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By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

London International Shipping Week (11 – 15 Sept) is almost upon us and it would be remiss of us not to point you in the direction of this massively successful event – over 140 different industry events across numerous spectacular London venues, including the LISW keynote conference on Thursday 14th – and encourage you to attend. In among the packed schedule, Mersey Maritime is hosting a half-day Investing in a Connected Future event on 12 September, a high level, panel-style, discussion with key business leaders on the themes of Innovation, Connectivity and Skills. The MM event is free to attend and you can register here.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

PEEL PORTS CALLS FOR REGIONAL LEADERSHIP FROM NEW MAYOR
Liverpool’s new Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has paid his first visit to the Port of Liverpool, including the new Liverpool2 container terminal, which he hailed as a “transformational project” for the City Region. He met CEO Mark Whitworth and COO Patrick Walters during a tour of the site, followed by a presentation on Peel Ports’ £750m package of investments in logistics infrastructure, saying that his role “will be to work with government and other agencies to make sure that we capitalise on the potential of projects like Liverpool2 to drive prosperity and build a successful and competitive City Region for the future.” Full article here.

CONSTRUCTION FINISHES ON BURBO OPERATIONS BASE IN SEACOMBE
Construction has finished on offshore wind farm operator DONG Energy’s new operations base in Seacombe, Wirral. The multi-million pound Kings Wharf facility will serve both Burbo Bank windfarm and Burbo Bank Extension which opened in May this year, with about 45 staff being based at the site. Lee Rollason, head of Burbo Bank operations, said: “Having operated out of Liverpool for over ten years, DONG Energy is committed to investing in the North and this state of the art facility is another example of that. To have both our windfarms operating from here makes complete sense in terms of efficiencies and the site has excellent access offshore.”  He added: “As a local resident, I’m certainly pleased with the part we’ve had to play in regenerating this area.”   www.dongenergy.co.uk/

NEW POLAR SHIP RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH REACHES CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE
A major milestone in the construction of polar research ship the Sir David Attenborough has been reached, as the stern section of the vessel began its journey by barge last week from A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. Footage of the load out operation uploaded by the British Antarctic Survey (BAC) is available to view here. The huge steel block weighing 899 tonnes – the equivalent weight of 71 double decker buses – arrived at Cammell Laird yesterday, 30 August. John Syvret CBE, who is the CEO of both Cammell Laird and A&P Group, said: “The construction of the blocks by the A&P Group, as a contractor to Cammell Laird, is a tremendous showcase for British shipbuilding and engineering.  Whilst both organisations are fierce competitors who very much ‘compete where they must’, they also on an arm’s length commercial basis ‘cooperate where they can’.”  www.clbh.co.uk

FIRETRACE ACHIEVES LPCB APPROVAL FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION
Fire suppression systems business Firetrace Ltd has been certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection. The certification makes Firetrace one of only a handful of fire suppression suppliers in the world to meet the LPCB Standard LPS1666 and the UK’s only valve manufacturer to gain the accreditation. LPCB approval is recognised by governments and regulatory authorities across the world, especially in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. A product with the LPCB stamp of approval is one that is judged to successfully reduce the risk of theft and/or fire. Firetrace will now be listed the organisation’s ‘Red Book’, which is available online to specifiers and other users throughout the world.  Tim Melton Joint MD, Firetrace Ltd said: “We are proud to have gained LPCB approval for our pneumatic tubing system. This award recognises our position as an innovative and leading company in the field of fire suppression systems.”    http://www.firetrace.co.uk

EVENTS

GUILD AUTUMN GOLF COMPETITION
Date: 29 September 2017
Venue: Bromborough Golf Club, Raby Hall Rd, Bromborough, Wirral, CH63 ONW
Organiser: Liverpool Marine Engineers’ & Naval Architects’ Guild

This competition is open to Guild members and guests, with full golf package (£50pp) and dinner-only packages (£17.00) available. The day will start from 12.00-noon at the Clubhouse, Bromborough, with play commencing at 1.35pm. There will be trophies and prizes for Guild members as well as guests. Further details and application from John Troop of James Troop & Co at mailto:john.troop@jamestroop.co.ukor 01928-566170.

CONCERT: The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth
Date: Saturday 30 September
Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tickets for a rousing two and a half hour concert featuring The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth are now on sale from Liverpool Phil priced £15 – £30, with proceeds to the RNRM (Royal Navy Royal Marines) Charity. Details and booking here: http://bit.ly/2vFLnWv

PEOPLE

Merseyside’s Engineering College in Birkenhead has boosted its Technical Training Team with the appointment of Brian Bowers, a highly experienced welding specialist who began his career as an apprentice with Cammell Laird between 1983 and 1987, working on submarines and surface warships as a welder. He has since worked with other major UK industry brands including BAE Systems and Airbus-UK based at Broughton.  www.theengineeringcollege.co.uk

AND FINALLY……

AYRS MICROTRANSAT CHALLENGE 2018
We’re putting out an appeal to secure guidance or direct assistance for a Merseyside based project team taking part in a competition to send an unmanned and autonomously operated small boat across the Atlantic Ocean next year. Mike Howard, project manager, will lead a team in manufacturing, outfitting and testing their boat here in the North West, aiming to depart from Northern Spain and travel to the southern Caribbean islands of Barbados, St Lucia or Martinique. Where the team need assistance is in the recovery and repatriation of the craft back to the UK, including knowledge of documentation required to enter these territories, and the route and costs the project may need to commit to in the repatriation of craft back to the UK. Anyone who may be able to assist can contact Mike Howard at: ecotraction@aol.com/ 0151 531 6256.
The project is partnered with both the National Oceanographic Centre in Liverpool and Glyndwr University in Wrexham and endorsed by the Amateur Yacht Research Society, a registered educational charity.

MERSEY GATEWAY BRIDGE COULD OPEN AS SOON AS MID-SEPTEMBER  
It is excellent news to read that the three and a half year construction of the new £600m Mersey Gateway Bridge in Runcorn is almost complete – bang on schedule and within budget. It is the first time a permanent crossing has been built across the river Mersey since 1961. Hugh O’Connor, General Manager of Merseylink, said: “All along we said we’d be opening in autumn 2017 and it is great to be able to keep that promise. We’ll update everyone with a firmer date as we get closer to opening but we’re confident that we will open by mid-October at the latest. Much of our final work is weather dependent, but we will be able to give a definitive date around five days ahead of opening.”
Registration for tolling is now open at  http://www.merseygateway.co.uk/tolls

 

By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

 

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

The Mersey Maritime team is taking advantage of these relatively quiet few weeks in August to put together a dynamic events programme for the next six months. So far, the programme includes London International Shipping Week events, some dynamite Face-2-Face presenters (think DONG Energy, Associated British Ports, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Peel Ports…); an R&D, Innovation and Tax event; something on Cyber Security and more in our series of One-on-One meetings with prominent business leaders. While we send details out by email almost every week you can always see an at-a-glance summary on our website events page – bookmark it and keep going back as we start to more information in. In the meantime, here’s the latest news round up for the maritime sector here in the Liverpool city region.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

PEEL PORTS BEGINS SECOND PHASE EXPANSION AT LIVERPOOL2

Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports Group has begun phase 2 of its expansion programme at Liverpool2, the port’s £400m deepwater container terminal. This second phase includes the  installation of three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and ten cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG) to add to the  five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of phase one, which opened in November 2016.  Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long-term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade. The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for phase two in 2019.”   www.peelports.com

BIRKENHEAD’S THE ENGINEERING COLLEGE RETAINS OFSTED GRADE 2 STATUS

Three years since its previous OFSTED inspection in 2014, The Engineering College in Birkenhead has maintained its status as a Grade 2 training provider. Chief Executive of The Engineering College, Terry Weston, said: “This inspection has been one of the most challenging inspections that the college has seen since I have been here. Retaining the Grade 2 means that we can continue to work with our students and clients to ensure that employer needs are met and our students become well developed and quality engineers in industry, following their programme.” The OFSTED inspection revealed that the large majority of current trainees at The Engineering College make good progress on their qualifications and almost two thirds progress onto advanced apprenticeship programmes in engineering, after completing their traineeship programme.  More on this story here.

BIBBY MARINE SERVICES SIGNS CONTRACT WITH TOTAL E&P NETHERLAND

UK-headquartered Bibby Marine Services has signed a contract with Total E&P Netherland to charter the new Damen designed and built ‘Walk to Work’(W2W) Service Operation Vessel ‘Bibby WaveMaster1’ from April 2018 through to October 2018 with options to extend up to three years. Total will use Bibby WaveMaster 1 to replace jack ups and helicopters, providing W2W access to gas platforms in the southern North Sea as part of a conscious decision to transfer innovation and efficiencies developed for the Offshore Wind market into the Oil & Gas market. The vessel will provide accommodation for up to 90 people including crew.   http://www.bibbymarine.com/

DIESEL ENGINE SPECIALISTS JAMES TROOP CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY WITH RAPID SALES SURGE

Liverpool diesel-engine sales and maintenance specialists James Troop & Co is celebrating its landmark 150th anniversary with a surge in new business and export sales. The family-run company based in Runcorn, one of Liverpool’s longest-standing maritime and industrial businesses, is reporting a 27% sales hike on last year’s figures between January to June.  Company chairman Bob Troop, who is the great, great grandson of founder James Troop, said growth has been driven by specialist projects in the USA, expansion within the UK windfarm sector and new contracts with major ship management companies.  Mr Troop recently appointed new joint managing directors Derek Bate and Robert Pollock, who have amassed more than 60 years at the firm. Full press release here.     www.jamestroop.co.uk

LIVERPOOL’S £15M SENSOR CITY PROJECT OPENS ITS DOORS

Liverpool’s £15m Sensor City project in Liverpool city centre, has secured its first tenant. The facility, a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, focuses on the ‘internet of things’ or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, using sensor technology in industrial and domestic processes to record, store and send real-time information via the web. Dr Joanne Phoenix, business development manager at Sensor City, said: “The practical completion of Sensor City is an exciting milestone, as it allows us to finally open our doors to organisations that are looking to bring their ground-breaking sensor technology ideas to market.” Sensor City will help to promote UK sensor technology globally by offering technical expertise, specialist equipment, business support and an international platform for collaboration to SMEs and entrepreneurs, helping them to create prototypes and bring them to market. http://www.sensorcity.co.uk/

CAMMELL LAIRD’S MOVE INTO NUCLEAR SECTOR COULD GENERATE 1,000 JOBS

Wirral shipyard Cammell Laird anticipates the creation of up to 1,000 jobs in the next five years if work takes off at its newly opened Nuclear AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre). The new facility in Birkenhead, which opened in July, aims to develop new ways of building nuclear power stations more efficiently. The development could see component parts built at Cammell Laird before completed modules are moved to power stations for installation, with individual modules weighing up to 5,000 tonnes each. Jonathan Brown, managing director of Cammell Laird’s energy division, said: “The nuclear new build programme estimates a potential spend up to £100bn over 30 years. It is therefore imperative that as an industry we make the programme work from a cost and schedule perspective, stripping out waste and any unnecessary expense. Building modules off-site is one way to make the new build process much more efficient, cost effective and less risky for our investors.” More on this story here: http://bit.ly/2tzblhK

ESSAR SIGNS DEAL TO SUPPLY AVIATION FUEL TO ETIHAD AIRWAYS

Essar Oil (UK) Limited, which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery at Ellesmere Port, has confirmed a new agreement with Etihad Airways for the direct supply of aviation fuel at Manchester Airport. The deal strengthens Essar’s aviation proposition in the UK, with the company now having direct jet fuel supply agreements in place with major airlines operating out of Manchester, Heathrow and Leeds Bradford airports. Essar Stanlow produces 16% of the UK’s road transport fuel demand and manufactures over 2bn litres of jet fuel each year, playing a key role in the country’s aviation industry. The Etihad agreement is the latest development in Essar Oil UK’s strategy of downstream integration, which has also seen a successful entry into the UK fuel retail market with the opening of 33 Essar branded service stations to date. https://www.essaroil.co.uk/

STONE MARINE SIGNS SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH DUBAI DRYDOCK WORLD

Marine propulsion specialists Stone Marine Shipcare, part of the Stone Marine Group, has signed a service agency agreement with Drydocks World in Dubai, the largest shipyard facility in Middle East Asia. The agreement sees Drydocks World permanently host one of Stone Marine’s innovative Mobile Workshops in Dubai, from where  Stone Marine’s services can also be mobilised quickly to other locations in the region whenever a ship propeller is in need of repair. Stone Marine Shipcare engineers are now training their counterparts at Drydocks World in use of the equipment so that technicians from both organisations can carry out repair and maintenance work. SMS MD Don Quilliam is delighted with the new relationship, saying: “With over 300 vessels docking at Drydocks World each year we are confident this will be a strong partnership, further enhancing the excellent service and facilities offered by Drydocks World with an unrivalled propeller repair and modification service.” Pictures and full story here: http://www.smshipcare.com/about_us/news.html

WREN INDUSTRIAL BOUGHT BY ENGINEERING ENTREPRENEUR

Merseyside maritime company Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications has been bought by Merseyside entrepreneur Jonathan Willoughby. Bootle-based Wren Industrial has been run for 27 years by husband and wife team David and Helen Wren, specialising in manufacturing doors, windows and hatches for ships and boats as well as welding and fabrication services primarily in the maritime sector. Wren’s clients include the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and ferry operators Stena and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.  Mr Willoughby, who also runs welding and fabrication company Yorkwall Engineering in Ellesmere Port, said the time was right to take Wren Industrial to the next level, aiming to double its £1million turnover in the next 12 months. “Wren has a really strong reputation in the maritime industry […] for the quality of its work and its dedication to customer service,” he said. “My aim is to now build on that bedrock and grow Wren’s client base and brand nationally and internationally. More on this story here.     www.wrenindustrial.co.uk

LIVERPOOL SEAFARERS CENTRE STAFF HELP STRANDED MERSEY SAILORS RETURN HOME

Those of you who attended Mersey Maritime’s Industry Awards dinner in March helped us raise funds towards a new seafarers support hub in Eastham, run by CEO John Wilson and his excellent team at Liverpool Seafarers Centre. The Hub has very quickly proved its worth, featuring in international news as the story of a group of stranded sailors unfolded over three disturbing weeks in July. Sterling work undertaken by all involved – you can read the full story here. http://liverpoolseafarerscentre.org/

NEW MEMBERS 

Membership of Mersey Maritime is growing as we continue to welcome new businesses on board.  Among these is our newest sponsor, Fort Recruitment, whose owners Ian Buckley and Kate Birmingham have stepped up their membership with us from Executive Club level.  Also since June, we have welcomed two new Executive Club members: Financial solutions provider Bathgate Business Finance and global logistics provider Denholm Logistics. At standard level we have added Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications, civil engineering company D Morgan, distance learning provider UniCourse, industrial valve manufacturer Heap & Parthers and business consultancy Morgan Beaumont. Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available on our website.

EVENTS

SPACE DISCOVERY DAY AT SENSOR CITY

Date: 14 September 2017

Time: 09:30 – 16:00

Location: Sensor City, Russell Street, Liverpool L3 5LT

This one day event, organised by Sensor City’s Satellite Systems Catapult team, will include speakers on subjects ranging from Space in the UK (an overview of the readily transforming commercial space landscape), a look at EO (Earth Observation), satellite comms and positioning capabilities, a panel session, information on the Knowledge Exchange Programme and an overview of Sensor City’s Catapult Programme, explaining how businesses can engage with it. Registration details will be announced shortly or contact business development manager Dr Joanne Phoenix of Sensor City: joanne.phoenix@sensorcity.co.uk      www.sensorcity.co.uk

GONGS N’ ROSES

MARLAN MARITIME WINS MERSEYSIDE INNOVATION AWARD 2017 Marlan Maritime Technologies, a maritime sector SME from Liverpool, has triumphed at this year’s prestigious Merseyside Innovation Awards with a system that records weather conditions, tidal movements and vessel traffic to create bespoke solutions for efficient offshore monitoring. The system helps ports and harbours, coastal surveillance and offshore asset protection to achieve safety, security and efficiency: it can be used by shipping businesses, engineers and scientists. As winner of the award, Marlan Maritime received a cheque for £10,000. Alex Sinclair, MD at Marlan Maritime, said: “I’m blown away to have won this award. As a new company, the prize fund will be invested in obtaining expert advice from industry leaders as we feel that before we can exploit international markets, we must first use the knowledge that is right here in Liverpool.  https://marlan-tech.co.uk/

LEK LUBRICATION’S ALEXIS LAY APPOINTED NATIONAL VC OF THE FSB Congratulations to Alexis Lay of Merseyside family-run firm LEK Lubrication Engineering, on her appointment as national vice chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Alexis has enjoyed a long and successful association with FSB, having held several roles including Branch Chair and National Councillor and Conference Coordinator since joining in 1991. As a director of LEK Lubrication Engineering, Alexis has helped build up a successful business which supplies, fits, services and repairs lubrication systems for all types of industries, including maritime. https://www.beka-lube.co.uk/

MEMBERS’ OFFERS

STAYBRIDGE SUITES, LIVERPOOL We are pleased to be able to pass on a special members’ discount of 15% on overnight or extended stays to member businesses of Mersey Maritime, along with an open invitation from the Staybridge team to the newly refurbished hotel’s regular evening socials. The discount is valid until December 2018, using the special booking code included in the website members’ directory  under Staybridge Suites Liverpool.  Weekly socials are held every Mon, Tues & Weds from 6.30 – 7.30pm, with complimentary drinks and snacks – all welcome. Details on Staybridge Suites Liverpool are here: http://bit.ly/2hGHSNC

 

By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

As always, Liverpool’s maritime sector is buzzing with news: our job is to bring you the full breadth and flavour but distilled down into a tea-break sized portion. Here’s the latest compilation for you to sit back and peruse. We’ll start with a quick mention of an info session we’ll be holding straight after next Tuesday’s Face-2-Face meeting (6 June) – if your business is an SME and you think you might be eligible for funded business support, read on….

NEW MARKETS 2 – SME BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMME
Mersey Maritime is currently running a business support programme for fast-growing SMEs and has capacity to sign a small number of additional SMEs up to the programme. 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 in the Liverpool city region, employ fewer than 250 staff and have an annual turnover of under €50million. If your business can also demonstrate an average of 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, 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 alison.jones@merseymaritime.co.uk for more details.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

BURBO BANK EXTENSION LAUNCHES
The Burbo Bank Extension wind farm – developed by Denmark’s DONG Energy – has been officially launched. Located directly alongside the original Burbo Bank wind farm in Liverpool Bay, the Extension, launched on 17 May, is the first offshore wind farm to use MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines, said to be the most powerful in the world. To provide a sense of size, the blades of each 195m tall turbine sweep an area bigger than the LFC pitch at Anfield. DONG is currently building an operations centre in Seacombe to serve both wind farms. The centre, which will open later this year, will provide 45 permanent jobs once it is fully operational. www.burbobankextension.co.uk

CAMMELL LAIRD REACHES NINE MONTH MILESTONE ON RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH BUILD
Cammell Laird shipyard has announced the reaching of its nine-month milestone in the project to build the UK’s new polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough. The ship, which is the biggest commercial shipbuilding project in Britain for 30 years, has been commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council, and it will be operated by British Antarctic Survey, transforming the UK’s polar research capability. Since August last year 1,800 tonnes of steel out of a total of 5,200 tonnes, has been fabricated to make the hull of the ship, which carries the Cammell Laird hull number 1,390 and is due to enter service in 2019. Important landmarks in the build so far include the testing and fitting of two Rolls-Royce drive propulsion motors weighing 115 tonnes, with a combined cost of £5million and the fitting of the ship’s two 15 tonne stern thrusters. Full details of the build and its equally famous remotely operated sub-sea vehicle (ROV), Boaty McBoatface can be read here.         www.clbh.co.uk

LIVERPOOL APPOINTS TECHNICAL TEAM FOR NEW CRUISE FACILITY
Liverpool City Council has appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to lead a highly skilled technical team in developing a new permanent Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey. The team includes architects Stride Treglown, cost managers Gardiner & Theobald, global planning and property consultants JLL, and landscape architects Hyland Edgar Driver.  The team will initially work on a £50m detailed design proposal for the former Princes Jetty, off Princes Parade, which has been gifted to the city by Peel Land & Property. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool needs a new cruise facility so that we can provide the next generation of super liners and passengers with a world class welcome and a five star experience. Appointing Ramboll to lead this very experienced technical team is a key step in ensuring we develop a facility to the highest standards. A new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs.”
Last year Liverpool welcomed more than 60 vessels, with 120,000 passengers and crew.

MARLAN MARITIME LAUNCHES IRIS ONEBOX
Marlan Maritime Technologies has announced the launch of IRIS ONEbox, a cost-effective turnkey solution that allows ports of all sizes to access the right tools for enhancing safety, security and risk mitigation capabilities. At a cost of £30,000, port and harbour authorities can now implement an easy to use, low maintenance VTMS (Vessel Traffic Monitoring System) solution. The system includes a radar, camera, AIS, VTMS software, professional charts and an operator workstation. Marlan MD Alex Sinclair said: “We’ve been selling similar systems to this for a long-time and realised that a significant amount of cost is attributable to the semi-bespoke nature of VTMS projects. Through market research and ongoing discussions with our customers, we have identified a gap in the market for a feature rich, cost effective turnkey VTMS solution that gives peace of mind to small and medium sized ports and harbours, hence our IRIS ONEbox solution.”  Full details here.
https://marlan-tech.co.uk/

BEECH GROUP BUYS UP BIRKENHEAD OFFICES THE FOUNDRY
Demolition and remediation experts Beech Group is to take ownership of serviced office block The Foundry in Birkenhead, renting out the space in excess of its own requirements to tenants on a commercial basis. Single offices range from 12 to 20.5 sq.m. and can be combined into suites, with rental from £70/week inclusive of council tax, electricity, gas, water and repairs. All offices have been re-carpeted and decorated. A mini warehouse on the Pool Street side of the building is also available, with a floor area of approx 50 sq.m. and mezzanine office above. All enquiries to Lilly McCue on: lilly@beech-group.co.uk

UPDATED IMDG CODE E-LEARNING FROM EXIS TECHNOLOGIES
Exis Technologies has announced the completion of updates to its IMDG Code e-learning courses to Amendment 38-16 of the IMDG Code. The e-learning courses, which were developed in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization to meet the challenge of efficiently and economically training very large numbers of shore side staff, are already used by 12 of the world’s top 20 container lines  Amendment 38-16 of the Code can be used voluntarily from 1 January 2017 and becomes mandatory on 1 January 2018. See www.imdge-learning.com  for a full list of courses, including Advanced and Refresher IMDG or contact Exis Tech marketing manager Melanie Stephenson for a free trial at: melanie.stephenson@existec.com

CAMMELL LAIRD CONFIRMED AS HEADLINE SPONSOR OF UK’S ARMED FORCES DAY
Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird will be the headline sponsor of this year’s UK’s Armed Forces Day (AFD), with celebrations taking place in Liverpool on 24 June – alongside the Mersey River Festival –  with more than 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands taking part in a parade followed by a full programme of events near the city’s iconic waterfront.  Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said: “Cammell Laird is immensely proud to be the principal sponsor of National Armed Forces Day this year on Merseyside, where we have been based for nearly 200 years.”  More details here.

NEW MEMBERS

And still they came….
This month we are delighted to welcome international classification society DNV GL to our Executive Club. We have also added two new members at Standard level: Cruise Media Services (Tony Storey) and Eddie Dybell’s  Marine & Engineering Technical Services (Tel: 0151 244 5402). Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available on our website.

INDUSTRY

MARITIME UK SURVEY: SAGARMALA, GOVT OF INDIA
Sagarmala Project is a strategic initiative of the Government of India to modernise India’s ports so that port-led development can be augmented and coastlines developed to contribute to India’s growth. A survey has been launched to help Maritime UK (whose Board Mersey Maritime is represented  on), its members and the UK government, gain an understanding of both the existing UK engagement with the Sagarmala project, where the UK has the relevant capability and how the UK can and should respond to this significant opportunity. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey here: https://www.maritimeuk.org/sagamarlaproject/

EVENTS & TRAINING

The IMAREST 14th Annual Dinner & Dance
The Liverpool Harbourside Marina
Saturday 14 October 2017
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology Annual Dinner and Dance will be held at the Liverpool Harbourside Marina on 14 Oct 2014,commencing with a reception at 6.30pm for Dinner at 7.30pm. Dancing will follow the meal and continue until midnight. Booking details from IMarEST Honorary Treasurer John Mace at johnmace@btopenworld.com

LLOYD’S REGISTER TRAINING – LIVERPOOL
A quick summary of LR courses coming up in Liverpool this autumn. Bookings can be made now by clinking on the links.
Ballast Water Management – Oct 10, £475+VAT
Risk Management and Incident Investigation – Sept 5-7, £1,175+VAT
ISPS Company Security Officer (MCA Approved) – Dec 5-8, £1,295+VAT
Tanker Vetting and Inspection – Nov 7-8, £940+VAT
Ship New Construction – Nov 21-23, £1,175+VAT

PEOPLE

Liverpool Cruise Terminal has appointed Peter Murney as Head of Cruise Operations, taking over from Angie Redhead, who, in her new role as Head of City Assets now oversees not only Cruise but St George’s Hall, Town Hall and Tourist Information. Pete joined Liverpool Cruise Terminal in 2013 following a 24 year career with the Royal Navy.

Complete Rope Access Solutions, part of Liverpool Health & Safety training company the Complete Group, has appointed Maurice Freeman as Project Manager. Maurice has worked within the Rope Access industry for 17 years specialising in construction, decommissioning, inspection, (vol-metric and surface methods). He can be contacted on m.freeman@cras.co.uk

Capt John Lloyd has been appointed as CEO of The Nautical Institute, managing the resources of an organisation with 7,000 members and over 50 branches around the world.  Capt Lloyd said: “I am delighted to be leading the next phase of development at The Nautical Institute, at a time of great change for our industry. Now more than ever it is important that the Institute champions best practice and professionalism and promotes a culture of safety first.”

GONGS N’ ROSES

WIRRAL HEART BEAT CHARITY BENEFITS FROM ESSAR STANLOW SAFETY MILESTONE
Congratulations to Essar Stanlow, which has marked reaching 7 million hours without a Lost Time Injury by making a £3000 donation to local charity Wirral Heart Beat. The refinery used its Let’s Give programme, which links safety milestones and charitable giving, to recognise the significant safety achievement.

AND FINALLY……

IMarEST INSPIRING JOURNEY GRANT   
Something a little different to finish as we flag up an opportunity for one aspiring adventurer to embark on an ocean-related journey with the help of a £5000 grant. The IMarEST Inspiring Journey Grant aims to evoke public interest in the oceans and seas by following the story of the grant winner via blog, vlog or written journal, social media channels and via a final report. To be in with a chance of securing the grant you need to come up with an idea for an original, exciting, and exceptional journey – that you will then need to undertake and report on. Deadline for initial proposals is 30 June. Full criteria at: www.imarest.org/funding/inspiring-journey-grant. The grant has been established in memory of David Henderson, who worked for the IMarEST from 2008 until his untimely death in 2016 at the age of 31, and his spirit as an adventurer with a boundless passion for exploring other places. So there you have it: age no barrier – just be brave, adventurous, inspired (….as in life generally).

 

 

By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

We’ve given you a couple of weeks to feel your way gently into 2017 and we hope your year has got off to a good start. Here at Mersey Maritime, we’re already planning events as far ahead as July, so do keep an eye out for notifications in your inbox.  Keep the good news coming and we look forward to catching up with you as the year progresses.

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

Mersey Maritime is looking to recruit a full-time Business Development Manager to join the team at the Maritime Knowledge Hub. The post is supported by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the New Markets 2 programme. Closing date for applications is 31 January – full details here.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

SWEET DEAL FOR BIBBY DISTRIBUTION
Confectionery manufacturer Tangerine has awarded a £ multi-million contract to Liverpool headquartered Bibby Distribution to handle its warehousing and distribution of sweet brands including everyone’s childhood favourites Butterkist, Blackjacks, Sherbet Fountains and Refreshers. www.bibbydist.co.uk

RSM UK MERGES WITH NORTHERN IRELAND PRACTICE
RSM UK has merged with the firm’s Northern Ireland practice, PACEC Ltd, in a deal that will add 70 staff to an almost 4,000-strong workforce. David Gwilliam, chief operating officer at RSM UK, said the merger offered a “fantastic opportunity” to grow RSM’s services in Northern Ireland and expand the company’s consulting business in the UK. www.rsmuk.com

CMA CGM LIVERPOOL OFFICE IS RECRUITING
The Liverpool office of shipping line CMA CGM has posted details of a number of posts it is recruiting for on the Mersey Maritime website, including Logistics Business Development Manager and Import Customer Care Advisor. Deadlines for some posts have already gone but click here for details.

EUREKA FOR URICA
Managing cash flow is one of the biggest headaches for SMEs, so services that can help with this – such as the supply chain payments platform provided by Mersey Maritime member URICA – can make a huge difference. A Lloyds Bank report in Oct 2016 showed the average value of outstanding invoices for businesses in the North West topping £100,000 and 33% of firms cited late payments as the biggest cause of cashflow problems. With that in mind we’d like to point you towards SCFi, the new Supply Chain Funding index from URICA in conjunction with YouGov.  SCFi measures the condition of the supply chain, based on perceptions of how strong the chain is and the stresses on invoice payments, from people who really know: UK business owners. So, for the first time, it is possible to get a tangible feel for the health and efficiency of supply chains and how slow payments affects suppliers in the chain. You can download the report here. For SMEs who find the report echoes their own experiences and challenges and who would like to know more about how URICA could help, please contact dedicated expert Tina Lobondi, the principal point of contact at URICA for Mersey Maritime members: tina.lobondi@urica.com/ 0203 870 8472. www.urica.com

IMDG CODE AMENDMENT 38-16 NOW PUBLISHED
2017 is a transition year for Amendments to the IMDG Code (which relates to the movement of Dangerous Goods) by the International Maritime Organization, whereby Amendment 38-16 can already be used voluntarily from 1 Jan 2017 and will become mandatory on 1 Jan 2018. Mersey Maritime member Exis Technologies has produced a helpful document that gives an overview of the key changes available here.
http://www.imdgsupport.com/IMDG_2016_Changes.asp

20 YEARS IN SUPERYACHTS FOR JPMA
Congtratulations to John Percival Marine Associates, which marks its 20th year in the superyacht industry in 2017.  JPMA was formed by Hoylake Sailing School principal Capt John Percival, whom many of you will remember, to deal solely with the superyacht sector: the business has since grown to  provide Deck & Engineering training across a wide range of industries including workboats and Merchant Navy. In celebration of their anniversary, JPMA will be running monthly competitions and offers starting with a January ‘Who’s Who?’ competition.  Click here to take part before the 31 January deadline.

IN BRIEF

NATWEST SEEKING APPLICANTS FOR MERSEYSIDE INNOVATION AWARDS
The Merseyside Innovation Awards (MIA) recognise and reward companies and individuals in Merseyside who use creativity to fuel growth and profitability. As one of a group of local sponsoring organisations, NatWest is keen to encourage applications from innovative businesses/individuals in the Maritime and related sectors, whose great ideas have the potential to contribute towards the region’s economic development. Any Merseyside based individual or company with turnover below £25m with an innovative product or service is eligible to enter. Apply online at http://www.merseysideinnovationawards.co.uk or contact louise.kelly@natwest.com for more information. Deadline for entries is 30 March 2017.

EXTRA MERSEY FERRIES LAID ON DURING WIRRAL LOOP LINE WORK
Extra ferry services have been laid on by Merseytravel between Liverpool and Wirral from now into February during essential maintenance work to the Wirral loop line. Two additional commuter ferries are currently operating from Liverpool Pier Head at 4pm and 4.40pm, Monday to Friday until Feb 12th. All Wirral Line trains will start and finish at Birkenhead North and Birkenhead Central stations during this period. Click here to see all changes.

LJLA REPORTS HIGHEST PASSENGER NUMBERS IN FIVE YEARS
Almost 5m passengers travelled through Liverpool John Lennon Airport last year – an 11% increase on 2015. Riding on the crest of this positive wave, 2017 will see a host of new routes launched from Liverpool, including to Marrakesh and Sofia. LJLA chief executive Andrew Cornish said: “2016 was a great year for the airport and our busiest in recent years. A successful LJLA creates more job opportunities both on-site and indirectly across the region, as well as helping to attract more inward investment and boosting the region’s visitor economy.”    www.liverpoolairport.com

EVENTS

SEAFARERS UK CENTENARY DINNER, LIVERPOOL
Date 23 Feb 2017
Venue Merseyside Maritime Museum
This dinner marks the start of leading maritime charity Seafarers UK’s Centenary Year and will include a drinks reception and three-course dinner, with music by the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, speeches and a special auction. Former Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Lord Prescott is the after-dinner speaker and event sponsors are Peel Ports Group and Propeller Club Liverpool. See www.seafarers.uk for details/booking.

PEOPLE

CAMMELL LAIRD CHARGES UP ENERGY DIVISION WITH NEW MD
Cammell Laird has ramped up its operations in the energy sector with the appointment of a new divisional managing director, Jonathan Brown. Mr Brown joins Cammell Laird from Rolls Royce where he led its nuclear new build and projects group. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said Mr Brown would be charged with expanding the company’s drive to grow across nuclear, renewables and the oil and gas markets. “Cammell Laird has a long-term plan to diversify into the energy markets and we are pleased that Jonathan has joined us to help spearhead our operations,” he said.  “Our aim is to become one of the prime contractors in Britain serving the energy industry. The programme to build 10 new nuclear power plants around the UK is a £100bn opportunity with decades of work. It is an excellent fit for our workforce, which has transferable skills, and our extensive engineering facilities.”
(NB. Linton Roberts remains managing director of Cammell Laird.)
http://www.clbh.co.uk

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.