Maritime industry leaders from across the UK will converge on Merseyside later this month for a major summit.
Mersey Maritime will host the event on January 30 which sees Maritime UK’s Regional Council bring together maritime ‘cluster’ organisations from the Solent, Cornwall, Scotland, East of England and the Humber.
It is a product of collaboration between industry, academia and local government and is seen as an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice.
The fact that Mersey Maritime, which is the cluster organisation for the Liverpool city region, has been chosen to host and chair the event at its Birkenhead base is a recognition of its senior role in the UK maritime sector.
Maritime UK’s strategic plan aims to bring cluster organisations together, helping deliver coordinated activity in support of its nationwide priorities.
Chris Shirling-Rooke, chairman of the Maritime UK Regional Council, and chief executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “We believe it’s very important to bring the UK’s various regional cluster organisations into Maritime UK, helping foster collaboration and to drive growth.
“Clusters are powerful vehicles to drive growth, and working with universities we’re able to deliver exciting and innovative solutions for the global maritime sector.
“It’s true that we can achieve more together than we do alone, so I’m incredibly excited about what the UK’s clusters can do together with the rest of Maritime UK.”
Ben Murray, Maritime UK manager, said: “Maritime UK already brings together the key organisations from the four maritime industries, and this initiative reflects the fact that there are a number of regional cluster organisations that should be part of our collective work too.
“Not only does this increase collaboration, and help us to deliver our collective growth ambitions, but it also means that we’re able to respond to the changing devolution landscape to support and benefit from regional programmes of increasingly powerful regional government.”
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