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Mersey Maritime announces their industry leading and expert judging panel for 2019 awards

Applications are now open for Mersey Maritime’s fifth annual industry awards, which celebrates the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding companies and performers. The awards are open to any maritime or maritime related organisations, businesses and individuals across the Northern Powerhouse and Isle of Man and this year boasts a stellar judging panel of experts and key figures from across the UK maritime industry.

Judging Panel

The judging panel this year consists of 12 industry experts who will determine the finalists for each of the 13 award categories, the winner of each category will this year be determined by the industry itself, with an industry voting platform launching in February 2019.

The judging panel is a diverse representation of sub-sectors, businesses and individuals from across the UK maritime industry with a wealth of expertise and knowledge.

Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2019 Judges:
Ian Higby – Managing Director, ACL
Chris Wainwright – Managing Director, Beech Group
Camilla Carlbom-Flinn – Chairman, Carlbom Shipping
Angie Redhead – Head of City Assets,Cruise Liverpool
Dick Welsh – Managing Director, Isle of Man Ship Registry
Helen Kelly – Europe Editor-in-Chief Lloyds List
Ben Murray – Director Maritime UK
Dr Charles Whitford – Technology Manager, Digital Engineering Group, MTC
Gary Hodgson  – Strategic Projects Director, Peel Ports
Alasdair MacMillan – Managing Director, Stellamar
Simon Quinn – Director of the Research Institute for Industry, University of Southampton
Graham Smith – Head of Partnerships – North, Western Union

Entering the awards provides applicants with the opportunity to not only showcase their company, products and services to the judging panel, but if successful to the wider industry as well if they are shortlisted as finalists.

The Application Process 

Entries for the Mersey Maritime Industrial Awards 2019 are now open, and you can submit your entry via the Mersey Maritime website. The closing date for submitting award entries is midday Friday 14th December 2018, every application received is assessed by Mersey Maritime’s prestigious industry judging panel, who select the finalists for each category. The winner of each category will this year be determined by the industry itself, with an industry voting platform launching in February 2019.

The Awards

The awards will take place on 14th March 2019, in the stunning Titanic Hotel in Liverpool and are already fully sponsored; including diamond sponsors Beech Group, Peel Ports, Stellamar and Western Union. The event will be hosted by BBC Breakfast Presenter Louise Minchin and it is expected that 2019 will be the biggest yet with more than 450 industry professionals in attendance.

To view the award categories, download an application pack or buy tickets/tables, please click here.

 

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Launches 5th Annual Industry Awards

Mersey Maritime has launched their fifth annual industry awards and is calling for maritime and logistics businesses across the Northern Powerhouse to start preparing their entries for the 2019 awards.  

The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, have established an incredible reputation as one of the leading maritime award events in the UK, which celebrates the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding companies and performers. The applications are open to any maritime or maritime related organisations, businesses and individuals across the Northern Powerhouse and Isle of Man.

The Awards

The awards will take place on 14th March 2019, in the stunning Titanic Hotel in Liverpool and are already fully sponsored; including diamond sponsors Beech Group, Peel Ports, Stellamar and Western Union. The event will be hosted by BBC Breakfast Presenter Louise Minchin and it is expected that 2019 will be the biggest yet with more than 450 industry professionals in attendance.

The Application Process 

Entries for the Mersey Maritime Industrial Awards 2019 are now open, and you can submit your entry via the Mersey Maritime website. There are 13 award categories including Business of the Year, Rising Star and Innovation awards. The closing date for submitting award entries is midday Friday 14th December 2018, every application received is assessed by Mersey Maritime’s prestigious industry judging panel, who select the finalists for each category. The winner of each category will this year be determined by the industry itself, with an industry voting platform launching in February 2019.

Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke said “the industry vote is all about creating even more opportunities to showcase the fantastic innovation, growth and positive impacts happening across the Northern Powerhouse. We want everyone to feel involved in championing the region. There is already a great sense of comradery at the awards evening and we hope to shine a spotlight on this throughout the voting process”

To view the award categories, download an application pack or buy tickets/tables, please visit Mersey Maritime’s website.

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Mersey Maritime chief says Merseyside will benefit from new ‘golden era’ of trade with the US

Photo: Queen Mary 2nd rendezvous with HMS Queen Elizabeth, supplied by Cunard

Liverpool city region could benefit by more than £500m in extra trade and investment in a new “golden era” as the US and UK move closer to a post-Brexit trade deal.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive of industry body Mersey Maritime has returned from a high-level trade delegation to New York, headed by the Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, Dr Liam Fox.

They held a meeting aboard the UK’s new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, with representatives from New York Maritime (NYMAR) and a range of leading American lawyers, bankers, shipbrokers, insurers and technologists in the first meeting of the Maritime Nations Forum.

Mr Shirling-Rooke believes that because Liverpool is one of Europe’s main westerly-facing ports then the increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) and exports post-Brexit with the US could see an extra £500m coming into Merseyside within five years.

Trade deal

The venue for the summit, which also included senior representatives of Maritime UK and Peel Group, was of particular significance for Merseyside as the flight decks of the Royal Navy vessel were built at Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird.

Just days before the meeting, the US Government had formally confirmed it intends to pursue a trade deal with the UK “as soon as it is ready” after leaving the EU and Mr Shirling-Rooke said those at the meeting were keen to do business with Britain’s maritime sector.

“We are the major west-facing port and the all the business leaders we spoke to in the States were adamant they want to significantly increase the volume of trade between our two nations.

“We already trade more with the US than any other single nation on the planet, there is a total of $1 trillion investment between the two countries and more than 1m British nationals go to work for US companies every day.

“Peel Ports has invested in excess of  £1bn into Liverpool2 and the infrastructure along the Manchester Ship Canal to Port Salford, and is equipped to handle the world’s biggest cargo vessels. Liverpool city region has built the most successful maritime cluster in Europe with an annual GVA contribution of more than £4bn.

“We are ready and willing step up to take full advantage of a new golden era of increased transatlantic trade and investment – this will re-energise the special relationship between the UK and the US.”

Export market

The US is the largest export market for the UK, while as a supplier of goods and services to the UK, the US comes in second. For both imports and exports the UK is only behind the US’s immediate neighbours, Canada and Mexico.

This interconnectedness extends beyond goods and services, to include foreign direct investment (FDI). For Britain, the US is the largest single source of FDI, while the US is also the largest destination for FDI by British firms.

Equally, The UK is ranked second as a destination for American companies to invest, accounting for 13% of the total foreign investment by US companies.

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International Trade Day – Trade Mission of British Maritime Leaders arrive in New York

Mersey Maritime are part of a UK delegation to discuss the future US/UK maritime trade relations

  • Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, Dr. Liam Fox, joins British Maritime Leaders aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth, for the inaugural ‘Maritime Nations Forum’ between the UK and US.
  • Delegation arrives as US administration formally confirmed it intends to pursue a trade deal with the UK “as soon as it is ready” after leaving the EU.

Mersey Maritime; the Liverpool City Regions promotional cluster for the maritime industry, is part of the UK delegation of business leaders from the maritime sector to arrive in New York today accompanied by the Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, Dr. Liam Fox.

The British maritime leaders will meet with an American delegation aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth at the inaugural ‘Maritime Nations Forum’ between the UK and US.  The maritime delegation arrives at a pivotal time in the negotiations on the UK’s departure from the EU, following the US administration formally confirming its intent last week to pursue a trade deal with the UK “as soon as it is ready” after leaving the EU. The trade mission will explore opportunities for the UK to further strengthen its trading and investing relationship with the United States.

The UK maritime sector is the fundamental enabler of Britain’s global trade. The sector adds £37.4 billion to UK GDP and supports just under 1,000,000 jobs nationally, in the Liverpool City Region alone the sector contributes £3.5bn to the local economy and employs more than 28,000 people.

Liam Fox, Secretary of State for the Department of International Trade, said:

“The UK and US are steadfast maritime partners, symbolised by the presence of the HMS Queen Elizabeth in New York today.

“My international economic department will continue to work with Maritime UK to encourage investment into our maritime sector, whilst providing a wealth of export support for our hard-working British businesses.”

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO Mersey Maritime, said:

“There are already well-established trade relationships between Liverpool and the US, but today symbolises the opportunity to further expand our transatlantic partnerships. I am delighted to be part of this critical delegation to the United States and represent the interests of the North West maritime industry alongside our members Peel Group and global members Western Union and Cxytera.

“Liverpool already handles over a third of the transatlantic container trade, but there is further potential with the development of the new container terminal; Liverpool2, at the Port of Liverpool, and we are exploring other UK/US investment opportunities to enhance and grow the maritime sector within the region”

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Ex-forces personnel can fill the maritime skills gap, says Mersey Maritime CEO

Industry body Mersey Maritime says ex-service personnel could be crucial in solving the local maritime sector’s skills shortage over the next few years.

The Wirral based organisation, which represents hundreds of maritime businesses across Liverpool city region including Peel Ports, Atlantic Container Line (ACL), Royal Haskoning DHV and Bibby Group, has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, committing to helping ex-services personnel.

First Sea Lord

Chief executive Chris Shirling-Rooke signed the Covenant with Britain’s First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC, at a high-level industry dinner hosted by Mersey Maritime to celebrate the First Sea Lord visiting Liverpool. Admiral Sir Philip Jones has been the First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff for over two years and spoke to the guests about his role and responsibilities within the Naval Services and broader Armed Forces.

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC said: “Mersey Maritime’s work facilitating engagement, addressing skills shortages and communicating the maritime case to a broad audience provides a real boost to businesses and organisations across the North West who share a common interest in the maritime domain.

“I’m delighted that Mersey Maritime have publicly expressed their support for our servicemen and women by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. By tapping into the broad skills base and experience of our service leavers the maritime community stands to benefit as much as our people, so many of whom call Merseyside home.”

The signing of the Covenant was also witnessed by Commodore Philip Waterhouse, Naval Regional Commander Northern England and Isle of Man, and Geoff Nuzum, regional employer engagement North West RFCA. The dinner was attended by Mersey Maritime members and sponsored by MAS Optimisation, who are a lean management consultancy that also run a programme providing a link between industry and former services personnel.

Significant growth

Liverpool city region’s maritime sector is worth almost £4bn annually and employs more than 28,000 people. The sector is predicting significant growth over the next decade and will need thousands more skilled people.

Mr Shirling-Rooke said: “People in the Army, Navy and Air Force are trained in a whole range of skills during their period of service to their country. Many of those skills, particularly in area such as engineering, logistics and people management, are the kinds of skills our members are crying out for.

“We would urge all our members and businesses across the local maritime sector to consider signing the Covenant and supporting our armed forces”

Vital support

Already supported by 407 local authorities across the UK, the Covenant focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to Government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

This support is provided in a number of areas including education and family well-being; having a home; starting a new career; access to healthcare; financial assistance; discounted services.

Mersey Maritime’s signing of the Covenant comes just weeks after it also signed up to the Women in Maritime Charter, which aims to increase the number of women at all levels in the maritime sector.

Mr Shirling-Rooke added: “Our maritime sector is going to need many more people over the next few years. It makes perfect business sense to cast its net as wide as possible when it comes to recruitment.”

Photographs by Al Disley Images 

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Mersey Maritime takes the lead in national Women in Maritime campagin

Mersey Maritime is spearheading a national campaign to increase the number of women in the industry.

The Women in Maritime Charter

The Women in Maritime initiative was set up by Maritime UK, and Mersey Maritime are part of the Taskforce that is addressing the lack of gender diversity in the UK maritime sector.

This week saw the launch of a Charter, which creates a framework to challenge companies to make progress on diversity and will be supported by a suite of ‘toolkits’ or resources to help companies realise those targets. Companies joining the Women in Maritime Charter will be required to agree an ‘action plan’, setting out individual targets for each participating company.

Since Maritime UK’s Women in Maritime Taskforce called for companies to engage in its work, over 60 companies have signed a pledge designed to signal intent on gender diversity, including local businesses Peel Ports Group, CMA CGM and Complete Training Solutions. Having consulted those companies on the design of the Charter, the Taskforce is now calling for Charter ‘pilots’ to come forward and agree their action plans.

The Northern Charter Launch

Yesterday Mersey Maritime hosted the Northern Launch of the Charter at Liverpool Town Hall for 80 delegates. The event was opened by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson; a former seafarer himself, Joe signed the pledge and spoke about the importance of maritime and the River Mersey to the region: “This magnificent river runs through our city region and it runs through our veins…we have to demand more equality in the sector and encourage women to be part of the maritime community”.

The Launch celebrated the thriving maritime industry within Liverpool City Region which contributes over £3.5bn to the region’s economy and employs over 28,000 people, hearing the career journeys of three women within the industry; Angie Redhead, Head of City Assets at Liverpool City Council, Ruth Wood, Commercial Manager at Mersey Maritime and Kirsten Blood, Quality Assurance Inspector at Cammell Laird, the purpose being to try and breakdown some of the misconceptions about the industry.

There was also a panel discussion about the charter, represented by Julia Bradley, Sales and Marketing Director at Peel Ports Group, Kathryn Nielson, Director at Merchant Navy Training Board, Helen Kelly, European Editor in Chief at Lloyds List and Tom Powell, Managing Director at Complete Training Solutions.

Julia Bradley said, “There is a fallacy that maritime is dark and archaic but we want to highlight that it is actually very technology led”.

A key focus of the discussion was the importance of education and demystifying the maritime industry from a young age, Kathryn Nielson said “If this campaign is to succeed then it requires a huge cultural change – we need to start with the younger generation and capture the hearts and minds of 8-10-year olds, before they develop any preconceived ideas about male and female work roles”

The event was closed by Sue Terpilowski, Chair of the Women in Maritime Taskforce who told the attendees: “The world is changing and this campaign represents a golden opportunity for the maritime sector. Please get involved because if we are united, we can get this done”.

Government backing

The Women in Maritime Taskforce has the support of the Department for Transport and Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP who said: “Our maritime sector keeps Britain thriving, but it’s missing out on a wealth of talent. No industry is a closed shop and there are simply too few women working in rewarding maritime careers, both at sea and on shore. It’s great to now see a real drive from companies wanting to attract women into roles, from captains and chief engineers at sea, to senior executives on shore, which will in turn help unlock the potential of their businesses.”

To find out more about the Women in Maritime Charter please contact info@merseymaritime.co.uk

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Liverpool ready to regain its status as the UK’s ‘gateway to the world’, Mersey Maritime chief to tell global audience

Maritime Maritime chief executive Chris Shirling-Rooke will tell a global audience how Liverpool city region is now home to the most important industry cluster in the UK and was ready to lead the UK’s post-Brexit strategy.

Mr Shirling-Rooke is one of a number of heavyweight speakers, along with trade minister Baroness Fairhead and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott, at the International Maritime Forum – part of Liverpool International Business Festival – on Thursday, June 21.

The festival, the third the city has hosted, is welcoming 27,000 visitors and 150 delegations from across the world during its two-week duration.

Festival highlight
The International Maritime Forum, organised by Shipping Innovation – creator of London International Shipping Week, is one of the highlights of the festival with the maritime industry critical to the success of the UK’s post-Brexit trade strategy.

The forum will also include a session on Women in Maritime chaired by Helen Kelly, Europe editor in chief of Lloyds List and will issue a call to action is to get businesses to sign up to the Women in Maritime Pledge.

Mr Shirling-Rooke will take part in a key session, focusing on why maritime clusters have become so important. Liverpool city region’s diverse maritime is now worth an estimated £4bn and in April, David Dingle, chairman of Maritime UK praised Mersey Maritime’s “collaborative approach” which, he said, was a model for the rest of the UK to follow.

At the forefront
‘On the opening day of the International Business Festival, the director-general of the CBI, Carolyn Fairbairn reminded us that Liverpool once accounted for 10% of the world’s trade.

“The Maritime Forum will give us access to business people and maritime industry leaders from across the world and that is a golden opportunity to get the message out there that Merseyside is ready to regain its place as the UK’s gateway to the world.”

During the conference Lord Prescott and Baroness Fairhead will also discuss how the Northern Maritime Powerhouse impacts the UK’s trade growth goals.

Women in Maritime will be the final session of the day and Ben Murray, director of Maritime UK will present the work of the Women in Maritime taskforce and it’s key priorities of recruiting, remunerating, progressing, and retaining women in maritime roles.

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