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Special discount for Mersey Maritime members for events on the beautiful SS Daniel Adamson

Mersey Maritime members are being offered an exclusive discount for booking events of the amazing steam ship SS Daniel Adamson.

Built in 1903, the vessel boasts opulent Art Deco interiors, holds up to 80 people and includes two bars, a covered promenade deck and two Art Deco saloons.


Owners of the ship are offering our members a 10% discount on private events, drinks receptions, parties or meetings booked to take place board, either static at Liverpool’s Albert Dock or Cheshire locations along the River Weaver. Cruises are also available.

The SS Daniel Adamson, is listed as 15th on the register of National Historic Ships and has been carefully restored with thanks to £3.8m from The Heritage Lottery Fund and the expertise and craftsmanship of Cammell Laird.

Known as ‘The Danny’, the ship has been restored and is a unique example of the unapologetically modern Art Deco interior, with clean bold lines, geometric patterns and block colours.
The carpets, chairs, fabrics and tables in the saloons were all handcrafted locally to match the original 1930s photographs, meaning today time spent in the saloons is exactly as it would have been in the 1930s.

If you are interested in this unique members’ offer email enquiries@danieladamson.co.uk


Tony McDonough
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By Mersey Maritime

Cammell Laird unveils ambitious bid to sell warships to the world at £250m each

Cammell Laird is looking to set up a global warship exports division if its bid to secure the Royal Navy’s £1.25bn frigate-building project is successful.

And the Birkenhead shipyard and engineering also says it will host a second suppliers’ conference’ after more than 200 delegates packed into the first event this week at the Village Hotel in Bromborough which it organised with the Society of Maritime Industries.

They were keen to hear more about the Birkenhead shipyard’s joint bid with BAE Systems to be the main contractor on the programme.

The procurement process to design and build five Royal Navy T31e frigates was launched by the Government in 2017 and Cammell Laird and BAE have proposed a warship design known as Leander.
And it told those assembled at the event that key to the success of the bid was a plan to join forces with the Ministry of Defence to sell the Leander design to overseas markets.
Such was the demand from potential suppliers that Cammell Laird announced it would hold a second event for a further 100 companies on March 28.

The firm’s Type 31e project director Tony Graham told the conference the £250m price tag for the “powerful and affordable” Leander will excite many overseas customers, as it lays plans for a global warship exports division.

He said: “In order to win this competition, we must be better, cheaper and faster than anyone else. Fundamentally, we recognised that this ship has to work straight out of the box. Leander is a very practical warship with credibility, a degree of ruggedness and robustness, and delivering low risk lifecycle costs.

“We have a global campaign plan for the Type 31e programme and have identified opportunities in more than 20 countries. Our intent is to build a warship export business based on Leander. The MoD has indicated it is willing to sign a business agreement alongside the contract to help industry export the Type 31e.”

The conference heard that the MoD is expected to award the Type 31e contract in March 2019. Cammell Laird is set to launch a Type 31e website in March.

For further details on the March 28 suppliers’ conference contact the Society of Maritime Industries by emailing events@maritimeindustries.org or call 020 7628 255.


Tony McDonough
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By Mersey Maritime

Brabners secures place on Riverside Housing legal panel

Law firm and Mersey Maritime member Brabners has secured a place on the legal panel of one of the UK’s largest housing associations – Liverpool-based Riverside Housing.

Brabners, which has major bases in Liverpool and Manchester, has signed a three-year deal with Riverside which manages more than 50,000 homes nationwide across 160 local authorities.
The practice will advise on a number of core areas including property and development, governance, commercial, employment and housing management.

Brabners is an active legal adviser in the social housing sector, supporting more than 80 associations across the UK including Your Housing Group and Liverpool Mutual Homes. It has worked with Riverside since it was founded as Liverpool Improved Homes in 1928.

The creation of the new legal panel was procured with specialist legal consultancy Kennedy Cater.

Ian Alderson, partner at Brabners, said: “The Government has made it clear that it wants housing associations to play a much bigger role in meeting the UK’s incredible demand for more homes.
“As one of the country’s larger associations, Riverside is integral to this plan. Its ambitious development programme is boosting housing supply and improving some of the most challenging neighbourhoods in the UK.”

Brabners is joined on the panel by Anthony Collins Solicitors, BLM, Devonshires, DWF, Forbes Solicitors and Trowers & Hamlins.


Tony McDonough
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By Mersey Maritime

Wirral and Isle of Man chambers meet to discuss manufacturing

Wirral Chamber of Commerce has held its first joint event with the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce – the first in a new series of monthly sector forums taking place on the island.
Each forum will focus on a different sector of the respective economies and business opportunities of Wirral and the island, and both chambers objectives will enable businesses to share ideas, create collaboration and benefit from networking.

The first sector forum – Manufacturing and Engineering – took place at the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre in Douglas and was attended by organisations and companies from both Wirral and the Isle of Man.

A number of Wirral Chamber of Commerce members made the short journey across the Irish Sea to participate in discussions and to hear presentations, including Machfab Engineering, Proform Laser, Wabtec Faiveley, Liverpool John Moores University, Cammell Laird, Manufacturing Technology Centre, Wirral Met College, Goodwin Electronics and Hoist UK.
Paul Jordan, technical director of lifting & handling equipment designers, distributors and manufacturer, Hoist UK, said: “This was very a worthwhile event and presented us with opportunities through the new links formed and a clear understanding of the Manx manufacturing sector.

“We will be very happy to work closely with Wirral Chamber of Commerce to develop supply chain and engineering contacts within the Manufacturing and Engineering forum.”
Paula Basnett, chief executive of Wirral Chamber, added: “This was an excellent beginning to what we see as building a strong, long term relationship developing with the island.”


Tony McDonough
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By Mersey Maritime

Shipping lines using the Mersey urged to pay levy to help seafarers in need

A charity that offers welfare support to seafarers is urging more shipping lines that use the Mersey to contribute to a new levy.

With the agreement of Port of Liverpool operator, Peel Ports, the Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC), introduced a voluntary levy in October 2017 in line with the recommendations of the Maritime Labour Convention, MLC 2006.

How much shipping lines pay is calculated by gross tonnage and companies such as ACL, Seatruck, Stena and P&O have all agreed to fund the levy.

However, the chief executive of the LSC, John Wilson, says he is “disappointed” that a number of shipping lines had indicated their unwillingness to take part in the scheme, which has been successfully implemented at other ports around the world.

“It is very disappointing that some shipping lines are failing to provide a small contribution to help fund the vital work our centres do – to support their crew members,” he said.

“Yes, the levy is voluntary but the work we undertake is frequently doing the shipping lines a big favour especially when we are supporting a seafarer dealing with a major life event.

“For example, we often step in to help if there is a family bereavement, trauma, marriage, divorce or birth of a child. We can act as a go-between and can talk to the ship management company if there are problems to ensure the seafarer is being properly cared for.

“Seafaring can be a lonely and isolating job and crew frequently do not have people to talk to. We provide that helping hand and ensure that the Port of Liverpool and the maritime industry on Merseyside maintains its reputation as a friendly caring port.

“It is not much to ask for the shipping lines to find a small contribution to help care for their crews.”

LSC runs two centres on Merseyside, its headquarters at Colonsay House in Crosby and its new Eastham Hub on the Manchester Ship Canal which opened in 2017.

Mr Wilson said the centres provide “lifeline” to seafarers, offering a safe and secure place to rest and also receive practical and emotional support.

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

An exciting new era of growth on both sides of the Mersey, says Wirral Council leader Phil Davies

 

Liverpool city region’s success was built on the power of its port and maritime trading businesses.
As Britain’s Atlantic Gateway, Liverpool has welcomed people and products from across the oceans and waved its farewells to those looking to build new lives in the new world. As the UK Government foolishly negotiates its way out of our largest trading relationship with Europe, new opportunities on the North West coast may well be opening.

Port investment
The £400m Investment in the Port of Liverpool has seen the bright-red Megamax cranes become a feature of the waterfront in the same way the Albert Dock would have become 200 years earlier.
The Port of Liverpool now has the capacity to handle 95% of the world’s mega-ships, capable of bringing goods and cargo into the heart of the UK through the deep water terminal at Seaforth. The ship to shore cranes can simultaneously unload TWO 13,500TEU container ships.
Today, nearly 80% of shipped cargo into UK still arrives in the southern ports of Southampton, Felixstowe and others, but more than 60% of that cargo is destined for destinations north of Birmingham.
Utilising the facilities in Liverpool would not only reduce costs, tackle trucking and transport congestion but provide new jobs in warehousing and logistics in the region.

New vessels
Liverpool’s port success was also matched by Birkenhead’s prowess in ship-building and professional services for the maritime industries. Today, Cammell Laird still fits and repairs ships as well as a growing range of engineering and manufacturing services.
Later in 2018 we hope to see the launch of SS Sir David Attenborough, the Arctic exploration vessel being completed at the Birkenhead yard. The SS Sir David Attenborough is the largest non-military vessel to be built in UK for a generation and there is quiet optimism that the government will reward the yard when it awards the next order for more than a billion pounds worth of 31e Class Frigates later this year.
Now, with a new Maritime Knowledge Hub being developed in association with Peel Ports, John Moores University, Wirral Council and Mersey Maritime, we are looking to encourage economic growth and investment in a new range of maritime technologies and businesses.

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

Member of the month: Tilney

Tilney is an award-winning financial planning and investment company with a major base in Liverpool, at the Royal Liver Building, and a history that stretches back more than 180 years. Its clients include private individuals, families, charities and professionals and it looks after more than £24bn on their behalf.

Many of Tilney’s clients run their own businesses and they have specific financial circumstances with their own set of challenges. In many cases, exiting a business is the culmination of a lifetime’s work, so it is vital to get it right. Whether you are planning to sell your business, transfer ownership, or restructure to include family members, it will be one of the biggest decisions of your career.

Tilney has a long track record of working of supporting business owners throughout their career, so that when it is time to sell or transfer your business they can create the best possible outcome for you when transferring your business wealth into personal wealth.

 

Selling a business

Ann-Marie Atkins, a chartered financial planner for Tilney in the North West, works with entrepreneurs such as Frazer Bradley, who runs a business supplying clothing to high-end stores, and Andrew Murray, who recently sold his company. Ann-Marie has been helping Frazer restructure the company so it will be ready for selling in the future and has advised Andrew on selling his previous business. She explains the process:

“Building a solid financial planning structure can help you effectively and tax-efficiently transfer business wealth back into personal wealth. To formulate a plan, I consider where the client and their business are currently. This could be anywhere between building up the business to preparing for a future exit or at the exit stage itself.

“When I start to construct this plan, I make sure that my clients don’t miss out on their available tax allowances, such as pension carry forward. I also restructure their income and dividends and ensure that they have used tax-efficient wrappers including ISAs. These can be overlooked or their long-term benefits can be misunderstood.

“It’s really important not to lose sight of them as many of these wrappers can help to create tax-efficient income in retirement. These are just a few of the numerous issues a good financial planner would consider.”

 

Happy clients

Both Frazer and Andrew are pleased with the services Ann-Marie provided. Andrew said: Before selling my business, I hadn’t received any professional financial planning advice, purely because everything I had was invested in my company. Ann-Marie looked at all the things we needed to do to get us ready and in the best position for when the sale went through.

Frazer said: “The products and services offered by Tilney are great. This is helped in no small part by the likes of Stefan (Palenski, director of investment management), another very solid character. I feel comfortable with Stefan and Ann-Marie looking after my money.”

Ann-Marie added: “We’re able to offer such a great service because we are used to working with entrepreneurs. We understand business structures and work closely with accountants to understand a client’s needs. To make a business exit successful for a client, we know that this is a joint effort between us, the accountant and other professionals involved. When we sit down together we can talk with confidence about the experiences we’ve had with clients and can instil this confidence in the clients themselves.”

Tony McDonough

Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk

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By Mersey Maritime

Become more than a member of Mersey Maritime, join the Members Board

Mersey Maritime is a fast-growing organisation with ever-increasing influence at regional, national and international level.
With an annual GDP contribution to the Liverpool city region economy of £4bn, the sector we represent needs a strong voice to make sure its interests are taken seriously at a the highest levels.
We are providing that voice and in order to continue to make ourselves heard we need the continued support and commitment of our members.
Mersey Maritime has a fantastically diverse membership base, from innovative engineering firms such as Accu-right and Star International to educational partners including the School of Tropical Medicine and Hugh Baird College, and of course not forgetting the large operators such as Peel Ports, Bibby Group and Cammell Laird.
As part of the next stage of our growth and evolution we are forming a new Members Board that will provide an extra channel for you to help shape the future direction of Mersey Maritime.
Chief Executive Chris Shirling-Rooke, said: “This will be a forum, held quarterly and chaired by a board member, where members can talk about the challenges and opportunities of operating in the maritime sector and feed in ideas on how we can work for the benefit of us all.
We want our members to feel they all have a stake in Mersey Maritime and can all have a say in the future direction of their organisation.”

If you are interested in becoming part of the members board please contact events@merseymaritime.co.uk 

By Mersey Maritime

Industry big hitter Ruth Wood joins executive team at Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime has added an experienced marketing professional and passionate sector advocate as its new commercial manager.
Ruth Wood joins from Peel Ports where she spent eight years in the Port of Liverpool owner’s marketing function, the last two years in a senior marketing role. She has seen huge change in maritime during that period – much of it for the better.

Significant change
“When I joined Peel it was still the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company and it was a traditional and reactive organisation,” she said.
“That has changed significantly over the past few years and Peel Ports is now an innovative and progressive business that has become an expert in articulating its plans and vision.”
“I think Mersey Maritime and the wider maritime sector in the Liverpool city region have been on the same journey. The maritime sector is so important to to Merseyside – worth almost £4bn annually, representing 13% of the region’s GDP.
“Other industrial sectors have been better at communicating their role in the past, but now we in maritime are doing the same. I love maritime – it is diverse and exciting – and I want to play my part in helping support the growth of the sector within the region and beyond, encouraging new talent to join the industry and help improve awareness of the role maritime plays to the economy.

Multi-faceted role
Ruth is returning to work following the birth of her baby, Lyla, who was born eight months ago. It was the second daughter for her and husband Tom – elder daughter Emilia is now aged four.
Her role at Mersey Maritime will be multi-faceted, encompassing marketing and commercial activity, membership growth and engagement and deputising for chief executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke, in his absence.
“Our members are the most important part of what we do and my role will be to both bring in new members and communicate to our existing members how much we can benefit their organisations,” explained Ruth.
“Mersey Maritime used to be dependent on EU funding. Now it has transformed itself into a confident, self-sufficient and growing organisation. We are taking our members with us on that journey and offering our support to help them grow, too.”

Real coup
Welcoming Ruth to Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke added: “Bringing Ruth on board represents a real coup for us. She has a huge knowledge of the maritime sector and possess the skills and dynamism to help drive the sector in the City Region forward.
“Myself the board and the entire team here at Mersey Maritime are really looking forward to working with her as we embark on the next stage of our journey.”


Tony McDonough
Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk
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By Mersey Maritime

Liverpool to Dublin freight ferry operator Seatruck reports soaring volumes

Liverpool to Dublin ferry operator Seatruck says freight volumes soared 10% in 2017 compared to overall market growth of 3.9%.

Seatruck runs 76 departures per week on its three routes: Liverpool-Dublin, Heysham-Warrenpoint and Heysham-Dublin. It offers up to four daily departures a day from Liverpool’s Brocklebank Dock using vessels Clipper Ranger and Seatruck Pace, Power and Progress.

Since 2015 Seatruck volumes have risen by more than 30% as its long sea unaccompanied service has significantly grown in popularity. Over this period Seatruck has committed additional tonnage and increased sailing frequency in line with customer demand.

Strongest growth has been into Dublin where the company now operate five departures per day in the busy midweek period.

Seatruck executives believe that the continued and worsening HGV driver shortage in Ireland and the UK is leading to a growth in unaccompanied trailer shipments as operates seek to use this vital resource more efficiently.

By shipping trailer only, from ports which reduce road mileage compared with the traditional transit through Wales or Scotland, operators can make significant door-to-door savings in what is an increasingly competitive logistics landscape.

In the coming weeks a new £7m loading ramp will be installed at Heysham Port which will provide Seatruck with an enhanced service in the port from the new dedicated facility.

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

Former Newcastle FC executive is new boss at Liverpool Airport

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) has announced the appointment of its new chief executive – John Irving, the current chief commercial officer at Newcastle Airport.

LJLA, a member of Mersey Maritime, has been without a chief executive since last summer when Andrew Cornish resigned after almost three years in the role.

A qualified management accountant, Mr Irving will take up his post in Liverpool on March 12. Prior to his time in aviation John has also held senior commercial and financial positions at Newcastle United FC and Procter and Gamble.

LJLA handled almost 5m passengers in 2017 with flights to more than 60 destinations in the UK and across Europe. Passenger numbers grew by almost 3% last year compared to 2016 generating the airport’s highest annual passenger figures since 2011.

Mr Irving said: “I am very excited at being given the opportunity to take this business forward at a time when the Peel Group’s continued investment in the airport has seen Liverpool become one of the UK’s stand-out regional airports.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to building on this recent success and for Liverpool to continue to be the faster, easier, friendlier airport of choice for passengers from across the region.”

LJLA chairman Robert Hough added: ”John has helped Newcastle Airport make significant progress in his time there and we are therefore delighted to welcome him in his new role here at Liverpool, bringing drive and determination to take the airport on to the next level and to realise its tremendous potential.”

Tony McDonough

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By Mersey Maritime

Maritime firm’s boost from winning Merseyside Innovation Awards as 2018 contest begins

One of Merseyside’s most forward-thinking maritime SMEs has been speaking about winning last year’s Merseyside Innovation Awards – as this year’s contest is launched.

Last year, Marlan Maritime, a member of Mersey Maritime, was the overall winner, narrowly beating gas safety-monitoring company Gas Tag and virtual reality social media app, vTime.

Recognised for its coastal surveillance and innovative use of radar in monitoring tidal patterns, Marlan Maritime provides engineers, conservationists and councils with up-to-date information about the ever-changing patterns of shorelines.

This year’s winner can grab a £10,000 prize with £2,500 each for two runners-up. The Merseyside Innovation Awards seek to recognise companies large and small and between January and May one winner a month will be selected. Three entrants will go forward to the final in July.

Marlan Maritime managing director Alex Sinclair said: “Interestingly, winning the MIA in 2017 has fundamentally changed our perception of what we are doing.

“Prior to the award, we believed in what we were trying to do, we believed that it is going to make a positive impact to people living on and working with the coast. After winning, we knew that other people believed it too.

“Potential customers can feel a little uneasy about being early adopters of new technology, but having the endorsement of the MIA judges provides some reassurance to the people we are talking to due to its history of excellence across Merseyside.”

2018 will also see the return of the Prestige Award, specifically for larger businesses with a turnover of £1m to £25m, which in 2017 was awarded to EMS Healthcare, a mobile healthcare provider, in recognition of the vital services they provide to users across the region.

Brian McCann, MIA founder and partner of Mitchell Charlesworth Accountants, said: “The breadth of innovation and creativity within the MIA continues to astound myself and the judging panel.

For further information about the Merseyside Innovation Awards and to find out how you can apply in 2018, click here

http://www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk

Potential applicants can also discover more about the Merseyside Innovation Awards by attending one of two networking lunches:

  • Tuesday 6th February: 1pm – 2pm, Liverpool Science Park
  • Tuesday 10th April: 1pm – 2pm, Daresbury Science Park

Tony McDonough

Consultant at Liverpool Business News – www.lbndaily.co.uk

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Special discount for Mersey Maritime members for events on the beautiful SS Daniel Adamson
Cammell Laird unveils ambitious bid to sell warships to the world at £250m each
Brabners secures place on Riverside Housing legal panel
Wirral and Isle of Man chambers meet to discuss manufacturing
Shipping lines using the Mersey urged to pay levy to help seafarers in need
An exciting new era of growth on both sides of the Mersey, says Wirral Council leader Phil Davies
Member of the month: Tilney
Become more than a member of Mersey Maritime, join the Members Board
Industry big hitter Ruth Wood joins executive team at Mersey Maritime
Liverpool to Dublin freight ferry operator Seatruck reports soaring volumes
Former Newcastle FC executive is new boss at Liverpool Airport
Maritime firm’s boost from winning Merseyside Innovation Awards as 2018 contest begins