended deck structure and the erection of a vehicular linkspan bridge and pedestrian bridge / walkway to connect the new terminal to the existing landing stage.

It also includes improvements to the existing landing stage, including modification of existing buildings such as the lower cruise terminal reception building, relocation of the building on the northern end of the pontoon and creation of an ancillary buildings for storage and use by operational staff; improvements to Princes Parade to incorporate pedestrian crossing facilities, provision of terminal parking, pickup and drop off facilities, and supporting development.

This year Liverpool will welcome more than 57 vessels, with 100,000 passengers and crew, but the council wants to capitalise on the cruise boom by creating a state of the art passenger and baggage facility, complete with passport control, lounge, café, toilets, taxi rank and vehicle pick up point, to cater for Liverpool’s growing appeal in the cruise industry. The current terminal generates more than £7m a year to the city’s economy.

Now that the outline planning application for the new facility was approved by the council’s Planning Committee, in April, site preparation at Princes Dock, in Liverpool Waters, is expected to start in October 2018.

The council is also in the process of promoting a Harbour Revision Order through the Harbour Authority to remove the existing jetty and construct the new terminal.

Further planning applications could potentially include supplementary projects with a new 200 room hotel and 1,700+ multi-storey car park to enhance the city’s capabilities in handling the next generation of turnaround cruises, which can carry up to 3,600 passengers.

Liverpool Cruise Terminal

Since Liverpool Cruise Terminal opened in 2007, it has welcomed 355 cruise ships carrying over 700,000 international passengers and crew, generated £50m to the local economy with an additional 20m GT of shipping traffic to the River Mersey. Liverpool was named the UK’s best port of call three times in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and scooped Destination of the Year by Seatrade Global in September 2015. In 2016, Disney Cruise Line came to Britain for the first time and Liverpool was one of just two English destinations they sailed in to. A showreel has now been produced promoting the city’s cruise offer. It can be viewed online at www.cruise-liverpool.com

The new cruise liner terminal project is promoted by Liverpool City Council with the support of the land donated by Peel Holding (Land and Property) Ltd and the Harbour Authority, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company Ltd, to assist with obtaining the necessary Marine Works Licences and the Harbour Revision Order needed to construct the new Cruise Terminal in the river Mersey.

Regeneration in Liverpool

Liverpool is enjoying an era of unprecedented growth. In 2019 the city is on schedule to welcome more than £1bn investment in regeneration schemes for a record breaking 5th successive year. Liverpool City Council’s Regeneration Department is currently managing £14bn of projects that are either on site or in the pipeline. Central to this activity is the growth of the Knowledge Quarter Mayoral Development Zone, at the heart of which is the Paddington Village scheme.

For more information please go to: www.regeneratingliverpool.com

For more information, please contact Michael Doran at Liverpool City Council Newscentre on 0151 233 0074 or 07801453918.

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By Mersey Maritime

ARE YOU AN SME THAT NEEDS BUSINESS SUPPORT TO GROW?

Mersey Maritime is offering the opportunity for 6 SME businesses to access tailored business support through the ERDF New Markets 2 programme

In line with Mersey Maritime’s aspirations to help start-ups and SME’s within the Liverpool City Region to grow and flourish, over the last 8 years they have provided support to over a hundred small businesses with the support of various funding schemes. Over the last 2 years, Mersey Maritime has supported 19 businesses through New Markets 2 resulting in the creation of 81 jobs in the last year alone.

What’s on offer?

New Markets 2 allows small businesses to access funding to provide business analysis, tailored support and opportunities to help their business grow, including:

  • Research and development
  • Product/service development & diversification
  • Marketing
  • Supply chain development
  • Export development
  • Business introductions

Who is Eligible?

In order to qualify for the New Markets 2 programme, you must meet the following criteria*:

  • Be a SME within the maritime and logistics sector
  • Operate within the Liverpool City Region
  • Employ a minimum of 10 employees with plans to grow
  • Evidence through company accounts 20% growth over the past 3 years
  • Have an innovative product or service they plan to bring to market

*Further eligibility checks will be required.

How do SME’s get involved?

For more information about the programme and how to get involved please contact Suzanne Fulton, Suzanne.fulton@merseymaritime.co.uk/ 0151 231 2957 or Cathy Robinson, cathy.robinson@merseymaritime.co.uk

 

By Mersey Maritime

Member of the Month: Accu-Right Engineering Ltd

Picture: Accu-Right Representatives collecting 2 awards at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018

From a standing start four years ago engineers-turned-entrepreneurs David Morley and Stuart Smith, along with accountant Lee Smith, are now enjoying rapid business growth, serving a blue-chip client base and making a major contribution to the UK’s energy efficiency drive.

Lee, also owner of city centre accountancy practice DBS Corporate, manages the administration and financial side of the business while David and Stuart focus on bringing in new business.

Like so many people who start their own businesses, David and Stuart were unhappy in their jobs and decided to branch out on their own – establishing Accu-Right Engineering, focusing on the maintenance of pumps, gear boxes and fans in industrial facilities.

Upward curve

Based in Regent Road in the heart of Liverpool’s docklands, the firm is now on an expansion drive that will see its workforce double to around 30 people and has just made a major acquisition that will will potentially grow its customer base by a significant margin.

And its rapid and continued growth was recognised in March at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018. In front of a 450-strong audience, Accu-Right scooped two accolades – Business of the Year and Engineering Company of the Year.

A few weeks later David addressed a Mersey Maritime Face2Face networking event and told those assembled: “We are available to our customers 24 hours a days, 365 days a year. We are growing and there is a bright future ahead for us.”

Vital components

Pumps, gear boxes and fans are ubiquitous in the UK’s industrial landscape and are vital components in the smooth running of multiple sectors, including food and chemical production, utilities and oil and gas.

Keeping track of the numbers and condition of such machinery is an onerous task for any company, which is where Accu-Right comes in. They will catalogue, monitor, maintain and often replace equipment.

They will not only ensure an industrial facility can keep running smoothly around the clock but also massively improve the energy efficiency of complex operations. Given that around 70% of energy usage is industrial, the impact Accu-Right’s work can have on the UK’s energy efficiency, and its CO2 emissions, is immense.

It is no wonder than that Accu-Right’s client base includes industrial giants such as chemicals producer Ineos and Ports operator Peel Ports.

Major acquisition

Now the firm has acquired another company that will help take its expansion on to a new level. Accu-Right has bought Warrington-based Rotating Maintenance Services, which was founded around 40 years ago.

Lee said: “The business houses sophisticated pump-testing facilities and means Accu-Right can now, for the first time, test pumps in-house. We can test both standard and submersible pumps, which are in frequent use by the utility and energy companies that have pumps operating under water.

“It opens up a whole new client base right across the UK and will mean the headcount at Accu-Right is set to grow with new people set to join the company.”

He added that international expansion is also on the cards. The firm already sells pumps overseas and is now looking at setting up a base in the Middle East.

In the space of just four years it has established itself

By Mersey Maritime

Cammell Laird steps up bid to grab slice of £16bn Heathrow third runway project

Shipyard and engineering firm Cammell Laird is stepping up its bid to provide pre-assembly facilities for the proposed £16bn third runway at Heathrow Airport.

The Birkenhead business is on a 65-strong UK-wide shortlist, along with the Port of Liverpool, from which four locations will eventually be selected.

A high-level delegation form Heathrow has visited Cammell Laird in the past few days to take a closer look at the two sites the company has put forward – Campbeltown Road and the MEA Park Wirral Waters in Beaufort Road.

Site visits
The tour is visiting each location in the first half of 2018 ahead of opening a pre-qualification questionnaire process later this year, with contract awards expected in 2019, should the Government give the third runway the go-ahead.

Cammell Laird energy division managing director, Jonathan Brown, said the firm was able to bring heavyweight political support to the visit, a key factor in Heathrow’s requirements.

“We believe we have a very strong bid and to have the Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham, LEP chair Asif Hamid and chief executive Mark Basnett plus Wirral Council’s leader Phil Davies here to present to the delegation underlined just how serious we are,” he said.

“Heathrow’s expansion is a nationally significant project and we want to secure a role for our business and for the Liverpool city region. Few other companies can match our history, innovation, highly skilled workforce, supply chain, facilities and coastal location.

“We have a proven track record of being the primary contractor on major multi-million pound projects such as the RRS Sir David Attenborough polar ship.
“Our bid is fully supported by our partnership with Peel and its ports and logistics infrastructure on Merseyside.”

Regional backing
Merseyside’s business community is already firmly behind the bid as Heathrow has pledged a £10m fund to support regional air routes. A hub link to Heathrow is top of Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s wish-list.

Despite indicating it favours the third runway, the Government has still to make a final decision. Brexit is dominating the its agenda and the Conservatives failure to secure an overall majority in the General Election also complicates the issue.

Mr Brown added: “During the visit we were able to showcase three prime strengths that really makes our bid stand out. First, ours is a bid rooted in expertise and experience. We are not a start-up, our proposal is an extension of the services we already provide. Second, is skills.

“We took the delegation to the Engineering College, neighbouring the Cammell Laird site, and demonstrated the quality of skilled workers and training provision that the region already has in place.

“In addition, we were able to show how we could support the skills legacy of the project providing cutting edge training and creating jobs for the future.

“Our third strength is Liverpool city region’s commitment to become ‘the place’ that specialises in offsite modular construction in-line with UK’s Industrial Strategy.”

By Mersey Maritime

Trio of charities benefit from Essar’s ‘outstanding’ Stanlow safety record

Essar’s oil refinery at Stanlow has achieved and “outstanding’ performance in hitting safety standards – and it means local charities benefit to the tune of £9,000.
Safety at the giant facility on the Mersey is of paramount importance and Essar, a member of Mersey Maritime, strikes to meet regular milestones.

The meeting of those milestones is linked to its charity donation programme, Let’s Give, and it has now given £3,000 each to three great causes – The NeuroMuscular Centre (NMC), The Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust, and Tiny Steps.

All the charities were nominated by employees at Stanley. Tony Penney, a shift duty officer in the fire and security Team, nominated NMC for a donation, as his cousin has benefited from the organisation in the past.

Lyndsey Cannon-Potts, head of fundraising at NMC, said: “Essar’s generous donation of £3,000 will help to operate our recently installed neuromuscular gym, the first of its kind in Europe.

“The benefits of being able to exercise in an accessible environment with adapted equipment include improved cardio-vascular function, enhanced mobility and the opportunity to do something for themselves, at the same time as socialising with others.”

The Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust was nominated by Allen Higgins, who has supported them in the past with fundraising. Tim Mobbs, marketing manager for the trust, said: “We are delighted with the donation from Essar, as we rely on volunteers and donations to keep our boats and activities running.”

The WCNT provides days out and activities for disabled and disadvantaged people and community groups. The charity offers sailings from April to October, and make around 300 sailings per year carrying approximately 3,000 passengers.

Siobhan Blenkinsop, a power and control engineer at Stanlow, nominated Tiny Steps, a charity founded by close friends. It is fundraising for a sensory play area and social cafe for children and young people with additional needs and their families in the Northwich and Winsford area.

Tiny Steps was founded by Laura and Martin Clifton, whose seven-year-old daughter Connie was diagnosed with West Syndrome at only eight months old and who now lives with significant developmental delays.

Laura said: “This donation is a great step in taking our fundraising forward, and we are looking forward to the day when we can thank every one of our supporters with an invitation to the new centre.”

Located on the south side of the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool. Stanlow produces 16% of UK road transport fuels, including 3bn litres of petrol and 4.4bn litres of diesel, as well as 2.1bn litres of jet fuel per year.

By Mersey Maritime

Royal HaskoningDHV and Beech Group combine to deliver Holyhead port project

Two Mersey Maritime members Royal HaskoningDHV & The Beech Group have worked together on a major upgrade project at the port of Holyhead .

Owned and operated by Stena Line Ports, Holyhead handles a significant RoRo and passenger traffic trade route between Ireland and the UK and Continental Europe.

Stena appointed Royal HaskoningDHV to design and manage an upgrade of the port’s infrastructure including a new lower deck vehicle linkspan and passenger walkway from the terminal building to the Irish Ferries berth at Terminal 3.

The vehicle linkspan has recently been installed and is fully operational and the focus is now on the new passenger walkway and boarding bridge. In order for this project to move forward the existing series of ‘over water high level’ walkways installed in the 1990’s needed to be demolished.

Through a tender process, Beech Group was appointed to undertake the work.

Using the floating crane barge Lara 1, Beech successfully took down three walkways along with a gantry frame and boarding tunnel with each item weighing between 25 to 40 tonnes.

The final lift was undertaken using a land based 750-tonne capacity crane reaching over 40 metres to lift a 34 metre span section of walkway weighing 35 tonnes.

Stena Line Ports was impressed by Beech success in executing a complex and difficult series of lifts in limited time slots without disrupting the use of either of the major ferry berths.

By Mersey Maritime

Liverpool Seafarers Centre to offer support to crews at cruise terminal

Maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) has struck a deal to provide support to thousands of cruise ship crew for the third successive year at a special base at Liverpool Cruise Terminal.

LSC chief executive John Wilson said it has reached agreement with Liverpool City Council, and the cruise terminal, to operate a support centre from a converted shipping container.

The container has been donated by the Maersk shipping line and is positioned on the terminal near Princes Parade.

Mr Wilson was speaking as he welcomed crew from the first cruise ship of the season to arrive in Liverpool, the Fred Olsen liner the MS Black Watch. The cruise season runs from April to November and 58 ships are due in Liverpool this year each with between 120 and 1,346 crew.

He explained that with most crew only permitted off ship for up to two hours it is vital to have an LSC base at the terminal itself to complement its headquarters in Crosby.

“Liverpool has a reputation for being one of the friendliest and most welcoming cities in the world to seafarers,” added Mr Wilson. “We are one of the few port cities to have a seafarer welfare centre in a cruise terminal.

“This makes all the difference to the crew, who would otherwise struggle to find the time to travel to outreach centres. Liverpool is leading the way in offering support to cruise ship crew.

“The seafarers are mostly from poor third world countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and the Philippines. They are breadwinners and spend their lives working away from their families just to send money home.

“With such a tough life it is vital they have a friendly person they can turn to, to offer confidential support, in case they have difficulties either on ship or at home.”

Corporate supporters of LSC include Mersey Maritime, of which it is a member, Essar’s Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port, Peel Ports, the Merchant Navy Welfare Board, the Mersey River Pilots, the Voluntary Aid Club and The Phoebe Wortley Charitable Trust.

By Mersey Maritime

Liverpool law firm Brabners announces two senior hires

Law firm Brabners has appointed a new director of marketing & business development and head of commercial finance and project management to its senior management team.

The Mersey Maritime member, which has major bases in Liverpool and Manchester has hired marketing and communications professional Lisa Robinson-Behnejad, who has more than 20 years’ experience, from rival firm DWF.

And qualified accountant, Ruj Dev, joins from another rival, Hill Dickinson. In a 15-year career she has held senior financial management positions at companies such as PwC and Merseyside Police.

At DWF, Ms Robinson-Behnejad was director of corporate communications she was part of the senior team that helped to redefine the firm as it transitioned from a regional law firm to a global business.

At Brabners, Lisa will take responsibility for all aspects of the firm’s marketing strategy and lead its business development, communications, CRM, digital, brand and product teams.

She said: “In an increasingly digitised market where customers interact with brands through a number of different platforms, it’s more important than ever for firms to communicate in a way that cuts through the noise.”

Ms Dev added: “Brabners is an entrepreneurial firm with a clear growth strategy and it’s an exciting time to be joining the business. Our lawyers are known for their technical expertise, business acumen and collegiate approach and it’s this focus that sees the firm continue to work with the best clients.”

By Mersey Maritime

How Merseyside’s maritime community helped rescue six British heroes from their Indian prison hell

Pictured: Nick Dunn 

It was a four-year ordeal for six British former soldiers – a saga that shames the UK Government and is a tribute to the determination and resilience of so many people, including Merseyside’s maritime community.

The story began in October 2013 when the six – Billy Irving, Nick Dunn, Ray Tindall, Paul Towers, John Armstrong and Nicholas Simpson were working as security guards on the US-owned anti-piracy vessel, MV Seaman Guard Ohio in the Indian Ocean.

They were part of a 35-strong security team that also included three Ukrainians, 14 Estonians and 12 Indians. Indian police boarded the vessel and discovered 35 automatic weapons and almost 5,700 rounds of ammunition.

It was later confirmed the men had been granted permits by the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to possess the weapons. However, they were all charged by the Indian authorities with carrying unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

They were initially cleared of any wrongdoing by the Indian High Court but were unable to leave India until the charges were formally dropped, Then, a lower magistrates court did not accept they were on anti-piracy duties and in January 2016 they were sentenced to five years in prison.

Campaign begins
And so began a campaign started by their families and supported by people from all walks of life from the UK and around the world. The campaign finally achieved its goal in November 2017 when the conviction was overturned by the Indian High Court and the men were finally able to come home.

It was no thanks to the UK Government whose inertia had left the six languishing without any support. On his arrival back in the UK Billy Irving said he felt “disgusted and betrayed” by the lack of help from Britain.

His then fiancee, Yvonne MacHugh, now his wife who had been at the forefront of the campaign to secure the mens’ freedom, described the former Foreign Secretary and now Chancellor, Phillip Hammond as “next to useless” and said she had written to the now foreign secretary Boris Johnson several times and had not had a reply.

Family time
Billy and Yvonne were in Liverpool on Friday along with another of the six, Nick Dunn, and Nick’s sister Lisa Dunn, another leading light in the campaign, to attend the annual lunch of the Liverpool branch of the global maritime network, the Propeller Club.

The club had played an instrumental role in the Chennai Six campaign and, speaking to LBN at the lunch, Billy paid tribute to them and everyone who had given their support. He said: “The top priority when I got home was to spend time with my family (he had missed their birth of his and Yvonne’s son, William, while he was incarcerated).

Pictured: Billy Irving 

“Four-and-a-half years is a hell of a long time to be away from your family and I wanted to get used to us being back together again. I did think that might take a long time. But it took about an hour!

“When the extra help starting coming in to the campaign that made a massive difference to our families and took so much pressure off them. The money they raised for us was incredible and people were sending us food parcels.

“There are so many people who helped us immensely and I have not even gone through all the emails yet.”

Billy repeated his sense of being let-down badly by his own Government, adding: “It says on British passports that wherever you go in the world as a British citizen, if you find yourself in trouble then the Government will help you. They were supposed to ensure our welfare – but they did not.

“There is no proper structure or system in place to help people and that has to change.”

Lunch event
People from Merseyside’s maritime community who had supported the campaign packed into Liverpool’s Racquets Club for the lunch.

Addressing those present, Mick Dunn described the support from Propeller Club as “phenomenal”. He added: “At first the British people did not know much about us and thought we were just mercenaries.

“But our job was actually to protect people from pirates and when people realised that they got right behind us. We could not have got through it without all those people who supported us – we needed that support.”

Former serviceman and now maritime security consultant, Jordan Wylie, played a key role in the Chennai Six campaign. He said: “This was a clear miscarriage of justice and in the end justice was served.

“A lot of people at the senior levels of the UK Government simply ignored their plight. These men have spent their whole careers protecting people and they were protecting people against pirates and they were doing an incredible job.”

Huge support
A diverse range of people had backed the Chennai Six campaign. They had included well known TV actors John Bowe (most recently in Emmerdale) and Charlie Lawson, famous for playing Jim McDonald in Coronation Street. Both men were at the Liverpool lunch.

Mick Dunn’s sister Lisa Dunn made an emotional speech at the event and spoke of her gratitude to all who had supported their battle, paying particular tribute to Canon Ken Peters of the Mission for Seafarers.

She said: “It was so hard for the families to keep it together. We were having so many doors slammed in our faces and at times we were so low. The input, dedication and time put into the campaign by so many people meant the world to us.

“And I would really like to thank the Propellor Club. They hold a special place in my heart and they always will.”

By Mersey Maritime

New rail freight route will link the Port of Liverpool to Scotland

A new rail link from the Port of Liverpool will provide a “seamless” route to carry freight from vessels docking in the Mersey up to Scotland.

Port owner Peel Ports says the new service will begin on May 8 with goods loaded in Liverpool and transferred to Mossend terminal in Glasgow, before onward delivery to destinations across Scotland.

Peel has teamed up with the UK’s largest rail freight company, DB Cargo UK, to provide the new service aimed at shipping lines, freight forwarders, tank operators and cargo owners.

The returning service to Liverpool will carry Scottish goods for export, with a large portion destined for America.

Biscuit run
Scottish family-run company Walkers Shortbread, which produces 40,000 tons of biscuits every year, will be one of the first customers to use the new service, exporting 700 containers a year to America.

The new service will comprise of up to 30 wagons and is expected to carry more than 40 containers per trip. The service will initially run three days a week with DB Cargo UK providing the rail haulage.

Major milestone
Jouke Schaap, container director at Peel Ports, said: “This is an important milestone event for us and our partners, DB Cargo.

“We know that cargo owners are looking for more efficient ways of getting their goods from A to B, and this rail freight service provides them with a simpler, more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of doing that.”

Peel has spent £400m on its new Liverpool2 container terminal, equipped to handle 95% of the world’s biggest container vessels. It is keen to grab a big slice of the import market which is currently concentrated on Ports in the South of England.

A significant percentage of the freight unloaded at Southern Ports has to be transported by road to the north of the UK. Unloading at Liverpool can slash both costs and emissions.

‘Sustainable solution’
Hans-Georg Werner, chief executive of DB Cargo UK, added: “Introducing express rail services between Liverpool and Mossend is a really sustainable solution, significantly reducing the need for HGVs to travel thousands of miles on our roads each week.

“Peel Ports’ vision to offer customers a seamless end-to-end service resonates with our own drive for higher standards of service and flexibility for our customers.”

The available train path capacity directly to and from the Port of Liverpool is currently amongst the highest of all major ports within the UK, providing expansion options for importers and exporters that also minimise cost, congestion and carbon emissions.

By Mersey Maritime

Seatruck CEO takes on Lake District cycling challenge for charity

Seatruck chief executive Alistair Eagles will attempt the ‘Fred Whitton’ challenge – a single day endurance cycling event held annually in the Lake District – to raise money for two good causes.

The route includes 113 miles  of cycling and around 12,500 ft of ascent as it summits all the major Lake District passes.

Alistair said: “The ‘Fred’ is widely regarding as one of the more punishing events of this type and my training is therefore in full swing.

“So much so that I am already taking on many of the physical attributes of Chris Froome, that is apart from being overweight and not a very good cyclist.”

You can support Alistair’s fundraising efforts by clicking on the following two links:

Lancaster and District Homeless Action Group

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alistair-eagles2

MacMillan Cancer Support

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alistair-eagles1

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Royal HaskoningDHV and Beech Group combine to deliver Holyhead port project
Liverpool Seafarers Centre to offer support to crews at cruise terminal
Liverpool law firm Brabners announces two senior hires
How Merseyside’s maritime community helped rescue six British heroes from their Indian prison hell
New rail freight route will link the Port of Liverpool to Scotland
Seatruck CEO takes on Lake District cycling challenge for charity