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By Mersey Maritime

Connecting Ports & Innovation: Meet Rotterdam’s Port XL on January 15th 

Interested in working with other ports and maritime companies? Want to expand your business with or to Rotterdam or do you wish to be involved in disrupting the maritime industry locally and globally? If your answer is yes to these questions, we can offer you a kick-start!

On the 15th of January Mersey Maritime and our executive member, the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) offer you an exclusive networking opportunity where you will be introduced to Port XL and Rotterdam Partners and learn about their innovative approaches that bring together the maritime industry and technology from all over the world. Rotterdam is one of the biggest and most efficient port cities in the world and is looking to work together with you to build for the future through innovation and collaboration.

PortXL is the first World Port Accelerator and unique in its kind. They partner with leading companies, organisations and individuals around the globe, from Singapore, to Houston, Piraeus and hopefully also Liverpool City Region. Its aim is to accelerate innovative companies in ports all over the world, working together with local port authorities, city councils and influential companies to solve real life challenges, implement innovations and make the maritime industry grow and be more competitive! PortXL focuses on building an ecosystem that creates value for all stakeholders working in and around the port and other port related industries through an intense mentorship driven program with founders, investors and corporate partners. In the Netherlands they work with (amongst others) Van Oord, Port of Rotterdam, EY, ECE, Vopak, Uniper Boskalis, Rabobank, Rotterdam Port Fund, Thales, City of Rotterdam, Rotterdam The Hague Airport and InnovationQuarter. Everything PortXL and its’ partners do, is aimed at growing and disrupting the maritime, transport & logistics, energy and chemical & refinery markets, locally and globally.

Rotterdam Partners is the local trade & investment agency and your gateway to business in Rotterdam and all of Europe mainland. Whether you are looking for new business partners, market introductions, information or a strategic location to prepare for the future, Rotterdam Partners is there to help you make it all happen!  Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe and the eighth-largest in the world. More to the point, it is also Europe’s busiest port in terms of volume, with a throughput in 2013 of 11.6 million containers (TEUs). It has the deepest seaport in the world, which can be accessed by even the largest sea-going vessels ever made. The port and the area around it make up the largest industrial cluster in the Netherlands. Even as ‘well connected’ goes, Rotterdam is supremely well hooked up in all the ways that will matter for your business: rail, road, shipping—including inland shipping—pipelines, air, and of course online, with state-of-the-art telecoms and internet connectivity. When it comes to being networked, in fact, the city’ has everything you and your business will need to thrive.

During the event you will get to learn more about the port city of Rotterdam and Port XL. Our guests will particularly elaborate on how the maritime ecosystem in Rotterdam works, how this unique form of collaboration benefits the entire industry around the port and how innovations from the accelerator program have led to business growth and successes already. An excellent opportunity to share knowledge, especially as the Mersey Side and Rotterdam have a lot in common. There will be plenty of time to network and discuss your individual cases with the experts from Rotterdam over our complementary lunch.

Mersey Maritime and the Netherlands Business Support Office join forces to bring together stakeholders, businesses and networks from the UK and Dutch maritime industry to prepare for the future and create growth for through collaboration and innovation. This event will be the starting point in our series of ‘West-East Corridor’ Events connecting the Mersey side to the Netherlands.

To register for this event please email 

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018 (MMIA18) Applications Live!

Applications & Ticket Sales for the prestigious Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018 are now live!  

As we enter our fourth year, we are delighted to welcome back our four Diamond Sponsors, Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group & Stream Marine Training (SMT). In addition to this we are also extremely proud to have all of our award categories fully sponsored and very grateful to our many reinstated sponsors for their continued support.

The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2018 will be held at the world famous Anfield Stadium on 8th March 2018, and will be our biggest and best yet. ‘Making Waves Globally’ has been chosen as the underlying theme because Liverpool is trading on a global scale and leading the way in terms of infrastructure investment, innovation, and connectivity both nationally and with the rest of the world. The level of interest in the awards has already been outstanding, and we are expecting the number of nominations to be larger than ever.

There are now 12 Awards you may wish to apply for, with the exciting addition of the National Impact Award for 2018! As always, the Judges will be considering who could be the potential candidate for this year’s Maritime Ambassador, taking our award total up to 13.

To book your tickets please click here and return the attached form to

To download an application pack please click here
The closing date for applications will be Friday 5th January 2018.

Award Categories:
Business of the Year– Sponsored by Stream Marine Training
SME of the Year – Sponsored be Royal HaskoningDHV
Micro Business of the Year – Sponsored by MTC
National Impact Award – Sponsored by Maritime UK
Rising Star Award – Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University
Engineering Company of the Year – Sponsored by RSM
Best Newcomer – Sponsored by Stellamar
Innovation Award – Sponsored by Peel Ports Group
Freight & Logistics Award – Sponsored by Seatruck
Global Reach Award – Sponsored by NatWest
Maritime Professional Services Award – Sponsored by Tilney
Positive Impact Award – Sponsored by Associated British Ports (ABP)
Maritime Ambassador of the Year** – Sponsored by Beech Group

We wish you the best of luck with your applications!


By Annette Parker


Trade representative body Mersey Maritime has praised the power of partnership as an agreement was signed at its Birkenhead headquarters yesterday (14 June) to develop a brand new maritime and offshore training facility in the UK’s North West.

Investment for the major new training facility was officially agreed this week, following months of discussions in which Mersey Maritime played a vital role.

The cluster organisation for the maritime sector in the North West has been instrumental in initiating discussions and lining up potential partners from across the region’s public and private sectors to secure the business connections and support needed to bring Glasgow-based Stream Marine Training to Merseyside.

Stream Marine confirmed their commitment to establishing a major maritime and offshore training centre in Wirral by signing an agreement with Wirral Council that will see them invest up to £1.5m in new facilities at Tower Quays and a new fire training ground along Duke Street, Birkenhead. The investment could also have a significant broader economic impact, with the potential of up to 5,000 additional bed nights being booked in Wirral each year.

Using the Wirral Waters Investment Fund, Wirral Council has put together a compelling package of support as part of a strategy to strengthen the Maritime and low carbon sectors on the Wirral peninsula. The opening of the new facility within the Mersey Waters Enterprise Zone is set to create up to 25 new jobs.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive Officer of Mersey Maritime, said: “The signing of the agreement this week between Stream Marine Training and Wirral Council is the culmination of many months of hard work behind the scenes. Mersey Maritime initiated this and has been at the heart of the discussions during that time as part of our agenda to drive forward inward investment and help create the right conditions for business growth.

“Stream Marine’s decision to set up its first base outside of Scotland in Wirral is a mark of confidence in the region and the opportunities available to ambitious business owners looking to expand. This type of investment is perfectly aligned with Mersey Maritime’s vision for the cluster, promoting growth, innovation and new jobs.”

The support Mersey Maritime has provided to Stream Marine Training has been facilitated through its business support programme New Markets 2 (NM2). The cluster organisation is one of 11 organisations in the Liverpool city region delivering support to fast-growth small and medium-sized businesses via the NM2 project, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and is the first to successfully attract inward investment as a result of the support it has delivered to SMT.

George Davies, Deputy Leader of Wirral Council, said: “It was only Monday this week when we announced our ambition to create thousands of jobs in Wirral through a £1 billion regeneration programme. It’s fantastic that, just a few days later, we are already talking about new businesses opening their doors in the borough – it’s a sign of confidence in Wirral, and it’s great news for residents.

“Maritime businesses such as Stream Marine Training are exactly the type of company we are trying to attract to Wirral – fast growing, ambitious and able to invest in the area and create jobs and I am delighted to be able to welcome SMT to Wirral. On behalf of the council I pledge to do all we can to continue to support them.’

The nearest offshore facility currently is in Lancashire and is heavily oversubscribed, so the catchment potential for Stream Marine Training is considerable. Chief executive Martin White is confident there is a real demand that can be served from the Liverpool area.

He said: “The range of support available to maritime businesses moving to the Liverpool city region is outstanding. We have been welcomed with open arms and are excited to be setting up our new operation here in Wirral. I’m immensely grateful to Wirral Council, Mersey Maritime and Peel Land & Property for their work in getting us to this point and look forward to being part of this regional success story.”

Paula Basnett, CEO at Wirral Chamber said: “It is great news, but just the start of our journey with SMT. They do already have relationships with major companies who have committed to using Wirral facilities when they open. We are now working closely with them to ensure they are fully aware of the quality of our other local suppliers as they operationalise.”


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Image shows: Cllr George Davies, Deputy Leader, Wirral Council (left) with Stream Marine CEO Martin White 



By Annette Parker


Mersey Maritime is hailing the success of its first 12 months since moving into the Maritime Knowledge Hub.

The trade representative body for the maritime and related industry sectors across the Liverpool city region set up its office within the newly opened Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Wirral, in June 2016, and has seen an increasingly busy stream of visitors pass through its doors.

Mersey Maritime Chief Executive Chris Shirling-Rooke said the pace of activity within the Hub had already far exceeded first year predictions, and bore out a real demand for the facility.

He said: “Moving into our own premises was always the aim. We knew from consultation with our 200 plus members and public sector partners that demand for a central resource of this type was definitely there, but what we didn’t predict was how much of a catalyst for growth it would turn out to be.

“The Hub provides a very visual representation of who we are and the work we’ve been doing for the past 14 years. It has allowed us to expand the range of services Mersey Maritime offers to the sector and have the space to make them happen. Since January alone, we’ve organised over 41 business events and seen almost 2000 people come through our doors, which has more than doubled what we were doing the previous year.

“We are also supporting fast growth small and medium sized [SME] businesses by providing office space and tailored business support, all of which is contributing towards making our sector great again. By anyone’s standards I think that can be measured as success.”

He added: “What’s really interesting is how the maritime industry has responded. Mersey Maritime is and always will be industry-focused, which means that everything we do is directed towards sectoral growth and the creation of jobs. The businesses we work with recognise and respond to that. They see Mersey Maritime as the facilitator, the vehicle that brings our sector’s many disparate elements together and gives them a single voice, with the Maritime Knowledge Hub as the embodiment of that vision.”

Located directly on the busy A41 leading in and out of Liverpool city centre via the Birkenhead Tunnel, the Maritime Knowledge Hub is a collaboration between Mersey Maritime and partners including Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Wirral Council. It provides a central resource to the maritime industry and related sectors such as energy, manufacturing and offshore oil and gas, for knowledge sharing, research and innovation, training and skills.

World leading simulator-based training suites housed on the top floor of the Knowledge Hub are complemented by a busy programme of business network forums, high-level meetings and workshops designed to engage industry and help build strong local supply chains.

Mersey Maritime signed a partnership agreement LJMU in 2015, which marked an important step forward in Mersey Maritime’s evolution,

“The LJMU partnership and our joint occupation of the Maritime Knowledge Hub has brought industry and academia together in a way that directly benefits the sector in and around Liverpool. Employers recognise the need to upskill the workforce and to recruit the best young minds into the maritime sector so that we can continue to promote Liverpool as world class centre of excellence.

“Our role at Mersey Maritime is to acts as a conduit between these two helping to drive the innovation agenda forward from an academic perspective and, from the employers’ perspective ensuring it has direct relevance and application to ground level operations.

“The Liverpool cluster is upheld as a benchmark for good practice in clustering. We are proud to be one of the strongest and most successful maritime clusters in Europe,” added Mr Shirling-Rooke.


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Image shows: Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime.



By Annette Parker

Mersey Maritime hosts Maritime UK’s second board meeting outside London

Maritime UK is holding only its second ever board meeting outside of London today (Friday) in Liverpool at the home of Mersey Maritime – the representative body of the maritime sector in the North West.

Mersey Maritime joined the Board of Maritime UK last year and was the only cluster to be invited to the board meeting.

Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime Chris Shirling-Rooke now chairs the Maritime UK Cluster Group, a sub-committee of the main Board.

Talking about the visit, Mr Shirling-Rooke said: “It’s fantastic to be given the opportunity to host today’s Maritime UK board meeting. We welcomed the Board to Liverpool yesterday evening (Thursday) and have been showing them the regeneration that has been happening here in the city. We have also been able to offer our members the opportunity to meet and present their business ideas to the Chairman of Carnival UK, David Dingle.”

Board members from Maritime UK and key Mersey Maritime guests attended a drinks reception on Thursday evening followed by a private dinner hosted by financial planning and investment firm Tilney, prior to visiting Liverpool John Moores University and the University’s Ships Bridge and Engine Room Simulators this morning (Friday).

Key Mersey Maritime guests including Sir Michael Bibby, Vice-President of the Supervisory Board of the UK Chamber of Shipping, and Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, also attended the event.

Local SMEs were also give the chance to attend and meet with Chairman of Maritime UK and Carnival UK, giving them the opportunity to present their own business ideas to Mr Dingle.


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The pic shows L-R: Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime; David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK and Carnival UK; John Murray, Chief Executive, Society of Maritime Industries and Sir Michael Bibby Bt, Managing Director, Bibby Line Group and VP of the Supervisory Board of the UK Chamber of Shipping



By Annette Parker


Mersey Maritime, the representative body of the maritime cluster in the North West of England has raised almost £5000 for Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) through its annual Industry Awards dinner.

Mersey Maritime presented John Wilson, Chief Executive Officer from the charity, with a cheque for £4687 at the After-Show Drinks Reception held for the winners of Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) 2017, following a charity raffle it held on the night.

The money raised went towards the outfitting of a new £40,000 centre, which will work in partnership with the charity’s headquarters at Colonsay House in Crosby to provide support to the 50,000 seafarers who pass through Merseyside’s ports each year.

The new centre is located at Queen Elizabeth II Dock in Ellesmere Port at the entrance to the Manchester Ship Canal and was officially opened on 19 April.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “We were very happy to be able to hand over the money we raised at this year’s MMIAs to the Liverpool Seafarers Centre at our Drinks Reception. Our third MMIAs was a huge success – the best yet – and I would like to thank everyone who took part in the raffle we held on the night to enable to us to make this donation to John. The view over the River Mersey from the 14th floor of RSM’s offices, where we made the presentation, provided a stunning backdrop. We are also grateful to RSM for hosting the event.”

Welcoming the cheque, Mr Wilson said: “We were delighted to be Mersey Maritime’s chosen charity at this year’s Industry Awards dinner and are grateful to Mersey Maritime and its members for making this generous donation towards the new centre. The working life of a seafarer is a hard and, at times, dangerous one. 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 maintain its reputation as a friendly caring port.”



About Liverpool Seafarers Centre

The Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC) is an ecumenical partnership between two well established Seafarer welfare organisations based in Liverpool, the Apostleship of the Sea (Liverpool) and The Mersey Mission to Seafarers founded in 1856. Whilst the face of the Seafarer has changed, the need has not: relief from loneliness, isolation and being away from home, family and friends for up to nine months. The services of the LSC remain in demand each and every day and as a registered charity, it is totally reliant upon voluntary donations, both of much essential funds and items such as woolly hats, warm clothing DVDs, CDs confectionery, toiletries, magazines.


Image shows Liverpool Seafarers Centre CEO John Wilson (left) receiving the cheque from Mersey Maritime Board Director Gary Hodgson of Peel Ports Group.

By Annette Parker


Maritime sector representative in the North West Mersey Maritime will host an innovative event connecting businesses to key decision makers to boost supply chain opportunities for SMEs – in a Dragons’ Den style format.

The two-hour Innovation event that is being held with Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, is aimed at SMEs who feel they have a product, service or approach that can add value to the Peel Ports business.

The event, taking place at the Maritime Knowledge Hub on 29th March between 8.30am and 10.30am, is the first in a new programme of MiHub events that aims to cut through the cold-call process by bringing the right people together in an environment that can boost business opportunities.

Business with an offer that is of interest to the panel will be potentially fast-tracked onto the port operator’s supplier list, enabling them to compete for existing or future business.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “One of our key aims has always been to increase supply chain opportunities for SMEs. We are really excited to be working with Peel Ports to offer eligible SMEs the opportunity to access senior decision makers at one of the largest port operators in the UK.

“This is the first event like this that we have held and we are expecting it to be an interesting and busy morning for SMEs and Peel Ports. This event avoids the painful process of cold-calling and allows our members to directly access business decision makers.”

Events like the Peel Ports panel are part of Mersey Maritime’s ‘MiHub’ programme, a series of regular events and workshops throughout the year that allow SMEs to learn about and benefit from regional supply chain opportunities. The MiHub programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund’s New Markets 2 project, which Mersey Maritime is currently delivering to fast-growth SMEs.

The panel will comprise of Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Peel Ports Group; David Huck, Port Director; Adam Green, Head of Procurement; Brad Crumbleholme, Head of Engineering.


By Annette Parker


Two leading maritime organisations have joined forces to stimulate growth in marine, ports and energy business in the North.

Mersey Maritime and Team Humber Marine Alliance, representative bodies for the maritime sector, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at collaborating and presenting a united front in the Northern Powerhouse initiative.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive Officer of Mersey Maritime said: “We are really excited to have signed this agreement with Team Humber Marine Alliance. THMA is an excellent organisation that has done a lot of good work in the marine and offshore sector in the Yorkshire and Humber region of the UK.

“Team Humber has the same vision as Mersey Maritime and by working together, sharing industry knowledge and best practices we hope to significantly increase activity and investment in the maritime industry across the two regions we represent.”

Mark O’Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Team Humber Marine Alliance, said: “This agreement strengthens the offer of the North West and the Yorkshire and Humber regions. We are united in our mission to win more business for our members and our combined wealth of skills and capabilities are a force to be reckoned with.

“Both areas have made great strides with the transformational Liverpool2 and Greenport Hull investments and we want to capitalise on these opportunities, enhance the skills base and create sustainable jobs.”

It is expected that the initiative will encourage member companies to enter into joint ventures, catalyse innovation as well as increase access to funding and skills development.

The two organisations have been in talks since they were introduced in 2015 through a UK Northern Powerhouse trade mission visiting offshore wind regions and organisations in the USA. This initiative builds upon a growing relationship between the Humber and Mersey regions across academia, public sector and business.

The MOU was signed at the third Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) in the presence of: David Dingle, Chairman of Carnival (Cunard & P&O Cruises) and Chairman of Maritime UK; Jacqueline Foster Conservative MEP for the North West and Spokesman on Transport & Tourism; Anne O’Byrne, Deputy Mayor of Liverpool City Council; Phil Davies Leader of Wirral Council; John Hulmes, Chairman Mersey Maritime; Camilla Carlbom, Vice Chairman of Team Humber Marine Alliance & Carlbom Shipping; Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO Mersey Maritime and Mark O’Reilly, CEO & Chairman, Team Humber Marine Alliance.


By Annette Parker


Mersey Maritime, the representative body for the maritime sector in the North West of England, is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs).

The organisation, which represents the interests of a maritime cluster of more than 1,250 businesses, held its annual awards on Thursday evening (March 9) at a black tie gala dinner at Liverpool Football Club.

There were 12 winners on the night in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to Business of the Year Award. The winners are:

Best Newcomer (Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group)
WINNER: Complete Training Solutions

Rising Star (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University)
JOINT WINNERS: John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV and  Lauren Kemp, Beech Group

Engineering Company of the Year (Sponsored by RSM UK)
WINNER: DT Engineering NW Ltd

Innovation Award (Sponsored by Peel Ports Group)
WINNER: Warrant Group Ltd

Freight & Logistics Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
WINNER: 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps

Maritime Professional Services Award (Sponsored by Tilney)
WINNER: MDS Transmodal Ltd

Global Reach Award (Sponsored by NatWest)
WINNER: RS Clare & Co Ltd

Micro Business of the Year (Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre)
WINNER: LEK Lubrication Systems

Positive Impact (Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners)
WINNER: Liverpool Cruise Terminal

The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador (Sponsored by Beech Group)
WINNER: Ian Higby, Managing Director, Atlantic Container Line

SME of the Year (Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services)
WINNER: Eldapoint Ltd

Business of the Year (Sponsored by Stream Marine Training)
Seatruck Ferries

The judges’ award for Maritime Ambassador is decided each year by an independent judging panel, which was unanimous in choosing Ian Higby, Managing Director of Atlantic Container Line (UK) as its 2017 winner.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “Our third event has exceeded all expectations we had when we started organising this event more than three years ago. Each year we have built on the success of the previous year and this year’s event was no different. We had greater demand for tables, more award categories and more entries than ever before.

“We heard about some of the truly excellent businesses based here in the North West and this event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the sheer diversity of their expertise and achievements. Our key message for 2017 is ‘Liverpool is Back’ and we certainly proved that on Thursday evening. We were also very honoured to hold the event at Liverpool Football Club, which provided a stunning backdrop for our maritime awards”

Key guests within the maritime sector included Bernhard Friess, Director of the European Commission and David Dingle, Chairman of Maritime UK. Jacqueline Foster, MEP for the North West, was as a guest speaker on the night.

The MMIAs was sponsored by Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training. Hill Dickinson LLP sponsored the pre-dinner drinks reception.


By Annette Parker


The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region.

The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime, said: “The number and quality of entries for the 2017 MMIAs has risen for the third consecutive year, which will make for an exciting awards evening when the winners are announced on 9th March. The response from companies operating in the maritime and related industries  here in the UK’s North West proves without doubt that ‘Liverpool is back’- the theme we have chosen for this year’s awards.“

He added: “This year we have moved the MMIAs to Liverpool Football Club, a much larger venue with a view out towards Liverpool2 – the new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool – to try and meet demand but we are still running a waiting list for places. It’s a measure of the sector’s confidence that we are once again at absolute capacity for this eagerly anticipated annual event.”

The finalists are:

Best Newcomer Award (Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group)
– Complete Training Solutions
– Fort Recruitment
– MAS Consultants

Rising Star Award  (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University)
– John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV
– Lauren Kemp, Beech Group
– Matt Costello, James Fisher Marine Services

Engineering Company of the Year Award (Sponsored by RSM UK)
– DT Engineering NW Ltd
– Heap & Partners

Innovation Award (Sponsored by Peel Ports Group)
– Geo Data Systems Ltd
– Immersive Interactive
– Warrant Group

Freight and Logistics Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
– 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
– MDS Transmodal
– Quality Freight Group

Maritime Professional Services Award (Sponsored by Tilney)
– DGB Solicitors
– MDS Transmodal
– Hill Dickinson LLP

Global Reach Award (Sponsored by NatWest)
– Knowles
– Royal HaskoningDHV
– RS Clare

Micro Business of the Year (Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre)
– Immersive Interactive
– LEK Lubrication
– PJ Environmental

Positive Impact Award (Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners)
– Liverpool Cruise Terminal
– Liverpool John Lennon Airport
– Liverpool Seafarers Centre

The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador (Sponsored by Beech Group)
A judges’ award will be announced on the night.

SME of the Year  (Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services)
– Beech Group
– Eldapoint
– Complete Training Solutions

Business of the Year   (Sponsored by Stream Marine Training)
– Peel Ports Group
– Royal HaskoningDHV
– Seatruck Ferries

There will be a ‘Meet The Finalists’ reception for the judges and the nominees on Thursday 9th February.

The winners will be announced at a black tie Awards Dinner four weeks later on 9th March at Liverpool Football Club.
Diamond sponsors of the event are Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training.


By Annette Parker


The judging panel in this year’s Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) has got its work cut out as it looks to select three worthy finalists for its Rising Star award.

Sector representative body Mersey Maritime set up the MMIAs as a brand new event in 2014, seeing a real appetite from its members to celebrate the excellence, dynamism and diversity that exists across the Maritime Sector in the UK’s North West. The Rising Star category wasn’t introduced until the second year. It came about in response to feedback from employers keen to reward the younger members of their workforce whose fresh approach and achievements they see as the key to future success.

Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke said: “The Maritime Sector in the North West has seen massive investment in recent years and serves to remind young people how exciting a career in the Maritime Sector can be. That success is visible and was palpable in events towards the end of 2016 such as the opening of Peel’s £400m deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool, worldwide coverage of Cammell Laird’s keel-laying ceremony for the £200m polar research ship the Sir David Attenborough and the christening by HRH The Princess Royal of Atlantic Container Line’s new CONRO vessel Atlantic Sea.

“Entries for Rising Star this year reflect the stellar quality of the younger generation now starting to come through. These young people are making an active choice to work in the Maritime Sector; they are taking the industry forward, injecting new ideas and helping bring about change that will help our industry to stay competitive.”

As part of the judging process all candidates attend a personal interview, hosted this year at the Liverpool office of maritime law firm Hill Dickinson. MMIA judge Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Peel Ports Group, said he had been impressed from day one by the candidates he had met. He said: “I have been a member of the judging panel for all three years of the MMIAs to date and the Rising Star interviews are without doubt the most rewarding part. My role as a judge in this category reflects Peel Ports’ own commitment as an employer to attracting and training young people into rewarding careers in the sector. ”

Fellow judge Prof Ian Jenkinson, Head of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University said the maritime industry, like other industry sectors, faces a skills gap which is limiting productivity and competitiveness. He said: “Liverpool John Moores University is working with Mersey Maritime and other partners to develop new qualification and skills pathways that meet the needs of industry in the next 10, 20, 30 years. This year’s Rising Star candidates represent the foundation of a dynamic, highly skilled workforce of the future.”

Candidates for the MMIA Rising Star award in 2017 represent a wide range of companies including James Fisher Marine Services, Royal HaskoningDHV, James Troop & Co and The Engineering College. A complete list of finalists across all 11 award categories is due to be announced on 31 January, with winners announced at a black tie gala dinner held at Liverpool Football Club on 9 March 2017.

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