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By Mersey Maritime

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE INAUGURAL MARITIME EXCHANGE CONFERENCE

Mersey Maritime has released details of further speakers joining their new national maritime conference.

The Maritime Exchange

‘The Maritime Exchange,’ announced earlier this month in response to the Government’s Maritime 2050 report, will provide vital updates about key themes drawn from the report including the changing landscapes of Trade, Technology and Innovation and People and Skills, with each theme being examined by an industry leading speaker and panel.

Growing Line-up

Alongside previously announced speakers, Sir Michael Bibby (President – UK Chamber of Shipping), Helen Kelly, (Head of Communications, Nautilus), Lesley Batchelor OBE (Director General – Institute of Export) and Sarah Kenny, (CEO – BMT) the following speakers have been confirmed:

  • Tim Morris, CEO, UK Major Ports Group
  • Asbjorn Kops, Head of Products (UK and Ireland), Maersk
  • Sarah Thompson, Regional Security Advisor, Chevron Global Security
  • Nawaz Ali, Senior Currency Strategist UK/EMEA, Western Union Business Solutions
  • Cdre Rich Harris, Commanding Officer of HMS Raleigh

Further details of the speakers and panel discussions will be shared over the following weeks.

Register

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 http://bit.ly/TheMaritimeExchange

By Mersey Maritime

Sir Michael Bibby announced as keynote speaker for new national maritime conference to be held in Liverpool

  • The Maritime Exchange is a new national maritime conference organised by and in association with Mersey Maritime.
  • The conference will address some of the key themes raised in the Governments Maritime 2050 report including Trade, Technology and Innovation and People and Skills.

Mersey Maritime have announced a new maritime conference; The Maritime Exchange, which will take place on Thursday 13th June in Liverpool Town Hall.

The Maritime Exchange

The Maritime Exchange has been developed in response to the Government’s Maritime 2050 report that sets out the long-term strategy for the UK maritime sector, providing direction and recommendations for the industry to retain its competitive advantage as a world leading maritime nation. The maritime industry currently contributes £37.4bn to the UK economy and employs 957,000 people nationwide.

The Maritime Exchange will provide vital updates about key themes drawn from Maritime 2050 including the changing landscapes of Trade, Technology and Innovation and People and Skills, with each theme being examined by an industry leading speaker and panel. The aim is to provide insight and practical applications to businesses throughout the conference.

Speakers confirmed

The conference will be chaired by Helen Kelly, Head of Communications Nautilus (former Editor in Chief Lloyds List) and already has a fantastic line-up of leading industry speakers including:

  • Sir Michael Bibby, President UK Chamber of Shipping
  • Sarah Kenny, CEO BMT and Vice Chair of Maritime UK
  • Lesley Batchelor OBE, Director General Institute of Export

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO Mersey Maritime said:

“The Maritime Exchange is a national conference for the maritime industry led by Mersey Maritime.

The conference will tackle some of the key opportunities and challenges that the industry faces, with the speakers and panel discussions providing some healthy debate and practical solutions about how we can collaborate and evolve to meet the future needs of the industry.

The conference will also provide an insight into some of the businesses and expertise amongst the Mersey Maritime cluster”

Register to attend

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 http://bit.ly/TheMaritimeExchange

By Mersey Maritime

Liverpool Council gives green light to new Isle of Man ferry terminal

Work on the new Isle of Man ferry terminal is set to begin this summer after the £31 project secured planning consent from Liverpool city council.

Part of Peel’s £5bn Liverpool Waters scheme, the work will see the terminal relocated a few hundred yards along the river bank from its current location close to the Pier Head and will be at the far end of the new planned cruise liner terminal.

The new terminal is being funded by the Isle of Man Government which has taken a long lease on the site from Peel and is now ready to press ahead with the 30,000 sq ft development.

Liverpool City Council is building a new link road to the terminal which it is hoped will be operational by the end of 2020.

Chief minister of the Isle of Man Government Howard Quayle said: “Gaining planning consent is brilliant news, and the next step in delivering this vital project. The need to secure such a strategically important asset was acknowledged in the Programme for Government and we now look forward to seeing the Island’s new terminal take shape.”

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the new terminal was a “critical” piece in the regeneration plans for the north shore of Liverpool.

He added: “The city council is investing a huge amount of money in the transport infrastructure to support this new facility and we are delighted it now has planning approval and can look forward to its completion.

“The Isle of Man and Liverpool have a historic relationship and this new ferry terminal will cement our strong links and forge even closer ties into the future.”

By Mersey Maritime

Member of the Month: Robinson Rice Associates

Having a competitive edge is important for any business and it is perhaps even more of a challenge for an accountancy firm to come up with that offer that makes them stand out from the crowd.

Robinson Rice Associates, which employs 12 people across its three Merseyside offices in Ainsdale, Crosby and West Kirby, is a full-service practice offering everything you would expect, from company accounts to tax compliance and planning.

Maritime niche

But the firm, founded by Beverley Rice 17 years ago, has carved out a particular niche in Liverpool city region’s £4bn powerhouse maritime sector, offering first-rate expertise in maritime and shipping tax regulations.

“We think we are quite unique,” said director Dave Elliott. “Normally when a company is seeking maritime tax expertise they have to go as far as London to find it. They are pleasantly surprised when they find us right on their doorstep.”

Pictured: Beverley Rice and David Elliot

Although Robinson Rice has counted a number of shipping companies among its client base for a number of years, its membership of Mersey Maritime has boosted its profile in the sector even further.

Dave added: “We have significant maritime expertise and experience in-house here and being able to network with members of Mersey Maritime has given us a real boost. We have picked up work within other maritime sub-sectors such as engineering.

“We are now seeing real growth in the city region maritime sector. Certainly in the eight years I have been here I have seen how much Mersey Maritime has grown. And if you look around you see expansion at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal and at Peel’s Liverpool2 container facility. These are exciting times for the local maritime industry.”

Managing change

Of course, Robinson Rice’s expertise and client list goes way beyond the maritime sector with the firm working with small and medium-sized enterprises across all sectors as well as offering its services to individuals.

According to Dave, two of the biggest issues facing businesses at the moment are the Government’s Making Tax Digital initiative and, of course, Brexit.

He explained: “From April 1, MTD has required firms that turn over more than £85,000 a year, to file their VAT returns online with HMRC via MTD compatible digital software and that is now very much at the forefront of the minds of business owners.

“I think there was a bit of apathy about it before it came in but people are now very much aware of it. We have been very pro-active with our clients well in advance of the launch to make sure they are fully up to speed with the changes.

“There is now a realisation kicking in but we are working hard to take as much of the strain off the client as we can. As for Brexit, that is obviously creating worry and uncertainty. That said, we think the market is still reasonably buoyant.”

Like all forward-thinking businesses, Robinson Rice is always looking for new opportunities for growth and its latest offering is a joint venture with a financial planning firm to offer financial planning services to its business and individual clients.

“It is early days for that but the feedback we have had so far has been really positive,” added Dave. “We are always looking at ways we can expand and take on new clients. Merseyside is really on the up at the moment and, despite the challenges, we are very optimistic about the future.”

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime recognised for support for the armed forces

Mersey Maritime has been awarded the Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award for its work in providing support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) offers a three-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, recognising the different levels of commitment provided by employers. This allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour those organisations for their support.

Mersey Maritime CEO, Chris Shirling-Rooke said “I’m delighted with the progress Mersey Maritime is making in supporting the armed forces community, from signing the Armed Forces Covenant back in September 2018 to achieving this Bronze Award.

The journey for businesses wanting to make a difference really couldn’t be more straight forward and I would encourage all our members to look at what their business could do to support this community.”

For more information about the schemes available please click here. 

By Mersey Maritime

THE BEST OF THE MARITIME INDUSTRY CELEBRATED IN LIVERPOOL

Over 400 guests attended the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) in Liverpool last night (Thursday 14th March) to see accolades handed out to the best of the maritime industry from the Liverpool City Region and across the UK.

The industry awards, held at the city’s Titanic Hotel, are now considered one of the most prestigious events on the national maritime calendar. Now in their fifth year, they celebrate the companies, individuals and projects that are transforming, growing and creating positive impact within the industry.

The awards were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, with keynote speaker, Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK and also a special appearance from the Ellesmere Port Cadet Band.

Worthy winners

Notable winners on the night included Pamela Brown MBE, who was the recipient of the Maritime Ambassador’s Award, Brookes Bell won Business of the Year and the National Oceanography Centre picked up both the Maritime UK National Impact Award and Positive Impact Award.

Winners were decided by a combination of an expert panel of judges and by a new voting platform introduced this year which saw more than 1,000 votes cast by the wider maritime sector.

Building the future

Mersey Maritime’s CEO, Chris Shirling-Rooke, said the MMIAs recognise the full spectrum and diversity of the UK’s maritime industry, which is clear in the finalists and winners of the awards.

He said: “The theme of the awards this year was Building the Future, which to me is all about collaboration. We can achieve so much more as an industry if we are working together, which is why the landmark Government Maritime 2050 report is so important as this sets out the future direction for the industry. Mersey Maritime is not only aligned to Maritime 2050 but is leading the way.”

Ocean economy

Delivering his keynote speech, Mr Theochari spoke about the new Government strategy for the industry; the Maritime 2050 report. He said: “For the first time in living memory the Government are becoming invested in maritime”

“The Government says the ‘ocean economy’ will be worth three trillion dollars by 2050 and there is no reason we cannot grab a slice of that… we have to remain a great maritime nation and we have to do it in an environmentally sustainable way, we have to create jobs and we have to go forward with diversity in our sector.

“Mersey Maritime has shown great confidence in our industry at a time when we really need it.”

Business of the Year 2019

Adam Whittle from Business of the Year, Brookes Bell, said he felt “overwhelmed” at winning the award and paid tribute to the firm’s entire team. He added: “This means the world to us and it is fantastic to get the recognition from the industry. We have had a good year and seen growth in new markets, such as superyachts and renewable energy.  It is very much a team effort at Brookes Bell and we are delighted to win this award”

Maritime Ambassador 2019

Equally delighted was Pamela Brown, winner of the Maritime Ambassador Award. The audience heard how she had forged a successful career and had gone on to demonstrate “unwavering dedication” to maritime charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Accepting the accolade, she told the audience: “What a shock. I have been involved in the maritime industry for 50 years and I will always “fight” for the Maritime sector be it Red White or Blue Ensign, public, private or voluntary sector. This is an incredible honour.”

Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Winners 2019:

  • Business of the Year 2019 (sponsored by Stellamar) – Brookes Bell 
  • Employer of the Year 2019 (sponsored by Kays Medical) – Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Engineering Company of the Year 2019 (sponsored by Wirral Waters) – Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Freight & Logistics Award 2019 (sponsored by Fort Recruitment) – Peel Ports Group
  • Global Reach Award 2019 (sponsored by Denholm UK Logistics) – Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Innovation Award 2019 – sponsored by Peel Ports Group – GP Shipping Ltd
  • Maritime Professional Services Award 2019 (sponsored by The Royal Navy) – Brabners LLP
  • Maritime Ambassadors Award 2019 (Sponsored by Beech Group) – Pamela Brown MBE
  • Micro Business of the Year 2019 (sponsored by MTC) – DGB Solicitors 
  • The Maritime UK National Impact Award 2019 (sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV) – National Oceanography Centre 
  • Positive Impact Award 2019 (sponsored by Offshore Painting Services) – National Oceanography Centre
  • Rising Star Award 2019 (sponsored by Western Union Business Solutions) – Claire Gilchrist, Royal HaskoningDHV
  • SME of the Year 2019 (sponsored by NatWest) – Walker Engineering

By Mersey Maritime

MERSEY MARITIME PREPARE TO CELEBRATE THE BEST OF THE MARITIME INDUSTRY

Thursday 14th March will see the delivery of Mersey Maritime’s fifth annual awards, which will celebrate the best of the maritime industry not just within the Liverpool City Region but also across the UK.

The awards have over 430 guests confirmed, who will hear from Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK before the proceedings commence with host Louise Minchin, BBC Breakfast.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO Mersey Maritime said “We are delighted that the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards continue to capture the interest of the industry not just with the city region but also at a national and international level. The 36 finalists, really capture the diversity of the maritime industry and embody the passion and drive to enhance, innovate and grow the sector to its full potential”

The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards have established an incredible reputation as one of the leading maritime award events in the UK, which celebrates the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding companies and performers. See the full list of finalists below:

MERSEY MARITIME INDUSTRY AWARDS 2019 FINALISTS:

Business of the Year – sponsored by Stellamar

  • Brookes Bell
  • Offshore Painting Services
  • Royal HaskoningDHV

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Kays Medical

  • D Morgan
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Peel Ports Group

Engineering – sponsored by Wirral Waters

  • Micro-Epsilon
  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Walker Engineering

Freight & Logistics – sponsored by Fort Recruitment

  • Denholm Logistics
  • InXpress
  • Peel Ports Group

Global Reach – sponsored by Denholm UK Logistics

  • Beegrip
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Stellamar

Innovation – sponsored by Peel Ports Group

  • Bibby Hydromap
  • GP Shipping
  • Royal HaskoningDHV

Maritime Professional Services – sponsored by The Royal Navy

  • Brabners
  • Brookes Bell
  • Hill Dickinson

Micro Business – sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre

  • Beegrip
  • DGB Solicitors
  • Fort Recruitment

National Impact – sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV

  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Offshore Painting Services
  • Stellamar

Positive Impact – sponsored by Offshore Painting Services

  • Beech Group
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Propeller Club Liverpool

Rising Star – sponsored by Western Union

  • Claire Gilchrist – Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Dan Wilkinson – D Morgan
  • Graham Fisher – The Shipping Exchange

SME of the Year – sponsored by NatWest

  • Bibby Hydromap
  • Offshore Painting Services
  • Walker Engineering

By Mersey Maritime

Pioneering Mersey Maritime Industry Awards voting platform receives fantastic response

Pictured: Chris Shirling-Rooke, Ruth Wood, and Corinne McGinty from Mersey Maritime

More than 1,000 votes were cast using the new Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2019 (MMIA) voting platform – demonstrating a high level of engagement from the local and national Maritime sector.

Awards organiser Mersey Maritime enlisted the expertise of 12 judges from across the industry to select the shortlist in 12 categories for the MMIAs, which will take place on Thursday 14 March, at Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel.

Those experts included Ben Murray – Director Maritime UK, Helen Kelly – Europe Editor-in-Chief Lloyds List, Professor Simon Quinn – Director of the Research Institute for Industry, University of Southampton and Camilla Carlbom-Flinn – Chairman, Carlbom Shipping.

After publishing the shortlist Mersey Maritime unveiled its new voting platform, allowing people from across the UK to vote for those they believe were most worthy of an award.

To help them make an informed choice, Mersey Maritime worked with the finalists to produce short films aiming to bring their application to life and showcase their achievements.

The deadline for voting was midnight on Friday 15 February and Mersey Maritime chief executive Chris Shirling-Rooke said that they were “overwhelmed” by the response.

He added: “We were really excited to launch the new voting platform, and of course we were also a little nervous. This was an industry first and we weren’t sure how well it would be received.

“It took off from day one and we were completely bowled over by the response from the industry. The phenomenal response really has showcased the drive from businesses and stakeholders to celebrate and support each other.

We feel that it has been hugely successful, and we’d definitely like to do this again next year!”

The awards ceremony will host 450 guests from across the local, national and international maritime sector in attendance. There are limited tickets left to attend and if you would like to find out more, please contact MMIA@merseymaritime.co.uk 

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime backs drive to strengthen links with Europe, despite Brexit

Merseyside’s powerhouse maritime sector has taken a lead role in a major Anglo-Dutch summit held in Liverpool to discuss opportunities for trade, collaboration and growth.

Industry body Mersey Maritime, along with Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports took part in the Maritime Nations Forum, organised by Maritime UK and the Netherlands Business Support Office. Royal HaskoningDHV and Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) also took part.

More than 100 delegates attended including 30 Dutch companies and members of the Dutch Government.

Clear message

And the overall message from the event was that the UK’s departure from the EU does not mean the UK is leaving Europe and the focus of the forum was how the British and Dutch maritime sectors can forge stronger ties post-Brexit.

Port innovation was high on the agenda and the discussion was chaired by Richard Ballantyne, chief executive of the British Ports Association. Keynote speakers included Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen, managing director at the Port of Amsterdam and Andrew Byrne, managing Director at the Port of Immingham.

The forum saw delegates discussing the huge propensity for maritime trade and collaboration between both countries in spite of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and highlights how areas like Liverpool are taking practical steps toward positive trade relationships with the UK’s European neighbours.

Driving exports

Ben Murray, director of Maritime UK, said: “The first high-level Maritime Nations Forum between our two countries show a clear intent to strengthen relations and collaboration between our two maritime nations.

“At a time of great uncertainty for the UK as it leaves the EU, we should celebrate that business is getting on with its job – fostering innovation, driving exports and creating jobs. The UK is leaving the EU, not Europe. The event shows that British Industry is as keen as ever to build stronger links with our North Sea neighbour.”

Mersey Maritime chief executive Chris Shirling-Rooke took part in a panel discussion on “port innovation culture of excellence” that also included ABP, the Port of Amsterdam and Maritime UK.

The forum was organised with Mersey Maritime and sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV and Rotterdam Maritime Capital of Europe. The second Maritime Nations Forum will be held later in the year.

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime announces finalists for 5th Annual Industry Awards

The finalists for the 2019 industry awards have been confirmed by a panel of 13 industry leading judges.

The 36 finalists for the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2019 have started the year on a positive note after finding out yesterday that they have been successfully shortlisted in the first round of judging.

The first round saw a strong line-up of applications being critiqued by an esteemed judging panel to determine the three finalists for each of the 12 award categories, including face to face interviews for each of the ‘Rising Star’ applicants.

The finalists will now advance to the second stage of the judging process, which is an ‘Industry Vote’ that will launch in February. Continuing to set itself apart from other award’s events, Mersey Maritime will work with the finalists to produce short films to bring to life their application and showcase their achievements. The films will then be used to help voters make informed decisions about who they want to win.

Mersey Maritime CEO, Chris Shirling-Rooke said, ‘Our judges were really impressed with the remarkable range of applications and the diversity of the companies and individuals that applied. Selecting the finalists was not an easy job.

We’re really excited about trialling the industry vote this year and giving the maritime community a voice in our awards. We cannot wait to find out who are ultimate winners will be’

Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2019 finalists are: 

Business of the Year – sponsored by Stellamar

  • Brookes Bell
  • Offshore Painting Services
  • Royal HaskoningDHV

Employer of the Year – sponsored by Kays Medical

  • D Morgan
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Peel Ports Group

Engineering – sponsored by Wirral Waters

  • Micro-Epsilon
  • Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Walker Engineering

Freight & Logistics – sponsored by Fort Recruitment

  • Denholm Logistics
  • InXpress
  • Peel Ports Group

Global Reach – sponsored by Denholm UK Logistics

  • Beegrip
  • Hill Dickinson
  • Stellamar

Innovation – sponsored by Peel Ports Group

  • Bibby Hydromap
  • GP Shipping
  • Royal HaskoningDHV

Maritime Professional Services – sponsored by The Royal Navy

  • Brabners
  • Brookes Bell
  • Hill Dickinson

Micro Business – sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre

  • Beegrip
  • DGB Solicitors
  • Fort Recruitment

National Impact – sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV

  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Offshore Painting Services
  • Stellamar

Positive Impact – sponsored by Offshore Painting Services

  • Beech Group
  • National Oceanography Centre
  • Propeller Club Liverpool

Rising Star – sponsored by Western Union

  • Claire Gilchrist – Royal HaskoningDHV
  • Dan Wilkinson – D Morgan
  • Graham Fisher – The Shipping Exchange

SME of the Year – sponsored by NatWest

  • Bibby Hydromap
  • Offshore Painting Services
  • Walker Engineering

By Mersey Maritime

We achieved great things in 2018 – with 2019 set to be even better!

2018 was a great year for the maritime industry across the region, with new services secured at the Port of Liverpool, the launch of the RSS Sir David Attenborough polar expedition vessel from Cammell Laird, approved plans for a new £5bn Cruise Terminal to accommodate the significant growth in calls over the last few years and finally the city hosting the Northern launch of the Women in Maritime Charter alongside Maritime UK.

Mersey Maritime 2018

It has been a busy but rewarding year for Mersey Maritime, delivering a vast number of diverse events, workshops and seminars covering a multitude of themes and topics including Brexit, Blockchain, Cyber Security, Social Media Training, HR Support, Ballast Water as well as welcoming other key industry speakers.

Highlights of the year include:

  • Supporting a trade mission to New York with the Secretary of State for Department for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox
  • Hosting the Northern Launch of the Women in Maritime Charter at the Liverpool Town Hall, opened by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson and with key female speakers from across the industry including Julia Bradley (Peel Ports), Helen Kelly (Lloyds List), Kathryn Nielson (Merchant Navy Training Board) and Sue Terpilowski (Women in Maritime Chair)
  • Our Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018 which was our biggest yet, with 450 guests in attendance and key winners of the night including Accu-right Engineering, Royal HaskoningDHV, Peel Ports Group and Offshore Painting Services
  •  Supporting both the Labour and Conservative conferences, with fringe event for Shadow Transport Ministers in Liverpool and speaking at a panel event on Coastal Powerhouses in Birmingham
  •  We launched our Evening Face-to-Face events, bringing our signature event to different members locations across the region with key industry speakers (including Maritime UK, RSM UK and Cruise Liverpool)
  • We hosted four executive events (for our sponsors) including a lunch with cyber-security experts Cyxtera, dinner with the Maritime UK board, dinner with the Vice Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and finally a dinner with the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC where Mersey Maritime also pledged their support to the Corporate Covenant
  • To understand our members needs and requirements in more detail, we issued a member’s feedback survey and launched our Members Engagement Group who have already met twice this year

National Impact

We have also worked hard to continue our traction at a national level, providing our members with the opportunity to feed into the Maritime Sector Deal, Maritime 2050 and the Women in Maritime initiative. My role as Chair of the Regional Cluster Council will also provide our members with great opportunities across the UK when we roll out the scheme (based on the Mersey Maritime model) in next year.

Looking to 2019

It looks like 2019 is going to be another eventful year, with political uncertainty facing us all, Mersey Maritime will be on hand to support our members and will continue to represent and champion the needs and demands of the industry across the Liverpool City Region.

We have some great events planned for next year including:

  • The UK-NL Maritime Nations Forum, in association with Maritime UK and the Netherlands Business Support Office which will take place in Liverpool (17th January)
  • Our fifth Mersey Maritime Industry Awards in March which is now a key event on the national maritime calendar (14th March)
  • We will be relaunching our Export Forum in conjunction with Western Union Business Solutions.
  •  Supporting London Shipping Week in September with several different events scheduled
  • Offering monthly open surgery sessions for all members to drop in to discuss any concerns and or opportunities with the Mersey Maritime team

In addition to the above, we will continue to offer all our usual activity and would encourage you to inform us of any key themes, topics and challenges that you would like us to address.

On behalf of all the Mersey Maritime team and our Board Members – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Chris Shirling-Rooke

CEO, Mersey Maritime

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Launches 5th Annual Industry Awards

Mersey Maritime has launched their fifth annual industry awards and is calling for maritime and logistics businesses across the Northern Powerhouse to start preparing their entries for the 2019 awards.  

The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, have established an incredible reputation as one of the leading maritime award events in the UK, which celebrates the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding companies and performers. The applications are open to any maritime or maritime related organisations, businesses and individuals across the Northern Powerhouse and Isle of Man.

The Awards

The awards will take place on 14th March 2019, in the stunning Titanic Hotel in Liverpool and are already fully sponsored; including diamond sponsors Beech Group, Peel Ports, Stellamar and Western Union. The event will be hosted by BBC Breakfast Presenter Louise Minchin and it is expected that 2019 will be the biggest yet with more than 450 industry professionals in attendance.

The Application Process 

Entries for the Mersey Maritime Industrial Awards 2019 are now open, and you can submit your entry via the Mersey Maritime website. There are 13 award categories including Business of the Year, Rising Star and Innovation awards. The closing date for submitting award entries is midday Friday 14th December 2018, every application received is assessed by Mersey Maritime’s prestigious industry judging panel, who select the finalists for each category. The winner of each category will this year be determined by the industry itself, with an industry voting platform launching in February 2019.

Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke said “the industry vote is all about creating even more opportunities to showcase the fantastic innovation, growth and positive impacts happening across the Northern Powerhouse. We want everyone to feel involved in championing the region. There is already a great sense of comradery at the awards evening and we hope to shine a spotlight on this throughout the voting process”

To view the award categories, download an application pack or buy tickets/tables, please visit Mersey Maritime’s website.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE INAUGURAL MARITIME EXCHANGE CONFERENCE
Sir Michael Bibby announced as keynote speaker for new national maritime conference to be held in Liverpool
Liverpool Council gives green light to new Isle of Man ferry terminal
Member of the Month: Robinson Rice Associates
Mersey Maritime recognised for support for the armed forces
THE BEST OF THE MARITIME INDUSTRY CELEBRATED IN LIVERPOOL
MERSEY MARITIME PREPARE TO CELEBRATE THE BEST OF THE MARITIME INDUSTRY
Pioneering Mersey Maritime Industry Awards voting platform receives fantastic response
Mersey Maritime backs drive to strengthen links with Europe, despite Brexit
Mersey Maritime announces finalists for 5th Annual Industry Awards
We achieved great things in 2018 – with 2019 set to be even better!
Mersey Maritime Launches 5th Annual Industry Awards