Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside


By Annette Parker

The Seafarers Centre in Crosby, Liverpool, has recently received a £3,000 donation from Essar at Stanlow. The refinery recently achieved a record breaking safety target of three million hours without a Recordable Injury; a first in the site’s 60 year history.

Essar’s Let’s Give programme, which links safety milestones and charitable giving, recognised this significant achievement by donating to three charities: STEPS, Archers Brook SEMH Residential School Charitable Trust, and The Liverpool Seafarers Centre.

The Seafarers Centre was nominated by Mark Thompson, Marine Manager at Essar. Mark said: “I have worked at sea for most of my career, and now alongside those who do. I have seen the benefit of the Seafarers centres all over the world, and the great service that is offered to those who visit. Many of the seafarers from our cargo deliveries at Stanlow and Tranmere use the services of the centre in Liverpool, and it is fantastic to be able to provide some financial support to keep the service going.”

John Wilson is the Chief Executive at the Liverpool Seafarers Centre. He explains: “We extend the hand of friendship to thousands of seafarers every year. We are a charity operating a frontline service to provide practical and emotional support for seafarers, the often invisible workforce on whom we all depend to ship 95% of UK trade.

“We are delighted to receive such a generous donation from Essar. The money will go towards a new hub that we are opening in April, at Eastham. The funds received will be used to buy a pool table, furnishings, computer and Wi-Fi.”

About Essar Oil UK

Essar Oil (UK) Limited is a subsidiary of Essar Energy Limited, which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery located on the south side of the Mersey Estuary near Liverpool. Stanlow produces 16% of UK road transport fuels, including 3 billion litres of petrol and 4.4 billion litres of diesel, as well as 2 billion litres of jet fuel per year.

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Ian Cotton, Head of Communications, on 0151 350 4583 or 07805 854169


About A.Parker
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