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By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Ezine

 

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

A swift round up of July’s news including a taster of a couple of Mersey Maritime events coming up. Next month’s Face-2-Face meeting on 4 August will feature 5 of our member companies in the guest presenter slot – drawn randomly from the Mersey Maritime hat – talking about their business and/or recent projects they’ve been involved in. Guest presenters include Resimac; Briggs Automotive (designers of the iconic BAC-Mono supercar); Charles Taylor Adjusting; PGI Training; and Knowles. Register by emailing events@merseymaritime.co.uk. As always, members are given priority but newcomers always welcome where space permits.

Secondly, news that Mersey Maritime will be in London during this year’s London International Shipping Week (LISW15 – 7-11 Sept), hosting a high level ‘Mersey-on-the-Thames’ reception on 9 Sept with some of our highest level members and international guests. The event will be hosted by Mersey Maritime in association with law firm DWF and will feature presentations from key partners, helping to promote Liverpool’s thriving maritime sector as ‘Open for Business’. Further details will be available over the next few weeks.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

PEEL AND MACQUARIE LAUNCH LOGISTICS JOINT VENTURE
Peel Land and Property Group and Macquarie Capital have launched a joint venture to target the development of modern logistics facilities for long-term ownership, including at Port Salford and Liverpool International Business Park. The partnership will initially focus on an existing 250 acres of consented developable land across multiple sites, including Liverpool International Business Park, Port Salford, Robin Hood Airport and Knowsley. However, it aims to become a leading national logistics business, with the ambition, in time, of reaching £1bn of managed assets. The recently announced 280,000 sq ft Port Salford development occupied by Culina Logistics will be the partnership’s first property. Peel Logistics has also submitted plans for a 175,000 sq ft speculative development at Liverpool International Business Park.
www.peel.co.uk/landandproperty

MECNW ACHIEVES MAX SCORES FOR APPRENTICE SUCCESS RATES
Mersey Maritime’s sister organisation Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) has recorded maximum achievable success rates in respect of delivering Overall and Timely Apprenticeships in 2014/15, its best performance to date. Of the apprenticeship frameworks delivered, the Birkenhead based college, which specialises in engineering apprenticeships, recorded an overall achievement level of 92.98%, with timely achievement at 92.73%.
www.mecnw.co.uk

ESL FUELS LAUNCH NEW FUELS TO RANGE
ESL Fuels has added to its range of innovative alternative fuels available from its Stanlow terminal in Birkenhead. The company purchased the former BP Castrol Stanlow Oil terminal in 2012 as part of a wider growth strategy, allowing the business to improve its manufacturing capability for its core range of products. ESL now has access a high quality competitively priced 0.1% sulphur DMA and from Jan 2016 will also offer AUS 40 in preparation for the changes outlined in MARPOL 73/78 Annex VI relating to the reduction of Nitrogen Oxides (Nox). Terminal General Manager Phillip McEvoy said: “We have an ambition to become a leading supply chain partner of choice for the marine industry within the UK and we pride ourselves on our innovative approach to solving problems for our customers.” For details contact PM@eslfuels.net / www.eslfuels.com

HUGH BAIRD COLLEGE SECURES £2M TO BUILD PORT ACADEMY LIVERPOOL
Bootle-based Hugh Baird College has secured government funding of £2m to create its Port Academy Liverpool facility as a one-stop-shop for maritime and related training. Programmes will include engineering, construction, business, law, ICT, science and advanced manufacturing. The concept of Port Academy Liverpool programme was founded in a bid to prepare youngsters aged 14+ for job opportunities in maritime operations and logistics created by the opening of the new Liverpool2 container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. Hugh Baird principal and chief executive Yana Williams said the newly secured funding will be used to re-develop the college’s Pembroke Centre. She said: “We have big plans for our Port Academy Liverpool training programme. The creation of a single hub for all the related training will enable us to deliver new courses to help meet employer and student demand.” www.hughbaird.ac.uk

NEW OMAN PR DEAL FOR POLARIS MEDIA
Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has won a new deal with Oman Drydock Company, the Gulf’s newest and biggest shipyard. ODC has appointed Polaris to help promote ODC’s biggest job to date, the multi-million dollar conversion of two Oil Bulk Ore (OBO) carriers to Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs) for the Greek owned Springfield Shipping, part of the Onassis Foundation. Polaris will travel to Oman in the autumn to provide PR support at the official naming ceremony for both ships, which will be attended by senior members of the Omani Government as well as Korean shipbuilding giant DSME which is ODC’s official partner. Polaris Media is run by brothers Ben and Sam Pinnington and specialises in the maritime, engineering, construction, energy and business sectors. www.polarismedia.co.uk

INNOV8 WINS DEAL AT MULTI-MILLION POUND PORT SALFORD SCHEME
Construction safety specialist Innov8 Safety Solutions has secured a contract on Peel’s Port Salford scheme, providing principal design services for the Culina Logistics development, which is set to create 280 jobs when it becomes the first tenant next year. Innov8 MD Alan Robson said: “This is a significant contract for us to win and provides us with an even stronger foothold in the Port Salford development.” The Port Salford contract is Innov8’s first high-profile project providing principal design services, following the recent overhaul of CDM regulations by the Health and Safety Executive.
“The construction industry is still on a learning curve with the new regulations,” added Mr Robson. “While we have successfully realigned our services there is an onus on us to help educate and inform industry about the implications of the changes. We have subsequently set up a CDM education centre on our website to help provide guidance.” www.innov8safetysolutions.com

NEW MEMBERS

This month we are delighted to welcome our newest sponsor, Peel Land and Property, whose ambitious 30-year vision for Wirral Waters is set to transform the Birkenhead waterfront and docks.
We are also proud to confirm the ongoing support of Liverpool Football Club, which has increased its involvement with Mersey Maritime by extending its sponsorship arrangement for another year.

If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

PEOPLE

Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap (formerly Osiris Projects) has appointed Mick Slater as its new Operations Director after three years with the company. Mick Slater will hold overall responsibility for HSE, IT, HR and Compliance. www.bibbyhydromap.com

GONGS N’ ROSES

Congratulations to Peel Ports, named as ‘Port Authority of the Year’ at the 2015 Containerisation International Awards on 18 June. The award recognises excellence in the container shipping, ports and logistics industries from around the world, and is assessed by a select panel of judges and was collected on behalf of Peel Ports by Commercial Director Patrick Walters.

EVENTS & TRAINING

LJMU Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Event:
DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE COLLABORATIVE BUSINESS IDEAS – EXCITING FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
Date: 7 September 2015
Location: Liverpool
Organiser: Liverpool John Moores University
This event is aimed at companies who wish to understand more about the Knowledge Transfer Partnerships initiative, which is subsidised by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and what it can bring to their business. KTPs are projects part-funded by the government to strengthen and develop UK businesses by promoting growth in innovation, capacity and capability.. For info or to register your attendance contact Estelle Hargraves, Knowledge Transfer Officer, on 0151 231 8056 / email: e.s.hargraves@ljmu.ac.uk

LIVERPOOL SHOWCASE: WORLD CLASS MARINE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Date: 29 & 30 Sept 2015
Venue: The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool, 1 Brownlow Street, Liverpool, L69 3GL
Organiser: National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
Come and find out how research and innovation in marine science can benefit your maritime business at this 2-day showcase event. Themes will include Shipping, Ports, and Marine Energy,
with presentations from experts on:
• Bringing down costs and expanding capabilities through new technologies
• Accessing marine data
• Optimising operations and planning ahead in our changing climate through modelling and forecasting
• Identifying new opportunities and unlocking funding
Enjoy networking with scientists, engineers and other maritime businesses. Take a tour of cutting edge NOC research facilities. It is possible to attend all or some of the event – for speakers and the full event programme see: http://conference.noc.ac.uk/liverpool-showcase or contact NOCevents@noc.ac.uk.

LAIRDSIDE MARITIME CENTRE COURSES

ISPS – Port Facility Security Officer Course
Date: 2–4 Sept 2015 (3 days)
This DfT-approved training course is designed to give Port Facility Security Officers a full understanding of the ISPS Code, how to implement the Code and related legislation to fulfil the documentation requirements and maintain an effective security system for their operation.

ISPS – Proficiency in Security Awareness
Dates: 17 August 2015 / 1 Sept 2015 (Half day course)

ISPS – Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
Dates: 17 August 2015 / 1 September 2015 (One day course)

For further details on all of the above see www.lairdside-maritime.com or contact Helen Guest, Administrator, at h.guest@ljmu.ac.uk or call 0151 647 0494

COMPLETE SITE SAFETY LAUNCH ELCAS OFFSHORE H&S PROGRAMME
Complete Site Safety (CSS) has launched an Offshore Health and Safety Training Programme available through the ELCAS scheme, which is designed to help ex-forces personnel to kick-start a second career, offshore. Ex-forces personnel can now spend their ELCAS credits with CSS to undergo an Offshore Health and Safety Training Programme consisting of all essential accredited courses required to work within the offshore renewables sector, including:
• IRATA Rope Access
• GWO Basic Safety Training
• CCNSG Safety Passport
• CITB Health and Safety Awareness Course & Green Card
• City & Guilds Working in Confined Spaces: Medium & High Risk
• IOSH Managing Safely
See www.completesitesafety.co.uk

MARKETPLACE

RECRUITMENT OFFER
A reminder of two offers currently available to members of Mersey Maritime. First, 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

HOTELS OFFER
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 Mal and the Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight.

AND FINALLY……IT’S A DOG’S LIFE
We were amused to read of Cunard’s move to ‘be more dog’ with a rather unusual refit of the Queen Mary

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Ezine

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

Yes, it’s only Thursday and not quite the month end yet, but there’s so much good news coming our way that we simply can’t wait. Here then, is the best of July’s news, plated up as a tasty chef-style reduction, to give you a richer, more concentrated flavour in super-quick time. The good news is that we’ll be looking to increase the frequency of the newsletter to fortnightly after the summer in order to accommodate the volume, so please do keep your news coming in.

Meanwhile, the Mersey Maritime team are busy putting together final details for a visit to Liverpool on 1 July by Alderman The Lord Mountevans of Chelsea, Chair of Maritime London; confirming arrangements for Face-2-Face on 7 July with Peel Group (now fully booked); and working up plans for a rather special Liverpool event as part of London International Shipping Week in September. Watch this space…..

MEMBERS’ NEWS

PEEL PORTS REACHES CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE ON LIVERPOOL2
Peel Ports has reached a major milestone in the construction of its new deep water container terminal Liverpool2, having achieved:
• Phase 1 of infilling to reclaim 12 hectares of intertidal area completed
• 1.43 million tonnes of sand and silt deposited from dredged material
• The near completion of piling for a 700m quay wall
• Programme working around 10 metre tidal range – second highest in UK

There’s lots of fascinating detail in the official release which you can read here, but we think this video says it all. Click here.

FLYNN REFRIGERATION TO SUPPLY EGYPTIAN DRILLING COMPANY JACKUP RIGS
Flynn Refrigeration is to supply refrigeration and air-conditioning products to jackup rigs operated by the Egyptian Drilling Company (EDC). The deal has already generated work supplying two EDC jack-up rigs located in Gabon, West Africa, and the Red Sea, Egypt. Carolyn Flynn, who co-owns the company with husband Alex, said: “We were introduced to EDC through one of our long-standing maritime clients. EDC has now included us on its vendor list which has already led to our first contracts supplying refrigeration spare parts and fan motors to jackup rigs. Mrs Flynn added: “We have expanded our product portfolio with a new range of bespoke marine evaporators, condensers and air-conditioning systems. [….] Critically, they can operate in extreme temperatures and harsh dusty environments frequently experienced in the Middle East. Flynn Refrigeration were winners of the SME of the Year award in the first Mersey Maritime Industry Awards in March. www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk

SEAKING ELECTRICAL APPOINTED TO MERSEY FERRIES FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT
SeaKing Electrical has been appointed to a four-year framework agreement for Mersey Ferries. The Birkenhead based firm, which employs around 125 engineers, has been formally accepted onto the marine engineering consultants framework for Mersey Ferries until 2019. SeaKing MD Dave Gillam said: “We are delighted to secure such a prestigious long-term agreement with Mersey Ferries. [….] Our USP lies in the high quality, range and flexibility of our service, combined with the knowledge and experience of staff.”
SeaKing will be providing Mersey Ferries with a complete marine electrical engineering service, involving high-skill design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance.” www.seakinggroup.co.uk

PORT OF LIVERPOOL TO CREATE 47 JOBS AT NEW £100M BIOMASS FACILITY
Port operator Peel Ports is to create 47 new jobs at a new £100m biomass handling facility in a deal
with the Drax power station in Yorkshire. The deal will see Peel handle up to 3m tonnes of wood pellets a year imported from North America. Up to 300 jobs will be created during construction of the facility. The biomass terminal will include a rail loading facility and storage capacity for 100,000 tonnes. Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said: “Our new relationship with Drax illustrates the importance of east/west connectivity in driving growth and creating jobs in the North of England. In addition it shows how globally important assets such as the Port of Liverpool can be used to unlock the potential of the Northern Powerhouse by helping businesses like Drax ensure the security of their supply by putting in place well thought out global supply chains.” www.peelports.com

BEECH GROUP REBRANDS CONSULTANCY DIVISION AS OBSIDIAN ENVIRONMENTAL
In a move to provide a separate identity for its geo-environmental consultancy division, Beech Group has rebranded Beech Consultancy to Obsidian Environmental. The company is currently noise and vibration monitoring for blue chip clients, helping other clients with waste management licences and permits, preparing a feasibility strategy to raise and dispose of an 80 tonne sunken boat and doing a vast project to infill a former quarry. www.obsidianenvironmental.co.uk / www.beech-group.co.uk

MERSEYSIDE PR FIRM POLARIS MEDIA APPOINTS POLISH PARTNER
Specialist PR firm Polaris Media has appointed its first European exports partner – the British Polish Chamber of Commerce (BPCC) in Warsaw, which will now represent Polaris’ services to Poland’s maritime, energy and engineering sectors. Polaris director Ben Pinnington said: “As one of the few specialist maritime and engineering PR firms in Europe we believe we have a strong exports offering in expanding nations like Poland.”
Polaris offers overseas firms the opportunity of reaching a global audience through PR written to a professional standard of English – the language of the maritime and engineering industries and of many leading trade publications. Clients of Polaris Media include: Roxtec, Oman Shipping, Oman Drydock, Cammell Laird, James Troop, SeaKing and International Safety Products. Polaris has offices in Liverpool, Ellesmere Port and Manchester. www.polarismedia.co.uk

EXIS TECH LAUNCHES NEW WEB SERVICE FOR DANGEROUS GOODS VALIDATION AND DATA INTEGRATION
Exis Technologies has launched a new web service that allows companies to integrate current dangerous goods regulations into computer-based systems. Hazcheck Web Service is a web API based version of Hazcheck Toolkits, a set of dangerous goods data packages and routines for incorporation into existing cargo booking, handling, ERP and planning systems used by container lines and ports. James Douglas, Director of Exis Technologies, said: “Hazcheck Web Service allows companies to outsource expertise; Exis has been supplying Hazcheck Toolkits for integration into existing systems for over ten years. Detailed knowledge of global transport regulations, which are very varied and complex, is not required by in-house staff. Data can be integrated quickly and efficiently, dramatically reducing system development time. As Hazcheck Web Service is updated regularly in line with the changes to the regulations, customers always have the most up to date information to hand.” Click here for details or email: melanie.stephenson@existec.com

JAMES FISHER MARINE SETS UP NEW OFFICE AT ORBISENERGY
James Fisher Marine Services has set up an office in the OrbisEnergy hub in Lowestoft to build relationships with offshore wind developers and raise the profile of its services and its offshore support vessel, Dart Fisher. The company – part of the James Fisher Group – will focus on the development of its Offshore Wind Management System (OWMS)™ and its ability to deliver a more sophisticated approach to recording operational data to assist understanding around planning and managing offshore wind farm activities. www.james-fisher.com

BIBBY HYDROMAP ADOPT QPS QIMERA
Specialist survey and seabed mapping company Bibby HydroMap has announced the integration of Qimera, a new bathymetry processing application from QPS, into its Management System, the first survey company in the UK to do so. The investment has been made in recognition of the increasing scale of the projects Bibby Hydromap is involved with and the need to optimise efficiency and accuracy in the volumes of data handled through the company’s Bromborough head office. www.bibbyhydromap.com

ALTRAD NSG WINS MAJOR CENTRICA ENERGY OFFSHORE CONTRACT
Access and industrial services specialist Altrad NSG has been awarded a multi-million pound offshore contract by Centrica Energy. The business, which operates across the UK, has won a five-year contract with Centrica to provide access solutions, repair and maintenance services on both onshore and offshore projects, creating 50 new jobs. Altrad NSG managing director Mike Carr said: “This is our first major offshore contract and is a significant milestone for the business. […] Offshore work provides a fantastic opportunity for us as we continue to build on our complete maintenance solution approach and we are now looking towards the North Sea to expand the offshore division of the business.” Deeside-headquartered Altrad NSG is one of the UK’s leading multi-discipline providers of contract services and employs more than 500 people nationwide. Core sectors include on and offshore oil and gas, petrochemicals, power generation, steel production, ship building, rail and civil infrastructure. www.altradnsg.com

BAKER TILLY TO ADOPT RSM AS A GLOBAL BRAND
Independent tax and audit advisor Baker Tilly is to adopt the brand name RSM later this year – along with other all RSM International member firms – in a move to unite them under a single global brand. RSM International is one of the largest networks of independent audit, tax and consulting firms in the world. The move aims to strengthen Baker Tilly’s presence in the middle market, creating opportunities for clients to benefit from the network’s combined resources and expertise, regardless of borders. Baker Tilly was recently named Best Accountancy Firm for Smaller Companies at the annual Finance Director’s Excellence Awards. www.bakertilly.co.uk

WEIGHTMANS IN MERGER TALKS WITH YORKSHIRE RIVAL
Liverpool law firm Weightmans is in late stage talks to merge with Yorkshire- based Ford & Warren, with a view to completing a merger of the two firms in July 2015. If the deal goes ahead, the merged firm will have 187 partners and over 1,400 staff. www.weightmans.com

NEW MEMBERS

In the past few weeks we have welcomed several more new members to the Mersey Maritime fold. They include specialist marine services company James Fisher Marine Services; the Liverpool Pilots, whose skill in safely manoeuvring Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ in tandem on the river during their recent visit to Merseyside has been much praised across the international press; Stanlow Oil Refinery owner Essar (ESL Fuels); Briggs Automotive, the British manufacturer of the ultra-high performance, road legal supercar, BAC Mono; UK Logistics business Acorn Storage; specialist marine elevator company Certa Elevators; audio visual company Adlib Audio; and Mersey Port Health Authority.

If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

OTHER NEWS

PEEL SUBMITS PLANS FOR LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PARK
Peel Logistics, a division of Peel Land & Property, has submitted plans to build a huge 175,000 sq ft industrial unit in South Liverpool in preparation for the opening later this year of Liverpool2, the new deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. Peel Ports, another division of the Peel group, aims to attract new business away from the congested south coast ports and into Liverpool following opening of the new terminal, which can handle some of the world’s biggest container ships; with an increased demand for industrial and logistics space. Matthew Fitton, development director at Peel Logistics, said: “Peel Logistics is committed to bringing forward development opportunities within the portfolio and the submission of the full planning application is an example of us preparing oven-ready sites.”

JAMES TROOP SUPPLIES NEW ENGINE TO HISTORIC VESSEL KATHLEEN & MAY
Merseyside-based engine specialist James Troop & Co has supplied a brand new Volvo Penta engine to the Kathleen & May, the last British-built wooden hull three-mast top sail schooner still in operation. Working in collaboration with Cammell Laird, the D13 450 brake horsepower engine, along with a new generator, was successfully fitted on the vessel at its mooring at Liverpool’s Albert Dock. James Troop’s operations director Robert Pollock said: “As a Merseyside maritime business we were immensely proud to support the Kathleen & May Heritage Trust. The Kathleen & May has become synonymous with Liverpool and the Albert Dock in recent years so it was a special assignment for us. The engine we supplied is massively more powerful, more efficient and more eco-friendly than the original one which was no longer fit for purpose.”

MARITIME AND OIL & GAS ENGINEERS TO GET PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOST
Matchtech and the IMarEST have announced a partnership to support the professional development of engineers working in the maritime and oil and gas sectors. The partnership will allow Matchtech’s registered users to gain a complimentary 12 month membership of the IMarEST and work towards a professional qualification, such as Chartered status. The move aims to redress the fact that of the 2.7 million self-declared engineers working in the UK, only 230,00 are currently registered with a Professional Engineering Institution. David Kelly, Head of Marketing for the IMarEST said: “Employers are looking at those who are keen to enhance and maintain their professional development. Membership to the IMarEST not only demonstrates commitment to your career, but also allows you to use the experience that you’ve gained and put this towards an internationally recognised professional qualification, such as becoming a Chartered Marine Engineer.” Details from Matchtech on +44 (0)1489 898160 or email marine@matchtech.com.

RECORD RESULTS FOR RS CLARE
Lubricants and road marking specialist RS Clare has achieved record results for the third year running, turning over 32.04m in the year to Dec 2014, up from £27.33m the previous year.
Exports now account for £9.67m of the company’s sales, up from £9.61m previously.
RS Clare makes high performance lubricants and greases for major oil, gas, rail and marine companies, while its surface coatings division produces road markings and anti-skid surfacing products for use on roads, or also on board vessels such as car ferries.

ENGINEERING EDUCATION SCHEME SEEKS STUDENT PLACEMENTS FIRMS FOR 2016
The Engineering Education Scheme (EES) has celebrated its 30th year with a Science and Engineering day which saw 21 schools and 100 students from across the North West compete in an event hosted by the University of Liverpool. The EES is the UK’s foremost programme for identifying young science and engineering talent among 16/17 year olds, allowing them to work for six months on a real commercial project with a local company. Examples of the complex projects tackled this year included students working with Siemens on a Vehicular Speed Detection device, with Ansaldo NES on a Nuclear Waste Levelling System and with Sellafield on Silo Decommissioning. EES are actively recruiting local businesses interested in participating in next year’s scheme. Contact EES Business Manager Mark Wood on m.wood@etrust.org.uk or visit www.etrust.org.uk for details.

EVENTS

Mersey Estuary Forum
Date: 3 July 2015; 9.15am for a 9.45am start until 1pm
Venue: Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool
Organiser: Healthy Waterways Trust
This year’s Forum will cover topics including information about the work of the Liverpool Waterfront Partnership; The Canal and River Trust’s work to animate water spaces, and presentations on the history of the Mersey Estuary and Wirral Waters – providing an overview of the largest regeneration project in the UK. To reserve your place click here. www.healthywaterwaystrust.org.uk

Business Engagement Event: Doing Business with Sensor City
Date: 7 July 2015, 9.30am to 15.00pm
Venue: Redmonds Building, Brownlow Hill, Liverpool L3 5UG
Organiser: Sensor City (part of LJMU)
This event will bring together business professionals and academics with a vested interest in the development of sensor systems and technologies – to share knowledge, capability and industry insights and find out how the Sensor City initiative has progressed in the last six months. Full details and registrations here. See also www.sensorcity.org.uk

APHA Annual Conference 2015
Date: 8 -10 September 2015
Venue: Marriott Hotel, Queen Square, Liverpool L1 1RH
Organiser: Mersey Port Health Authority in association with APHA (Association of Port Health Authorities)

This 3-day annual conference takes the theme: “Evolution-Adapting to Change” and is aimed at regulators, enforcement agencies, industry and policy makers to discuss future challenges and ways to combat them. Further info here or by calling: 0151 233 2583 / email importedfood@liverpool.gov.uk

TRAINING

NEW: IOSH PPE INSPECTION COURSE
Date: 9-10 July 2015
Organiser: Complete Site Safety, Brunswick Dock, Liverpool

Complete Site Safety are now accredited to deliver a unique, IOSH Accredited, 2-day PPE Inspection course. It is a legal responsibility for all PPE to be inspected at regular intervals and this hands-on course aims to give delegates an in-depth awareness of matters relating to legislation, safe working practice and the dangers of working with damaged PPE. Call to book on 0151 708 9785 or visit www.completesitesafety.co.uk

LLOYDS REGISTER MARINE TRAINING
Lloyd’s Register will run a number of courses in Liverpool this autumn including:
• Classification & Statutory Surveys (Sept 22-24; £1,105+VATpp)
• Ship New Construction (Oct 13-15: £1,105+VATpp)
• ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO) – MCA approved (Nov 3-6; £1,220+VATpp)
• Risk Management & Incident Investigation (Oct 20-22; £1,105+VATpp)
• ISPS Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) – DfT approved (Nov 17-19; £1,105+VATpp)

Email: ukmarinetraining.liverpool@lr.org or call Fiona Higgins on 0151 552 5214

MARKETPLACE

MEMBERS’ OFFER OF THE MONTH – MNR
Mersey Maritime has teamed up with our newest sponsor Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR) to offer members a very special deal on their marine and shore based recruitment needs. For a limited time, 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. The offer applies until 30 April 2016.

CASHFLOW SOLUTION FOR SME’s
Recent Mersey Maritime member URICA offers a debt-free cash flow solution for SMEs funded by The British Business Bank and RSA, designed to improve cash flow for suppliers and customers. The URICA solution is fundamentally different to traditional forms of debt based invoice finance, requiring no security or personal guarantees from either party, and can also be used for exports. URICA does this by credit insuring every invoice paid early so that you, the supplier, have no further credit risk and no associated debt. URICA early payment is therefore treated like outright customer settlement, strengthening your balance sheet.
Offer: URICA are offering Mersey Maritime members 5 free credit reviews of your customers/or supply chain. If this offer is of interest, please contact katherine.herbert@urica.com or visit www.urica.com for more details.

ANYONE FOR TENNIS?
It’s happening next week but if you’re quick Mersey Maritime members may still be able to secure tables at the annual Boodles Tennis at The Mere event at specially discounted rates. For further info or to make a reservation please contact Jenny Curtis, Tournament Manager at White Events on 0151 707 1243 or email boodlestennis@themereresort.co.uk

GONGS N’ ROSES

Congratulations to FPI NorthWest, who have been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for their commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management among UK contractors. FPI specialise in providing engineering services to the hydraulic and pneumatic industries, with recent clients including Dong Energy, Teva Pharmaceuticals and NSG Pilkington. See www.fpi-northwest.co.uk

PEOPLE

Marine lifejackets firm International Safety Products’ MD John Rogers and commercial director Geoff Billington have stepped down following a buyout of the business by UK maritime group Safety and Survival Systems International (3Si). Their retirement comes after 13 years in which they successfully steered the business to a £9m turnover with 100 staff. Elsewhere, CTI Corporate Travel International has appointed Clive Wratten as Sales and Marketing Director and specialist maritime and engineering PR agency Polaris Media has appointed Wirral journalist Chris Amery to the team as senior account manager.

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Ezine

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

MERSEY MARITIME SIGNS GROUND-BREAKING MoU WITH LJMU
Our big news this week has been the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Liverpool John Moores University, in an exciting move to cement some key areas of work our two organisations have been developing in the first months of 2015 and pave the way to future close collaboration. Click here to read the story in full.

THREE QUEENS

We couldn’t send out an e-zine today without acknowledging one of the most significant maritime events to take place in Liverpool for quite some time: the much anticipated arrival into Liverpool this weekend of Cunard’s majestic Three Queens. And what better way to start than with a competition and some pretty special prizes:

COMPETITION: WIN THREE QUEENS COMMEMORATIVE MERCHANDISE
Recognising the very long-established bonds between Liverpool and the Isle of Man, the Isle of Man Post Office has kindly offered Mersey Maritime some official Three Queens commemorative products as prizes for a little social media competition. In return, we are drawing your attention to their website, which showcases the full range of Three Queens products available to order. The range, developed in collaboration with Cunard and marine artist Robert G Lloyd, celebrates the arrival into Liverpool this Bank Holiday weekend of Cunard’s three biggest cruise ships: the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Mary 2. To be in with a chance of winning, you need to follow us on Twitter @Mersey_Maritime and answer this simple question on the Mersey Maritime twitter page: Q: What is the length in metres of the Queen Mary 2? Answers will be accepted up to 23:59 hours on 25 May after which winners will be chosen at random from all correct answers received. We have prizes to give away from across the full range.
Click here to see and order items from the full Three Queens Collection or visit: www.iompost.com/stamps-coins/collection/cunard-line-s-175-years-three-queens-meeting

THREE QUEENS BALLET
The visit to Liverpool this weekend by Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ will see significant numbers of maritime sector companies involved in this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle, not to mention upwards of a million spectators on both sides of the river. One such organisation is the Mersey Pilots, whose job it will be to guide the giant liners as they sail up the Mersey together on Bank Holiday Monday in celebration of Cunard’s 175th anniversary. For the Woodside based pilot service the events of 25 May have been almost two years in the planning. Using a simulator, the team were given free rein to formulate, in the words of Event Leader Chris Booker: “some manoeuvres in the river that we thought we could do and would look quite dramatic.” Chris added: “All the manoeuvres, which have been likened to a waterborne ballet, are dependent on good weather on the day.” Fingers crossed, then….
Details of all events over the 3-day anniversary weekend at: www.visitliverpool.com/whats-on/cunard-lines-three-queens-meeting-p353341

MEMBERS’ NEWS

BIRKENHEAD FIRMS IPS & MPE COMPLETE REFIT WORK FOR STENA SUPERFAST X VESSEL
Birkenhead based firms IPS Marine Fabrications and MPE Interiors have both recently completed work on board the new Stena Superfast X ro-pax ferry. Engineering firm IPS, run by partners Paul Smith and Peter Hillan, has delivered a package of insulation and fabrication work for the new ferry, including wide scale stainless steel fabrication upgrades to canteen and galley areas. Paul Smith said: “We initially carried out a complete inspection of the ship’s insulation pads (and) identified a total of 240 insulation pads which required replacing, many of which were oil-soaked. We manufactured the replacement pads at our site in Birkenhead and installed them across the vessel. Another key element of the project involved refurbishment to the galley and canteen areas providing stainless steel hand rails and serving units.”

Ship fit-out firm MPE Interiors supplied more than 30 men to work on the same vessel refit. MPE director John Whetnall said: “Main works we undertook included upgrading the crew mess and accommodation areas as well as the family lounge which includes a children’s play area.” MPE also manufactured a range of furniture and fittings as well as upholstery for seating. This latest MPE contract cements a two-year working relationship with Stena Line. MPE has turnover in excess of £2m and employs more than 30 staff at its manufacturing base in Birkenhead.

The Stena Superfast X holds 1200 passengers and 660 cars. IPS and MPE supplied services as part of an extensive refit in Gdynia, Poland, before the ferry started service between Holyhead and Dublin in March. www.ipsmarine.co.uk/ www.mpeinteriors.com

FLYNN REFRIGERATION LAUNCHES NEW RANGE FOR LEISURE AND VEHICLE MARKETS
Marine refrigeration specialist Flynn Refrigeration is expanding its product portfolio with a refreshed range of rooftop air-conditioners aimed at the vehicle and narrow boat markets. The family run business, led by Alex and Carolyn Flynn, has built an international brand selling products across the globe to the marine, energy and industrial sectors. Mr Flynn said: “Flynn Refrigeration is best known for its work in the maritime market however we see strong potential for growth in a broader range of markets.” He added: “Essentially, we offer the complete refrigeration and air conditioning system service. We have built a strong reputation for delivering a full range of disciplines from surveying, product sourcing and supply, repair and installation work. A key to repeat business lies with our expansive product range, which includes thousands of new and reconditioned components such as refrigeration compressors, spares, packaged air conditioning and refrigeration controls.” www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk

CAMMELL LAIRD REPORTS BUSY PERIOD FOR FERRY WORK
British shipyard and marine engineering services company Cammell Laird is reporting a busy period of ferry work docking nearly as many ferries in the first four months of 2015 as in the whole of 2014.
So far this year, 15 ferries have docked at its historic Birkenhead 120 acre site, with another three already booked in. Clients have included Caledonian MacBrayne, Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Irish Ferries, NorthLink Ferries, P&O Ferries and Seatruck Ferries. Cammell Laird MD Linton Roberts said: “The work we have undertaken has made full use of our drydocks which are suitable for vessels up to 40m beam. The drydockings have included conventional and high-speed vessels, in steel or aluminium. They have ranged from the 46m, 617 gross tons Mersey Ferry Snowdrop to the 209m, 50,938 gross tons Irish Ferries Ulysses.
For further details on Cammell Laird’s ferry services, contact Paul Ashcroft at p.ashcroft@cammell-laird.co.uk / tel: 0151 649 6600. www.cammell-laird.com

RESTORATION OF DANIEL ADAMSON We are delighted to pass on news that Mersey Maritime member The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS) has recently been awarded a grant of £3.8m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to restore and open to the public the historic North West vessel the Daniel Adamson, the last-surviving steam tug-tender in the UK. The Daniel Adamson has now commenced a full refurbishment programme at Cammell Laird, the same shipyard where the vessel was built in 1903 by the then Tranmere Bay Development Co, a forerunner to Cammell Laird. The Daniel Adamson is due to re-enter service in Spring 2016 and will be available to carry passengers as part of a programme of cruises on the Mersey, Weaver and Manchester Ship Canal.
www.danieladamson.co.uk

INSURANCE BROKER COULTER HURST NOW TRADING AS STACKHOUSE POLAND
Liverpool insurance broker Coulter Hurst has begun trading as Stackhouse Poland, the name of the Surrey-based insurance brokerage that acquired the company in 2014. Originally set up by Charles Hurst and Darren O’Brien in 1999, the firm’s Pall Mall office employs 12 staff and has a turnover of around £5m, up 15% on the previous year. Mr Hurst said: “The name is changing but we are staying in the same building and the staff will be the same. […] I now have greater resources, so this business is going to start growing again.” The Liverpool office specialises in commercial insurance, but also has a smaller personal insurance business aimed at high net worth individuals and business owners. The firm, which is a sponsor of Mersey Maritime, is particularly looking to expand its presence in the maritime sector. www.coulterhurst.co.uk / www.stackhouse.co.uk

IMAREST LAUNCHES NEW COMPANY MEMBERSHIP
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has launched a new category of membership called ‘Marine Members’, whereby organisations can sign up five Affiliate Members to the Institute, feature on a new online directory and receive a copy of the acclaimed Marine Professional magazine. Marine Membership is open to all organisations, whether corporate, academic or charitable. See www.imarest.org/marinemembership for full details.

NEW MEMBERS

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.

In the past few weeks we have welcomed three further members to our Executive Club. Complete Site Safety, a Health and Safety training company for the Oil, Gas, Renewable Energy and Construction industries and maritime recruitment specialists MNR Ltd have both upgraded their existing membership; and have been joined in the Executive Club by new member PGI Training, a leading provider of security, risk management, maritime and medical training courses.

Other new members in June include local business Four Seven Four Eight Limited (4748), a mixed use space and niche venue based on Birkenhead’s Hamilton Square; and fund management company FW Capital,

If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

OTHER NEWS

WIRRAL BUSINESS AWARDS
Good news if business priorities have prevented you from submitting your application in time for the Wirral Business Awards this year. All is not lost, with the deadline now extended to 8 June. Remember, awards like these are a great way for a business to gain recognition and a potential head start on competitors, so do take a look and consider putting your business forward. Full details and online application forms at www.wirralbusinessawards.com

SOVEX RENEWS UK SERVICING AGREEMENT WITH DHL EXPRESS
Wirral manufacturer Sovex has renewed a major servicing agreement with DHL Express UK & Ireland. The materials handling specialist will service and maintain machines at almost 50 DHL Express depots across the UK. Sovex has reported a 25pc expansion to its servicing division in the last 12 months and was recently named the fastest growing company on Merseyside, listed at number 82 in the 2014 Virgin Sunday Times Fast Track Top 100.

WAREHOUSING FIRM 3TL EXPANDS RIVER MERSEY SITE BY 17,500 SQ FT
Liverpool based transport and warehousing firm 3TL is doubling the size of its Bramley Moore Dock operation to 35,000 sq ft to cope with additional demand in both timber and steel markets
Director Sheila Ruane said 3TL has increased its staff from two to 14 in six years and is looking forward to further expansion as the Liverpool2 deepwater container terminal becomes operational.
“Liverpool2 is going to be fantastic for the storage and transport sector on Merseyside,” she said. “In anticipation of this upsurge in freight we have invested more than £300,000 in our infrastructure so we are ready and fit for purpose. Ms Ruane said 3TL’s success has been underpinned by a strong local supply chain. “We are a proud Merseyside company and want to invest in local suppliers wherever possible,” she said. “

EVENTS & TRAINING

BURBO BANK EXTENSION SUPPLY CHAIN EVENT
Date: 2 June, 10am – 4.00pm
Venue: Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral
Organiser: Liverpool City Region LEP & Wirral Council in conjunction with Dong Energy

We have already circulated details of this free-to-attend event very widely, so just a quick reminder to register early by clicking here if you are interested in supply chain opportunities. www.burbobankextension.co.uk/en

MERSEY ESTUARY FORUM
Date: 3 July 2015
Venue: Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool
Organiser: Healthy Waterways Trust
The annual Mersey Estuary Forum will take place in Liverpool on Friday 3rd July 2015, from 9.15am – 1pm. Reservations at: www.healthywaterwaystrust.org.uk/index.php/activities/future-events?task=view_event&event_id=4

MARINE MEASUREMENT FORUM 56 – CALL FOR SPEAKERS
Date: 15th July 2015
Organiser: The National Oceanography Centre

NOC will play host to the 56th Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) in Liverpool this year, and is actively seeking speakers. Anyone interested in giving a 20 minute presentation, please send a title and short summary of your talk to NOCEvents@noc.ac.uk. The MMF is a series of non-profit making events that provide opportunities for the informal exchange of ideas, knowledge, techniques and developments across an extensive range of marine scientific measurement activities. Attendees typically include scientists, surveyors, engineers and business people from a variety of organisations including research centres, academia, manufacturers, survey companies, consultants, monitoring authorities, dredging companies, port authorities, oil companies, societies, etc. See www.mmf-uk.org / www.noc.ac.uk

APPRENTICE SHIP CUP AWARDS EVENING – TITANIC HOTEL, LIVERPOOL
Date: 27 June 2015
Venue: Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Liverpool
Organiser: Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST)

Year 2 of the ‘Apprentice Ship Cup’ Awards Dinner will celebrate the achievements of several hundred shore-based young apprentices as they take to the seas in a tall ship challenge that for many will be the first time they have ever been to sea. Registered charity MAST works closely with many businesses and city centre organisations to create this magnificent opportunity and has tables and sponsorship opportunities still available. Tables of 10 cost £895 and award sponsorship is available at £600. Contact Ged Gibbons, a Trustee of MAST at: gedgibbons@outlook.com. See also: www.mastcharity.co.uk

WIRRAL CHAMBER EXPORT COURSES
The Export Team at Wirral Chamber are running a series of Export Course starting June 2105, including: a one day INCOTERMS course on 10 June; a course on Export Documentation and Methods of Payment on 26 June; and a one-day Importing and Customs Procedures course on 9 September. Details of all Chamber course can be found here with registration by email to: lw@wirralchamber.co.uk.

GONGS N’ ROSES

Good to see recognition for some of our law firm members at last week’s Liverpool Law Society Legal Awards. Congratulations to Hill Dickinson on winning the Commercial Law and the Dispute Resolution Awards; to Brabners for the Employment Law Award and to Weightmans for the Regulatory Award.

Hats off too, to scaffolding and industrial services specialist Altrad NSG, which has won a RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) President’s Award following 10 years of safety excellence. This highly coveted award recognises the company’s excellent health and safety record at its INEOS ChlorVinyls site in Runcorn and is only given to businesses when they record ten consecutive Gold Medals for Occupational Health & Safety. The site has now achieved over 2¼ million hours of work without a lost-time accident, dating back to 2005.

IIP AWARD FOR NAUTICAL INSTITUTE MAGAZINE
The Navigator magazine – the free publication for navigating officers produced by The Nautical Institute – has scooped this year’s Seatrade ‘Investment in People’ Award at the 27th Seatrade Awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall. Digital versions of all past and current issues are available online at www.nautinst.org/thenavigator

PEOPLE

NEW UK SHIPPING MINISTER
Part of the new Conservative Party reshuffle has resulted in the appointment of a new UK Minister for Shipping and Ports, Robert Goodwill MP. Mr Goodwill is MP for Scarborough and Whitby.

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MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

Just a couple of lines from us before this goes out to wish you all a lovely extended weekend and remind those who have registered that our 5 May Face-2-Face meeting with DONG Energy that it falls straight off the back of this weekend. Please note that we are now oversubscribed for F2F and unable to accept any further late registrations.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT WINS SUPPORT VESSELS CONTRACT
Bibby Ship Management has won a contract for the technical and crew management of three support vessels for Marine Platforms Ltd. The vessels will initially be operating in Nigeria but will be managed from Aberdeen. Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management, said:
“The African Inspiration and Rem Supplier came into our full management earlier this year and the African Vision will follow in the next few months. This is a great achievement for the team and we are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with Marine Platforms Ltd.” www.bibbyshipmanagement.com

PEEL PORTS’ £100M ‘CRANES WITH BRAINS’ HERALDED AS GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY
Peel Ports’ £100m investment in state-of-the-art cranes as part of its investment in the new deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool has been heralded in the Raconteur section of The Times as a game-changing technology for the year ahead. Peel’s so-called ‘Cranes with Brains’ sit alongside drones, warehouse automation, and 3D printing as one of five top technologies that will help to revolutionise the supply chain in 2015. The cranes, which will help eliminate human fatigue and increase efficiency, include 22 CRMGs (Cantilever Rail Mounted Gantry) cranes and eight STS (Ship to Shore) cranes. The dual side-loading system being installed at Liverpool2 is unique in Europe, providing a greater number of transfer points from the haulage vehicle to the container stack, allowing Peel Ports to optimise its service to customers and help make Liverpool the port of choice for shipping lines and feeder services looking to access the North of England, Midlands, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. www.peelports.co.uk

PEEL PORTS LAUNCHES RECRUITMENT DRIVE
Peel Ports has launched a recruitment campaign to hire the first 90 of 500 jobs that will be created by the new £300m deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. The majority of new jobs – 75 – will be created in Liverpool in the next three months alone.
Peel’s investment in the new terminal is set to create around 500 direct jobs at the port and 5,000 indirect jobs within the local supply chains. Peel Ports is keen to ensure that as many jobs as possible continue to go to local people and is encouraging them to register their details on its careers site.
The new jobs cover a diverse range of permanent positions including port operators, electricians, project managers, planners, marine officers, IT staff, sales executives, as well as new roles in finance and management. Click here for details.

THREE QUEENS LIVERPOOL 2015: CUNARD’S HISTORIC LINK WITH LIVERPOOL LAW FIRM
Maritime law firm Hill Dickinson is to host a private dinner for 70 guests on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth during the visit of the Three Queens to Liverpool in May. The firm has worked with Cunard in a relationship that stretches back more than 150 years and acted in the wreck enquiries involving Titanic, Lusitania and Mauritania. Their relationship continues to this day with the cruise firm’s parent company, Carnival, a key client. John Hulmes, partner and head of Hill Dickinson’s Liverpool shipping team, said: “The Three Queens visit to Liverpool this year is special to both the city and to Hill Dickinson considering the long relationship both have with Cunard. Seeing the Three Queens together in Liverpool will be a reminder of the strength and importance of the bond between this very special company and the port and city of Liverpool.” Three Queens, One Magnificent City runs from May 23-26.

PEEL LAUNCHES UK CARGO DIVERSION DRIVE
Peel Ports has unveiled its Cargo200 plan, an ambitious carbon emissions initiative, and is calling on the industry to rethink supply chain and service routes to help reduce freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years. Speaking at this week’s Multimodal event, the company highlighted opportunities for cargo owners to cut the cost of inland transportation by switching delivery of ocean freight from south east ports to the Port of Liverpool, if their goods start or end their journey in the north of the UK. According to Peel Ports’ calculations, cargo owners could save up to £400 per container. Peel Ports has already gathered support from retailers like B&M and Unilever, as well as JCB and Jaguar Land Rover. It will work with them and other Cargo200 partners to share data and carry out further modelling to support the development of the initiative. www.peelports.co.uk

NEW MEMBERS
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.

In the past few weeks we have welcomed three members to our Executive Club. We are delighted that both construction risk management specialists JR Knowles and Liverpool based law firm O’Connors LLP have upgraded their existing membership with us; and have been joined in the Executive Club by new member DWF LLP, with whom we collaborated on various events during last summer’s International Festival for Business. Other new members since mid-March include David J Tinsley Training, Ancora Facilities Management and Liverpool Vision.

If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, please call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS

SOVEX LAUNCHES STATESIDE DIVISION TO TARGET US E-COMMERCE MARKET
Wirral materials handling specialist Sovex is launching a new operation in the USA to target its booming multi-billion dollar e-commerce and parcel handling markets. Sovex is the fastest growing company on Merseyside and was listed number 82 in the 2014 Virgin Sunday Times Fast Track Top 100. The company also won the Engineering Company of the Year award in Mersey Maritime’s first ever Industry Awards in March. It manufactures more than 30 different vehicle loaders and transport conveyor systems and has grown its turnover to £24 million since setting up in 2002. Sovex is developing a significant international footprint with sales offices and distributors in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Portugal, India, Australia and New Zealand. www.sovexsystems.com

JAMES TROOP INVITES GUESTS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD TO CUNARD’S THREE QUEENS SPECTACULAR
Maritime engine specialist James Troop & Co, one of Liverpool city region’s oldest maritime companies, is inviting guests from across the world to watch Cunard’s Three Queens spectacular on 25 May after unearthing some special memorabilia. The family-run diesel engine specialist has hired space in the Royal Liver Building to provide a spectacular view of Cunard’s three cruise ships Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary sailing up the Mersey together. The event will also mark Troop’s own 148th year of trading. Brothers Bob and John Troop, who run the business, hope to present the captain of the Queen Elizabeth with a picture of their grandfather, James Troop, who ran the company between 1907 and 1954. In it, James Troop is pictured aboard the Queen Elizabeth, leaving Liverpool for the US in 1948 with players from Liverpool FC, of which he was a director. Now based in Runcorn, James Troop & Co was established in 1867 in Coburg Dock, Liverpool – the same dock from which the steamer Britannia embarked on its inaugural transatlantic crossing with Samuel Cunard on board in 1840. www.jamestroop.co.uk 

MARITIME SAFETY SPECIALIST ISP ANNOUNCES POLISH NAVY DEAL
Maritime safety specialist International Safety Products (ISP) has secured a new contract with the Polish Navy for the supply of more than 300 Intrepid Once Only Survival Suits. The suits are designed as a single-use garment to support the survival of military personnel evacuating stricken vessels. The large volume deal was secured through ISP’s distribution partner in Poland. ISP manufactures around 170,000 products each year with more than 100 staff working from the form’s sites in Bootle and Birkenhead. www.ispl.co.uk

LIVERPOOL’S SUPERPORT LAUNCHES FIRST INTERNATIONAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN
The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched an international marketing campaign to promote and attract new users to the facilities of the Liverpool City Region Superport.
Superport is the umbrella brand given to the integrated cluster of logistics facilities in the wider city region. It includes Peel Ports’ Liverpool2 development, the Manchester Ship Canal, intermodal logistics facilities at 3MG in Widnes and the northern rail and road networks, and is seen as one of the four key drivers of the city region’s economy. Mark Basnett, Executive Director for Key Growth Sectors at the LEP, said: “The new website and social media channels are designed to help tell the story of Superport to the world and will underpin our presence at international logistics conferences and events. It is the first step in what will become a concerted international marketing campaign which will include us reaching out in a variety of ways to target markets. www.superport.co.uk

LIVERPOOL COULD BE SHALE GAS ‘CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE’ SAYS PEEL GAS & OIL REPORT
Developing a supply hub for the shale gas industry could bring a £30bn boost for the Northern economy and support 13,000 jobs, according to a new report compiled by AMION Consulting. The report was commissioned by Peel Gas & Oil, a subsidiary of the Peel Group. Peel also owns the Ocean Gateway – the Port of Liverpool, Salford Port, and the Manchester Ship Canal that connects them – which it says could become an “international centre of excellence” in any shale gas supply operation for the region. Developing a supply chain in the region would support 13,000 jobs, more than double the amount without a supply hub, says the report. The figures are based on the development of 100 well pad sites in the Bowland Shale, an area covering the Midlands and the North of England. The report highlights a delivery strategy for the creation of a supply hub, including attracting major suppliers to the hub area; building a pipeline to link well pad sites to energy-intensive industries; and investment in research and skills development. To read the report click here.

ABBEY LOGISTICS JOINS PALLET-TRACK DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
Liverpool-based Abbey Logistics has joined the Pallet-Track distribution network. The ‘green’ supply chain solutions specialist is the latest member to join the organisation, which operates more than 300 trucks and 400 trailers, offering low carbon impact services across its bulk liquids, powder and palletised freight services. Working with Pallet-Track, Abbey Logistics will handle all consignments in the WA (Warrington) postcode area – delivering outgoing pallets to Pallet-Track’s Wolverhampton distribution hub where incoming loads will also be collected. Steve Granite, Abbey Logistics MD, said: “Abbey Logistics has ambitions to become a complete logistics provider and this partnership, along with our warehouse facilities on the Wirral and in Knowsley, brings us a step closer to offering a complete solution.” www.abbeylogisticsgroup.com

GONGS N’ ROSES

Congratulations to Mersey Maritime member LV Shipping and Transport which has recently won a coveted Gold Award from RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as LV Shipping and Transport, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.” LV Shipping will be presented with their award during a ceremony at ExCeL London on June 16. www.lvshipping.com

More congratulation and Friday high fives to Brookes Bell’s Matt Calveley, who this week completed a challenge to be on the first team ever to row around the island of Singapore in 24 hours in aid of welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers. Birkenhead-born Matt, who works in Brookes Bell’s Singapore office, was part of a 31-man team whose successful completion of the challenge has already raised over SGD $ 500,000. There’s footage here and donations can still be made at: www.justgiving.com/mattcalveley

TRAINING

Construction risk manager JR Knowles has recently become an Executive Club member of Mersey Maritime and we are pleased to highlight the following seminars which may be of interest.
Knowles has been providing in-house training for over 40 years using lecturers who are experienced practitioners and delivering courses can be tailored to suit individual requirements.

Seminar: SUCCESSFULLY ADMINISTERING AN NEC 3 CONTRACT
Date: 18 June 2015, 9.00am – 4.30pm
Venue: Thistle Hotel, Penny Lane, Haydock, WA11 9SG
Cost: £300 per delegate including VAT

This full day workshop incorporates exercises that are essential to demonstrating some of the main issues associated with the NEC 3, an increasingly popular type of contract used for effective project management. The NEC 3 contract is different from other standard forms, as its focus is on managing risk, and on assessing the cost and time effects of change at the time of the event.
To book or for more information call 01928 756 500 / seminarsnw@jrknowles.com

Seminar: JCT 2011 DESIGN & BUILD CONTRACT
Date: 16 June 2015, 9.00am – 1.30pm
Venue: The Daresbury Park Hotel, Warrington, WA4 4BB
Cost: £150 per delegate including VAT

This half day session contains vital information for all companies involved in design and build contracts – employers, main contractors and sub-contractors. Those attending will gain information to ensure that they understand the potential pitfalls that may arise in using this form of contract.
To book or for more information call 01928 756 500 / seminarsnw@jrknowles.com

EVENTS

THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE NW BRANCH
Talk: SECURITY – MD, EOS RISK MANAGEMENT
Date: 21 May 2015, 5.00pm
Venue: Fleetwood Nautical Campus, FY7 8JZ
Contact Dr Steve Bonsall, Hon Sec NW England and N Wales NI Branch, at: S.Bonsall@ljmu.ac.uk

TILNEY BESTINVEST
WORKSHOP: 2015 – THE YEAR OF THE PENSION
Date: 12 May 2015, 07.45am – 08.45am
Venue: Mersey Maritime, Monks ferry, Birkenhead, CH41 5LH

Announcements on pensions legislation in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in 2014 promise to revolutionise how we use and view pensions in the UK. We are therefore delighted to host this free-to-attend breakfast workshop for members of Mersey Maritime on behalf of our sponsors Tilney Bestinvest. The team from Tilney Bestinvest will take you through the new freedom and choices available, including implications of access to savings from age 55; tax free lump sums, withdrawal options and tax implications and pensions as a legacy. Please book by emailing tilney.events@tilneybestinvest.co.uk or call 0151 556 8959.

OPEN AWARDS
FREIGHT FORWARDING QUALIFICATIONS LAUNCH EVENT
Date: 8 May 2015, 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Tilney Bestinvest, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool

Join Open Awards for the launch of their new suite of Freight Forwarding qualifications next Friday, 8 May. These new qualifications have been developed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure continued growth of the Freight Forwarding industry and are supported by leading employers in Freight Forwarding. They will help to develop the sector by underpinning sector knowledge, up-skilling the present workforce and encouraging new entrants to join the sector. To register to attend call Open Awards on 0151 494 2072. www.openawards.org.uk

PEOPLE

Maritime travel specialist CTI Marine has appointed Steve Harrop as Operations Director.
Steve joins the company from Dubai based Destinations of the World Travel, where he was Group Chief Operating Officer for 4 years. Steve will lead and oversee all of the company’s six operational offices teams, together with the technology teams, and report directly to CTI Chief Executive, Ian White.

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WELL, THAT WAS MARCH….
Anyone who reads this e-zine regularly will know that in the months leading up to March the Mersey Maritime team spent many hours and days preparing for our first ever Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, Two weeks on from the big night – 12 March – we’re delighted to report back on a fantastic evening and we extend huge congratulations to the nine worthy winners of these prestigious new awards:
Business of the Year – Peel Ports
Vocational Skills Award – Cammell Laird (for apprentice Kirsten Blood)
Engineering Company of the Year – Sovex
SME of the Year – Flynn Refrigeration
Best Newcomer – McKennas Marine
Environment Award – RS Clare & Co
Supply Chain Partner – Hughes Sub Surface Engineering
Global Reach – Brookes Bell Group
Ambassador of the Year – Jim Teasdale, CEO Mersey Maritime Group

A souvenir programme will be available shortly for distribution to all involved. In the meantime, please make a note of next year’s awards dinner – 10 March 2016.

MERSEY MARITIME FACE-2-FACE:  7 APRIL
A quick reminder that next month’s F2F meeting falls on Tuesday 7 April, straight off the back off the Easter holiday weekend. Details and reminders have gone out, but if your company is already a member of Mersey Maritime or you would like to attend the next meeting with a view to joining us, please email events@merseymaritime.co.uk by 1 April. Places subject to availability, which will be confirmed by email.

ST GEORGE’S DAY EVENTS PROGRAMME
Mersey Maritime is holding a series of maritime sector events throughout the day on 23 April, starting with a skills breakfast in conjunction with Hugh Baird College; a Green Business Networking event in conjunction with LJMU’s Low Carbon Innovation Hub (LoC) and an early evening social at The Mal. Details/invitations for each will be circulated separately but please mark the date up in your diary.

MEMBERS’ NEWS
FLYNN COMPLETES UPGRADE ON NUCLEAR CARGO CARRIER
Marine refrigeration firm Flynn Refrigeration has completed an 18 month retrofit and conversion project on a vessel that transports nuclear materials around the world. Working under contract to ship managers, Serco, the Birkenhead based company carried out a range of improvements to the refrigeration and air-conditioning system onboard International Nuclear Services’ (INS) MV Oceanic Pintail. MD Alex Flynn said: “The project was carried out in Barrow, Cumbria, and was part of a widescale upgrade of the vessel. Our services included the conversion of the Lighfoot cargo refrigeration system. We also replaced the air handling system supply and installed new refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in areas including the control room.” Flynn Refrigeration is carrying out maintenance surveys on other INS vessels managed by Serco, including the Pacific Egret and Pacific Heron, and planning work on a new ship due in 2018.  Mr Flynn added: “We are now looking to roll out services across a larger range of Serco vessels, following the Pintail upgrade. These sort of high-profile roles help to reinforce our reputation within the global maritime market. www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk

STENA CLOSE TO COMPLETION ON £6M UPGRADE ON IRISH SEA FLEET
Irish Sea ferry operator, Stena Line, is close to completing a £6m refit of its Irish Sea North ferry fleet – a total of seven ships in all, including the Stena Mersey and the Stena Lagan which sail between Birkenhead’s Twelve Quays terminal and Belfast. Both vessels have benefited from an extensive refit programme which included an enhanced Stena Plus lounge, improved wi-fi coverage and an extended children’s play area. The bulk of the work has been carried out at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Stena Line is the leading ferry company on the Irish Sea;  last year the company carried a total of 1.4m passengers, 318 000 cars and 485 000 freight units.  www.stenaline.co.uk

OSIRIS PROJECTS REBRANDS AS BIBBY HYDROMAP
Wirral based Osiris Projects, a specialist seabed survey company, has rebranded as Bibby HydroMap with immediate effect.  The change comes almost three years after Osiris was acquired by Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group. With five vessels registered and operating from Liverpool, 100+ staff and turnover in excess of £10 million, the move to adopt the Bibby brand supports the company’s strategic vision to become ‘the survey company of choice’. Bibby HydroMap serves customers in the oil & gas, offshore renewables, subsea cables, utilities and the marine sectors.
Andrew McLeay, MD of Bibby HydroMap, said: “Since we joined Bibby Line Group three years ago, we have grown significantly and are excited about future growth prospects. With our historic roots in Merseyside, I am particularly proud to share the Bibby name, a brand that is synonymous with Liverpool’s maritime heritage.”   www.osirisprojects.co.uk

PEEL PORTS SECURES FIRST MAJOR TENANT AT PORT SALFORD
Peel Ports has secured the first major tenant at its National Import Centre at Port Salford – connecting directly with the new £300m Liverpool2 container terminal via the Manchester Ship Canal. Food and drinks logistics giant Culina Group has committed to take 280,000 sq ft of warehousing and associated space at the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and distribution park, accessible by rail, road and short sea-shipping. In all,  Peel is looking to create around 2m sq ft of warehouse space at Liverpool and Salford to cope with the anticipated surge in freight once Liverpool2 opens at the end of this year. www.peelports.com

PEEL PORTS DOUBLE POWER CAPACITY IN PREPARATION FOR LIVERPOOL2
cWork to create a new power network for the Liverpool2 container terminal development at the Port of Liverpool has been completed, more than doubling the port’s capacity from 20MVA (megavolt amperes) to 50 MVA. The three year project is one of the largest private electricity connections in the UK in recent years. Doug Coleman, construction director for Liverpool2, said: “This investment underlines the scale of our commitment to providing reliable and modern services for our current and future customers. The new energy network will supply the new container terminal as well as giving greater resilience to our whole operation at the Port of Liverpool.” He added:  “It’s a huge milestone for us as we continue work to create a new gateway facility that will help global shippers trade with the UK by reducing costs, carbon emissions and congestion in the supply chain.”

In other Liverpool2 news, the new 854-metre quay wall – which at 30m high is one of the highest in Europe – is now nearing completion and reclamation of  30 acres of land from the river to create the £300m logistics hub has begun. Completion of the land reclamation will precede installation of the five giant ship-to-shore cranes currently under construction in China.
Principal contractors for the quay wall and the related dredging work to create an adjacent 16.5-metre deep berthing pocket were Bam Nuttall and Van Oord, who took over from original ontractors Lend Lease, after the first 12 months.

QUALITY FREIGHT SET FOR EXPANSION AFTER SIGNING NEW LEASE
Logistics and shipping company Quality Freight UK has committed to a new 20-year lease with Peel Ports at its 40-acre multi-modal facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Expansion plans include investment in the company’s transport fleet and the development of a new 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse to increase the volume, quality and variety of goods that can be housed on the site. Sebastian Gardiner, MD of Quality Freight UK, said: “The signing of our new lease is an important milestone as it provides security for the further, significant investment we plan to make in the next 12-18 months. Our capital expenditure programme reinforces our commitment to Ellesmere Port and our desire to enhance our position as a leading multi-modal facility.” The company also foresees an increase in its 50-strong workforce. Peel Ports played a key role in the reopening of the rail head in 2011, which can handle inbound and outbound cargoes and all types of cargo including bulk, container and FMCG and feeds into the national and European rail network through Quality Freight’s relationships with major rail operators. Quality Freight UK is part of the Quality Freight Group, which has also has bases in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Knock, Hull, Grangemouth, Chatham and Rotterdam.   www.qualityfreight.com

EXIS TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES AMENDMENT 37-14 UPDATE TO FREE MOBILE APP
Exis Technologies has launched an updated version of its free mobile app Hazcheck DGL Lite, a quick reference tool for those involved in the handling and transport of dangerous goods by sea. The app is based on its Hazcheck Systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport.  Hazcheck DGL Lite now includes both Amendment 36-12 and Amendment 37-14 IMDG Code data. The latter Amendment becomes mandatory next year. The updated app is available for Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices and gives easy access to IMDG Code substance information contained in the Dangerous Goods List.  More info about Hazcheck DGL Lite and the app store download links is available here.  A free introduction to Amendment 37-14 of the IMDG Code is available here. www.existec.com  

MILLS MEDIA COMPLETE PROMO FILM FOR ENGINEERING CLIENT SOVEX
Twelve Quays based Mills Media’s business TV crew has recently returned from trade show LogiMAT 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany, following completion of  a new promotional film for international materials handling firm Sovex. The film is designed to showcase the company’s unique products and chart its rapid growth over the past three years. Mills Media’s clients also include Cammell Laird, Unilever and Peel Ports. To enquire about businesses services including exhibition stands, photography and videography, contact business development manager Alison Hunter on 0151 649 3600.  www.millsmediagroup.com

INNOV8 APPOINTED ON PIONEERING PROTON BEAM PROJECT
Wirral based Innov8 Safety Solutions is set to deliver services to support the construction of a pioneering £125 million cancer treatment centre. The construction industry firm will act as CDM (Construction Design Management) coordinator for the new proton beam therapy centre at The Christie, in South Manchester. It is one of two centres being built in the UK as part of a £250m government project to introduce the latest cancer treatment. Innov8 MD Alan Robson said: “We are thrilled to have been appointed on this major health sector project, which is of regional and national significance. Our role will involve delivering a proactive and dynamic service to manage all health and safety processes surrounding the construction of the new Manchester centre.
www.innov8safetysolutions.com

IPS MARINE FABRICATIONS DELIVERS FAN SYSTEM UPGRADE FOR STENA ADVENTURER
Engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications has upgraded air-flow systems on a Stena Line ferry while it continued sailing between the UK and Ireland. The Birkenhead-based business, which specialises in metal fabrication and insulation products, carried out car deck improvements to class requirement on the Stena Adventurer. The firm’s in-house services include surveys, design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance. IPS director Paul Smith said: “We have completed the first phase of work to modify the fan uptakes, controlling air-flow in the Stena Adventurer’s car deck. [….] The project demonstrates IPS’s rigorous approach to projects to not only improve fabrication standards but critically deliver more efficient solutions.” He added: “IPS’s services are transferrable to virtually any vessel, however, we are seeing greater emphasis placed on the provision of intelligent solutions which help to solve common operations problems and also address cost, time and safety issues.”   www.ipsmarine.co.uk

LIFEJACKET MANUFACTURER INTERNATIONAL SAFETY PRODUCTS ACQUIRED BY 3Si
Bootle-based lifejacket manufacturer International Safety Products (ISP) has been acquired by 3Si (Safety and Survival Systems International Ltd),  joining Ocean Safety, Typhoon and Revere Survival within the maritime group. ISP managing director John Rogers said: “We are extremely proud of what is being achieved at ISP and we have complete confidence that the business will continue to thrive within the 3Si Group. This is a hugely positive development for the company which can now leverage even greater levels of resource to drive investment, development and growth.”
ISP is a marine survival equipment specialist and produces more than 170,000 products each year. It employs more than 100 people and has a turnover in excess of £8m. www.3sisafety.com

INDUSTRY NEWS

This month has seen the publication of a new report, ‘Our Maritime Nation: Achievements and Challenges’ by the Department for Transport, with foreword by Shipping Minister John Hayes MP.
The report sets out the current state of the UK as a maritime nation, detailing the successes achieved through cooperation between government and industry over the last five years. In the report, Mr Hayes references his visit to Mersey Maritime last November as part of the DfT’s maritime skills agenda. The report also identifies key challenges that need to be addressed in order to ensure that the UK remains a dominant force in the global maritime industry. It’s a quick and easy read.

EVENTS & TRAINING

NATWEST ECONOMIC BREAKFAST SEMINAR –POST-GENERAL ELECTION
WITH SENIOR ECONOMIST STEPHEN BLACKMAN
DATE: 13 MAY, 8.00 – 9.30AM
VENUE: LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB (The Champions Lounge)
Limited places are available to members of Mersey Maritime, subject to availability. Please contact
Ian McGee, Relationship Director at NatWest Commercial Banking by emailing ian.mcgee@natwest.com

IMarEST NORTH WEST ENGLAND BRANCH LECTURE
“GLOBAL REACH” presented by Linton Roberts, MD of Cammell Laird
Date: 13 April 2015, from 6.30PM
Venue: LJMU, Byrom Street Campus, Liverpool L3 3AF, Lecture Theatre 218
Visitors Welcome – CPD Accredited. To register, contact Lisa Charles, Honorary Secretary at: lisabonita@btopenworld.com 

IMarEST NORTH WEST ENGLAND BRANCH NETWORKING DINNER
Date: 20 April 2015, 7.00pm
Venue: The Liverpool Harbourside Marina, Coburg Wharf
IMarEST dinner with guest speaker The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Erica Kemp, CBE and the presentation of the IMarEST 45 year Certificate. Tickets are priced at £28.00, available by contacting John Mace, Hon.Treasurer at: johnmace@btopenworld.com

MERSEY MISSION TO SEAFARERS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: 9th April 2015 at 6.00pm
Venue: Liverpool Seafarers Centre, Colonsay House, 20 Crosby Road South, Liverpool L22 1RQ
A fork supper will be served immediately following the business of the meeting.
(RSVP says 30 March, but you might still get in if you’re quick.) Call 0300 800 8080

FIRST THURSDAY
Date: 2 April 2015,  5.30–8.00pm
Venue: Rococo Coffee House, Lord Street, Liverpool
Join the First Thurdayers for their regular social event at Rococo, coordinated by Anneley Pickles on behalf of WISTA (Women in Shipping and Trading) and sponsored this month by CTI Marine. Contact Anneley on ajp@seasecurity.org for details.

TILNEY BESTINVEST EVENT
Date: TBC
A quick heads up about an event we have in the pipeline with Mersey Maritime’s newest sponsor Tilney Bestinvest around the subject of pension planning. The subject is particularly relevant to businesses as well as individuals in light of the recent changes in legislation. Established in 1836, Tilney – based in the Royal Liver Building  – provides a wide range of investment and financial planning services for clients. We’ll update you on details as soon as a date is confirmed but if you are seeking financial planning advice in the meantime, please contact Bill Price on 0151 556 9023 / bill.price@tilneybestinvest.co.uk.

GONGS N’ ROSES
PEEL’S GREEN HIGHWAY SCOOOPS SHD LOGISTICS AWARD
Peel Ports Group’s ‘Green Highway’ programme, designed to revitalise trade along the Manchester Ship Canal,  has been recognised at this year’s SHD Logistics Awards with the award of top Multimodal business. The award recognises the growth in trade along the 44-mile stretch of water from the Port of Liverpool to Manchester Ship Canal and the part it plays in helping customers reduce road mileage and carbon emissions.  In 2013 alone, Peel Ports was able to save 1.25 million kg of CO2 and 1.6 million road miles by transporting goods by water along this route.

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FIRST UP
#MMIA15
It’s the eve of the first ever Mersey Maritime Industry Awards and the sense of anticipation is mounting. Nine prestigious awards will be presented this Thursday, 12th March, with all tables sold and the venue, Wallasey Town Hall, spruced up and looking magnificent.

We look forward to seeing you there……

You can see who our finalists are by Liking our Facebook page and Following us on Twitter @Mersey_Maritime and remember to tweet us using #MMIA15.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY FIRM INNOV8 ACQUIRED BY LUCION ENVIRONMENTAL
Merseyside construction industry firm Innov8 Safety Solutions has been acquired by risk management company Lucion Environmental. Innov8 MD Alan Robson said Innov8 will operate independently under the Lucion banner as a subsidiary, with no changes to the structure of its team. Critically, however, it will enable the firm to tap into additional resource within the Lucion group to strengthen its overall client offering. Innov8 provides Construction Design Management Services, site safety advice and associated training across the UK. Lucion Environmental has offices across the UK and an office in Singapore to service the marine market. The acquisition of Innov8 Safety Solutions will benefit also Lucion’s customers who will now have a single point of call to mitigate a broader range of environmental risks. See www.innov8safetysolutions.com / www.lucion.co.uk

MPE INTERIORS COMPLETES TRIO OF FERRY CONTRACTS ACROSS UK AND IRELAND
Birkenhead based manufacturer and outfitter MPE Interiors has completed three new contracts in the UK and Ireland to upgrade passenger ferries for Stena Line and P&O Ferries. The contracts involved a range of furniture, soft furnishing and ceiling improvements on ferries at different shipyards and served to highlight MPE’s broad range of skills and services to the ferry and wider maritime sectors on both sides of the Irish Sea. The ships included the Stena Horizon, the Stena Europe and P&O Ferries’ Pride of York. MPE’s core skills include joinery, polishing, spraying and upholstery work. It offers the complete maritime fit-out package including design, manufacturing, refurbishment, installation and maintenance of furniture, soft furnishings and upholstery.
Director Cliff Grainger said: “This trio of contracts further boosts our experience and track-record in the passenger ferry market. We see major growth potential in the ferry market, which continues to thrive around the UK shores. […] Our business benefits from broad experience working across many types of vessels, from ferries to superyachts, commercial and military ships.” www.mpeinteriors.com

BLUE ARROW TO SUPPLY STAFF TO PEEL PORTS
Luton-based Blue Arrow has won a contract to supply more than 250 staff to Peel Ports’ container terminals across its Liverpool and Manchester operations, ranging from stevedores to crane operators, as well as a range of support services. The contract also covers the selection, training and development of more than 250 additional employees to support Liverpool2, Peel’s new deep water container terminal, which is due for completion in late 2015. Blue Arrow chief executive Mark Manaton said: “Building on the initial success of the contract win, we are looking to partner with organisations such as the DWP and Mersey Maritime to build sector-based work academies to further develop the current workforce. This in turn will create opportunities for further employment in the local area in the coming months and years. As a 24-hour operation with a high level of customer service requirements, we really do understand the importance of appropriately skilled, dedicated and motivated staff ensuring that every vessel is unloaded and loaded to plan and on time.”
David Huck, port director at Peel Ports, said: “The integration of the Blue Arrow team and operating platform at the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal container terminals has been successful. Following this, we now look forward to working closely with Blue Arrow in executing the recruitment plan for Liverpool2 and the customer added-value logistics solutions it will deliver to the region and wider economy.” www.bluearrow.co.uk / www.peelports.com

PR FIRM POLARIS PROMOTES LAUNCH OF NEW PROMAR OFFSHORE VESSEL
Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has agreed a deal to promote the official launch of a new multi-million pound ship, the Promar Mamola Reliance, for Swiss based offshore operator Promar Shipping Services. Polaris directors Ben and Sam Pinnington travelled to Barcelona for the vessel’s official naming ceremony. Polaris director Sam Pinnington said the company was brought in to promote the event to the English language global maritime and oil and gas press, and media around Promar’s offices in the Middle East and West Africa. The deal is the latest overseas job for Polaris which, Sam Pinnington says, is “ one of the few specialist maritime PR firms in the world.” He said: “The essential problem we solve is helping companies raise awareness to a mass maritime audience worldwide. This can be very difficult and expensive achieve. However, Polaris offers a low-cost, high impact solution by issuing press releases to the 500 or so maritime magazines worldwide. The publicity generated then catapults our clients to a huge audience of around 200,000 maritime professionals online and in-print.” www.polarismedia.co.uk 

SEAKING GROUP BOOSTS APPRENTICESHIP ROLL-CALL TO 30
Birkenhead-based SeaKing Group has taken on four new apprentices this year, taking its total trainees up to 30. Three of the apprentices will be employed in the group’s maritime-focused SeaKing Electrical division and one for land-based Peter D Welch Electrical Contractors (PDW).
The training will be delivered by Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) in Monks Ferry, Birkenhead. SeaKing Electrical Group MD Dave Gillam said apprenticeships play a vital role to futureproof the business and boost local skills. He said: “We are delighted that we now have 30 apprentices and our excellent vocational training continues to attract great interest.”
MECNW skills director Terry Weston added: “The SeaKing Group carries out impressive work in many markets requiring in-depth skill and knowledge. The maritime and engineering sectors are due to expand rapidly with wind farms, nuclear power and Superport plans requiring skilled workers. The college works closely with businesses to identify skills gaps and training needed, and we now design training courses specifically for individual firms.” www.seakinggroup.co.uk

NETTO SELECTS BIBBY FOR UK DISTRIBUTION
Liverpool headquartered Bibby Distribution has won a  contract to provide full logistics services for Netto’s new UK operations. Bibby will provide frozen, chilled and ambient food logistics for the discount grocer, which opened five stores in the North of England last year and plans to open another ten by the end of 2015. The contract is Bibby Distribution’s first ever diversification into chilled and frozen food logistics. www.bibbydist.co.uk 

GONGS N’ ROSES

Liverpool’s Hard Days Night Hotel – a member of Mersey Maritime – is celebrating after achieving Top Rated status in the LateRooms.com Simply The Guest Awards. It is the second year in a row that the 4 star hotel has featured in the awards, which are the only ones in the UK based solely on genuine guest reviews. The hotel received an average review score of over 80% across 30 or more genuine guest reviews left in the past 12 months on LateRooms’ booking site. See www.harddaysnighthotel.com and remember that members of Mersey Maritime are eligible for specially discounted rates.

NEW MEMBERS
Just over two months into 2015 and new members continue to join Mersey Maritime in recognition of the support we provide and the benefits of being part of an increasingly strong cluster. This month we welcome a new member to our Executive Club: Structured Freight is an innovative web-based shipping and customs brokerage looking to develop links with Liverpool as one of its key import/export ports.  At standard membership level we are joined by URICA, a platform designed to helping SMEs manage their cash flow; Contessa Hotels, operators of the art deco-inspired Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight and the 5 star Hillbark Hotel in Frankby, Wirral; and Warrant Group, one of the UK’s largest privately owned supply chain management companies.
If you would like to be part of our network, please call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

EVENTS & TRAINING
SUPPLY CHAIN CONNECT EVENT

Date: 11 & 12 March
In case you haven’t yet signed up, a quick reminder that the Liverpool City Region LEP, in conjunction with The Manufacturer magazine, is running a two day supply chain event this week (11 & 12 March). See:  www.supplychainconnect.co.uk/NW.

The conference is a mixture of sessions addressing supply chain issues facing modern manufacturers as well as dedicated Meet The Buyer and Meet The Supplier sessions. There will be input from companies including Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover, Astra Zeneca, Unipart Logistics, Getrag Ford and Alstom. The event is designed to help SMEs develop better reach into local, national and international supply chains.  Some funded places may still be available for SMEs inside the LCR LEP region. For confirmation on eligibility please contact Janice Mears at the LEP on 0151 227 2727.

Liverpool City Region includes addresses in the Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton St.Helens, and Wirral local authority areas. Click here for additional details.

FREE SEMINAR: BRANDING BY THE BOOK
Date: 15 April, 08.00am – 10.00am
Venue:
The Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4FS
This free-of-charge seminar focuses on how to establish and protect a successful brand, and the practical steps that companies can take to do this, which must be of potential interest to many of the companies we work with. Developed correctly, a brand gives you a unique position in the marketplace and sets you apart from your competition. A brand also communicates your culture, your personality and establishes consistency throughout your organisation. Click this link to register.

AND FINALLY……
Please continue to support the Liverpool Echo’s Tony McDonough, who now covers maritime sector news including the daily Shipping Movements on the Mersey section. It’s an opportunity for local companies to gain coverage and profile in the press by keeping us (or Tony) informed of your news on appointments, contract wins and other positive news stories coming through.

The Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust is seeking retired marine engineers to run the engines for their two narrowboats, based at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum and in the Canal at Christleton.  The season runs from the 1 April to the 31 October, with the boats making about 300 trips a year. The Trust is holding two Open Days at the Boat Museum on 27 & 28 March.  See www.wirralnarrowboats.com.

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FIRST UP
#MMIA15
The finalists have now been announced in Mersey Maritime’s first ever Industry Awards. Companies included in the judges’ shortlist have taken to Twitter and other social media (as have we) to promote their success, and excitement is beginning to mount as the big day draws near. We’re almost sold out for the awards dinner on 12 March but contact us quickly if you’d like details.
In the meantime, you can join in on the big build up and discover who’s made it to the final by Liking our Facebook page and Following us on Twitter and remember to tweet us using #MMIA15.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

CAMMELL LAIRD ANNOUNCE NEWBUILD FERRY CONTRACT
Cammell Laird shipyard has today announced the securing of a £5.7m new-build ferry contract with the Northern Ireland Executive. The Birkenhead marine and specialist engineering company was awarded the project after an open procurement exercise which attracted interest from shipyards across Europe. It will see the firm construct a new car and passenger ferry with capacity for 28 cars and 260 passengers to replace the MV Strangford which currently operates between Strangford and Portaferry in County Down, Northern Ireland. The new ferry is due to be delivered by August 2016.   www.clbh.co.uk  

HUGHES COMPLETES ON GWYNT Y MOR
Hughes Sub Surface Engineering has completed its role as provider of core services in the construction of the Gwynt y Môr wind farm. The Bootle-based diving contractor completed 34 months of work during which it undertook over 3,500 incident-free dives and utilised more than 10 vessels, including two DP2 vessels in tandem, to deploy over 250 personnel offshore, including many from the local area. The company worked on numerous aspects of the project, providing Divers, Riggers and Specialist Confined Space and Emergency Response Personnel to assist in the completion of a great variety of work scopes.  During the contract, Hughes SSE was also formally recognised for innovation, working with RWE to provide a combined Operational Support and Emergency Response Team (REA Skills Development Award 2014) that provided rapid medical cover for over 40 incidents.  Hughes SSE Managing Director Ian Hughes said that his company’s operations on the Gwynt y Môr project had been “challenging and rewarding”. He said: “The company has built strong working relationships with numerous contractors during the project and enjoyed working closely with the client. Both our onshore and offshore teams have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and successful completion, and I am very proud to say that Hughes SSE has been involved and consistently provided the best possible service from start to finish.” www.hsse.co.uk

POLARIS DELIVERS PR FOR OMAN DRYDOCK’S 300TH DRYDOCKING
Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has completed a deal to supply PR services to support the 300th drydocking undertaken by Oman Drydock Company (ODC), one of the newest and biggest shipyards in the world. Polaris directors Ben and Sam Pinnington attended a special ceremony to mark the milestone at the new port and logistics city of Duqm where ODC is based, and have since generated media coverage for the story worldwide. “We are very proud to support ODC with this major project as it seeks to position itself as the leading shipyard in the Gulf,” said Ben Pinnington. “Polaris has a strong product for the Middle East, where the business language is English. We have been working in Oman for the last year and we intend to grow our operations to support its hugely exciting maritime, construction and engineering sectors.” ODC opened in 2011 following a $1.5bn investment and is 1.3 million m2 in size.  www.polarismedia.co.uk

SEAKING ELECTRICAL ‘EXTRA-CAPACITY’ SUPPORT TEAM DRIVES INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
Birkenhead based SeaKing Electrical is reporting a surge in work following increased demand from international shipyards for its extra capacity support team. SeaKing Electrical MD Dave Gillam said the firm can deliver any electrical-related service from design, specification and survey work to manufacturing, installation and maintenance.  “We have completed a large number of international contracts in recent months,” he said. “These jobs have involved the supply of expert engineers to fill gaps where there are skill and personnel shortages.” He continued: “SeaKing offers a depth of technical expertise, flexibility, speed of response and a broad range of services. Essentially, we can deliver support for virtually any electrical-related maritime job, at short notice, anywhere in the globe.” www.seakinggroup.co.uk

IPS LANDS FIRST OFFSHORE FURNITURE DEAL
Mersey engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications has completed a contract to manufacture oil rig beds for a Yorkshire-based furniture company. The Birkenhead business, led by Paul Smith and Peter Hillan, specialises in metal fabrication and insulation services predominantly for maritime firms.
Mr Smith said  an initial specification to produce two beds for a rig proved such a success that another order was placed for a total of 66 beds. “Marine & Offshore Furniture approached IPS because of our growing reputation as an expert metal fabricator,” said Mr Smith. “We worked with robust, corrugated steel to give the beds great strength and durability.”
IPS used a new CNC brake press to deliver the order, following an £80,000 investment to install new machinery at the Merseyside manufacturing base. IPS recently reported a surge in employment following strong growth in the last 12 months. It has recruited five extra staff, taking the total employee count to 30 and made capital investment in the business of more than £150,000.
Mr Smith added: “Our knowledge of steel and aluminium fabrication enables us to manage a wide variety of maritime projects. This includes manufacturing furniture and fittings, ventilation system upgrades and air conditioning installations. www.ipsmarine.co.uk 

FRANK ARMITT AND SHERRINGTON ASSOCIATES PARTNER TO APPOINT NEW COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Frank Armitt & Son has engaged the support of specialist maritime recruitment business Sherrington Associates to appoint a new Commercial Director to the business. The Armitt Group is a North West based shipbroking business established in 1950 which now also runs a ships agency and chartering company alongside its steel logistics division subsidiaries North West Stevedores Ltd, Widnes Steel Store and Mersey Bunkering. Nick Marshall brings with him over 30 years’ experience in shipping and steel logistics, having previously held senior roles with Collett Marine in Grimsby and DFDS.
MD for the Armitt Group Charles Gray said: “I am really pleased that Nick has joined our group and I believe that he brings with him a wealth of experience to help The Armitt Group deliver an ambitious strategy for growth.  The key to this recruitment was finding someone who understood our values and had the necessary experience to deliver this growth plan.  Sherrington Associates were able to respond quickly, understanding the profile required and then to deliver credible candidates.  I look forward to Nick joining us in an exciting period in our history.”
www.armitt.co.uk / www.sherringtonassociates.co.uk

ISP TARGETS LEISURE MARINE MARKET WITH WORLD’S SMALLEST EPIRB

Bootle-based International Safety Products (ISP) is targeting the global leisure maritime market after boosting its portfolio with the world’s smallest EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).
The Merseyside firm, which is one of the largest manufacturers of marine inflatable lifejackets, is now supplying the rescueME EPIRB1, made by Margate-based maritime communication specialist Ocean Signal. The life-saving aid is used to raise emergency rescue missions and pinpoint the location of the user at sea. The device is around 30pc smaller than comparable products on the market and comes with integrated GPS, enabling a worldwide link to emergency services. ISP commercial director Geoff Billington said: “We see this as an essential piece of kit for the leisure market. A key selling point for this product is its size. It is 178mm in length, with the antenna stowed, and 89mm in diameter. It weighs little more than 400 grams.”
Mr Billington said the firm will be looking to drive sales of the new EPIRB by capitalising on a strong reputation in the leisure market, where ISP manufactures lifejackets for some of the world’s best known leisure brands. It is approved to the following standards: Cospas Sarsat T.001/T.007 IEC61097-2, RTCM SC11000, IC RSS287.
www.ispl.co.uk

NEW MEMBERS
We’ve started off the year with a mighty whoosh, as new members contuinue to sign up with Mersey Maritime in recognition of the support we provide and the benefits of being part of an increasingly strong cluster. Joining us as our first new sponsor in 2015 is investment and financial planning advisor TilneyBestinvest. New to our Executive Club are CSAV Agencies (UK & Ireland), who have upgraded their membership, and Blue Arrow, who recently won the contract to supply labour to the Seaforth Container Terminal. A whole swathe of new members at standard level include on- and offshore training provider Complete Site Safety Ltd; insurance brokers Griffiths & Armour; recruitment specialists  Recruit4Offshore; specialist SME fund providers URICA; freight forwarders Mersey Forwarding and independent ship management consultants Woodbank Marine.

If you would like to be part of our network, please call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

NEWS AROUND THE REGION

PLANS REVEALED FOR MARINE SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AT WIRRAL WATERS, BIRKENHEAD
Wirral council has submitted a planning application to create an Offshore Safety Training Centre (OSTC) at Wirral Waters and is seeking funding for the centre in Birkenhead. In doing so, the authority aims to support local companies involved in the renewable energy sector and initiatives taking place in Liverpool Bay and Irish Sea. If approved, Wirral Council would aim to see the centre built at West Float, with access to Gilbrook Basin and close to the proposed International Trade Centre. A spokesman said: “Wirral’s offshore engineering capabilities led us to become the only CORE (Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering) on the west coast of the country and through our regional growth fund programme we have supported companies in accessing opportunities in the offshore wind sector. An offshore survival training facility will further support our offer to businesses already here and businesses looking to invest here.” Potential users of the facility are anticipated to include the developers of the two nearby offshore windfarms and companies undertaking exploration for oil and gas reserves. Other potential users could be port and ferry operators. As well as a classroom for 16 trainees, the proposed centre would include a 10m by 20m training tank, offices and outside a replica helipad and shipping containers. West.”

RUNCORN PORT DOUBLES FREIGHT VOLUMES IN 2014
Runcorn Docks has doubled the amount of freight it handles over the past 12 months, increasing throughput from 275,978 tonnes in 2013 to 408,636 tonnes last year. The total figure is expected to increase again to 460,000 tonnes in 2015. Peel has invested more than £3.4m in improving the facilities at Runcorn Docks in the last five years, including the development of its warehousing capabilities and the introduction of two new Liebherr cranes, which have improved operational performance and flexibility of cargo handling at the port. Port Director David Huck said: “Year-on-year we are seeing continued growth at Runcorn Docks. The fact that we have just witnessed the best month in the last 25 years and welcomed the largest cargo ship in the history of the port shows that it is fast becoming a significant port of call along the Manchester Ship Canal. These record-breaking figures reflect the benefits of our continued investment.” www.peelports.com

WIND FARM EXTENSION TO BE BUILT OFF THE CROSBY COAST
Dong Energy has announced its intention to construct an extension to its Burbo Bank wind farm in Liverpool Bay, adding an extra 32 turbines to the 25 already there. The project, expected to start producing energy in 2017, was granted permission in 2014 by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Burbo Bank Extension is the first of three projects for which Dong Energy was awarded an investment contract by the Government in April 2014. The extension will be located west of the operational Burbo Bank offshore wind farm, around 8.5km from Crosby beach. Up to 135 full time jobs and 55 part time jobs could be created in local supply chain during the construction period of the wind farm extension. Onshore works to place underground cables in North Wales are due to take place in 2015 and early 2016, while offshore works are expected to commence in 2016 and proceed until early 2017.

CRUISE TERMINAL EXPANSION PLANS
Liverpool Cruise Terminal will be expanded so that it can deal with up to 1,800 passengers per vessel – while the council looks at options for a permanent building on the waterfront. A report to the Cabinet in January recommends that the council purchases the temporary structure, which it currently rents, and extends it to provide handling services to larger vessels. The cruise terminal will see 54 ships and over 80,000 passengers call this year – a 40 per cent increase on 2014 –  contributing c. £5.8 million to the city’s visitor economy, up from £1.3 million when it was simply a port of call destination. As most of our readership now knows, the highlight of the 2015 cruise season will be two very special events to mark Cunard’s 175th anniversary. The May Bank Holiday weekend (23-25 May) will see Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ spectacle on the Mersey in Liverpool followed by the return to Liverpool of Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 to celebrate Britannia’s transatlantic departure exactly 175 years earlier, on 4 July.

NEWAY PROVIDES BOILER CLEANING AND ESSENTIAL SAFETY SERVICES ON REFINERY SHUTDOWN
Ellesmere Port-based industrial cleaning specialist Neway has completed a series of skilled and demanding services for the boiler maintenance shutdown at the Essar Oil UK refinery in Stanlow, Cheshire. The company has supplied teams of skilled cleaning staff on three Essar Oil UK boiler shutdowns in the past 12 month as well as  operatives for stand-by duties during the shutdown. They are vitally important for confined-space working and act as a safety lifeline for engineers working inside the boiler. Peter Sinkinson, Group MD, said: “Neway is targeting more petrochemical shutdown contracts. We want to build on our success in providing specialised cleaning teams to the very high standard required within the industry, which is always evolving.”  Neway Industrial and Environmental Services is part of Cammell Laird marine and engineering services specialist group in Birkenhead and is led by Peter Sinkinson and Wayne Sides. www.newayservices.co.uk

SNIPPETS…
Blue Arrow has taken over management of the supply of labour to Peel Ports for Liverpool Seaforth Container Terminal, from 12 January.  www.bluearrow.co.uk

Liverpool Coastguard Station Closed The Coastguard Station at Crosby, North Liverpool, has now closed, with the co-ordination of maritime emergencies on the north west coast now being handled from Holyhead, North Wales.

New Lifeboat for Hoylake Hoylake’s new £2m lifeboat – the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood – has arrived from the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset. The Shannon class is jet propelled, making it much more manoeuvrable in shallow water. Hoylake is only the fourth Lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland to receive the new Shannon class vessel.

PEOPLE
Hill Dickinson is delighted to announce the recruitment of Rachel Hoyland as a Senior Associate in the Shipping Team. Rachel is formerly the in-house Head of Legal with CMA CGM (UK) Shipping Ltd and is an experienced dry shipping lawyer. Rachel will be based in the Liverpool office of Hill Dickinson, which works closely with London as part of the Global Shipping team.

EVENTS & TRAINING
THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE AGM
Date: 23 February. From 1800 hrs.
Venue: HMS Eaglet
A presentation on ‘Liverpool Cruise Terminal’ by Angie Redhead, Terminal Manager, will follow at 19:30 hrs. If attending, please contact Steve Bonsall, Hon.Sec. at s.bonsall@ljmu.ac.uk. ID will be required to gain access to HMS Eaglet.

NI and IMarEST JOINT PRESENTATION:
“What does it take to be a Maritime Professional” by Cdr. Philip Parvin, RN
Date: 2 March. From 1800 hrs.
Venue:  LJMU, Byrom Street Campus, Room 218

FACE-2-FACE – 3 MARCH
Mersey Maritime’s flagship networking event will feature Dick Welsh of the Isle of Man Ship Registry as our guest speaker next month so we’re pretty sure it will be a full house once again. Look out for our notification email later this week with full details or register online here. (Please note that places booked online are subject to confirmation)

INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SHIPBROKERS’ ANNUAL DINNER 2015
Date: 16 April 2015
Venue:  Hilton Hotel, Liverpool, L1 8LW.
Bookings are now being taken for the ICS’51st Liverpool Branch Annual Dinner with tables of ten available at £600. After-dinner speaker is award winning comedian Rod Woodward. Some individual places are also bookable. Contact Roy Cooke at roycooke7@icloud.com for further details and booking form.

SEAFARERS AWARENESS WEEK, 20-28 JUNE 2015
‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ will be the theme for this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week, aiming not only to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers but highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people. See www.seafarersweek.uk or for further info please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, on 020 7932 5969 / email nick.harvey@seafarers-uk.org

OFFERS
30 PER CENT DISCOUNT FOR MERSEY MARITIME MEMBERS ON IMDG UPDATES
Exis Technologies is offering members of Mersey Maritime a 30 per cent discount on the purchase of Amendment 37-14 digital IMDG Code products. Please see the IMDG Support website for details and contact sales@existec.com or call +44 (0)1325 466672 to obtain the discount. Amendment 37-14 of the Code can be used from 1 Jan 2015 and becomes mandatory from 1 Jan 2016. A free summary of the Amendment 37-14 changes is available here. Exis Technologies has also launched two new 37-14 IMDG Code e-learning courses:
Refresher Course (Amdt 37-14) – provides a recap of the main IMDG Code provisions and includes an update on the latest Amendment for personnel who have previous knowledge of the IMDG Code.
Dangerous Goods Transport General Awareness (Amdt 37-14) – for personnel who have a very limited direct involvement in dangerous goods shipping or transport activities but need a general appreciation of the regulations. For more information see: www.imdge-learning.com
Finally, Hazcheck DGL Lite FREE mobile app (Amdt 37-14) is now available from the mobile app store.

OPPORTUNITY FOR MERSEY MARITIME MEMBERS – FREE QMS AUDIT PROJECT
Liverpool Business School is looking for companies that would benefit from having students studying for an Internal Quality Management Systems Auditing module working with them on a short project.
Students studying for the module within their BA (Hons) Business Studies programme at LBS need to understand the process-based QMS model the process-based auditing model. As part of this, they need to carry out an internal audit in a live environment, so are seeking volunteer companies that would benefit from a half day audit before they have a “real” one, preferable this month or into March. There is no financial cost for the companies, however time for meetings and access to Company QMS documents would be necessary. Anyone potentially interested in taking up this offer should contact Kirsty Barr at LJMU in the first instance: K.Barr@ljmu.ac.uk

HOTEL OFFERS
Don’t forget that Mersey Maritime members have access to a range of preferential rates at hotels in the city centre including Hard Days Night Hotel and Malmaison. We’ve also got a deal for the night of 12 March (date of Mersey Maritime’s Industry Awards Dinner at Wallasey Town Hall) at Contessa Hotels’ Leverhulme and Hillbark Hotels on the Wirral. Please call our team for details.

AND FINALLY……
Good to see that the Liverpool Echo’s Tony McDonough is now featuring a daily Shipping Movements on the Mersey section in the Echo alongside other maritime sector news. Please help us make the most of this opportunity for local companies to gain coverage and profile in the press by keeping the news on appointments, contract wins and other positive news stories coming through.

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Ezine

There’s a real feeling of optimism in the air around here, as evidenced once again by the sheer amount of good news that comes our way from businesses operating in the Maritime Logistics and Energy sectors here on Merseyside and across the North West. It’s one the reasons why we’re proud to be launching the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards this month in celebration of a thriving and richly diverse sector whose interest we have the privilege to represent.

MERSEY MARITIME INDUSTRY AWARDS – 12 MARCH 2015
If you attended our MLE grand gala dinner in June 2014 as part of the International Festival for Business, then we hope you’ll want to be with us when we do it all again next March. As we launch our brand new Industry Awards this week to recognise and celebrate the work and achievements of businesses right across the MLE sectors, you can download further details and an application pack from our website. Please also keep the evening of 12 March 2015 free in your diaries.

MEMBERS’ NEWS
FLYNN REFRIGERATION REPORTS 30PC TURNOVER SURGE AND STRONGEST EVER YEAR OF TRADE
Birkenhead-based Flynn Refrigeration is reporting its strongest year of trade with turnover surging by 30pc from £2m in 2013 to £2.6m, and a boost in international work. The firm delivers the complete refrigeration and air-conditioning package for marine, industrial and energy sectors – including supply, installation and maintenance services. MD Alex Flynn said: “This sustained period of growth has been driven in the main by our work in the global maritime sector. New contracts have been secured across the commercial, leisure, energy and offshore markets. They include high-profile deals with some of the world’s leading shipping operators, and the supply of equipment for use on harbour boats, bulk-carriers, offshore vessels and cruise ships.” Flynn Refrigeration operates from a 7,500ft head office and storage unit. It employs 11 staff on site and a team of sub-contractors working in shipyards across the globe. The company is currently working to secure a series of servicing agreements by partnering with engineers in major international ports in a move to enhance its global reach. www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk
 
HUGH BAIRD COLLEGE TO OFFER IoE TRAINING TO BOOST MARITIME INDUSTRY SKILLS
The Institute of Export’s (IOE) internationally accredited courses are to be taught at the Port Academy Liverpool, as part of a drive to increase careers in the maritime industry. The IOE’s International Trade and Logistics Operations and the Young International Trader will both be on the curriculum at the new academy, which will specialise in port operations and maritime logistics training when it opens this September. Based within Bootle’s Hugh Baird College, the joint initiative will help address the UK’s skills shortage in the port and sea industries, which is facing a shortfall of 5,000 staff over the next few years. Port Academy Liverpool project lead Shulah Jones, said: “Our business model is to create a valued relationship between brokers and industry to make sure our courses work for employers – which is why our partnership with the Institute of Export is so important. The IOE offers globally recognised qualifications and shares our aim to engage young people and encourage them to consider careers in maritime logistics.” For more information about the IOE’s courses see www.export.org.uk or www.portacademyliverpool.com

LIVERPOOL-BASED ISP LAUNCHES PIONEERING NEW LIFEJACKETS
International Safety Products (ISP) is launching a series of new pioneering lifejackets fitted with self-alerting systems to aid rescue missions. The Bootle firm, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of marine inflatable lifejackets, has partnered with maritime communications specialist Ocean Signal to integrate the rescueME MOB1 device into three models of lifejackets. These will be officially launched at the upcoming METS maritime trade show in Amsterdam. The rescueME MOB1 is the world’s smallest AIS (Automatic Identification System). It activates automatically when a lifejacket is inflated, communicating with vessels within a five-mile radius and also linking to a rescue satellite network, helping to pinpoint the location of the user. ISP commercial director Geoff Billington said: “Supplying lifejackets with standard AIS is a new concept in the leisure and commercial maritime sectors.” He added: “The development […] brings together the best in British lifejacket manufacturing and maritime communication technology into one seamless design. www.ispl.co.uk

MPE INTERIORS IN PARTNERSHIP TO INSTALL FAST-FIT MODULAR SHIP ACCOMMODATION
Birkenhead-based fit-out contractor MPE Interiors has been named as the preferred installer of fast-fitting modular ship accommodation in a new partnership with KPM Marine of Birmingham. Cliff Grainger, MPE Interiors director, said his company’s 30-year track record in marine outfitting makes it an ideal partner for KPM. MPE Interiors’ experience with larger vessels, including ferries, also offers KPM Marine further potential growth opportunities. Mr Grainger said: “We’re delighted with this agreement. It means when customers make enquiries with KPM Marine about accommodation products, we will be recommended for installation because of our experience and expertise.” KPM’s modular accommodation system, the 2 Cubed, is currently used on mainly smaller, fast working vessels. The furniture is reconfigurable so boats can be quickly adapted for various uses. The system also has potential to be adapted for a greater variety and size of vessels, including passenger ferries and naval support ships where reconfiguration is frequently needed. www.mpeinteriors.com

MARITIME COURSES SET SAIL AT PORT ACADEMY LIVERPOOL
Port Academy Liverpool, part of Bootle based Hugh Baird College, has hosted its first professional training course for mariners, a one day course on personal survival techniques at sea delivered in partnership with maritime training provider Seasecretary. The STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques course is approved the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and is a requirement for all seafarers. All of the delegates on the first course were river pilots from the Liverpool Pilotage Service who operate piloting services to guide vessels in and out of the River Mersey.  For details of this and other courses see www.portacademyliverpool.com.

DT ENGINEERING UNDERGOES MANAGEMENT RESTRUCTURE
A period of sustained business growth has led Liverpool-based DT Engineering (DTE) to restructure its operations into four distinct divisions, allowing the company to handle trade-specific enquiries more effectively. The four new divisions are: Crane Engineering; Steelwork and Fabrication; Lifting Equipment Engineering and Electrical Engineering, each with its own divisional head. DTE managing director Tom Coyle said: “The recent re-structure of management has seen the business performance become more fluid and clear. The divisional heads were selected as part of plans to deal with a constantly changing environment in which the business operates on a day to day basis.” DT Engineering has recently opened its first satellite depot in Newcastle Upon Tyne. www.dtengineering.org.uk

NEW HOME, NEW TRUSTEES & NEW APPLICATION FOR DANIEL ADAMSON
A £3.6m grant application to restore the 111 year old Daniel Adamson, Merseyside’s most historic ship still afloat, has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) after two years of intense preparation. The Daniel Adamson Preservation Society (DAPS), which put together the application, is hoping for a decision by late January, 2015. Dan Cross, DAPS chairman, said: “We’re extremely grateful for HLF’s support while we worked on this second application. We’ve worked extremely hard with our consultants and stakeholders to ensure this application gives our project the full justice it deserves. Meanwhile, the presence of the ‘Danny’ outside the Maritime Museum has brought a new dimension to Liverpool’s historic waterfront and we’re delighted at the public’s superb reaction.” Since opening to the public in late May, nearly 8,000 visitors have toured the ship at her new berth in the Albert Dock adjacent to the Merseyside Maritime Museum. www.danieladamson.co.uk

CAMMELL LAIRD LOOKS TO GRAB A SLICE OF THE BOOMING SCANDINAVIAN MARITIME MARKET
Cammell Laird has appointed Octagone AS shipping consultancy to act as its sole agent in Norway as it  looks to win more repair and conversion work on Norwegian vessels operating around the UK. Paul Ashcroft, Cammell Laird’s technical manager, said the agreement will raise its profile, and the many benefits of using the company, with influential ship owners. Mr Ashcroft explained: “We have always had good relations with Norwegian owners and have done some important work in recent years including a multi-million pound conversion job on the Nexans Skagerrak, cable laying vessel. […] We see a real market to win more of this kind of conversion work, including offshore pipe and cable-laying vessels.” www.clbh.co.uk

PORT OF LIVERPOOL TARGETS PLYWOOD
Peel Ports has opened its new Liverpool Plywood Terminal barely six months after it struck a deal with Westfal-Larsen Shipping to bring combined shipments of steel and plywood into the Port on a new Far East service. The new 80,000 sq.ft  terminal at Seaforth will be temperature-controlled and will radically reduce costs and increase efficiency for construction firms operating in the north of the UK. Roy Merryweather, business development manager at Peel Ports said: “Our decision to invest in this new, bespoke terminal reflects our commitment to customers and our determination to reinforce the strategic importance of the Port of Liverpool. [….] The Liverpool Plywood Terminal is a great supply chain solution because it allows imported plywood to be distributed to sites north of Birmingham without costly road and rail transport, allowing our customers to benefit from substantial cost and carbon savings.”

MAST LAUNCHES 2015 APPRENTICE SHIP CUP
In 2014 Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) hosted its inaugural ‘Apprentice Ship Cup’ challenge with 173 apprentices from 22 North West businesses taking part on six tall ships. The huge success of the 2014 challenge event has led to increased interest from businesses to participate in next year’s Apprentice Ship Cup in June 2015. An awards dinner will follow on 27 June at the Titanic Hotel, Liverpool. Packages are available for businesses interested in one or more of their apprentices taking part and, separately, for businesses wishing to support the event. Contact MAST Chairman Jim Graves at mastjwg@yahoo.co.uk for details. www.mastcharity.org.uk

NAUTICAL INSTITUTE LAUNCHES SAIL ENDORSEMENT SCHEME
The Nautical Institute launched its new tall ship scheme at the Sail Training International (STI) annual conference this month in La Coruna, Spain. Over the past 18 months the Institute and STI have collaborated to develop the new International Sail Endorsement Scheme, which will be of interest to anyone who holds a deck certificate of competency and has experience on deck on tall ships, whether fore-and-aft or square rigged. Click here for further information or email ises@nautinst.org.

NEW MEMBERS

New members continue to sign up with Mersey Maritime in recognition of the support we provide and the benefits of being part of an increasingly strong cluster. As we roll toward the end of the year, membership of Mersey Maritime continues to gather pace as businesses recognise the support we provide and the benefits of being part of an increasingly strong cluster. After only a couple of months as a member of Mersey Maritime we are delighted that management consultancy services firm Vissap has upgraded its membership to Executive Club level. We also welcome new Executive Club members Stena Line and Seatruck Ferries. Other new members include medical training and remote rescue specialists Manone Medical Services; port and coastal surveillance specialists Denbridge Marine; consultant Michael Finn; freight forwarders Inxpress and the Liverpool Malmaison Hotel. If you would like to be part of our network, please call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

OTHER NEWS
MACANDREWS ADDS EXTRA LIVERPOOL SERVICE FROM SPAIN
Short-sea operator MacAndrews is to increase its weekly calls into Liverpool from three to four, having added a fourth vessel to its Bilbao service. MacAndrews will now offer four departures per week from Bilbao arriving in Liverpool on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

FLOORING SPECIALIST DURASTIC LANDS MAJOR DEAL WITH SOUTH KOREAN SHIPYARD
Marine flooring manufacturer Durastic has won a supply-and-installation deal on a major new North Sea platform being built by Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) in South Korea. The company will supply and lay its seamless, fire-retardant underlay and flooring products in the cellar deck of a new platform under construction for BP’s £4.5billion Clair Ridge oilfield near the Shetland Islands. www.durastic.co.uk

NEWAY COMPLETES MAJOR PUMPING OPERATION FOR LIVERPOOL DOCK PROJECT
Marine and waterways pumps specialist Neway has played a key role in controlling vast quantities of water during the refurbishment of Liverpool dock entrances. Ellesmere Port-based Neway helped remove and refill three million tonnes of water in a series of demanding pumping operations at Langton Lock as a contractor to Cammell Laird. Neway currently works across Britain and Europe on rivers, ports, shipyards, docks, canals or any environment where water needs to be controlled. www.newayservices.co.uk

GONGS N’ ROSES

LIVERPOOL SCOOPS TOP CRUISE ACCOLADE
Delighted to learn that for the second year running Liverpool has been announced as the UK Port of Call of the Year 2014 by CruiseCritic.com, the world’s largest cruise review website. The CruiseCritic.com awards highlight excellence in cruise travel and are selected by an international panel of cruise journalists in 18 different categories, recognising the very best cruise lines, ships and ports. Liverpool’s Cruise Manager, Angie Redhead, said: “Our cruise guests continually tell us that they love our city centre location, our award winning attractions as well as the genuine friendliness and warmth of the Liverpool people who go out of their way to extend the hand of friendship to them. Liverpool is going from strength to strength as a passenger destination and I am sure this award will result in more cruise visitors in the future.” Liverpool cruise terminal welcomed 46 ships and around 56,000 passengers in 2014 with an estimated boost to the local economy of around £4.4 million. www.liverpool.gov.uk

PEEL PORTS GOES FOR THE TREBLE
Peel Ports Group has been awarded the prestigious Pension Quality Mark PLUS in recognition of its outstanding employee pension scheme, one of fewer than 100 companies in the UK to have received the award from NAPF, the National Association of Pension Funds. The accolade establishes Peel Ports as a top performing employer and forms part of its commitment to investing in its workforce.
Meanwhile, the port operator has also picked up the IT Solutions Award at the International Bulk Journal Awards 2014. The award, presented jointly to Peel and its software supplier DBIS, was for the port operator’s CommTrac system at its Agri-Bulk terminals in Liverpool and Manchester. CommTrac is the only bulk terminal management system that is fully integrated into the automation layer, providing an efficient, streamlined and cost-effective solution to port-side logistics and eliminating the risk of cross contamination. Peel’s Apprentice Programme was also shortlisted for The People Development Award. Now in its fourth year, the programme, which is delivered together with Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), Mersey Maritime’s sister company, is designed to secure a skilled and experienced engineering workforce for the future. www.peelports.com

EVENTS & TRAINING
FACE-2-FACE

MERSEY MARITIME ‘FACE-2-FACE’
Date 2 December 2014
Time 07:45am for 8:00am start
Venue Mersey Maritime Group, Birkenhead CH41 5LH
Last F2F of 2014 with guest presenter Emily McLaughlin of the Canadian High Commission in London. Open to all members and prospective new members. Please email events@merseymaritime.co.uk or call 0151 647 4747 for availability.

ICS LIVERPOOL BRANCH AGM
Date 2 December 2014, 6.30pm
Venue Khrua Thai Orchid Restaurant, 103/105 Brimstage Road, Heswall, CH60 1XF
The AGM will be followed by a Thai banquet; £10pp for Liverpool Branch Professional Members and £25pp for non-members and corporate members. To book contact ICS. Secretary / www.ics-liverpool.org.uk / Email: roycooke7@icloud.com

MERSEY MARITIME ‘CLUB LOUNGE’ EVENT
Date 11 December 2014
Venue Restaurant Bar and Grill, Brunswick Street, Liverpool L2
An invitation-only event for Sponsors, Executive Club members and SMEs currently being supported by Mersey Maritime as part of the Maritime Sector Development Programme.

PEOPLE
Alison Hunter
has joined Mills Media as Business Development Manager. Richard Garforth – formerly of Viking Lifesaving Equipment, has joined Cammell Laird this month as part of the company’s HR Dept. Gitte Bekker-Madsen has been appointed Sales Manager at Viking Lifesaving Equipment. And finally, DT Engineering has added to its North West operation with the appointment of crane engineer Ian Gray and  sales representative Daniel Pickup. Expansion of the company has also seen the appointment of welder Dan Omar and rigger Mike Stewart.