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


By Annette Parker

A new portfolio of STCW (Standards on Training, Certification and Watchkeeping) and bespoke training courses has been launched by Liverpool John Moores University’s (LJMU) Maritime Centre.

The portfolio is part of LJMU’s expanded professional training delivered through the Maritime Knowledge Hub, which is operated in partnership with Mersey Maritime, the representative body for the maritime sector in the North West of England.

It covers a variety of courses for all ranks and departments of commercial ships, super yachts and workboats utilising the Centre’s existing and new bridge, engine and communication simulators.

LJMU is one of only six UK universities with a dedicated maritime focus and offers one of the most advanced Maritime Bridge and Engine Simulator training facilities in Europe. Its new training simulator facility was opened by UK Shipping Minister John Hayes in October 2016.

The facility now consists of eight bridge simulators and one engine room simulator. In addition, there is a desktop simulator suite consisting of 10 ships’ bridges, a separate GMDSS simulator suite and an ECDIS simulator suite.

Abdul Khalique, Head of the Maritime Centre, said: “LJMU’s investment in simulation technology has created a world-class platform for maritime education, knowledge transfer and industry engagement, and supports regional strategic initiatives around the Port of Liverpool expansion and the Atlantic Gateway developments. We see further expansion opportunities for training in the offshore wind, oil and gas, and nuclear sectors.”

To continue with its training portfolio expansion, the university will be announcing collaboration agreements with a number of well-known national training providers to offer bespoke training for senior officers in Merchant Navy. Courses such as Ballast Water Management, Engine and Bridge Resource Management and other bespoke courses are likely to be included in the portfolio.

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MERSEY MARITIME Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the UK's Liverpool City Region, bringing together over 1250 businesses whose activities contribute some £3.47bn - or 13% - to the region's GDP. The cluster is the broadest and largest outside of London, reflecting Liverpool's long history as a maritime mercantile city. As a city region that has maritime embedded in its DNA, Mersey Maritime is working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to address an agenda centred on skills, innovation, R&D and business support that will help facilitate further growth and job creation. The organisation is co-located with LJMU at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Wirral (UK).


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