MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
It’s the Friday before another bank holiday and we’d like to see you off on your long weekend with a quick round up of news in and around the Liverpool City Region’s maritime and related sectors.
By Mersey Maritime
MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE – 4 DECEMBER 2015
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
We’d like to start with a huge thanks to our Sponsors and everyone in our Members’ Executive Club who was able to join us on Wednesday evening at Pinch on Castle Street, Liverpool. Great to see you all and to catch up at our annual Festive ‘Club Lounge’ event – pictures from the event are here. We hope that we’ve set the scene for an enjoyable run up to Christmas. Here goes with the rest of our latest news round up.
#MMIA16: ON YOUR MARKS……
The first completed application forms are already rolling in for the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2016 and we get the feeling that our judging panel are going to be busier than ever. These are YOUR awards, designed to celebrate the excellence that exists in the Maritime Logistics and Energy sectors across the North West, so please do take a look at the categories and put a little time aside to enter. Closing date is 7 January – which is closer than you think! Full details and application form can be downloaded here, with presentation of the awards at a prestigious black tie gala dinner on 10 March 2016.
MERSEY MARITIME EVENT: PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS AGAINST CYBER CRIME
In conjunction with TITAN, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit
Date 15 December 2015
Time 8:00am – 9:30am
Venue Police HQ, Canning Place, Liverpool L1 8JX
Join Mersey Maritime and the TITAN cyber crime prevention team for a lively and informative 90 minute session to help raise awareness of online fraud risks and cyber threats specific to the maritime industry. Despite the increased threat to business, only 61% of companies have attempted to calculate the financial and day-to-day operational impact such an attack could have on their own business. This free-to attend session at Merseyside Police HQ will open your eyes to the level of threat and help equip you with measures you can implement to help protect your business. To register, please email email@example.com by 10 December.
CONTRACT SIGNED FOR CAMMELL LAIRD TO BUILD NERC’S NEW £200M POLAR RESEARCH SHIP
Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird has sealed the deal on the construction of the government-funded Natural Environment Research Council’s new £200m polar research vessel. The contract was signed on 20 November, triggering the start of the detailed design work. Full production will start in June next year running through to 2019 when the vessel will go into operation, operated by NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The ship will be one of the most sophisticated floating research laboratories operating in the Polar Regions, able to endure up to 60 days in sea-ice to enable scientists to gather more observations and data. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret said: “Signing this contract is another great day and proud moment for myself and the company. It is tremendous news for Merseyside and the UK maritime industry.” Mr Syvret added: […] “We would like to thank the Chancellor George Osborne for recognising that Cammell Laird is a champion brand for British industry and that we can play a key role in the development of the Northern Powerhouse, driving growth in marine engineering and the renewable and civil nuclear energy markets.”
The new contract is expected to secure 400 jobs at Cammell Laird and a further 100 jobs within the local supply chain. www.cammell-laird.com www.nerc.ac.uk
DROPPING ANCHOR AT PORT ACADEMY LIVERPOOL
A collaboration between Cammell Laird, the Royal Navy and Port Academy Liverpool has seen a 7.5 tonne anchor transported from the Birkenhead shipyard to its new home at Hugh Baird College’s Port Academy Liverpool. The anchor previously belonged to RFA ship Fort Victoria, which recently underwent a £47m refit at Cammell Laird. Once restored, it will take pride of place in front of the Academy prior to its official opening in 2016. Port Academy Liverpool provides a one-stop-shop for port operations, maritime logistics and engineering related courses. www.portacademyliverpool.com
PEEL SECURES FIRST 50 ADVOCATES FOR CARGO 200 INITIATIVE TO CUT ROAD MILES
Port of Liverpool operator Peel Ports has secured the first 50 advocates for its Cargo200 initiative and is urging other shippers in the North West to add their weight to the campaign. Launched in May 2015, Peel is calling for importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the north of the UK, to switch current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally-located Port of Liverpool. The initiative aims to cut freight miles by 200m miles over the next five years and could save shippers up to £400 per container in transportation costs. JCB, B&M, Jaguar Land Rover and Warrant Group are among the first 50 customers to respond to the initiative, encouraging the UK freight and logistics industry to deliver a fundamental shift in supply chain and services routes. More on this story at: http://peelports.com/cargo200
POLARIS EXPANDS MARITIME DIVISION WITH THREE NEW CLIENTS
Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has expanded its maritime division with three new client wins. The company, run by brothers Sam and Ben Pinnington, has been signed up by new clients including ship engine specialist James Troop; engineering company V & A Hydraulics and ship refrigeration and air conditioning supplier Flynn Refrigeration. Polaris director Ben Pinnington said maritime is now the company’s biggest single division, accounting for 60pc of turnover. “Polaris is one of the few maritime specialist PR firms in the world,” he said. “This gives us a distinct identity and unique selling point. […] All our new clients are world class at what they do and we will be helping them champion their USPs to industry.” Polaris also promotes Cammell Laird and Oman Drydock Company. www.polarismedia.co.uk
FLYNN REFRIGERATION APPOINTED NW UK AGENT FOR YACHTING GIANT NAUTICOOL
Refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn has been appointed North West agent for Nauticool to help service its growing number of high-end yachts. The deal sees the Birkenhead-based firm become the yachting giant’s preferred regional provider of air conditioning products and installation services, carrying out a range of supply and installation services including annual servicing. Flynn MD Alex Flynn said the mutually beneficial move was secured on the back of a strong existing relationship. He said: “Not only does Flynn have extensive experience of both supplying and installing air conditioning products, as a fellow UK company we are able to offer Nauticool the flexible, close-to-home service they require.” www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk
We’re delighted this month to announce Wirral Metropolitan College as our latest Sponsor, having upgraded from Standard level membership in order to work more closely with us and our partners on the development of industry-relevant qualifications. We also welcome the Netherlands Business Support Office in Manchester (NBSO) to our Executive Club and another three new members at standard level: engineering company V&A Hydraulics; Fort Recruitment and Merseyside Maritime Museum (as part of National Museums Liverpool).
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, click here for details or call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
IN OTHER NEWS……..
LISW15 POST EVENT REPORT
For those who attended events as part of London International Shipping week in September, a LISW15 post event report is now available to download by clicking on this link. The report gives key details and statistics on the week, providing a breakdown of its success, summaries of the contributions made by key stakeholders and the perceived impact upon them, including the UK government and European Union. Over the course of the week, more than 10,000 shipping industry professionals from over 50 countries attended one or more of the 100 events held across the capital.
MARINE ENGINE SPECIALIST JAMES TROOP INVESTS £100,000 IN SITE UPGRADE
Marine engine specialist James Troop & Co has invested £100,000 in a site upgrade, transforming the appearance and operational efficiency of its Merseyside HQ. The move has revitalised the onsite customer facility to encourage more trade from the maritime, industrial and agricultural sectors to the Runcorn site. James Troop supplies engines, gen sets, CHP systems and parts from global brands including Volvo Penta, Daihatsu, MTU and MAN. MD Bob Troop said it was vitally important that the company continues ‘to communicate our progressive outlook’ and drive greater volumes of traffic to the company’s trade counter. As well as over-the-counter sales, James Troop offers an installation and full after-sales service, with spare parts supplied 24/7 covering both marine and industrial applications.” www.jamestroop.co.uk
INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY EVENT
HOW GREEN IS MY SHIPPING?
Date 9 December 2015, 6pm – 8pm
Venue Cammell Laird Shipyard, Cambeltown Road, Birkenhead
Organiser The IET, Merseyside and W. Cheshire Branch
This free-to-attend event describes how ship owners and operators need to increase the efficiency of their ships whilst meeting stricter environmental legislation coming into force around the world. Added to this are the increasing costs of fuel and the move away from heavy, high sulphur (cheaper) fuels in marine propulsion and the need to find a viable alternative whilst maintaining competitiveness. Further details & registration here or email Andrew Kaldos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA
Date 11 December 2015
Time 08.00 – 10.00am
Venue RSM, 14th Floor, 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG
Join Liverpool accountancy firm RSM (formerly Baker Tilly) for this insightful event on doing business in China, designed to provide you with information on the keys areas you should consider. The event will be of interest to companies already working with China or considering it as an export market and will cover: Analysis of the current China market; Opportunities in China and how best to approach them; Export Support; and Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). If you are interested in attending please call/email Polly Nielsen at RSM on tel: 0161 830 4027/ email@example.com
MECNW GOVERNMENT POLICY EMPLOYER FORUM:
“Changes to Apprenticeship Standards and moving towards ‘Employer Pays’ funding models”
Date 15 December 2015,
Time 08:00am – 09:00am
Venue Maritime and Engineering College North West, Monks Ferry, Birkenhead CH41 5LH.
Significant changes are being introduced to apprenticeships by the Government that will fundamentally change the training standards and delivery models for engineering and technical apprenticeships. These changes will also have an impact on employers’ training budgets. Please join Terry Weston, CEO of Maritime and Engineering College North West, for a breakfast briefing on the proposed changes, the situation to date and to voice your thoughts on how it might affect your business and the industry in general. Breakfast will be available from 07:30am prior to meeting start. To register please email Olivia Weston at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 666 1028.
UK NORTHERN POWERHOUSE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
Date 25 & 26 February 2016
Venue Manchester Central
Organiser UK Northern Powerhouse Ltd
We are keen to help publicise this conference, which is relevant not only to our region’s maritime (and wider economic) agenda but is supported by local agencies including Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision and Liverpool City Region LEP. Speakers at the 2-day conference include Lord Prescott; Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group; Prof Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor of LJMU; and Kate Willard, Chair of Atlantic Gateway & Corporate Affairs Director, Stobart Group. A 15% discount is available to members of Mersey Maritime who register using the code: Merseymaritime15%. Full details at www.uk-northern-powerhouse.com
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING
Lloyd’s Register EMEA is running a range of courses in Liverpool from February 2016, with bookings now being taken for course including:
• ISM CODE AND THE LEAD AUDITOR (2-5 Feb / £1,220+Vat)
• ISPS COMPANY SECURITY OFFICER (CSO) (23-26 Feb / £1,220+VAT)
• ISPS/ISM INTERNAL AUDITOR (1-3 Mar / £1,105+Vat)
• TANKER VETTING AND INSPECTION (5-6 Apr / £885+Vat)
• RISK MANAGEMENT & INCIDENT INVESTIGATION (28–29 June/£885 + VAT)
Details on all courses available by emailing Ukmarinetraining.email@example.com / tel: 0151 552 5214. Please quote reference MTS/11-15-03 when booking.
ICS BRANCH ANNUAL DINNER
Date 21 April 2016
Venue Hilton Hotel, Liverpool
Still some way off, but for those who attend the annual Branch Dinner of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers it’s worth putting in the diary now. The price for a table of 10 is £600.00, with some part-tables and individual seats available at £60pp. Booking details to follow.
Merseyside construction industry health and safety firm Innov8 safety Solutions has made a triple appointment to boost resource following a surge in demand. Health and safety consultant Peter McConville, CDM safety advisor Max Meadows and office manager Emma Greaves have all joined the firm in quick succession. Innov8 MD Alan Robson said the trio would play an important part in helping the firm to build on its rapid growth – Innov8’s turnover leapt from £440,000 to £700,000 in 2014 – and the company has ambitious plans to break through the £1million barrier in 2016. Innov8 was acquired by Lucion Environmental earlier this year and offers two main services under the CDM umbrella – principal designer support and CDM client advice. www.innov8safetysolutions.com
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Liverpool Branch) has announced the election this month of Paula Seedhouse of Frank Armitt & Son and Keith Davies of EMR Shipping as Members of the Institute.
GONGS N’ ROSES
Congratulations to Tom Powell of Complete Site Safety who is named as one of the Liverpool Echo’s ’35 under 35’ young entrepreneurs. CSS operates out of Brunswick Business Park providing training courses to the offshore oil and gas industry.
Congratulations too, to Bibby Maritime, part of the Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group, which has been named as a National Champion for the UK in the European Business Awards this week and is through to the second round of the competition. The EBAs were set up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe and are
sponsored by RSM. Bibby Maritime, which operates a fleet of five floating shore-side accommodation barges, has provided secure accommodation to workforces in the Oil & Gas, Mining and Engineering industries for over 30 years. Winners of the second round will be awarded the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status and go on to be part of the grand final in 2016. www.businessawardseurope.com
Finally, we congratulate Hughes Sub Surface Engineering’s MD Ian Hughes on reaching his milestone first 10 years since he started the Bootle-based company. Hughes SSE was supported by Mersey Maritime in its very early days and has grown to offer a comprehensive range of services including Civil Engineering, Working at Heights, Confined Space Entry and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Technologies, as well as consultancy to the Offshore/Inshore, Telecommunications, Power Generation, Governmental and Marine Civil Engineering sectors. www.hsse.co.uk
MARKETPLACE: MEMBERS’ OFFERS
A reminder that if you have business visitors staying in town, please ask us for details of our partner hotels in Liverpool and Wirral. Hotels with which we have negotiated specially discounted members’ rates include the (all 4-star) Hard Days Night Hotel, The Liverpool Mal and the Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight. To contact the hotels direct:
• For Hard Days Night enquiries contact Louise Ashworth, Business Development Manager, on 0151 243 2124 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
• For Contessa Hotels (Leverhulme & Hillbark Hotels, Wirral) enquires, call Zoe Cavell by email at: email@example.com
• For Malmaison Liverpool enquiries, email Helen Duffy at: HDuffy@malmaison.com
A reminder too, that members of Mersey Maritime can access the recruitment services and expertise of MM sponsor Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR) for their marine and shore based recruitment needs at a significantly reduced fee of only 10%. This offer is available to members until 1st April 2016. Call David Corlett or Greg Hughes on tel 0151 236 6200. MNR has particular expertise in Seagoing, Offshore, Drilling and Shore Based Recruitment into positions requiring a marine or related background. www.mnrltd.com
And that’s it for this edition. There’ll be one final e-zine from us before Christmas, so please send any news by 14 December.
By Mersey Maritime
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
Our big news this month is the launch of the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2016, an opportunity for maritime and related companies across the North West to achieve recognition in one of nine categories including Business of the Year, Innovation, Best Newcomer, Freight & Logistics, Maritime Professional Services and Global Reach. Application criteria and full details will be on our website from next week, with regular updates also provided here and via our various social media platforms. Watch this space……
LIVERPOOL2 SUPER CRANES ARRIVE IN MERSEY
Peel Ports has taken delivery of the first five of eight ‘megamax’ quay cranes from China, destined for the port operator’s new deep water container terminal, Liverpool2. The new cranes, whose arrival on the Mersey earlier this month was captured by drone footage, can be seen here. Their arrival marks a significant milestone in Peel’s £300m investment in the new terminal, which will be able to handle 90% of the world’s largest container ships, including so-called ‘mega-ships’ of up to 20,000 TEU. For a short overview film of the full Liverpool2 development click here.
SHIPPING GIANT ACL TO ‘CHRISTEN’ FIRST OF ITS NEW G4 FLEET IN LIVERPOOL
Atlantic Star, the first of container line ACL’s new fleet of five G4-class vessels, will visit Liverpool to be officially ‘christened’, the North American-based line has confirmed. The G4 class of 45,000 gross ton, 296m long “Gladamax” giant container and roll-on/ roll-off (RoRo) combination ships will replace the 43,100 gross ton, G3 class of five ships. The radically upgraded G4 design will carry 3,800 containers, almost twice as many as the G3s, and a third more trailers and cars. Atlantic Star will join ACL’s transatlantic service in December and is due in Liverpool on Christmas Day. The remaining four G4 vessels will be delivered during the first half of 2016. www.aclcargo.com
SEATRUCK ADDS THIRD VESSEL TO LIVERPOOL – DUBLIN ROUTE
Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea freight specialist, will add a third vessel to its Liverpool Dublin route, from 17 November 2015. The additional midweek service comes in response to customer feedback and will provide much-needed peak capacity on a route that is attracting increased unaccompanied traffic, reducing road mileage compared with transit through Wales or Scotland. As economic conditions improve, the additional service is the next stage in Seatruck’s strategic development plan. Seatruck CEO Alistair Eagles said: “2016 will be a pivotal year for Seatruck with not only the additional capacity on this route but with the opening of the M6 [motorway] link, which will be a game changer for the development of our routes from the Port of Heysham.”
Seatruck Ferries was established in 1996 and operates 3 routes on the Irish Sea. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Danish Clipper Group A/S. www.seatruckferries.com
McTAYS YARD REVIVED BY MARITIME FAMILY FIRM CARMET
Former Bromborough shipyard McTay Marine has been brought back to life following liquidation of the McTay operation earlier this year. The slipway had been operated by McTay’s since 1974, providing a range of maintenance, refurbishment and small shipbuilding services. The new owners, Capt Ian Metcalfe, his son, Capt Brett Metcalfe, and his son, Capt Joshua Metcalfe – the family business that owns Carmet Tugs – have restarted ship repair operations with the backing of banking group Santander, and aim to double job numbers at the yard in the next 12 months. So far, the new business has created 17 jobs, mostly former McTay staff. Capt Brett Metcalfe said: ““We can bring vessels up the slipway of up to 1,200 tonnes and we are operational now. We are putting the word out now that we are here.”
Carmet had used the McTay facilities for quite a few years, said Capt Metcalfe, adding that: “The opportunity came to buy it and we thought it would enhance what we already do. It was an opportunity we could not let go by.” www.carmetmarine.co.uk
LV SHIPPING TRANSPORTS LONGEST WIND TURBINE BLADE EVER SHIPPED FROM THE USA
Mersey Maritime member LV Shipping Ltd has transported one of the world’s longest wind turbine blades from the USA to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s (formerly NAREC) test facility in Blyth, UK. At over 78m long and weighing over 30 tonnes the prototype blade was assembled at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and is now at Blyth for a planned six month testing programme. Operational, engineering and HSQE staff from LV’s offices in Houston, Holland and the UK were all involved in the planning of the project. LV Shipping’s UK Sales Director Kevin Walsh said: “Managing the safe transit of the longest blade ever shipped from the USA to the UK via Antwerp was a real test of LV Shipping’s global expertise in freight forwarding. The project required meticulous coordination and good communication with all parties at every stage, which I’m delighted to say we achieved without incident.” To appreciate the sheer size of the blade, click here to see images of it in transit. www.lvshipping.com
GREEN SHOOTS OF SUCCESS ON SUPPLY CHAIN DATA PIPELINE PROJECT
“This is an absolute game changer, if we can have advance data regularly we can provide a ‘green lane’ for legitimate traders and focus resource on other areas.”
That was just some of the reaction from major stakeholders following initial results of a project supported by Liverpool based Warrant Group to demonstrate the benefits of advance high quality data in dynamic ‘end-to-end’ international supply chains. Warrant is one of three supply chain management companies providing expertise to help develop and demonstrate an electronic ‘data pipeline’ conforming to international standards. The four-year European funded project, CORE work package 10, aims to prove that good supply chain visibility and advance data can help businesses reduce risk, predict cost, react faster to market conditions and give them the confidence to deliver innovation and quality. David Roff, IT Director at Warrant Group, said: “As a result of our collaborative work so far, importers are now reviewing how they can de-risk their supply chains to reduce unnecessary stoppages by providing better quality data at source, such as complete HS codes and clear product descriptions. To read the full story click here.
WARRANT GROUP SUPPORTS CARGO200 CAMPAIGN
In other news, Warrant Group is also supporting Cargo200 – a campaign launched by peel Ports to bring greater volumes of ocean freight through the Port of Liverpool to ease pressure on the UK’s roads and reduce carbon emissions. Warrant Group is among 200 members of the supply chain and logistics sector to have joined the campaign, which aims to take 200 million miles of freight transportation off the UK’s road and rail infrastructure by 2020. Ian Jones, MD of Warrant Group, said: “We are delighted to pledge our support to Cargo200 […]. Innovative logistical thinking is at the heart of what we do at Warrant Group,” he added, “and Liverpool2 opens up a wide range of exciting new ways to drive efficiencies and ultimately give our clients the competitive edge in their own marketplaces.” www.warrant-group.com
POLARIS TO PROMOTE MARITIME MEDIA AWARDS 2015
Marine industry specialist PR firm Polaris Media has been appointed by the Maritime Foundation to promote the Maritime Media Awards (MMAs) in London. The awards recognise excellence in maritime journalism, writing, film making and social media. Polaris director Sam Pinnington said: “Polaris fills a gap in the market as one of the few maritime specialist PR firms in the world. It is a skill set we have worked hard to develop over years of working with maritime businesses large and small. Our journalism background combined with our knowledge of, and contacts in, the global maritime media will enable us to generate even more profile for the MMAs.”
The Polaris team, which is run by brothers Ben and Sam Pinnington, includes local maritime journalist Peter Elson, who was named the MMA’s writer of the year in 2009 while shipping correspondent at the Liverpool Echo. www.polarismedia.co.uk
EXIS TECHNOLOGIES AND LOCUS SOFTWARE SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
Exis Technologies has announced a partnership with Locus Software, following the successful integration of its Hazcheck Toolkits dangerous goods validation system into Locus Software’s Odyssey ERP platform. The agreement will allow Locus to offer Hazcheck within Odyssey to shipping lines on a global basis. Hazcheck Toolkits provides dangerous goods data packages for incorporation into cargo booking, handling and planning systems, ensuring accuracy of data validation between shippers and container lines. James Douglas, Director of Exis Technologies said: “Exis has been supplying Hazcheck Toolkits for integration into existing systems for over ten years. We are delighted to be working with Locus Software to offer a value added solution by further enhancing the wide functionality they offer in their Odyssey platform. Click here for further information or vist www.existec.com
“Exports are driving the British economic recovery.” – Lord Digby Jones 2014
Is this still the case? Are you part of the charge or frustrated by the barriers?
Following a successful event held in Liverpool last Thursday (11 Nov) featuring Mersey Maritime member URICA – the innovative global early payment network for SMEs – and Lord Digby Jones, former head of the CBI, we are pleased to provide a link to a 2-minute survey on exporting. Your views will not only help determine the state of UK exporting but URICA will donate £1 to Digby’s chosen charity, Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer, for each survey completed. Click here to have your say. www.urica.com
SHERRINGTON ASSOCIATES APPOINTS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER EUROPE FOR WALLEM GROUP
A glitch in our systems meant that the link provided for Sherrington Associates in last month’s e-zine was incorrect, so we’re happy run this story again. Sherrington Associates has completed its first targeted search project for Hong Kong based shipmanagement provider Wallem Group. Rob McKay, MD of Sherrington, the Chester-based executive search firm, said: “This appointment is testament to the value that Sherrington’s targeted search approach brings to our client’s businesses. We look forward to supporting Wallem’s continued growth moving forward.” www.sherringtonassociates.co.uk
New members to date this month include civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering consultants Curtins and industrial cleaning specialist Neway Industrial and Environmental Services, both of whom we welcome aboard.
For those who are new to us, Mersey Maritime represents the interests of the maritime and related sectors on Merseyside and is widely regarded as a best practice organisation in ‘clustering’. We work on behalf of over 1700 businesses on Merseyside, both individually and collectively, helping strengthen supply chains, create opportunities for increased trade and promote the excellence that exists across the sector in this region. Your support through membership helps us to do the work we do and, as a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest all income raised back into the sector. You can find out about membership here or by calling one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
Click here to see who’s who in the Mersey Maritime team and what our individual roles are.
EVENTS & TRAINING
SEMINAR TO EXPLORE ATLANTIC GATEWAYS AND TRADE CORRIDORS
Date: 24 November 2015
Time: 09:30am – 1:30pm
Venue: Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Liverpool
The Halifax Gateway Council and the High Commission of Canada are holding a seminar in Liverpool this month on Atlantic Gateways and Trade Corridors. The event will look at the intermodal and transhipment infrastructure connecting North America and Europe and highlight how this infrastructure will support the growing two-way trade between Canada and the UK following the ratification of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Advance registration is essential. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 Nov (today). stating that you wish to attend the LIVERPOOL seminar.
INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SHIPBROKERS’ BRANCH AGM
Date: 1 December 2015
Venue: The Khrua Thai Orchid Restaurant, 103-105 Brimstage Road, Heswall, CH60 1XF
Member of the ICS are encouraged to attend the 97th AGM of the Liverpool Branch, which will be followed by a Thai banquet. Cost of the meal to Liverpool Branch professional members is £10pp, with guests charged at £30pp. Booking details from Branch secretary Roy Cooke at: email@example.com.
GONGS N’ ROSES
Big congratulations to Charles Gray of the Armitt Group, who scooped the Financial Director of the Year award in the Entrepreneurial / Commercial Excellence category at the North West Finance Director of the Year Awards on 19 November.
Birkenhead based Flynn Refrigeration has announced the appointment of new marketing executive Danielle Dixon as part of the marine refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist’s drive for growth.
IN OTHER NEWS…..
BG FREIGHT TO INCREASE IRISH SEA SAILINGS
Irish Sea freight operator BG Freight is to increase the frequency of its sailings to and from the Port of Liverpool in recognition of demand that the opening of Liverpool2, Peel’s £300m deep water container terminal, will create. The operator’s Manchester Ship Canal service has been extended to three sailings per week and there is a fixed weekly return call from Liverpool to Ellesmere Port. The Liverpool – Dublin service has also been upgraded to twice weekly, as will be its Liverpool to Belfast route and a new route from Dublin to Greenock, all of which will offer winter-proof return connections and increased reliability on connections to other European ports. BG Freight has also launched its first ever scheduled weekly call to global freight forwarder Quality Freight’s site at Ellesmere Port, in recognition of the latter’s growth in volumes. www.bgfreightline.com
DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS MERSEY FIRM DELIVERING £2M ROYAL NAVY CONTRACT
Ships’ engine specialist James Troop & Co, which is supplying Volvo Penta engines and generators for the Royal Navy’s Sandown-class Mine Hunters, has hosted a visit by Defence minister Philip Dunne to review progress of the company’s £2m deal to replace the generator sets on seven Royal Navy Mine Hunters. Mr Dunne said: “The contract for marine generators for the Royal Navy’s mine hunters has enabled this family-run British company to sustain important and highly skilled UK jobs at their base in Merseyside. We recognise that the UK’s defence contractors, whatever their size, are a vital source of innovation in our supply chain, and in the last year, the MOD has done business with over 5,400 SMEs, worth more than £800m.” He added that: “As one of the shipping industry’s oldest companies, James Troop has a proven track record of flexibility which is helping to ensure the UK Armed Forces deploy with some of the very best kit available.” www.jamestroop.co.uk
ISP TO LAUNCH ‘SUPER-COMFORT’ LIFEJACKETS AT METS 2015
Bootle based International Safety Products (ISP) will launch a new generation of “Super-Comfort” inflatable lifejackets this week at METS 2015, the world’s largest marine equipment trade show in Amsterdam. The new lifejacket comes in three different models, with buoyancy from 170 to 320 Newtons. ISP is the largest manufacturer of marine inflatable lifejackets in the world. See www.ispl.co.uk for further details.
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By Mersey Maritime
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
We’ll start with just a couple of words from us this month, then allow you to take a visual stroll through our latest summary of local maritime news. If you have news to share in the next edition please see contact details at the end of this e-zine.
MERSEY MARITIME CEO JIM TEASDALE RETIRES
Many of you will already have received the news this week of Jim Teasdale’s retirement after 11 years at the helm of Mersey Maritime Group. As a founder director of Mersey Maritime, and as chief executive since 2004, Jim has successfully steered our organisation – and our sister company Maritime & Engineering College North West (MECNW) – through periods of significant change and leaves both organisations in a healthy position. A copy of a press release issued Tuesday 29 September can be viewed here.
MARITIME KNOWLEDGE HUB LAUNCHED AT LISW15
Mersey Maritime, as part of a private and public sector consortium including Liverpool John Moores University, the Peel Group and Wirral Council, organised an event as part of London International Shipping Week last month to reveal a vision for the development of an education and collaboration campus for advanced manufacturing and engineering skills in Wirral. The project is expected to cost £20m and take three years to complete. It aims to benefit the local economy with skills development and opportunities for knowledge-sharing. Full details including a short promotional video can be viewed here.
FLYNN REFRIGERATION SECURES NEW DEALS WITH NORWEGIAN SHIPPING COMPANY SOLSTAD
Merseyside refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn has landed a fresh series of deals with Norwegian Shipping Company Solstad, supplying two of its ships with Bitzer compressors. Flynn Refrigeration MD Alex Flynn said the level of repeat business from Solstad provided a strong endorsement of its high quality service. He said: “Although we only started trading with Solstad two years ago we have quoted and supplied 23 of their vessels in that time. To achieve such strong repeat business in such a short space of time provides an excellent testimony to the standard of the service Flynn provides.”
Flynn Refrigeration has more than 30 years’ experience of supplying marine air-conditioning and refrigeration products and has formed successful partnerships with a number of other industry-leading manufacturers including Danfoss, Copeland and Gram.
PEEL PORTS SIGNS UP TO ARMED FORCES CORPORATE COVENANT
Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports has signed a commitment to improve employment opportunities at the port for serving or former armed forces men and women. The port operator has already started a recruitment drive to hire 500 extra workers for Liverpool2, its new £300m deep water container terminal at Seaforth. Under the principles of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, which is signed as a voluntary declaration of support, Peel will endeavour to aid the employment of members of the armed forces community within its organisation and support employees who choose to become members of the reserve forces by accommodating their training and deployment wherever possible. Peel Ports’ chief operating officer, Gary Hodgson, said: “By creating a corporate covenant, we are publicly expressing our commitment to improving employment opportunities for those in the armed forces community and leading the way for other businesses to follow suit. As an equal opportunities employer, it is important that we ensure the principles we have outlined are upheld across our entire group.” www.peelports.com
BIBBY HYDROMAP SHOWCASES d’ROP WITH PANGEO’S SBI
Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap is to run demonstrations of its dedicated survey vessel d’ROP, equipped with PanGeo’s SBI (Sub Bottom Imager). d’ROP, which was launched earlier this year, is a remotely operated survey platform capable of operating in dynamic marine environments, whilst accommodating various survey sensors, such as the PanGeo SBI. The system has potential to revolutionise productivity in shallow water survey and inspection applications. To read more about the d’ROP click here. The trials are due to take please in the week commencing 5 October, in Lowestoft, UK. To register your interest in attending or suggest a trial location, contact Heather Carrigher of Bibby HydroMap at firstname.lastname@example.org
In other areas of the business, Bibby HydroMap has begun survey operations on Port Meridian Energy’s proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay. The complex programme of work comprises geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying of the proposed pipeline route to shore and will be undertaken using a multi-vessel approach. Bibby HydroMap’s own vessels Chartwell and Eagle will perform the geophysical and environmental scope. www.bibbyhydromap.com
MST FRISC BOATS DELIVER RELIEF SUPPLIES IN DOMINICA
Following the devastation wreaked across the tiny Caribbean country of Dominica by storm Erika in August, it’s good to see Liverpool based MST’s special FRISC (Fast Raiding, Interception and Special Forces Craft) boats being put to good use by the Dutch Royal Navy in delivering relief supplies. FRISC boats have been used to carry potable water supplies to towns in Dominica that are inaccessible by car due to the destruction of the access roads. The FRISC series of boats is unique to MSC, combining the speed and manoeuvrability of an interceptor with an increased size and carrying capacity to hold elite troops and their equipment. They are used extensively by the Dutch Royal Navy for border protection, marine counter terrorism, military and Special Forces operations. See more here.
MCKENNAS MARINE HELP RESTORE STEAM TUG DANIEL ADAMSON
Good, too, to see Liverpool based marine insulation firm Mckennas Marine – winner of the Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards – appointed to carry out the insulation and sheet metalwork on the steam tug Daniel Adamson as part of an extensive refit project of the historic vessel currently being undertaken by Cammell Laird. Click here to see updates and progress on the ‘Danny’ in Cammell Laird’s Dock No.4.
PEEL APPEAL TO HELP CELEBRATE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OLD DOCK
The world’s oldest enclosed commercial wet dock in Liverpool, is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Known locally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for business on 31 August 1715, providing a blueprint for the development of other trading ports. To mark this special anniversary Peel Ports will be creating a commemorative book at the end of the year and is inviting the people of Liverpool and the North West to share their images and memories of the port. Visit www.peelports.com/liverpool300 for details. You can also submit your stories and photos by email at: email@example.com
WIRRAL HOTEL OPERATOR CONTESSA WINS APPROVAL FOR £6M CONVERSION OF HAIGH HALL
Wirral hotel operator Contessa Hotels – owners of the Hillbark and Leverhulme hotels in Wirral – has secured approval for a £6m restoration of the Grade II-listed Haigh Hall in Wigan. Haigh Hall is currently owned by Wigan Council and is leased to Contessa which plans to turn it into a four-star boutique hotel complete with 30 en-suite bedrooms, a spa and a fitness centre. www.contessahotels.co.uk
Mersey Maritime represents the interests of the maritime and related sectors on Merseyside and is widely regarded as a best practice organisation in ‘clustering’. We work on behalf of over 1700 businesses on Merseyside, both individually and collectively, helping to strengthen supply chains, create opportunities for increased trade and promote the excellence that exists across the sector in this region. Your support through membership helps us to do the work we do and, as a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest all income raised back into the sector.
This month we welcome 2 new Sponsors – the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and ventilation specialists VSS; we upgrade 3 existing members to our Executive Club: personal injury specialists DGB Solicitors; executive recruitment company Sherrington Associates and marine systems solutions provider Trelleborg Marine Systems; and we take on 3 other members at standard membership level. They are Firetrace Ltd, who specialise in automatic fire suppression systems; Bearing Source, who provide bearings and power transmission components; and Power People, resourcing specialists for the energy industry.
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
REGIONAL & OTHER INDUSTRY NEWS
TRANSPORT FOR THE NORTH (TfN) FREIGHT STUDY
Transport for the North (TfN) will break new ground with the creation of the UK’s first pan-regional freight and logistics strategy, designed to create the integrated transport network that the logistics sector in the North needs to drive growth and create jobs. Specialists Mott MacDonald and MDS Transmodal have been appointed to help drive forward the development of the strategy, supporting TfN in determining the size, role and likely growth potential of the freight and logistics industry in the North. A report based on the study will form part of the updated Northern Transport Strategy, to be presented to the Chancellor in Spring 2016. Mike Garratt, MD at MDS Transmodal said: “It is a great privilege to be able to contribute to developing this strategy. The freight industry accounts for around eight per cent of the economy and makes huge investments in its own fleets and infrastructure in a highly competitive environment, while depending on the road and rail networks provided by the public sector. Our objective is to identify a shared vision covering investment, operations and planning that will command the confidence of the private sector, attract investment and promote economic success for Northern England on a sustainable basis.” www.transportforthenorth.com
ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY BIDS FAREWELL TO RFA ORANGELEAF
RFA Orangeleaf, built at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead and launched in 1975 before being commissioned for service with the RFA in 1984, has completed service in the port where she was built 40 years ago. The decommissioning of the single hulled tanker, the last of the RFA’s Leaf Class support tankers, will make way for the double hulled RFA Tidespring and her three sisters – Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce. These will enter service from 2016 and are designed to be more environmentally friendly – producing less carbon dioxide emissions – and more fuel efficient. RFA Captain Duncan Lamb said: “It is with a heavy heart that the Royal Fleet Auxiliary says goodbye to an old friend. Orangeleaf has been a fantastic asset to the Naval Service over the last four decades delivering on Operations around the world.”
NAVIGATION ACCIDENTS AND THEIR CAUSES
The Nautical Institute has launched its latest book, looking at major casualties and the lessons that can be learned. The publication, Navigation Accidents and their Causes, examines nearly 30 casualties and the problems of fatigue, bridge resource management, Colregs and other issues where human factors contributed to the accidents. For more information contact Bridget Hogan, Director of Publishing and Marketing at The Nautical Institute on firstname.lastname@example.org You can click here to read The NI’s latest e-newsletter.
Maritime PR firm Polaris Media’s recently launched website and newsletter which celebrates the ties between Britain and Oman has reportedly got off to a strong start. Directors Ben and Sam Pinnington say they’ve been ‘taken aback at the strength of the bilateral ties and the many, many links in the realms of business, education, culture, sport and tourism’ which they are delighted to help celebrate. If yours is a business that exports goods or services between the two countries, the Polaris team would love to hear from you with a view to featuring your business on the site. Contact Chris Amery, News Editor, OmanGBnews.com, by email at: email@example.com, on Twitter at @OmanGBnews or call: +44 (0)7984 875078. www.polarismedia.co.uk.
MARITIME & INNOVATION BROKERAGE EVENT (MIBE 2015)
Date: 10 and 11 November 2015
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Organiser: Netherlands Maritime Technology /Enterprise Europe Network
MIBE 2015 focuses on the upcoming calls of the Horizon 2020 programme, which is of potentially great interest to the maritime and offshore related industry and knowledge institutes. The event is an ideal opportunity for the European maritime community to share R&D opportunities, meet experts on Horizon 2020 and find opportunities for cooperation with European partners. The event is targeted at businesses in the following sectors: Shipbuilding; Traction/Propulsion Systems; Navigation and embedded systems; Lightweight construction; Electrical supply system; Measurement devices; Transmission systems. Registration deadline, 4 November. www.maritimebrokerageevent2015.eu
THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE ANNUAL SEMINAR AND DINNER
(NW England and Wales Branch)
Seminar Theme: ‘Has MLC2006 improved Life at Sea?’
Date: 16 October 2015, 3.00 – 6.00pm,
Location: Novotel Hotel, 40 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 4LN
The seminar will be followed by the Annual Branch Dinner at 1900 for 1930. Cost is £25pp, with partners welcome. To attend this event contact: Hon Sec Dr Steve Bonsall at: firstname.lastname@example.org. See also www.ninw.org.uk
IMarEST NORTH WEST ENGLAND BRANCH 12th ANNUAL DINNER & DANCE
Date: 17 October 2015
Venue: Liverpool Harbourside Marina, Coburg Wharf, Liverpool L3 4BP
Some tickets still remain for this annual dinner if you’re quick. Tickets are priced at £38 each for a 3 course meal with wine and cheese board. Contact IMarEST NW treasurer John Mace for details at: email@example.com
GONGS N’ ROSES
LIVERPOOL LAW FIRMS TAKE A BOW
Collective congratulations this month to Liverpool’s leading law firms, seven of which are singled out for praise in the latest edition of Legal 500, the definitive guide to the top law firms and lawyers across the UK. The guide notes that Liverpool firms are continuing to benefit from the significant amount of regeneration in the city and port projects such as Liverpool2 and the Mersey Gateway. Of the seven Liverpool firms, five are members of Mersey Maritime, with Brabners praised for its “outstanding team of excellent communicators”; Hill Dickinson for its “high level of business acumen and knowledge of the industry”; O’Connors for its “unique and personable approach”; the DWF team praised as being “excellent on M&A transactions”; and Weightmans recommended as a Top-Tier Firm in 13 practice areas.
Heather Heaton has joined Complete Site Safety as Business Development Manager, tasked with exploring potential markets, securing new business and liaising with the training provider’s existing clients.
A reminder of three offers currently available to members of Mersey Maritime:
Mersey Maritime has teamed up with one of our sponsors Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR) to offer members a very special deal on their marine and shore based recruitment needs. Until April 2016, members of Mersey Maritime will be able to access Liverpool and Singapore based MNR’s services at a significantly reduced fee of only 10%. Call David Corlett or Greg Hughes on tel 0151 236 6200. MNR has particular expertise in Seagoing, Offshore, Drilling and Shore Based Recruitment into positions requiring a marine or related background. www.mnrltd.com
Secondly, if you have business visitors staying in town, please ask us for details of our partner hotels in Liverpool and Wirral for specially discounted rates. Hotels with which we have negotiated members’ rates include the 4-star Hard Days Night Hotel, The Liverpool Malmaison and the Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight.
Liverpool and London-based law firm O’Connors LLP is offering Mersey Maritime Members the opportunity to spend an afternoon with two of their senior corporate and commercial lawyers to explore how to get on the front foot in corporate and commercial transactions and strip wasteful legal cost from the process. This offer is without cost and is open to the first 10 members to respond between now and the end of 2015. Meetings can be held either on-site or at The Plaza, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9QJ. For further information, contact John Spofforth or Mike Ainsworth on 0151 906 1000. www.oconnorsllp.co.uk
By Mersey Maritime
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
It may be a little quieter than usual for many of our members during August but there’s still plenty good stuff going on and every reason to get another e-zine out before the month is over. Here, then, is a quick round up of what our industry and our members have been up to these past few weeks on Merseyside and beyond.
MERSEY MARITIME AT LONDON INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING WEEK (7-11 SEPT)
Mersey Maritime will be hosting a high level reception in London next month as part of LISW15. The ‘Mersey-on-the-Thames’ event will be held in association with a number of our key partners, including Peel Ports, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Football Club and law firm DWF. Already billed as ‘one of the most exciting events of LISW’, Mersey–on-the-Thames is designed to showcase the opportunities that exist for doing business with the Liverpool city region and celebrate Liverpool’s “first rate credentials” as a maritime city that is “open for business”. Further details available here.
FACE-2-FACE: 1 SEPTEMBER 2015
With guest presentation from the National Oceanography Centre
Details of next month’s F2F have already been widely circulated and space is now at a premium but if you haven’t yet registered and would like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership activity is as busy as ever and this month we are delighted to announce our newest sponsor DONG Energy, one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe and developers of the Burbo Bank wind farm in Liverpool Bay. Also joining us as members this month are Flintshire based LEK Lubrication Systems, and international engineering and construction contracting company Land & Marine Engineering. Merseyside accountancy firm and shipping specialists Robinson Rice is the latest company to upgrade its membership to become part of our Executive Club.
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
FLYNN REFRIGERATION APPOINTED OFFICIAL SUPPLIER FOR GERMAN REFRIGERATION FIRM ROLLER
Birkenhead refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn has been appointed as an official supplier for German refrigeration firm Roller. As part of the deal, Flynn will act as a worldwide distributor for Roller’s marine and offshore products. Flynn MD Alex Flynn said: “Roller has been a major player in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry for more than 60 years. This partnership boosts the quality and diversity of our extensive portfolio of products, which already includes thousands of new and re-conditioned components.” www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk
POLARIS MEDIA LAUNCHES NEW UK-OMAN NEWS WEBSITE
Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media is appealing to Mersey Maritime members trading in Oman to get in touch about a new website it has launched highlighting news between the UK and Oman.
Supported via a regular e-newsletter and a range of social media channels, Oman-GB News will share articles about British companies supporting economic growth in Oman and important commercial and industrial developments. Director Ben Pinnington said: “OmanGB News aims to provide a platform to promote the historic trading relationship between Britain and Oman. [….]Oman-GB News will focus on dynamic small businesses, exporters and manufacturers as well as bigger companies. We want to hear from any UK or Omani business which is exporting goods or services. The website is aimed at decision-makers, politicians, academics, opinion formers and anyone interested in keeping in touch with trade news between Britain and Oman. Companies can submit news to email@example.com or call Ben on 07887 562900. www.omanGBnews.com
MPE INTERIORS COMPLETES TUG SUPPLY VESSEL FIT OUT
Merseyside-based ship interiors specialist MPE has completed a fit-out in Sunderland of the 1400DWT tug supply vessel Sentinel Ranger for UK Docks Marine Services. MPE director John Whetnall said: “This was a job which had to be turned around quickly and efficiently. We manufactured and installed crew cabins with new furniture including bedding and wardrobes. We also built and installed wet spaces with new washing and lavatory facilities.”
MPE has established a fine reputation in the installation and manufacture of ship interiors, with a track record that includes work on ferries, military ships and superyachts. The company’s turnover is in excess of £2m and it employs more than 30 staff at its Birkenhead base. www.mpeinteriors.com
PEEL PORTS SIGNS NEW FREIGHT ROUTE DEAL TO CONNECT PORT OF LIVERPOOL WITH GREENOCK, BELFAST AND ROTTERDAM
Peel Ports has signed a deal with shipping operator BG Freight Line for a new freight service connecting Greenock, Belfast and Rotterdam with the port’s new £300m Liverpool2 terminal, which is due to become operational at the end of 2015. The route will open up global opportunities for Scottish exporters, particularly in the food and drink, chemical and advanced manufacturing sectors. The new terminal could revolutionise the UK logistics market by handling much of the imported freight that currently comes in through south coast ports. It will also give Scottish firms direct access to the UK’s main trade hub with North America, which is Scotland’s number one export market.
Koert Luitwieler, CEO of BG Freight Line, said: “The combination of our port network, our existing feeder services, and this new route allows us to provide international traders with a way to minimise costs, carbon emissions and congestion.” www.peelports.com
IPS MARINE FABRICATIONS COMPLETES WORK ON STENA FERRIES
Birkenhead-based IPS Marine Fabrications has delivered a package of insulation and fabrication work on Stena Line’s two Ro-Pax Superfast ferries VII and VIII, while the vessels continued to sail between Belfast and Cairnryan in Ireland, ensuring no operational downtime. The firm is run by marine engineering specialists Paul Smith and Peter Hillan. The work involved the design, manufacture and installation of high-temperature marine insulation pads for equipment including thermal oil and main exhaust piping. The engineers also reinforced the galley areas with marine-grade steel fabrication and replaced numerous insulation pads across both vessels. Mr Smith said: “Our insulation products play a vital role on board vessels helping to protect against hazardous fuel leaks and fire, which can of course prove extremely dangerous at sea.” www.ipsmarine.co.uk
SEAKING ELECTRICAL STRIKES DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH FINNISH TECH FIRM
Marine electrical firm SeaKing Electrical has signed a deal to be the official UK distributor for Finnish oil technology firm Valmet. The deal will see SeaKing provide a first-line response operation providing engineers to install and maintain Valmet’s automation systems.
The company will also support Valmet with supply chain management, leading teams of sub-contractors and co-ordinating projects. SeaKing MD Dave Gillam said: “This partnership will play a vital role in the development of new skills and broaden our understanding of progressive technologies that bring benefits to customers. The Valmet brand association also greatly helps open up new business opportunities in international projects.” www.seakinggroup.co.uk
ACL ATTEND TOPPING OUT CEREMONY AT NEW LIVERPOOL HQ
ACL’s managing director Ian Higby has attended a topping out ceremony for his company’s new HQ on Duke Street, Liverpool. Designed by DLA Design, the building will be the city’s first purpose-built shipping HQ since the development of the Grade II-listed India Buildings in 1924. The four-storey property is situated directly opposite the Bibby Line Group HQ and has adopted the Georgian proportions of existing buildings on the street while providing a “contemporary and distinctive façade”. 160 staff will move into the 62,000 sq ft property in 2016.
Ian Higby said: “We have reached a very important milestone not just in the construction of this fine building but also in the continuing commitment of ACL to Liverpool, the city and the port.” ACL has almost doubled its Liverpool staff in the last few years with further growth anticipated once the shipping line’s newbuild fleet comes into service from autumn 2015. www.aclcargo.com
ALTRAD NSG SECURES £16.5M NORTH WEST CONTRACT RENEWALS
Scaffolding and industrial services specialist Altrad NSG has secured multi-million pound contract renewals with two of the UK’s leading chemicals firms, helping to secure up to 165 jobs. The three-year contracts with INOVYN ChlorVinyls and Tata Chemicals have a combined value of up to £16.5m. Mike Carr, MD at Altrad NSG, said: “Our collaborative approach, experience and expertise has allowed us to develop excellent long-term relationships with INOVYN ChlorVinyls and Tata Chemicals, evidenced by the fact we’ve been working with INOVYN ChlorVinyls in Runcorn for more than 20 years now.”
Altrad NSG provides scaffolding, rope access systems, thermal insulation, surface preparation and application of protective coatings and industrial cleaning to a range of blue chip companies. Core sectors include on and offshore oil and gas, petrochemicals, power generation, steel production, ship building, rail and civil infrastructure. www.altradnsg.com
Mersey Maritime hotel partner the HARD DAYS NIGHT HOTEL on North John Street, Liverpool, has been sold to international hotel chain Millennium & Copthorne Hotels for £13.8m in cash, almost £3m more than the reported asking price of £11m. The Hard Days Night Hotel is an Executive Club member of Mersey Maritime and offers specially discounted rates to fellow members. www.harddaysnighthotel.com
PEEL GROUP has announced a long-term agreement with Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s lenders that will underpin a major investment programme at the airport over the next five years. The new financial arrangement will support the strong operational performance of LJLA, as well as its future growth. Steven Underwood, Peel Group chief executive, said: “The future of Liverpool John Lennon Airport is strategically important to Peel, the wider city-region and, indeed, the Northern Powerhouse as a whole.”
ACORN INDUSTRIAL UNIT TO LET
Mersey Maritime member Acorn Industrial Estates has advised it has a vacant industrial unit available to let on flexible terms in the Liverpool docklands area, the former Portside Engineering unit in Effingham Street, Bootle. The unit is 9,100 sq ft, with 3 phase power, office, canteen and toilets. For information, call Andy O’Brien or John Gow on 0151 486 0004. www.acorn-ind.co.uk
JAMES TROOP SUPPLIES TWO NEW VOLVO PENTA ENGINES TO MERSEY PILOT BOAT
Merseyside-based engine specialist James Troop & Co has secured a deal with Peel Ports to supply two Volvo Penta D9 engines to one of Liverpool’s River Mersey pilot boats, the Fulmar. The Fulmar, one of eight pilot boats on the Mersey, pilots vessels in and out of the river, including the Port of Liverpool, the docks at Garston and the locks to the Manchester Ship Canal.
O’CONNORS – A FIRST PORT OF CALL FOR LEGAL PROVISIONS
Liverpool and London-based law firm and Mersey Maritime member O’Connors LLP is offering Mersey Maritime Members the opportunity to spend an afternoon with two of their senior corporate and commercial lawyers to explore how to get on the front foot in corporate and commercial transactions and strip wasteful legal cost from the process. This offer is without cost and is open to the first 10 members to respond between now and the end of 2015. Meetings can be held either on-site or at The Plaza, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9QJ. For further information, contact John Spofforth or Mike Ainsworth on 0151 906 1000. www.oconnorsllp.co.uk
Merseyside-based construction industry firm Innov8 Safety Solutions has appointed health, safety and environmental manager Andy Black in a move to target into new sectors, including oil, gas and hazardous environments. The Birkenhead firm delivers Construction Design Management (CDM) advice, Principal Designer support and site safety services. firstname.lastname@example.org
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) has strengthened its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region by appointing David Kelly, previously Head of Marketing at IMarEST’s London headquarters, as Director of Asia-Pacific. The new position, based in Singapore, will support the existing Asia-Pacific team to drive growth and awareness of the Institute in the region.