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By Corinne Mcginty

26-27 April 2017 – PARTNERS IN THE MARITIME ENTERPRISE: THE ROYAL NAVY & THE UK MARITIME INDUSTRIES

A national conference, organised by the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI), will take place on 26-27 April 2017 and will look at the maritime world today and the partnership of the UK maritime industries with the Royal Navy in support for the UK maritime enterprise through shipbuilding, repair, training, equipment procurement and the supply chain.

Speakers from the highest echelons of the industry and the Royal Navy will promote debate on these topics and discuss the critical issues. The two day event will be held at the world renowned Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

The themes to be discussed and debated are: The Maritime World Today, Supporting the UK Maritime Enterprise and RN Shipbuilding, Repair, Support and Supply Chain.

The full speaker programme and a booking form can be found here.

By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

We’ll start with a reminder that the 3rd annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards are now open for entries, with even more categories to go for. If you’ve attended  the MMIAs  in the past you’ll know just how good and prestigious the black tie awards dinner is and how worthwhile it is to spend a couple of hours putting together an entry in one of the 11 categories up for grabs. If you’re considering entering for the first time, please do get involved. New  categories for 2017 include Micro Business of the Year and Positive Impact Award. Full details and entry form here.  http://bit.ly/2fUAwkJ

PEEL’S £400M LIVERPOOL2 OPENS FOR BUSINESS
The big news this month was the official opening on 4 Nov of Liverpool2, Peel Port’s new £400m deepwater container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. The new facility complements the existing Royal Seaforth Container Terminal at the port, giving Peel the capacity for the first time to handle up to 95% of the world’s largest vessels. Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said [the opening] “marks the beginning of a new era for the Port of Liverpool. Our investment will help global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their end destination with lower costs, congestion and carbon emissions. Liverpool is in the right location, providing state-of-the art facilities and technology, and offers a real competitive advantage with a shorter supply chain and providing an all-water route right to the heart of the UK via the Manchester Ship Canal.” The opening of  Liverpool2 is expected to create up to 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in the supply chain, with  Liverpool’s current 8% share of the UK container market expected to rise to between 15 and 20%. Full article here.

CMA CGM GROUP POWERS NEW OCEAN ALLIANCE
A new OCEAN ALLIANCE has been formalised this month between four major shipping lines, creating the largest operational agreement ever made between shipping companies. The agreement sets out the proposed OCEAN ALLIANCE’s network, including port rotation for each service loop. The four partners in the Alliance –  CMA CGM Group, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line – have agreed to share capacity on several routes: they will operate 40 services on the East-West trades with around 100 ports of call and almost 500 port pairs, supported by a fleet of nearly 350 vessels with a total capacity of 3.5m TEUs.  CMA CGM Group will have the largest share (35%) within the alliance, deploying a fleet of 119 vessels reinforcing CMA CGM’s position as a key player at the heart of the industry. Further details of what this means in terms of route coverage can be read here.
http://www.cma-cgm.com/news/1361/ocean-alliance-sets-out-network

LIVERPOOL CRUISE TERMINAL BRINGS IN £7 MILLION
Liverpool Cruise Terminal helped to generate an economic impact of circa £7m during the summer season after welcoming more than 100,000 passengers in 2016. A report drawn up for the city council’s Culture, Tourism and Events Select Committee reports 63 cruise liners visits, bringing almost 115,000 passengers and crew to Liverpool. Inaugural calls were made in 2016 by four different vessels, including two visits by the Disney Magic ship. Liverpool’s 2017 cruise season is already shaping up nicely, with 65 confirmed cruise calls, carrying an estimated 108,000 passengers and crew. Plans to build a permanent cruise liner building at the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade, close to the landing stage, are currently being drawn up for consideration.
www.cruise-liverpool.com

WIRRAL MET LAUNCHES STEM CENTRE
Wirral Met College has officially launched its new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Logistics and Warehousing Centres at the Twelve Quays Campus in Birkenhead, Wirral. The STEM Centre will provide qualifications from level 1 through to foundation degree and degree programmes, to take advantage of the growth in jobs across Wirral and the Liverpool City Region. The Logistics and Warehousing Centre will meet increased demand for skills to support the growing logistics sector. Michael Norton, Acting Principal of Wirral Met said, “We are immensely proud of our STEM and Logistics and Warehousing Centres at our Twelve Quays Campus, which include a wide range of high specification, industry standard machinery and equipment usually not seen in a further education college.” The list of high-spec equipment available for training purposes in the new centres makes for impressive reading and has been described by Lee Hardman, Director of United Air Power, as “the best I have ever seen!”. Read more here:

DONG ENERGY CONFIRMS EXIT FROM OIL AND GAS
DONG Energy has confirmed it will exit the  offshore oil and gas markets to focus instead on its offshore wind and renewables portfolio. “We have decided to initiate a process with the aim of ultimately exiting from our oil and gas business. This should be seen in the context of DONG Energy’s strategic transformation towards becoming a global leader in renewables and a wish to ensure the best possible long-term development opportunities for our oil and gas business,” said CEO and President Henrik Poulsen. DONG is currently installing 32 wind turbines as part of the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm, in Liverpool Bay.

SEATRUCK BOSS HAILS NEW M6 LINK TO HEYSHAM PORT
The opening this month of Bay Gateway, a new stretch of road linking the port of eysha to Heysham to the M^ motorway,  Heysham to the M6 motorway, has prompted Seatruck Ferries CEO Alistair Eagles to call on locals to ‘think big when it comes to the area’s future’. Mr Eagles says the M6 Heysham link road will fundamentally change traffic flow in the Lancaster region, reducing congestion and improving access by HGV vehicles to Heysham Port. Seatruck Ferries is already benefiting from the M6 link, having added extra capacity to its unaccompanied freight sailings out of Heysham. The port now has the potential to win more Irish Sea tonnage from hauliers who will no longer have to negotiate congested roads between the M6, Lancaster and the Heysham peninsula. Seatruck has grown from a relatively new entrant into the unaccompanied freight market to become a significant player on the Irish Sea, moving more 290,000 freight units annually on two routes from Heysham and one from Liverpool – around 20 per cent of the total ro-ro frieght traffic to Ireland. The Line now offers 12 crossings a week between Heysham and Dublin and 22 crossings a week between Heysham and Warrenpoint.  www.seatruckferries.com

PORT ACADEMY LIVERPOOL SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION
Port Academy Liverpool, which opened earlier this year in North Liverpool, is partnering with Sefton@Work (part of Sefton Council in North Liverpool) to secure local job opportunities in the maritime sector. In return for providing work experience for unemployed people aged 16 to 29 years., Sefton@Work will support businesses with funding to cover wage costs and will manage the recruitment process on your behalf. SMEs working in the maritime sector who would like to offer a young person the chance to experience a career in your industry on a full time placement for a minimum of six months please contact Linda Patterson on 0151 934 2622 or email linda.patterson@sefton.gov.uk

CTS BRINGS SEASECRETARY COURSES TO COLLINGWOOD DOCK
Liverpool based Health & Safety training provider Complete Training Solutions has partnered with STCW and RYA course provider, Seasecretary, to extend the range of training offered at CTS’s newly acquired Collingwood Dock operation. Courses now include: Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Fighting, RYA Essential Navigation, Sea Survival and Powerboating Levels 1 & 2. Tom Powell, Director of Complete Training Solutions, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for our company and key partnerships such as this one with Seasecretary brings knowledge, experience and training which will greatly improve the course portfolio at Collingwood Dock” Full course list and booking details can be seen here.

NEW MEMBERS

It’s become a welcome trend as we once again report an upsurge in membership, with 8 new Executive Club members, including an upgrade and a returner, and a fistful of other new members. A round up of all recent joiners includes Associated British Ports (upgrade), Essar Oil (UK), UM Group, Ventilation Surveys & Services, Restaurant Bar & Grill (a re-joiner), ITCL, PD Ports and SCH Ltd. At Standard level we welcome KZN Solutions, Stone Marine Shipcare, Brimark Signs (whose illuminated signage adorns the Maritime Knowledge Hub), MD Fitout and Salvus Law. Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available on our website.

IN OTHER NEWS

G.L.WATSON & CO. LEAD RESTORATION OF CACOUNA 1932
Liverpool based classic yacht experts G.L. Watson & Co have announced the forthcoming restoration of the 118 ft yacht Cacouna. The work will be undertaken at the Dunya Yachts shipyard in Istanbul, with G.L. Watson –  the world’s oldest yacht design firm founded in 1873 – acting as exterior and interior designers and owner’s representative.  The yacht has a long and illustrious history, not least having been chartered for the honeymoon of Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher back in 1959 and appearing on the big screen itself in French hit comedy Le Gendarme de Saint Tropez. Who says the maritime industry isn’t sexy?   www.glwatson.com

EVENTS & TRAINING

CAROL SERVICE AT ST NICK’S
Date 21 Dec, 6:00pm
Venue Our Lady and St. Nicholas Church, Liverpool
This service at ‘The Sailors’ Church’ is open to all and will be followed by light refreshments. The service is in support of Liverpool Seafarers Centre.

LIVERPOOL SEAFARERS CENTRE ANNUAL SERVICE OF CAROLS AND LESSONS
Date 23 Dec, from 12-noon
Venue Liverpool Seafarers Centre, 20 Crosby Road, South, Liverpool, L22 1RQ
Open to all. Please confirm attendance in advance by email, as the service will be followed by a fork buffet. E: mailto:admin@liverpoolseafarerscentre.org/ T: 0300 800 8080

PARTNERS IN THE MARITIME ENTERPRISE: THE ROYAL NAVY & THE UK MARITIME INDUSTRIES
Date 26-27 April 2017
Venue Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
Organiser Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)
This 2-day conference will look at the maritime world today and the partnership of the UK maritime industries with the Royal Navy.  Themes will include: The Maritime World Today, Supporting the UK Maritime Enterprise and RN Shipbuilding, Repair, Support and Supply Chain. Full details here.

LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING  – LIVERPOOL
A summary of LR courses in Liverpool from now until April 2017.
– Tanker Vetting and Inspection –  Jan 10-11: £940+VAT
– The Practical Application of the EU MRV Regulations for Shipping – Jan 17: £475+VAT
– Ballast Water Management  – Jan 18: 475+VAT
– Ship New Construction  – Feb 7-9: £1,175+VAT
– ISPS Company Security Officer (MCA Approved) – Mar 14-17: £1,295+VAT
– Essential Dry Docking – Apr 4-6: £1,175+VAT
More info on all of the above here or contact Ukmarinetraining.liverpool@lr.org

SNIPPETS

New routes announced from Liverpool John Lennon Airport  this month with the commencement from March 2017 of a new Wizz Air service between Liverpool and southern Romanian city of Craiova This follows news of a new route to Lublin in Poland from May next year, also with Wizz Air.  Look out for details of a Mersey Maritime/LJLA Cargo workshop in the first quarter of 2017 – remember you can check out upcoming events on the Mersey Maritime website.

GONGS N’ ROSES

PEEL PORTS’ BIOMASS FACILITY WINS GLOBAL AWARD
Port of Liverpool operator Peel Ports and handling systems supplier Siwertell of Sweden have been awarded Best Ship Loading / Unloading System at the International Bulk Journal Awards 2016 in London on 21 Nov. The partnership’s unloading system at the £100 million biomass handling facility at the Port of Liverpool was recognised for its high efficiency and capacity, capable of supplying the Drax power station in Yorkshire with up to 10 train loads of wood pellets per day.  See http://bit.ly/2gnWI7j

ENGINEERING COLLEGE CELEBRATES APPRENTICE AWARDS 2016
The newly rebranded Engineering College (formerly Maritime and Engineering College North West) in Birkenhead has recognised the achievements of its apprentices at an annual awards ceremony with special guest Mark Palios, Executive Chairman of Tranmere Rovers football club.   Apprentice of the Year 2016 was named as Adam Hurst, of Peel Ports, who also secured the Engineering College Development Stage Award. New awards for 2016 include the ‘Dave Bird’ Award for ‘Welder of the Year’, won by Dominic Davies of Cammell Laird, and the ‘Attenborough Society’ Award, won by John Archer, of Balfour Beatty. Since setting up in 1998, the Engineering College has driven turnover to £1.7m and grown apprentice numbers to 330. Clients of the college include Cammell Laird, Balfour Beatty and Clarke Energy, Sovex and Laker Vent.  www.theengineeringcollege.co.uk

AND FINALLY….

CORRECTION
We carried this Stena Line news in the last e-zine but unintentionally topped and tailed it as a Seatruck story, so are repeating with apologies to Stena Line:

STENA LINE GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS RUSH
Irish sea ferry operator Stena Line has added additional freight capacity to its Belfast-Liverpool service ahead of the pre-Christmas trading period, with two extra sailings per week: the first on Fridays from Belfast at 15:30 and the second on Mondays at 08:00 from Birkenhead, Liverpool.  The extra sailings will provide increased freight capacity for up to 2 000 more freight units.  http://www.stenaline.co.uk/
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By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

MEMBERS’ NEWS

ROYAL CHRISTENING MARKS LAUNCH OF ACL’S NEW G4 FLEET
Atlantic Container Line has officially launched its new fleet of transatlantic CONRO (Container/Roll‐on Roll‐off) vessels following the christening of the Atlantic Sea on 20 October by HRH The Princess Royal, the first Royal christening on the Mersey since 1960. ACL’s UK managing director Ian Higby said it had been “an unforgettable day for everyone at ACL,” saying: “It was wonderful to join our Liverpool and New Jersey offices together with our owners, the Grimaldi family, the UK Shipping Minister, John Hayes, and many distinguished guests in the presence of The Princess Royal. It was especially poignant to be able to thank the people of Liverpool and Merseyside who have supported us passionately since we first started business. Our ships have called at Liverpool twice a week, every week since 1969 acting as a crucial link for the UK’s export and import trades. Our European HQ is now in Liverpool with our new purpose‐built office on Duke Street, the first built by a shipping line in the city since 1924.”  The new G4 CONRO vessels will double ACL’s transatlantic capacity, calling at Liverpool twice a week.  www.aclcargo.com

CAMMELL LAIRD STARTS WORK ON £200M RESEARCH SHIP
Construction of RRS Sir David Attenborough has officially started in Birkenhead following a ceremonial keel laying event on 17 October, attended by the eponymous naturalist and broadcaster. Sir David said: “It is an honour to be invited to take part in the keel-laying ceremony. The polar regions are not only critical for understanding the natural world but they also have an enormous appeal for journalists, broadcasters and the public.”
Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret said: “We are proud to say we beat competition from around the world to win this contract, the biggest in Britain for a generation. We want that message to go out today – that British engineering, Merseyside engineering, is strong and still the very best in the world. […] This magnificent ship provides a platform to showcase Cammell Laird to the world, to demonstrate we have the skills, the workforce and the facilities. Today marks a giant leap for Cammell Laird, we are dreaming big and building big again.”
When the RRS Sir David Attenborough sets sail in 2019, the ship will provide a research base to help scientists tackle issues including climate change, future sea level rise and the impact of environmental change on marine life. Its construction will support 460 local jobs including apprenticeships.  www.clbh.co.uk

ROYAL HASKONINGDHV TO BUILD CAYMAN ISLANDS CRUISE BERTH FACILITY
International engineering, design and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has been commissioned by the Cayman Islands government to provide consultancy and engineering services for the development of new berthing facilities and associated terminal building in the Cayman islands. The development is expected to benefit the island in terms of increased GDP from visitor spending, increased revenues for public funds, job opportunities and increased opportunities for the port authority in terms of expansion and profitability. Full story here.

FORT RECRUITMENT HELPS BUILD EXPERTISE OF BROOKES BELL GROUP
Mersey Maritime member Fort Recruitment is reporting a fast-growing list of maritime supply chain clients after starting up from scratch in the city less than two years ago. The company, run by managing director Ian Buckley, has recently recruited three highly specialised staff on behalf of marine consultancy and marine surveying company Brookes Bell Group. Nick Chapman and Luigi Petrone, consulting scientists, have now moved to the London and Hong Kong offices of Brookes Bell after a short training spell in Liverpool, and  Keith Ritchie, a fire investigator, is based in the Liverpool office.  Colin Kershaw, managing partner of Brookes Bell, said he was hugely impressed with the service provided by Fort, saying:  “Fort Recruitment understand our business and our personnel requirements. They have been of great help in finding candidates of the highest calibre in line with the specific areas of expertise we need to build the constantly evolving services of the Brookes Bell Group.”
Ian Buckley of Fort can be contacted on (0151) 287 5721 / www.fortrecruitment.co.uk

MERSEYSIDE ADVENTURE SAIL TRAINING CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF SAIL TRAINING ON MERSEYSIDE
Charitable organisation Merseyside Adventure Sail Training (MAST) will celebrate 50  years of Sail Training this month with a 2-day event across the weekend of 26-27 November. The anniversary celebration will recognise how Sail Training has helped more than 10,000 people of all ages and backgrounds – including disabled and disadvantaged people – to develop life skills through the unique experience of crewing a Tall Ship. Bibby Line Group MD Sir Michael Bibby will open the event at 10am on Saturday 26 Nov. Events include a Memories and Memorabilia exhibition at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and tours of tall ship “Stavros S Niarchos”, berthed in Canning Half Tide Dock. Saturday evening will then see High Sheriff James Davies  welcome guests on board the Stavros for a keynote speech followed by a hot buffet on board the newly refurbished steam tug “Daniel Adamson”. Members of Mersey Maritime who would like to attend some or all of the free activities (or buy tickets for the buffet supper at a cost of £35) should contact  mailto:jimwgraves@hotmail.com/ 07801 680514.

STENA LINE GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS RUSH
Irish Sea ferry operator Stena Line has added additional freight capacity to its Belfast-Liverpool service ahead of the pre-Christmas trading period, with two extra sailings per week: the first on Fridays from Belfast at 15.30 and the second on Mondays at 08:00 from Birkenhead, Liverpool.  The extra sailings will provide increased freight capacity for up to 2 000 more freight units.  www.stenaline.co.uk/

JOHN PERCIVAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Hoylake based yacht training provider JPMA has announced the 2016 winner of its John Percival Leadership Award as Cy Wastell, first mate on board a private yacht. The award was set up following the death in 2014 of JPMA founder John Percival, a keen ambassador for on-board training and encouraging investment in a yacht’s crew. JPMA, the yacht training centre he founded, and now run by his daughter, Anna Percival-Harris, aims to promote high standards in all levels of crew, in all departments, inspiring students to return to their vessel emboldened and ready to nurture junior crew.  www.hss.ac.uk

EVENTS

ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE
Date 11 November, 10.45am
Location Merchant Navy Memorial, Pier Head, Liverpool
Open to all.

104TH ANNUAL BANQUET OF THE LIVERPOOL MARINE ENGINEERS’ & NAVAL ARCHITECTS’ GUILD
(AKA THE PLUMBERS’ BALL)
Date 18 November 2016
Venue Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
Tables for this year’s black tie dinner are, as always, fully sold out, with over 600 guests expected from across the UK and internationally. Those interested in following progress in the lead up to, and seeing photos post-event, can now visit and Like the newly set up LME&NAG’s Facebook page here.

PEOPLE

The Nautical Institute has announced Captain John Lloyd MBA AFNI as its new Chief Executive Officer. Captain Lloyd, currently the Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, will take over from Philip Wake OBE RD* MSc FNI, who is retiring in May 2017.

Liverpool-headquartered law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed its first chief executive as part of a series of changes to its management structure that includes creating the role of chairman. Managing partner Peter Jackson has taken up the position of CEO from 1 November 2016, with long-time senior partner David Wareing becoming chairman. The changes are  part of a strategy to improve the “agility and efficiency of the business, making it more responsive to client needs”.
The firm is also seeking to recruit its first chief operating officer, who will be responsible for all operational aspects of the business. www.hilldickinson.com

Lastly, we report the death on 15 October of John Beech DSM, founder of demolition and remediation experts Beech Group. Current Beech Group MD Chris Wainwright tells us that John, who reached the grand old age of 93, always said he’d used up eight of his nine lives taking off and landing biplanes on aircraft carriers in the Second World War. Having started the company in 1963, John eventually handed control of the company to his son in the 1980s and current owners carried out a management buyout in 2009. John was a fine gentleman and will be sorely missed.   www.beech-group.co.uk

By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

It’s a busy week for Maritime  here in the North West, with the keel-laying ceremony for NERC research vessel the Sir David Attenborough later today and the christening in Liverpool later this week of ACL’s Atlantic Sea. You can keep in touch with what we’re  doing by following our activity on Mersey Maritime’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Finally, please note once again that our main number at the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now 0151 231 2957.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

HRH PRINCESS ANNE TO PERFORM HISTORIC CHRISTENING OF NEW ACL SHIP IN LIVERPOOL
HRH Princess Anne will visit Liverpool this week to christen the newest Atlantic Container Line vessel, Atlantic Sea, in what will be the most historic maritime spectacle on the Mersey since the visit by the ‘Three Queens’ in 2015. The christening, at Liverpool cruise terminal, is the first by a member of the Royal Family on the Mersey for more than 50 years.   The event will mark a new era of investment by ACL in Liverpool and the UK, extending ties to the city dating back to the company’s founding in 1967.  ACL UK Managing Director Ian Higby said: “This is an opportunity to champion Liverpool as a port city of the future and for ACL to thank Merseyside for all its support since the 1960s. We are committed to the Port of Liverpool where we have operated two transatlantic vessel calls per week since 1969.”
Atlantic Sea is the third of five new CONRO vessels commissioned from China by ACL, representing the world’s largest and most advanced vessels of their kind. Once all five are in service, they will double ACL’s capacity to transport containers and ro-ro cargo between the UK, North Europe and North America, with at least four of the vessels sailing under the UK Ship Registry.   www.aclcargo.com

ROYAL HASKONINGDHV & HYUNDAI TO DESIGN WORLD’S LARGEST MARITIME YARD IN SAUDI ARABIA
Royal HaskoningDHV, in consortium with Hyundai Engineering & Construction, is to perform the front-end engineering design in the construction of the world’s largest shipyard, in Ras al-Khair, Saudi Arabia. The yard, in which the Saudis are reported to be investing almost USD 6bn, will have an impressive range of facilities including seven fully-equipped dry docks, two basins and five piers, a shiplift system, workshops, warehouses, utility services areas, as well as office buildings, living quarters, and recreational facilities for more than 10,000 workers. Phase one of the construction is expected to be completed in 2018, with the entire project due for  completed in 2021. Royal HaskoningDHV, which is alo involved in design work for a new cruise terminal in Liverpool,  celebrates its 135th anniversary this week. www.royalhaskoningdhv.com

LIVERPOOL IS BEST UK PORT OF CALL FOR THIRD TIME IN FOUR YEARS
Liverpool has been named as ‘Best UK Port of Call’ for the third time in four years, by the world’s largest cruise review site.  The Cruise Critic Awards highlight excellence in cruise travel and are selected by an international panel of cruise journalists, recognising the very best cruise lines, ships and ports. Cruise terminal manager Angie Redhead said: “This award is without a doubt down to the hard work and much valued contribution of everyone who works at the cruise terminal, but also to the fantastic city-wide support network we are so fortunate enough to work alongside.” You can see the full release here.

WORK COMMENCES ON NEW PORT OF LIVERPOOL REFUELLING STATION
Work on the new 24hr HGV refuelling station at the Port of Liverpool has begun just two weeks after planning permission was granted. A ground-breaking event attended by senior representatives of Peel Ports Group and Certas Energy, who respectively own and will operate the new facility, was held last  week. Once completed in early 2017, the new state-of-the-art facility will allow up to 8 HGVs to refuel simultaneously. David Huck, Port Director Mersey, Peel Ports Group said “I’m extremely proud of our team who have helped to turn this project from concept to construction stage in an extremely short space of time. Over time we will see more investments such as this throughout the region as more and more companies tap into the commercial opportunities available through the increased traffic from our new Liverpool2 Container Terminal”   www.peelports.com

HUGH BAIRD STUDENTS DIVE ‘INTO THE BLUE’ ON RRS DISCOVERY
More than 100 engineering and electrical students from Port Academy Liverpool, part of Hugh Baird College in Bootle, visited the Royal Research Ship Discovery earlier this month as part of the National Environmental Research Council’s (NERC) celebration of science and engineering, ‘Into the Blue’.  RRS Discovery was docked at Liverpool’s waterfront for a four-day event to showcase the fascinating environmental science and engineering research the vessel undertakes.  PAL Engineering lecturer Pat Link, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to see a working research vessel and find out about the valuable environmental science being conducted by the NERC. The students came back to College with a renewed enthusiasm for the science behind their engineering course.  Much of the research they heard about on board will be useful background for some of the engineering projects they’ll be working on, particularly around renewable energy.”
Click here for information about electrical, science or engineering courses at Port Academy Liverpool, click here.

DT ENGINEERING NW BUILDS GOLIATH CRANE ON TOP OF A CRANE
Crane manufacturer and lifting equipment specialist DT Engineering NW has built a Goliath crane on top of an overhead electric travelling crane in a car manufacturer’s press shop. The innovative engineering project will enable essential repair and maintenance work to be carried out on the flywheels that form part of the press. Tom Coyle, managing director at DT Engineering NW, said the four flywheels that form part of the car press needed to be removed for maintenance and the only access point for these was at the top of the machine. He said: “The main concerns were the timelines given by our suppliers. We needed a 15t wire electric hoist with height of lift of 15m, and fast. So we got on with stripping the press and we had to position the Street Crane-manufactured overhead crane to give us space to pull out the fly wheels, which are around 3m wide diameter and weighed 13t. With clearance out of the access hatch only 3 or 4mm, being precise was key.” Mr Coyle added that there was an inevitable raft of safety concerns to keep in mind: “By building a Goliath crane on top of a crane, it was necessary to degrease and clean down the existing Street electric overhead travelling (EOT) crane. We also had our team walking along bridge beams so we installed safety lines and disabled the Street EOT from an electrical standpoint. It’s safe to say it was an intense period before the start date. This install period lasted approximately two-and-a-half days, which we were happy with.”
DT Engineering NW employs 21 staff and has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacture, service and maintenance of mechanical handling. A full article on the project appeared in HOIST magazine which you can read here.

SANTANDER TEAMS UP WITH MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION EEF
High street bank Santander has teamed up with EEF, the manufacturers’ association, for a series of activities to demonstrate the bank’s suport and expertise for the manufacturing sector. The first piece of collateral produced by Santander is a Manufacturing Fact Card which shows that Britain is now the ninth largest manufacturing nation with an annual output worth USD 247bn. Quarterly business outlooks on specific sub-sectors are also planned. The EEF acts as the voice of UK manufacturing, representing 20,000 businesses across the UK.
www.santander.co.uk

By Mersey Maritime

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

Just to mix things up a little, we’re going for a mid-week news round-up with this edition of the e-zine. (Are you more or less likely to read it than on a Friday afternoon – let’s see?) Lots to report but always happy to receive your news and for you to keep in touch with what we’re all doing by following our activity on Mersey Maritime’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Finally, please note once again that our main number at the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now 0151 231 2957.

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

NEW MARKETS 2 – SME BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMME
Mersey Maritime has successfully bid for European funding to run a business support programme for a limited number of fast-growing SMEs. We are currently conducting eligibility checks on a number of businesses signing up to the programme – but there’s space for a few more. We know for a fact that around 85 per cent of businesses in the Merseyside cluster fit the basic SME definition, i.e. they have a registered business address on Merseyside, employ fewer than 250 staff and have an annual turnover of under €50million. If your business can also demonstrate 20 per cent growth across the past three years and could use support for innovation and/or to bring new products or services to market, leading to growth, please get in touch. The New Markets 2 programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and matched by Mersey Maritime, so is available at no financial cost to your business. Please email Mersey Maritime’s funding manager at cathy.robinson@merseymaritime.co.uk

MERSEY MARITIME EVENTS
Our programme of events is getting ever busier as we settle into the Maritime Knowledge Hub (MKH) and roll out a varied programme of network events, export club meetings, industry workshops and business surgeries that are designed to offer something for everyone. We email details regularly but please also keep an eye on our website events page to see everything at a glance. Events coming up in October include tours of NERC’s research vessel RRS Discovery (6 Oct); a high level reception at the MKH for shipping minister John Hayes (20 Oct); and a ‘Panama in Liverpool’ themed Export Club (26 Oct). Click here for more.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

WORK STARTS ON £5.5M DONG ENERGY FACILITY AT SEACOMBE
Construction  has begun on a new £5.5m O&M (operations and maintenance) facility in Wirral for Burbo Bank offshore wind farm operator DONG Energy. The facility will be sited at Kings Wharf in Seacombe, at the entrance to the Birkenhead dock system and will house 45 full-time staff serving the Burbo Bank operation, including the new Burbo Bank Extension which is due for completion in 2017.  Brian McMorrow, senior construction engineer at DONG Energy, said: “DONG Energy is committed to investing in the UK and we are very proud to be playing an important role in the redevelopment of this part of Kings Wharf.” Completion of the new onshore base is scheduled for mid-2017. www.dongenergy.co.uk

PEEL PORTS TO BUILD NEW HGV BUNKER REFUELLING SITE AT PORT OF LIVERPOOL
Planning permission has been granted for a new 24 hour HGV refuelling facility at the Port of Liverpool, thanks to a partnership between Certas Energy and Peel Ports Group  Ground works are due to begin imminently. Located at the main entrance to the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal, the state-of-the-art refuelling facility will be able to accommodate up to eight HGVs at the same time. High speed pumps combined with advanced data collection, fuel monitoring equipment and filtration systems will ensure the best service offering at all times and add convenience for current port users. David Huck, Port Director, Peel Ports Group said: “This new facility will add value to our customers and provide a convenient and cost-effective location for HGV drivers to refuel their vehicles.”
The new facility will open in 2017.  Click here for more detail.

SEATRUCK ADD FOURTH VESSEL TO LIVERPOOL-DUBLIN FREIGHT SERVICE
Irish Sea freight specialist Seatruck is to add a fourth vessel to its Liverpool-Dublin service. The Clipper Ranger will commence operations next week (week commencing 10 Oct), enhancing the busy midweek period with four departures each way per day. Seatruck’s Liverpool-Dublin route is the fastest growing freight service on the Irish Sea, growing at roughly three times market level. CEO of Seatruck Ferries Alistair Eagles said: “Our growth this year on the Liverpool Dublin route has been strong but we are not resting on our laurels or sitting back. We have a firm belief in our business model, a strong team and the right infrastructure in place to take this next step.” He added: “With four sailings each way per day, Seatruck will offer an unrivalled freight-only frequency between Liverpool and Dublin, allowing more operators to switch away from the traditional driver-accompanied transit through Wales or Scotland.”   www.seatruckferries.com

REBRANDED ENGINEERING COLLEGE LAUNCHES IN BIRKENHEAD
Merseyside’s leading engineering college has unveiled a new company brand following a £500,000 refurbishment that was part-funded through Liverpool City Region’s Growth Deal. The newly rebranded Engineering College was formerly known as the Laird Foundation and since 2008 as Maritime & Engineering College North West. It is based next to Cammell Laird in Monk’s Ferry, Birkenhead. Founded in 1998, the college has a turnover of £1.7m and 38 staff, and serves clients including Cammell Laird, Balfour Beatty, Clarke Energy, Sovex and Laker Vent. Engineering College CEO Terry Weston aims to double the size of the college over five years, plugging the ‘massive engineering skills shortage’ in the region. He said: “The College has been very successful but our profile needs to be higher and we want to be better understood by the marketplace. This is why we have rebranded. Historically we have been seen wrongly as working mainly in the maritime industry. Our offer is much broader, we can train apprentices and staff across sectors including construction, nuclear, petrochemical, renewables, oil and gas and the NHS – as well as maritime.”  The Engineering College is the only dedicated engineering skills college in the region, providing a range of 20 high skill craft and technician training routes to becoming qualified in engineering that it says are simply not offered at any other college. www.mecnw.co.uk

WARRANT GROUP’S IFB PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS RESULTS
Almost 100 businesses have engaged with the Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce to seek assistance in entering new markets after an export event in which Warrant Group played a key role. Warrant was one of four international strategic partners sharing exporting knowledge at the Chamber’s ‘Meet Your Global Business Network’ trade at this year’s International Festival for Business. Ian Jones, MD of Warrant Group, said an Export Guide produced by Warrant for the event, was well received. He said: “It was great to meet with businesses face-to-face and to understand their concerns about exporting but most importantly to help break down barriers that companies think may exist when it comes to trading internationally. […] As a business, our core strength is the SME market, which presents a huge opportunity to collaborate and deliver valued-added services. By offering strategic multimodal solutions combined with supply chain excellence, we can help companies maximise opportunities overseas, boost their competitiveness and deliver innovation.” www.warrant-group.com

FLYNN REFRIGERATION TARGETS NORTH AFRICA EXPANSION
Birkenhead-based Flynn Refrigeration has struck a distribution deal with Maltese marine services firm Motherwell Bridge Industries that will see its services supplied to customers in Malta and North Africa. The agreement will also give Flynn a base to open up pathways into Libya and Morocco. Flynn specialises in the global supply, installation, maintenance and conversion of refrigeration and air conditioning systems and parts, whereas Motherwell delivers customised engineering services including on-site construction and maintenance of port-handling equipment, NDT inspections, technical training, tooling and marine engine overhauling and servicing. Flynn MD Alex Flynn said: “Essentially, the Motherwell Bridge team will take the lead as service providers for our spare parts, sales, installation, servicing and maintenance across the southern Mediterranean and North Africa region.Crucially, our clients and customers will benefit from a centrally located point of contact and a ‘middle man’ on the ground they can meet and deal with face to face.”  www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk

POLARIS WINS MEDIA DEAL WITH ACL
Liverpool and Manchester based PR firm Polaris Media has been appointed by Atlantic Container Line (UK) to help promote its operations. This includes the shipping line’s five new transatlantic CON-RO vessels, the biggest ever built, and its new European headquarters in Duke Street, Liverpool. The ACL staff is due to move into the new Duke Street HQ from its current premises on Princes Parade, Pier Head, in October 2016.  www.polarismedia.co.uk

V&A HYDRAULICS COMPLETES WORK ON LIVERPOOL PILOTAGE SERVICE VESSELS
Birkenhead based marine specialist V&A Hydraulics has completed maintenance work on the Liverpool Pilotage Service vessels (providing support to overall maintenance contractor Briggs Marine) with the hydraulic systems on board the Liverpool Pilot launches Fulmar and Dunlin. The Pilotage Service is responsible for the safe navigation of vessels in and out of the Port of Liverpool, in some of the toughest waters in the world. Ships entering Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey face serious hazards and rely on the skills and knowledge of pilots to ensure their safe passage. In turn, the pilots depend on the reliability of the current generation of high-speed launches which deliver them safely to and from ships in Liverpool Bay.  V&A managing director Vic Seddon said: ““It has been a privilege for us to be involved in this one-off piece of work with the Liverpool pilot boats which are so well known in the Merseyside region, and in particular this year which marks a special anniversary [250 years]  for the historic service. As a fellow Merseyside business we have taken great pride delivering this work.” V&A Hydraulics is a specialist pipework installation company with a marine orientation, which has more than 30 years’ experience in the hydraulics industry and has undertaken work in around 20 countries. www.vahydraulics.com

VIDEOTEL’S BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME UPDATED TO HELP SHIPS COMPLY WITH NEWLY RATIFIED GLOBAL TREATY
Videotel, a KVH company, has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast water. From Sept 2017, all ships engaged in international trade will need a BWM plan to remove or neutralise harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens; an International Ballast Water Management Certificate; and an onboard record book to prove compliance. Videotel’s training package, Ballast Water Management, Edition 2 covers BWM plan implementation and approved ballast water management systems that are appropriate for different types of vessels. Videotel has been a leader in developing training material since 1973 and has recorded more than 11 million training events. Its training programmes have been recognized with nearly 100 awards. A trailer of Videotel’s Ballast Water Management, Edition 2, can be seen here.

IN BRIEF

LIVERPOOL JOHN LENNON AIRPORT SET TO BECOME BLUE AIR’S EIGHTH EUROPEAN BASE
Romanian airline Blue Air is to introduce four new services from Liverpool at the beginning of the summer 2017 season. The new services comprise a daily departure to Rome, a four-times-weekly route to Milan, a four-times-weekly connection with Hamburg, and a three-times-weekly link with Alicante. www.liverpoolairport.com

TRAILER TOWING COURSES NOW AVAILABLE AT NATIONAL MARINE SAFETY BOATS
National Marine Safety Boats is now offering full training courses and DVLA-standard tests for towing boats and trailers. Training can also be combined with launch and recovery manoeuvres. Call the National Marine Safety Boats’ team on 0151 909 8067 for more information.

GONGS N’ ROSES

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES WINS TOP AWARD FOR PROMOTING BUSINESS SKILLS
Congratulation to our Maritime Knowledge Hub partner Liverpool John Moores University, which has picked up one of the Government’s annual Enterprising Britain Awards – the only organisation in the North and the only university in the country to win one. The award, for LJMU’s Enterprise Educators’ Academe, recognises the university’s achievement in ensuring enterprise skills are embedded right across its curriculum, which comprises  more than 150 degree programme pathways.  Vice-Chancellor of LJMU, Prof Nigel Weatherill, said: “Despite being created just two years ago, the Academe has been successful in embedding enterprise throughout our curriculum so our students graduate with the skills that meet 21st century business demands. Being recognised by the Government as a key player in economic growth reflects our modern civic approach to investing in the future of Liverpool’s business community and its place in the Northern Powerhouse.” https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/

TRAINING

LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING  – LIVERPOOL
A summary of courses in Liverpool from now until end November.

TANKER VETTING AND INSPECTION
Oct 18-19, Liverpool, price:  £940+VAT

ISPS COMPANY SECURITY OFFICER (CSO)
Nov 1-4, Liverpool, price:  £1,295+VAT

ISM/ISPS INTERNAL AUDITOR
Nov 22-24, Liverpool, price:  £1,175+VAT

More information on all of the above at: http://www.lr.org/en/marine/training/find-a-course.aspx or contact Ukmarinetraining.liverpool@lr.org

By Mersey Maritime

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

It’s Friday and the weekend is almost upon us, with just enough time to send out a short news roundup. If we’re not already on your circulation list for company news, you can keep in touch with what we’re doing (and help raise the profile of what you’re doing) by contributing news and following our regular posts on Mersey Maritime’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Finally,  please note once again that our main number at the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now 0151 231 2957.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

PEEL JOINS FORCES IN NORTH OF ENGLAND PORTS INITIATIVE
The Port of Liverpool has signed up to a partnership that brings together the North of England’s four main ports to help create jobs, boost exports and prosperity across the whole of the North of England. The new Northern Ports Association comprises Peel Ports (Liverpool), PD Ports (Teeside), the Port of Tyne and ABP (Hull) and has been created in response to a key recommendation in IPPR North’s recently launched Northern Ports report, which highlighted the domination of southern ports and the problems this creates in transporting imports and exports across the UK.

Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North, said: “Post-Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse agenda is more important than ever. Far from the powerhouse being a Whitehall-led scheme, northern businesses are leading the charge and creating much-needed jobs and prosperity,”.  He added: “For just £100 million, the government could open-up east-west port connections and create a gateway to a global North. This is exactly the kind of ‘shovel-ready’ project the government is looking to be eyeing-up ahead of the Autumn Statement.”

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said there is a “massive opportunity” to create an “east–west freight super-corridor linking Atlantic traffic with the European mainland”. He said: “Recent investment in a number of northern ports, including our own £300 million development to create Liverpool2 – the UK’s largest transatlantic container port and Europe’s first semi-automated container terminal – opens up huge potential for the region to be a true global gateway – a key consideration at a time when future trading arrangements with the EU are unclear.”
IPPR North’s Northern Ports report is available to read here.

FLYNN REFRIGERATION ANNOUNCES SERIES OF STAFF APPOINTMENTS
Marine refrigeration specialist Flynn Refrigeration is strengthening its sales and warehouse workforce after making a number of new appointments. The family owned firm, based in Birkenhead, specialises in the global supply, installation, maintenance and conversion of refrigeration and air conditioning systems and parts. Its team is expanding with three new sales coordinators Emily Colwell, Mike Roger and Marc Terry, while Andy Nelson has been appointed as warehouse assistant.  Flynn Refrigeration Account Director Carolyn Flynn said: “We are making a number of strategic changes to our sales operation in a bid to manage a growing number of enquiries both quickly and efficiently. In addition, we have taken on another warehouse assistant to support the upturn in work from a dispatch and logistics perspective.”  Flynn’s key product lines include refrigeration, air conditioning, compressors, marine controls and spares, which are used in a variety of areas on board vessels including food stores, accommodation, control and engine rooms.
 www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk

NOC TEAMS UP WITH MARLAN MARITIME TO LAUNCH NEW BEACH MAPPING TECHNOLOGY
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Liverpool has launched a commercial licence in partnership with Marlan Maritime Technology to sell new coastal mapping technology that will enable science and industry to map beaches and sandbanks remotely. The launch follows three years of collaborative research to produce a novel and cost-effective technique that makes use of rapidly deployable radar installations, enabling repeated collection of survey data from one deployment. Such intertidal areas are currently mapped using satellites, lasers, cameras or by wading into the water with a measuring stick. However satellite resolution is relatively low, laser surveys are expensive and cameras are limited in the distance they can observe and are only practical during daylight. This new radar-based technology enables high-resolution, low-cost remote mapping of the intertidal zone, continuously and over a long period of time without the need to get wet.  Alex Sinclair, MD of Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd, said “Working with NOC and the University of Liverpool for several years has been great and we are thrilled that the efforts of those involved have produced a genuinely beneficial service that is in demand by the maritime community. Protecting our coastal environment is important to us and this technology will make a real difference, not only around Liverpool but around the world.”

Executive director of the NOC, Professor Ed Hill said “An important part of the mission of the NOC is to turn great science into great innovation, supporting UK businesses. This technology will significantly drive down the cost of mapping the intertidal zone with important benefits for the many users of the marine environment.”  http://noc.ac.uk/

PORT OF LIVERPOOL BIOMASS FACILITY HELPS BOOST NORTH WEST’S GDP
A new report by Oxford Economics has revealed that the Port of Liverpool’s £100m investment in its biomass handling facility for client Drax, has already helped generate £710m in GDP throughout the UK economy, and support over 11,000 jobs. In the North West, the biomass upgrade contributed £27m to the local economy and sustained 500 jobs during the period. The first shipments from the biomass handling facility at the Port started late last year. Almost 50 jobs have been created at the Seaforth Container Terminal site which Peel Ports operates for the huge Drax power station in Yorkshire. The Port of Liverpool handles up to 3m tonnes of wood pellets a year imported from North America which are taken by train every day to power the plant. Nearly 50 staff work at the port facility, with a further 300 jobs created as part of the supply chain. The biomass terminal includes a rail loading facility and a 100,000 tonnes storage capacity. Click here for more.

GONGS N’ ROSES

BIBBY MARITIME WINS QUEEN’S AWARD
Bibby Maritime, part of the Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group, has been presented with a Rose Bowl & Scroll of Association by the Merseyside Lieutenancy following its Queen’s Award Win for Enterprise earlier this year.  The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, designed to recognise and encourage the achievements by businesses in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in the fields of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development.  Jon Osborne, MD of Bibby Maritime, said: “On behalf of the directors of Bibby Maritime Limited, I am very pleased to accept this prestigious award in recognition of our success in International Trade.  Since the award was announced we have won a contract in South Korea, which is a new country for us.  […] We are very aware that our company shares the name of our major shareholders, the Bibby family, and so it is important to us not only to succeed in the traditional sense of profit and employment but to do so with ethics and principles, ensuring that the family’s values are encapsulated in the way in which we do business.”   www.bibbymaritime.com

MEET & POTATO SHORTLISTED FOR FIVE AWARDS
New Mersey Maritime member, the Live Events agency Meet & Potato has been shortlisted for three national awards in the prestigious C&IT awards 2016 in the Conference, Internal Communications, and Retail Event of the Year categories. The nominations top another fantastic year for the Liverpool based team which has seen turnover grow by 35% in 2015-16 to almost £2.5m. Fingers crossed for a hat-trick!  www.meetandpotato.co.uk

EVENTS & TRAINING

DID YOU KNOW THAT MICROSOFT OFFICE IS FREE TO CHARITIES?
BREAKFAST EVENT WITH CLEAR CLOUD
Date 20 Sept, Liverpool
Time 8:45am – 9.45am
Venue 151 Dale Street, L2 2AH
Microsoft Office 365 cloud licences normally cost £5 per user per month but are free to eligible charities in the UK. Charities across the UK are saving thousands on their IT expenditure by moving to Microsoft Office 365.  Join Mersey Maritime member Clear Cloud Services to learn how to claim your free subscription and how to maximise its benefits during this complimentary breakfast event. Click here for further info and to book your free place.

LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING  – LIVERPOOL
A summary of courses in Liverpool from now until end November.
– MRV (Monitoring, Reporting & Verification): 17 October: price: £475+VAT
– Classification & Statutory Surveys: October 4-6, Liverpool, price:  £1,175+VAT
– Ship New Construction: October 11-13:  £1,175+VAT
– Tanker Vetting And Inspection: October 18-19:  £940+VAT
– ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO): November 1-4:  £1,295+VAT
– ISM/ISPS Internal Auditor: November 22-24:  £1,175+VAT
– For more information/booking, contact mailto:Ukmarinetraining.liverpool@lr.org/ 0151 552 5214 quoting reference MTS/01-16-18.

NORTH WEST COASTAL FORUM: SANDSCAPES CONFERENCE
Date 11 & 12 October 2016
Venue The Atkinson Museum & Gallery, Southport
Registration is now open for the free-to-attend Sandscapes conference, the North West Coastal Forum’s biennial coastal conference being held jointly this year with the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.  You can read more and download the booking form here.

PEOPLE ON THE MOVE

Merseyside construction industry businessman Alan Robson, a former apprentice with Cammell Laird,  has officially stood down as managing director of Innov8 Safety Solutions after selling completing the sale of the company to Lucion Environmental Services. Mr Robson said it was a proud moment to complete the business sale and his tenure at Innov8 after almost 10 years leading the firm. During that time, he drove turnover to more than £850,000 employed 12 staff and launched offices in the Wirral, Manchester, Edinburgh and London.  Mr Robson is currently working on a new venture which he is set to announce later this year.

AND FINALLY…..

FUNDING TO SUPPORT IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE
There’s an an interesting but limited opportunity currently available for SMEs to access ERDF-funded support to improve their environmental performance. The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI) project is a £5.4m collaboration between LJMU, University of Liverpool and Lancaster University to assist qualifying businesses to address a specific issue or carry out R&D via a funded post that could include:
• 3 year and 1 year research projects with a full-time researcher
• 1 month internships
• 3-6 month supervised projects
Full details here or by emailing ecoinnovatory@liverpool.ac.uk

By Mersey Maritime

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

We tend to think of August as one of the quieter months of the year, but our round up of maritime news across the Liverpool City Region shows there’s still plenty going on. Here at Mersey Maritime, you can keep in touch with what we’re doing (including raising the profile of what you’re doing) by following our regular posts on Mersey Maritime’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. If you’d like to call us, please note our main number at the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now 0151 231 2957.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

PEEL PORTS HOSTS VISIT FROM NEW TRANSPORT SECRETARY
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has visited the Port of Liverpool to view progress on the development of Liverpool2, the ports’ new deep water container terminal, ahead of its opening this autumn. Liverpool2 forms part of a wider £750m investment programme into biomass, steel, port-centric warehousing and infrastructure by Peel Ports at its sites in Liverpool and along the Manchester Ship Canal. Mr Grayling said: “The major investment we are making in transport across the North West will improve journeys for local people as well as helping industry grow across the region. This is part of our plan to invest in the North, and make an economy that works for everyone – not just the privileged few – by ensuring economic prosperity is spread throughout the country. Better infrastructure is likely to boost productivity.” Peel Ports CEO Mark Whitworth said: “We very much welcome the minister’s interest, which maintains the government’s support for our efforts to facilitate UK trade through this key cargo gateway. […] With full opening now imminent, we will soon be able to offer companies ship-to-door access to the heart of the UK market via the biggest container ships in the world.”   www.peelports.com

LIVERPOOL CRUISE TERMINAL PROPOSALS MOVE TO NEXT STAGE
Proposals for Liverpool’s new cruise terminal  are finally set to move forward, with Council approval expected to be granted this Friday (19 Aug) for further investigations, impact assessments and surveys. If the project goes ahead, a larger terminal built on reclaimed land at the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade would be able to handle turnaround cruises carrying up to 3,600 passengers. Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “I am determined that we find solutions to continue the huge growth in cruise liners that we have seen over the last few years. […] To deliver on our ambitions, we would need to invest in a new terminal building, which will bring bigger liners carrying more passengers, meaning a bigger boost for the local economy.” The local authority will be exploring various options for funding the scheme and will need to commit almost £1 million to proceed to this next stage.   www.cruise-liverpool.com

HUGHES SSE ACQUIRED BY JAMES FISHER IN £9M+ DEAL
The acquisition of commercial diving and civil engineering company Hughes Sub Surface Engineering has been announced by James Fisher and Sons. James Fisher, a leading provider of specialist services to the marine, oil and gas industries worldwide, has acquired the entire share capital of Hughes Marine Engineering, the holding company of Hughes Sub Surface Engineering, for a fee reported to be up to £10M. Hughes Marine Engineering was founded by managing director Ian Hughes in 2005 and is headquartered in Bootle, North Liverpool, with satellite offices in Staines and Aberdeen. Nick Henry, chief executive of James Fisher, said: “The operations of Hughes Sub Surface are complementary to those of James Fisher and, combined, they will broaden our range of services to the market, particularly to the renewable energy industry offshore. We are delighted to welcome all our new colleagues to the group and look forward to working with them.” Hughes Sub Surface’s pre-tax profits for the 12 months ending April 2016 were £1.6m.   www.hsse.co.uk

BEECH GROUP COMPLETES DECONSTRUCTION OF JETTY SAFETY BARRIER
Demolition and remediation expert Beech Group has successfully completed a complex project in partnership with metal recycling giant S Norton & Co. The two day project involved loading a 27m high redundant safety barrier, weighing 50 tonnes, and floating it across the Mersey from the Tranmere North Jetty into Norton’s facility in West Canada Dock, Liverpool, for deconstruction. Beech Group MD Chris Wainwright said: “Floating a structure of that size involved some immensely complicated planning and  logistics, which I am delighted to report we completed successfully. The subsequent demolition of the jetty tower was a no less complicated task, requiring rigorous observance of health and safety standards, which again we completed successfully, on budget and incident-free.”
He added: “The Beech Group team is well qualified to undertake both straightforward and logistically complex projects, working across a number of disciplines related to large scale demolition, including fully licensed asbestos removal. We work across all sectors including maritime, but have seen our maritime sector work grow significantly since we became involved with industry representative body Mersey Maritime three years ago, with a client base that now includes Cammell Laird  and Jaguar Land Rover.”
Beech Group has recently completed the demolition and dismantling of an entire Resins plant for a petrochemical giant in the North West.   www.beech-group.co.uk

BIBBY HYDROMAP COMPLETES WESTERN ISLES SURVEY OPERATIONS
Seabed survey contractor Bibby HydroMap has completed geophysical, geotechnical, benthic and land survey operations along the route from mainland Scotland to the Isle of Lewis, on behalf of client SHE Transmission. Over 1000 line km of high quality survey and  shallow sub-bottom profiler data were acquired during the operation, which was completed ahead of schedule. Bibby HydroMap Project Manager Simon Baldwin said: “Operating between the North-West highlands and the Western Isles always presents a number of challenges for survey operations including highly variable water depths and seabed gradients, the restricted maneuverability associated with working within the stunning sea lochs, and also the general remote nature of the survey location in terms of logistics and support. In spite of all of these testing conditions it was incredibly heartening to be able to carry out the integrated, multi-disciplinary, multi-vessel survey safely and within a swift timescale. Our vessels are fast gaining a deep working knowledge of this area following years of work supporting cable laying operations in this region.”  www.bibbyhydromap.com

HILLAN COATINGS COMPLETES A STAR TURN
Wirral based Hillan Coatings & Accessories has completed work on a project to apply industrial quality resin flooring to the new premises of  marine and offshore technical services supplier Star International. Star’s new facility on Turbine Business Park, by the Cammell Laird shipyard, required installation of three different resin coating systems over the workshops, storage areas, canteen and toilet facilities, providing an oil- and acid-resistant and dust-free 1500 mtr2 floor area. The £26k project was completed on time and within budget. Jeff Antley, chairman of  Star International, said: “We are delighted with the way Hillan have gone about this project, which will afford our production and testing teams a super clean and bright environment with which to continue with our highly technical product lines and services supply to the offshore and maritime industry worldwide.”
www.hillan.co.uk / www.ecomarinecoatings.com

GOODWIN ELECTRONICS OPENS ONLINE SHOP
Mersey Maritime member Goodwin Electronics has launched a new online shop to streamline the ordering process for clients requiring same day dispatch of stock and spares. Online shop Inverters UK, part of Goodwin Electronics Ltd, will hold stock of AC inverters and accessory items, which combined with the company’s range of other in-house services, will provide their clients with access to a vast amount of products and expertise. Sales Manager Dave Dilworth and Commercial Manager Janet Wilson will be at Mersey Maritime’s next Face-2-Face meeting on 6 Sept to provide further information or can be contacted on 0151 33 44 555.   www.inverters-uk.co.uk

NEW MEMBERS

Once again we are pleased to report an upsurge in membership, with a new sponsor, a new Executive Club member, a returner a clutch of other new members. In recent weeks we have welcomed as our newest Sponsor the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), a government catapult that specialises in technologies and processes particularly important to the high value manufacturing sector. We also welcomed event organiser Meet & Potato to our Executive Club. Cargo handling and logistic services provider Jenkins Shipping has rejoined Mersey Maritime and we opened our doors to ballast water environmental technology company Oceanchest; events caterers No 32 and Immersive Interactive, the UK’s leading provider of immersive spaces. Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available here.

GOOD LUCK TO…..

SEATRUCK SHORT-LISTED FOR COMPANY OF THE YEAR AT LLOYD’S GLOBAL AWARDS
Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea’s only operator dedicated to ro-ro freight, has been shortlisted for Company of the Year in the 2016 Lloyd’s List Global Awards. Seatruck Ferries is part of the Danish owned Clipper Group, having started its Irish Sea operation in 1996. It currently operates on three routes: Dublin-Liverpool, Dublin-Heysham and Warrenpoint-Heysham.  The awards will take place in London at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on 28 Sept. www.seatruckferries.com

BIBBY DISTRIBUTION GETS GLOBAL RECOGNITION FOR PLANET-SAVING STRATEGIES
Bibby Distribution has been shortlisted for the Global Freight Awards Environment Award, which highlights the company as one of the world’s most environmentally-sensitive logistics companies. Bibby Distribution’s shortlisting recognises a spectrum of carbon-cutting initiatives across the business, ranging from wider use of longer semi-trailers (LSTs), and a redesign of its milk collection fleet, to revolutionary new ‘virtual’ warehouses and tailored driver training. The Global Freight Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Lancaster London hotel on 3 November. www.bibbydist.co.uk

IN OTHER NEWS…

ESSAR REFINERY STRIKES DEAL TO SUPPLY AVIATION FUEL TO EMIRATES
Essar Oil’s Stanlow refinery at Ellesmere Port is to supply aviation fuel for Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, at Manchester Airport.  Essar Oil UK currently supplies a significant proportion of Manchester Airport as well as Liverpool John Lennon and other regional airports’ jet fuel demand on a wholesale basis, but it is the first time that the company will directly supply aviation fuel to an airline.  Stanlow, which produces 16% of the UK’s road transport fuel demand, manufactures more than 2bn litres of jet fuel each year and plays a key role in the North West’s aviation industry. The deal is part of Essar UK’s strategy of downstream integration, which aims to see growth of its UK transport fuel retail market to 400 sites over the next three years.

ABBEY LOGISTICS UNDERGOES MULTI-MILLION POUND MANAGEMENT BUYOUT
Specialist Merseyside haulage firm Abbey Logistics has undergone a £ multi-million pound management buyout. Bootle-based Abbey specialises in the transportation of bulk food products in liquid and powder tankers across the UK and Northern Europe. The deal is being backed by private equity firm, Northedge Capital.

EVENTS

IMarEST 13th ANNUAL DINNER & DANCE
Date: 8 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm (sit down for dinner 7.30pm)
Venue: Liverpool Harbourside Marina
Tickets are now available for the 13th annual dinner of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. Priced at £40 each, they include a drinks reception, dinner with wine, dancing and a raffle to raise funds for the IMarEST Guild of Benevolence. Booking information from John Mace, Hon. Treasurer at johnmace@btopenworld.com

 

 

By Mersey Maritime

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

It’s not often that we publish the e-zine on a Monday but the news keeps rolling in and it’s our job to get it out to you. And, whilst we’re most definitely in the middle of holiday season now, do please keep an eye out for details of upcoming autumn events at the Maritime Knowledge Hub and remember that you can also see and register for upcoming events on this website.  We’re on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter too, helping spread the word and raise the profile of our members, so please Like us, Connect to us, Follow us and make sure you hear the latest news as it happens.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

100 CARGO OWNERS SIGN UP FOR PEEL PORTS CAMPAIGN TO CUT HAULAGE MILES
Peel Ports has reached the halfway mark in its Cargo200 campaign, with 100 advocates now signed up to the port operator’s initiative, launched in 2015, to cut 200 million road and rail freight miles by 2020.  Among the latest names to provide their support are leading TV and internet retailer QVC, The Real Good Food Company and Ultimate Products, which sources and distributes branded consumer goods from 27 countries to more than 450 high-street retailers in the UK.  It is now urging other cargo owners in the North West to add their weight to a campaign that encourages importers and exporters to ship through Liverpool and help create a sustainable shift in the UK logistics sector.
You can read the full press release here.

MAERSK SUBSIDIARY SEAGO LINE INTRODUCES NEW VESSEL TO LIVERPOOL SERVICE
Seago Line, a subsidiary of the Maersk Group, has introduced a new vessel, The Independent Accord, to its feeder service calling at Liverpool. The service between Algeciras-Liverpool-Dublin offers a six-day transit time, with vessels arriving and departing Liverpool on Wednesdays. The 1,579 TEU Independent Accord replaces the 1,100 TEU Antwerp, which has operated the route since April. The return to Liverpool in April was the first time that the Maersk Group Company had used the port for UK cargoes in over 10 years and is its first ever direct connection to the Irish capital.  Patrick Walters, Commercial Director at Peel Ports, said: “We were very pleased that Seago Line and Maersk returned to Liverpool, signalling their confidence in the port, especially in the run up to the opening of Liverpool2. We’re even more delighted that this has proven to be a solid business move so quickly after the service started. It is another sign that industry-leading carriers are increasingly convinced of the arguments around the benefits of shipping closer to market via the North West.”
The Liverpool2 terminal began handling its first containers earlier this month, with Phase 1 expected to become fully operational from the autumn.   www.liverpool2.com

BIBBY HYDROMAP EQUIPS MV PROTEUS WITH MULTIBEAM ECHO SOUNDER
Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap is to install a multibeam echo sounder on its coastal survey vessel Proteus as part of a systems upgrade programme. The highly portable full rate dual head RESON T20-P is designed for smaller vessels and features a range of features suited to shallow water data acquisition. Principal Surveyor Tom Davenport said: “Installing the FRDH T20-P system on an inshore vessel will increase productivity and deliver reduced operational times, especially in the challenging shallow water sites we often face.”
The MV Proteus can work up to 60 miles from a safe haven under MCA Category 2 and has a maximum speed of 24 knots, while the vessel’s shallow draft of just 1.0m making it ideal for inshore operations. www.bibbyhydromap.com

COMPLETE SITE SAFETY BECOMES COMPLETE TRAINING SOLUTIONS
Complete Site Safety, a leading training provider for the Renewable Energy, Construction and Rope Access industries has undergone a name change and will now trade as Complete Training Solutions. The change reflects the evolution of the Liverpool based company from delivering just health and safety courses to becoming the go-to supplier of a much wider programme of essential training for a growing number of major onshore and offshore clients. The company now counts Dong Energy, Vestas, Van Oord and Balfour Beatty among it custmer base, as well as supporting a vast network of SME businesses operating across multiple sectors. CTS has also most recently created and delivered highly specialised training on the wind turbine components at the Cammell Laird ship yard which are due to be installed as part of DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension.    www.completetrainingsolutions.co.uk

DONG’S BURBO BANK EXTENSION REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE
Speaking of DONG Energy, a major milestone was reached last week in the Danish Energy giant’s Burbo Bank Extension project, with the announcement (25 July) that installation of all 32 foundations is now complete. The foundation work was completed by contractor Van Oord’. When the project is completed next year, Burbo Bank Extension will be the first large-scale wind farm to deploy the new MHI Vestas 8.0 MW turbine and will be able to meet the annual electricity needs of more than 230,000 UK homes.  www.dongenergy.co.uk

HYDRAULICS SPECIALIST V&A COMPLETES FORD MOTORS PIPEWORK PROJECT
Birkenhead based V&A Hydraulics has completed a highly prestigious contract to service 200m of hydraulic pipework at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, one of the  UK’s largest automotive R&D centres.  V&A Hydraulics was set up in Birkenhead in 2002 by Vic Seddon and Alison Carmichael as a specialist in hydraulics installation, service and repair. Mr Seddon said: “We have experience delivering work at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre going back many years. This particular job was secured due to our track record delivering high quality services for Ford. The maintenance project involved heavy duty pipework which is out of the remit for Ford’s internal maintenance crew, so we were called in.” He continued: “The hydraulic pipe sizes ranged greatly from 57mm to 140mm diameter requiring specialist experience and knowledge to handle. We stripped out the pipework, replaced the seals, put it all back and then tested it to make sure it was working efficiently.”   www.vahydraulics.com

R BAKER (ELECTRICAL) LAUNCHES PAT TESTING SERVICE FOR BUSINESS
Merseyside based Electrical maufacturer R Baker (Electrical) Ltd has launched an onsite electrical PAT in   a move to complement it exisitng electrical manufacturing and repairs services. For more information visit https://www.rbaker.co.uk or call 0151 486 6760 for a no obligation quote.

EVENTS & TRAINING

CHALLENGER SOCIETY BI-ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date 5-8 Sept 2016
Organisers University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University & the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
The next biennial conference of the Challenger Society for Marine Science will be held at the University of Liverpool and promises to provide a fantastic showcase of marine science and technology, covering all areas of ocean research. The formal conference programme will be complemented by a careers event and education & outreach opportunities to encourage the next generation of marine scientists. Full details here.

NEC – Assessing a Compensation Event – A practical workshop (free breakfast briefing)
Date 27 Sept 2016 – Mercure Hotel, Haydock, WA11
Time 8- 10am.
Organised by Knowles Northern Region
A CPD courses to ensure you are up to date with the latest in construction contract issues in relation to NEC 3.  For more info or to make a booking, call the seminars team on 01928 756 500, email seminarsnw@jrknowles.com

MERSEY RIVER PILOTS EXHIBITION – IN SAFE HANDS
A new exhibition, In Safe Hands, has opened in the Merseyside Maritime Museum telling the story of of the heroic Liverpool Pilots and the vital role they play in navigating ships in and out of the Port of Liverpool and along the River Mersey. The exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of the Liverpool Pilotage Service and runs until June 2017. Click here for details.

CONCERT:  The Massed Bands of her Majesty’s Royal Marines
Date 29 October 2016
Time 7.30pm
Venue Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
We’d like to draw your attention to this ever popular event, details for which are on the Liverpool Philharmonic website or by calling the box office on 0151 709 3789. Profilts from the sale of tickets will go to the Royal Navy & Marines charity.

LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING – LIVERPOOL

  • ISM Code and the Lead Auditor: September 13-16:  £1,295+VAT
  • Classification & Statutory Surveys: October 4-6:  £1,175+VAT
  • Ship New Construction: October 11-13:  £1,175+VAT
  • Tanker Vetting & Inspection: October 18-19:  £940+VAT
  • ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO): November 1-4:  £1,295+VAT
  • ISM/ISPS Internal Auditor: November 22-24:  £1,175+VAT

Full details for all course are at www.lr.org/training. Please quote  reference MTS/01-16-12 when booking.

PEOPLE

Complete Training Solutions has appointed Phil Keating as training manager. Phil brings with him over 20 years of experience operating in civil engineering and pre-hospital care sectors and has worked as part of marine civil engineering, offshore wind and diving projects for many years. He is also rope rescue and medical lead for Merseyside Lowland Search and Rescue Team.

Finally, we bid farewell to Alan Jones, managing director of Conductix-Wampfler, who has retired after 25 years at the Salford based supplier of mobile energy and data transmisison systems. Alan will continue in his role as chair of Mersey Maritime’s popular Export Club but is succeeded as MD at Conductix by former operations manager Neil Smith.

 

By Mersey Maritime

MNR Special 10% Rate

Mersey Maritime has teamed up with one of our sponsors Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR) to offer members a very special deal on their marine and shore based recruitment needs.

Until April 2017, members of Mersey Maritime will be able to access Liverpool and Singapore based MNR’s services at a significantly reduced fee of only 10%. 

Call David Corlett or Greg Hughes on tel 0151 236 6200 quoting ‘Mersey Maritime’ for your reduced rate. MNR has particular expertise in Seagoing, Offshore, Drilling and Shore Based Recruitment into positions requiring a marine or related background. www.mnrltd.com

 

By Mersey Maritime

Hard Days Night Hotel – Room Rates

Hard Days Night Hotel would like to offer Mersey Maritime Members the following corporate rates for individual bookings made with the hotel.

All bookings must be confirmed via credit card or company fax.  For group bookings of 9 rooms or more, a group contract will be produced and group contract terms and conditions will apply (see below).

Room Type Corporate Rate Published Rate
Luxury Room £85.00 £275.00 Room Only
Deluxe Room £105.00 £295.00 Room Only
Suite £450.00 £750.00 Room Only


To book call or email, quoting your a members of Mersey Maritime:

Louise Ashworth
Business Development Manager
E: louise.ashworth@harddaysnighthotel.com 
DD: +44 (0)151 243 2125

Terms & Conditions

  1. All room rates include VAT @ 20% and full English breakfast.
  2. A A £10.00 supplement will be applicable for rooms where a second person is sharing and having breakfast.
  3. All cancellations for bookings made under this agreement must be cancelled prior to 12 Midday (local time) on the day of arrival to avoid charges of 1 night stay.
  4. The above corporate rate is non commissionable and is to be booked direct with the hotel.
  5. Credit facilities can be made available on successful completion of a Credit Application, when using credit facilities full accounting instructions must be supplied on the fax confirmations for all relevant bookings.
  6. All corporate rates are subject to availability and do not include Saturdays.
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