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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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%.
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
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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)
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
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
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