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Global shipping group BSM meets with Mersey Maritime members with view to possible investments

By Mersey Maritime

Top executives from global maritime giant Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) came to Birkenhead to meet members of Mersey Maritime.

BSM offers comprehensive ship management and maritime services across the world, managing a fleet of 600 vessels and employing 20,000 people.

It also operates a network of a network of 10 ship management, 26 crew service and five wholly-owned maritime training centres  all over the globe.

Renewed confidence

The Mersey has also been a key location on the global maritime map and the local maritime sector is now experiencing renewed growth and confidence.

Giles A Heimann, corporate director, fleet personnel, at BSM came to Birkenhead with his colleagues Mauritz Brons and Niklas Koerner as they were keen to meet with members of Mersey Maritime to find out more.

After addressing members at Mersey Maritime’s monthly Face-2-Face breakfast networking event, Mr Heimann then conducted a number of one-to-one meetings with Mersey businesses to find out more about what they could offer.

Technology challenges

BSM is very focused on technological change, acknowledging the history and heritage of the maritime sector but also saying clearly that maritime firms needed to ready for the future.

One of the themes of the session in Birkenhead was “Where are we heading and what will the future of the industry be?”.

‘Major coup’

Speaking after the session, Mersey Maritime chief executive Chris Shirling Rooke, said: “This visit was major coup for our members. BSM is one of the biggest maritime companies in the world and these guys flew in from Germany and Cyprus to take part in this session.

“They have a large pot of money and they are prepared to invest in the right businesses. It shows the impact Mersey Maritime is now having on the global stage.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our members to get the chance to meet BSM and it was also a great opportunity for BSM to see how they can access the skills and know-how of the world class maritime sector we have here in Merseyside.”

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Global shipping group BSM meets with Mersey Maritime members with view to possible investments