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By Mersey Maritime

Inaugural maritime conference now SOLD OUT!

The first annual conference; The Maritime Exchange, taking place in Liverpool on Thursday 13th June has now reached capacity, with over 100 maritime professional from across the UK confirmed to attend.

Organised by and in association with industry body Mersey Maritime, the event has been developed in response to the Government’s Maritime 2050 report that sets out the long-term strategy for the UK maritime sector.

Despite being the inaugural event, The Maritime Exchange has attracted a strong line-up of speakers, sponsors and attendees.

Industry Leading Speakers

A stellar line-up of high-profile speakers, including keynote speaker Sir Michael Bibby, the former managing director of Liverpool maritime giant Bibby Group, will attend the conference in Liverpool Town Hall next Thursday.

The conference will address the key themes raised in the Government’s Maritime 2050 report including trade, technology and innovation and people and skills. Helen Kelly, Managing Editor and Head of Communications at Nautilus and former Editor-in-Chief at Lloyds List, will chair the conference and the full line-up of speakers is as follows:

  • Sir Michael Bibby – President, UK Chamber of Shipping
  • Laura Marquis – Head of Strategy and Partnerships, Department for Transport
  • Lesley Batchelor OBE – Director General, Institute of Export
  • Sarah Kenny – Chief Executive of BMT and Vice Chair of Maritime UK
  • Debbie Cavaldoro – Head of Strategy, Nautilus
  • Tim Morris – Chief Executive of UK Major Ports Group
  • Asbjorn Kops – Head of Products (UK and Ireland), Maersk
  • Sarah Thompson – Regional Security Advisor, Chevron Global Security
  • Alex Lawson – Director of Hedging, Western Union Business Solutions
  • Capt Rich Harris – Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh
  • Chris Rowland – Managing Director, MDS Transmodal
  • Terry Weston – Chief Executive, The Engineering College
  • Raal Harris – Managing Director, KVH Videotel
  • Clive Hickman – Chief Executive, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • Tom Davenport – Operations Manager, Bibby HydroMap
  • Alan Tinline – Head of Environment, ABP
  • Capt Andrew Stacey – Exercise Director, Royal Navy

Fully sponsored

The conference is proudly sponsored by Donmac Data, Fort Recruitment, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Royal Navy and Western Union Business Solutions.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime said:

“We are delighted that our first annual conference has now sold-out! The response from the industry has been fantastic on all accounts – from our expert speakers, sponsors and delegates, which further reiterates the importance of Maritime 2050 and the desire from our industry to come together to help shape the future of our great maritime nation.

I would like to thank our sponsors; Donmac Data, Fort Recruitment, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Royal Navy and Western Union Business Solutions enabling us to deliver this important free to attend event, as well as our impressive 18 speakers for their time and expertise”

By Mersey Maritime

Calling all CSOs, PFSOs, Cyber and Security responsible employees

CSO Alliance are pleased to invite all CSOs, PFSOs, Cyber and Security responsible employees to a Maritime Cyber Security Workshop, taking place on Tuesday 11th June, 9am – 12pm at Mersey Maritime’s offices.

Why Join:  

Get the latest insights on the continuously evolving criminal threats to our industry. Debate your concerns and issues and promote information sharing around your community.

Why Join:
  • £300 million lost by a maritime company from a single, random cyber attack
 
  • “There are more organised criminals in existence than soldiers in the Army” (according to NCA Director)
 
  • Current tensions with Iran focused around oil & gas shipping
 
  • Prevailing maritime terrorism threat in Southern Red Sea and SE Asia
 
  • Ongoing maritime piracy in several parts of the world
 
  • Maritime migration and stowaways presenting potential security risks
 
What do CSO offer?
  • Online communities of maritime security professionals
  • Secure online maritime crime reporting and collaboration portal
  • Employee expertise from Government, military and industry sectors
  • Providing awareness of current maritime security issues
  • Advice on effective security risk management

 

Agenda:  

Maritime Crime Threats and Risk Management – Bruce Roberts, CSO Alliance Ltd (former Govt. Security Adviser)

Cyber Threats and the Airbus Cyber Security Perspective – Louisa Adams, Airbus Cyber Security

Radio Frequency Criminality (Insights into spoofing and jamming) David Sanderson MSC, NPCC Radio Frequency Crime Lead

Collaboration within the Maritime Security Community – Mark Sutcliffe, CSO Alliance Ltd

Morning Maritime Security Workshop Registration

We have consolidated the day into one workshop so please join us over the next three months in five UK cities for the morning workshop 9am to 12pm, followed by a networking lunch.

For more information visit our website https://www.csoalliance.com/page/cso-alliance-uk-series-of-maritime-security-workshops-2019

By Mersey Maritime

You can experience the Mercedes-Benz Vans immersive roadshow

Liverpool agency Meet & Potato are inviting people to Liverpool’s North Docks on Thursday, May 30, to experience the Mercedes-Benz Vans ‘ Keeping Businesses Moving’ immersive roadshow.

The trailer will be sited at Make at 34 Regent Street in the city’s north docks before it is unveiled to the general public.

You can join the teams who have developed the concept and to see the immersive experiences in action. You will be able to step in to the future world of Mercedes Benz Vans by using Magic Leap, the brightest innovators in mixed reality headsets.

This will be one of the few locations in Europe where you will be able to get unfettered access. You will be transported into a 360 Virtual Reality world using motion controlled platforms and the Samsung Odyssey+.

You will then be able to use Augmented Reality to explore Mercedes-Benz Vans work of electrifying and connecting vehicles. All brought together using game development platform Unity and the augmented reality platform Vuforia.

The technical and creative teams from Draw & Code will also be on hand to discuss and explore the work they’ve produced, which has helped bring these experiences to life.

RSVP your attendance to sophie@meetandpotato.co.uk and confirm your preferred time. The time slots available are 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Transportation can be provided on the day if you let them know in advance.

By Mersey Maritime

UK maritime sectors biggest names come to Liverpool for the Maritime Exchange

Liverpool will welcome some of the biggest names in the UK’s powerhouse £37bn maritime sector in June when a major national conference comes to the city.

A stellar line-up of high-profile speakers, including keynote speaker Sir Michael Bibby, the former managing director of Liverpool maritime giant Bibby Group, will descend on Liverpool Town Hall on Thursday, June 13, for the Maritime Exchange.

Organised by and in association with industry body Mersey Maritime, the event has been developed in response to the Government’s Maritime 2050 report that sets out the long-term strategy for the UK maritime sector.

It will address the key themes raised in the Government’s Maritime 2050 report including trade, technology and innovation and people and skills. Each theme will be examined by an industry-leading speaker and panel and the aim is to provide insight and practical applications to businesses throughout the conference.

Helen Kelly, managing editor and head of communications at Nautilus and former editor-in-chief at Lloyds List, will chair the conference and the full line-up of speakers is as follows:

  • Sir Michael Bibby – president, UK Chamber of Shipping
  • Laura Marquis – head of strategy and partnerships, Department for Transport
  • Lesley Batchelor OBE – director general, Institute of Export
  • Sarah Kenny – chief executive of BMT and vice chair of Maritime UK
  • Debbie Cavaldoro – head of strategy, Nautilus
  • Tim Morris – chief executive of UK Major Ports Group
  • Asbjorn Kops – head of products (UK and Ireland), Maersk
  • Sarah Thompson – regional security advisor, Chevron Global Security
  • Alex Lawson – director of hedging, Western Union Business Solutions
  • Cdre Rich Harris – commanding officer of HMS Raleigh
  • Chris Rowland – managing director, MDS Transmodal
  • Terry Weston – chief executive, The Engineering College
  • Raal Harris – managing director, KVH Videotel
  • Clive Hickman – chief executive, The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)
  • Tom Davenport – operations manager, Bibby HydroMap
  • Alan Tinline – head of environment, ABP
  • Cpt Andrew Stacey – exercise director, Royal Navy

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “As we get closer to our departure from the EU and embark on a new trading relationship with the rest of the world, the future of the maritime sector has never been more important.

“This is why the Government’s Maritime 2050 report is of such huge importance and it is vital that we, as a sector, come together to help shape our industry over the coming decades as we navigate revolutionary changes in global trade and the transformational impact of rapid technological innovation.

“It is fitting the Maritime Exchange should be held here in the Liverpool city region where our sector is worth almost £4bn and where we have built a cluster that is recognised as the most successful and dynamic in Europe.”

The conference is free to attend for businesses operating in and supporting the maritime industry, to find out more and register your interest in attending visit, click here.

By Mersey Maritime

SeaKing provides vital support to Cammell Laird in Fort Victoria refit

Birkenhead-based SeaKing Group has supported Cammell Laird in a major refit involving one of the Ministry of Defence’s largest vessels – The Royal Fleet Auxiliary Fort Victoria.

The 30,000 tonne Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel entered a one-year re-fit period in September 2017 to extend its operational lifespan to the late 2020s.

Wide-ranging work was carried out to ensure full compatibility with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) MARPOL regulations. Improvements to the Replenishment at Sea (RAS) equipment will now enable the vessel to replenish the new Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carriers.

Meanwhile, an upgrade to the bridge section will ensure a modern approach to naval navigation.

SeaKing Group managing director Dave Gillam said the firm was initially tasked by Cammell Laird and the MoD to provide a feasibility study which would later form the basis of the bridge design.

He explained: “After carrying out a full inspection of the bridge area we submitted a series of options to the MoD ranging from minimal work to a complete overhaul of the layout with significant changes to the ship structure.

“The decision was then made to strip the entire interior of the Bridge back to its shell and replace it with a more efficient layout. The new design was based around previous installations on RFA vessels which SeaKing had delivered in close partnership with Cammell Laird.

“It involved the installation of four separate consoles. SeaKing was responsible for the overhaul and reconfiguration of legacy equipment and the installation of new equipment. This included the new RADAR’s, Warship Electronic Charting Display & Information System (WECDIS) and the Navigation Distribution & Conning System (NDACS).”

By Mersey Maritime

Events in June for Liverpool City Region SMEs

Liverpool’s hi-tech business hub Sensor City, a £15m collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, has two upcoming events aimed at SMEs in the Liverpool city region:

Starting and Doing Business in Australia

Wednesday, June 5, 10am – 4:30pm

Run in conjunction with the Department for International Trade, the event to provide an introduction to the Australian market. The session will include a presentation from 12:30-1:30pm relevant for North West tech and creative companies that are just starting to explore their exporting options, through to mature companies that already have offices in the EU and the US.

Plus, there will be the chance for one-to-ones pre and post this main presentation, with Sydney-based solicitor, attorney, advocate and mediator, Julian Gyngell, who has helped many UK companies establish their Australian subsidiaries. Australia is a similar market place to the UK, has local companies to collaborate with and Government grant opportunities, so there’s lots of prospects to investigate.

For more information click on https://www.sensorcity.co.uk/event/doing-business-in-australia/

Liverpool Landscape – Funding and Support

Thursday, June 13, 5:30pm – 8:30pm

To coincide with London Tech Week, this event will showcase the Liverpool city region and the support it provides for the companies that are based here, including access to funding, inward investors, business support programmes and collaboration opportunities. You can also register for the opportunity to raise the profile of your own business via one of the short pitch slots.

For more information click on https://www.sensorcity.co.uk/event/liverpool-landscape-funding-and-support/

By Mersey Maritime

Member of the Month: Tratos

Tratos took over the former North West Cables plant in Prescot in 2009 and its impact in the 10 years since the acquisition has been transformational.

An Italian family firm with a global presence, Tratos has overseen significant investment into the site, quadrupling its footprint and employing around 60 local people producing cables of all types and sizes and exporting to 52 countries.

Queen’s Award

Now that commitment to and investment in the Merseyside business has been rewarded with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Tratos (UK). The innovation award was for a new cable sheathing compound, Tratos JBA, that can shrug off the most corrosive elements and protect cable function in the harshest of environments.

The JBA family of cables is mud and fire-resistant to extreme temperatures and capable of withstanding water and impact. Tratos produced one advanced compound that can be modified to meet specific cable performance elements to meet the requirements of a number of important industrial sectors.

This new technology brings big advances for industries including maritime, oil and gas, railways and mass transit as well as high-performance naval applications in a number of different countries.

Higher standards

Tratos (UK) chief executive and chair, Dr Maurizio Bragagni, said: “These products have advanced safety and performance. They were developed by the company to be used for telecommunication, power or signalling cables.

“The compound is able to resist fire to new and higher standards, and, at the same time, defend against the aggressive acids present in different environments from railway and transport to oil and gas platforms.

“This innovation is bigger than just producing a new generation of cables able to accept the challenge of higher performance standards; it is innovation that will transform unsafe cables.

“We were confident of the quality of the innovation and the advances it brings, but we were absolutely thrilled to learn it had been recognised with a Queen’s Award.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise celebrate and encourage business excellence. Winners must demonstrate outstanding results in their field of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity.

Previous innovation category winners include Dyson and Oxford Instruments. Tratos (UK) representatives will be presented with the award at Knowsley.

Independent manufacturer

Tratos is one of Europe’s largest independent cable manufacturers. Established in 1966, the company has five manufacturing facilities in Italy and the UK and employs people worldwide producing electrical, electronic and fibre optic cable solutions.

As well as investing in manufacturing capacity at Prescot, Tratos also has its own R&D and testing facilities which include the standard test for voltage, spark test and resistance as well as more in-depth tests for elongation, heat shock, shrink back and vertical flame tests.

Tratos (UK) committed to a five-year investment plan at the plant in 2014 and this has led to a number of investments totalling £17m.

By Mersey Maritime

Euro ruling on keeping records of hours worked set to impact Mersey businesses

A employment law expert is warning Liverpool city region firms they need to take notice on a European Court of Justice ruling on keeping records of all hours worked.

It obliges all employers – regardless of size – across Europe to ensure that adequate systems are in place to record the exact number of hours worked by employees.

The measure is an attempt to enable wronged workers to prove, should they need to, that their rights are being breached and would assist the relevant authorities and national courts to enforce those rights.

Brexit question

But with question marks hanging over Brexit, how will such a move affect the region’s businesses?

“There has been a lot of noise around the ruling,” said Lindsey Knowles, head of Employment Law at Merseyside law firm Kirwans. “Essentially the decision simply requires employers who, under the EU Working Time Directive should be recording employees’ working hours anyway, to document a greater and more objective level of detail than they have done previously.”

The ruling came about during the case Federacion de Servicios de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) v Deutsche Bank SAE, which was heard by Spain’s high court, the Audiencia Nacional.

Here, Spanish trade union CCOO brought legal action against financial organisation Deutsche Bank SAE. It argued that the businesses should be obliged to have a system in place that records the time worked each day by employees, so that compliance with stipulated working times can be verified.

Evidence was produced that over half of overtime hours worked in Spain are not actually recorded.

Demonstrate compliance

Lindsey added: “The EU Working Time Directive already sets out that workers over 18 can’t work more than 48 hours a week on average unless the worker has opted out in writing, and that employers must keep and maintain records that are ‘adequate’ to demonstrate compliance with that.

“However, the ECJ decision appears to impose an even greater obligation, and although employers in the UK are not currently required to record daily and weekly rest breaks and rest periods, the ruling could lead to that being the case in the future,

“The new measure will help employers by reminding them of the importance of keeping detailed data with regards to employee hours worked and breaks and holidays taken, and will also give them the chance to demonstrate the efforts they’re taking to ensure a healthy work/life balance for employees by complying with both EU and UK law.

And, she explained, the legislation is likely to stand whether or not the UK eventually leaves the EU.

By Mersey Maritime

Bathgate Business Finance backs Dutch ‘gourmet’ chip shop concept

There are few things more British than a freshly cooked, delicious portion of chips – except when they are Dutch.

Entrepreneur Andrew Mckechnie is bringing his Dutch-style chippy to Liverpool’s waterfront this summer after securing £35,000 of investment through Wirral business finance specialist Bathgate Business Finance.

Andrew used the cash to launch the first outlet of his gourmet chip shop, Chip’d, on Northgate Street in Chester, and the success of the venture has led to a year-long residency at the Dockside Dining Club at Liverpool’s Pier Head.

Twice-fried

His inspiration for the concept came following a visit to the Netherlands. While looking for something to eat he stumbled upon beautifully-designed shops selling nothing but twice-fried chips – cooked to order – and an extensive selection of sauces.

The process involves hand-cutting fresh Agria potatoes, leaving the skin on and frying them twice fry in pure sunflower oil, before tossing them in sea salt and serving with a choice of dips.

On spotting a gap in the market, he brought the concept to the UK, first taking Chip’d to events such as Festival No 6 in Portmeirion and the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, before deciding to open permanent restaurants.

Thanks to the investment secured by Bathgate, he was able to purchase a specialist Dutch-made frying range. Unlike standard equipment available in the UK, the open range features four round pan chip fryers, which are essential to the cooking process.

Cash flow

“Before finding Bathgate, I tried several asset finance companies. Many of them offered unviable repayment terms or made the whole process over-complicated,” said Andrew

“The process with Bathgate was completely different. They even liaised with the fryer manufacturer on our behalf to make sure everything ran smoothly with the finance. Bathgate has been instrumental in getting Chip’d off the ground.

“The deal has not only provided the equipment we need to deliver the concept, it has freed up other funds for short term cash flow. I couldn’t recommend them more highly to other start-ups or even established businesses.”

Gordon Andrews, from Bathgate, added: “We love supporting exciting new start-ups and providing advice that will help their ideas thrive and develop. Since we arranged the asset finance Chip’d has gone from strength to strength and we’re looking forward to seeing it continue to grow.

“After sampling the Chip’d product range I can confirm that they are exceptional chips and dips and I have no doubt that the business will flourish wherever it opens.”

By Mersey Maritime

Liverpool’s Sensor City adds two engineers to its expert team

Pictured: James Nixon

Liverpool innovation hub Sensor City has hired two highly experienced engineers to boost its team of in-house experts.

And the city centre facility, a £15m collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, has appointed Daniel Watson as head of engineering, while James Nixon joins as a prototype engineer.

Sensor City is also employing eight student interns to work in its laboratories and directly with its member companies.Three of the interns are from Liverpool John Moores University, four from the University of Liverpool and one from the NHS Leadership Academy.

The hub specialises in research into the use of sensors and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and a number of innovative early-stage and start-up businesses have already taken up residence.

Daniel Watson

A former CTO of GasX and lab engineer at Barclays Eagle Labs, Daniel Watson has extensive multidisciplinary knowledge in mechanical engineering, digital manufacturing, design and CAD.

As head of engineering at Sensor City, he will lead the technical team in harnessing more than £1m of laboratory equipment to give SMEs, start-ups and larger companies the tools to go from novel concept to working prototype with speed and accuracy.

“It’s an exciting time for sensor technology,” said Daniel. “We’re seeing more sensors in more things – think street furniture and housing infrastructure – and as resilience builds, we’ll start to see even greater integration.

“As this happens, the Sensor City technical offering will continue to grow and provide unrivalled skills and expertise to SMEs and large organisations looking to explore what sensor and IoT technology could mean to their business.”

James Nixon

James Nixon has spent the last two years working at the Liverpool John Moores University Design School as a digital fabrication technician. This role will see him deploy his expertise to bring the ideas of the tenants and the wider tech community to life, quickly and effectively.

“I am a maker at heart and so having the opportunity to build in a real state-of-the-art workshop is fantastic,” James said. “What I’m looking forward to most is working with a wide range of companies and sectors to help businesses to move from idea to prototype as quickly as possible.”

Joanne Phoenix, interim executive director at Sensor City, added: “We are thrilled to see Daniel make the move to head of engineering and welcome James to the team.

“They both bring with them an eclectic mix of experience which, when working in tangent, will really help businesses think outside of the box when it comes to the unique projects they are undertaking.”

By Mersey Maritime

PEEL PORTS EXPANDS LOGISTICS SERVICES WITH ACQUISITION

Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports has acquired shipping and freight forwarding business Quality Freight (UK) for an undisclosed sum.

Operating from a 40-acre multi-modal facility at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, Quality Freight (UK) provides chartering and a range of port services. It will continue to trade under its own brand and Sebastian Gardiner will stay on as managing director.

Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports Group said: “Our strategy is to be a leading UK provider of port-centric logistics solutions. The acquisition of Quality Freight (UK) is an important step in extending the range of value added services beyond the core stevedoring and storage services typically offered by Peel Ports.

“We are looking to drive additional volume through our infrastructure and the Quality Freight business model will allow us to deliver that objective.”

Mr Gardiner added: “I believe that this is an important milestone which will allow the Quality Freight business to both continue growing and allow it to explore other opportunities with existing and new customers.”

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey oil giant Essar expands its UK retail petrol network to 70 outlets

Mersyside’s Essar Oil UK is continuing the expansion of its petrol retail network with its first outlet in the North East of England.

Wirral-based Essar, which supplies more than 16% of the UK’s road fuel, has converted the high volume MKP Chester Road petrol station in Stanley, County Durham. This is the company’s 70th site in the UK and it is the 13th MPK location to switch to the Essar brand.

Essar entered the UK retail market with the opening of its first branded forecourt in November 2015 at Coalville in Leicestershire and plans to open its first company-owned flagship site opposite the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port later this year.

The global Essar Group acquired the then loss-making Stanlow in 2011 from Shell and has since invested £650m turning it into a sustainable and profitable business which now generates annual revenues of more than £4bn.

Every year the Stanlow site produces 4.4bn litres of diesel, 3bn litres of petrol and 2bn litres of jet fuel. More than 9m tonnes of crude oil and feed-stock processed each year, making it one of the biggest refineries in the country.

Ramsay Macdonald, head of retail at Essar, said: “One of the many advantages Essar has as a refiner and exporter is the ability to swiftly secure advantaged additised product anywhere in the UK, with the support of our logistics operations.

“We can now offer the award-winning Essar brand proposition and a full range of quality products to the North East market and we would be delighted to hear from any dealers who are keen benefit from this.”

Inaugural maritime conference now SOLD OUT!
Calling all CSOs, PFSOs, Cyber and Security responsible employees
You can experience the Mercedes-Benz Vans immersive roadshow
UK maritime sectors biggest names come to Liverpool for the Maritime Exchange
SeaKing provides vital support to Cammell Laird in Fort Victoria refit
Events in June for Liverpool City Region SMEs
Member of the Month: Tratos
Euro ruling on keeping records of hours worked set to impact Mersey businesses
Bathgate Business Finance backs Dutch ‘gourmet’ chip shop concept
Liverpool’s Sensor City adds two engineers to its expert team
PEEL PORTS EXPANDS LOGISTICS SERVICES WITH ACQUISITION
Mersey oil giant Essar expands its UK retail petrol network to 70 outlets