It’s a busy week for Maritime here in the North West, with the keel-laying ceremony for NERC research vessel the Sir David Attenborough later today and the christening in Liverpool later this week of ACL’s Atlantic Sea. You can keep in touch with what we’re doing by following our activity on Mersey Maritime’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Finally, please note once again that our main number at the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now 0151 231 2957.
HRH PRINCESS ANNE TO PERFORM HISTORIC CHRISTENING OF NEW ACL SHIP IN LIVERPOOL
HRH Princess Anne will visit Liverpool this week to christen the newest Atlantic Container Line vessel, Atlantic Sea, in what will be the most historic maritime spectacle on the Mersey since the visit by the ‘Three Queens’ in 2015. The christening, at Liverpool cruise terminal, is the first by a member of the Royal Family on the Mersey for more than 50 years. The event will mark a new era of investment by ACL in Liverpool and the UK, extending ties to the city dating back to the company’s founding in 1967. ACL UK Managing Director Ian Higby said: “This is an opportunity to champion Liverpool as a port city of the future and for ACL to thank Merseyside for all its support since the 1960s. We are committed to the Port of Liverpool where we have operated two transatlantic vessel calls per week since 1969.”
Atlantic Sea is the third of five new CONRO vessels commissioned from China by ACL, representing the world’s largest and most advanced vessels of their kind. Once all five are in service, they will double ACL’s capacity to transport containers and ro-ro cargo between the UK, North Europe and North America, with at least four of the vessels sailing under the UK Ship Registry. www.aclcargo.com
ROYAL HASKONINGDHV & HYUNDAI TO DESIGN WORLD’S LARGEST MARITIME YARD IN SAUDI ARABIA
Royal HaskoningDHV, in consortium with Hyundai Engineering & Construction, is to perform the front-end engineering design in the construction of the world’s largest shipyard, in Ras al-Khair, Saudi Arabia. The yard, in which the Saudis are reported to be investing almost USD 6bn, will have an impressive range of facilities including seven fully-equipped dry docks, two basins and five piers, a shiplift system, workshops, warehouses, utility services areas, as well as office buildings, living quarters, and recreational facilities for more than 10,000 workers. Phase one of the construction is expected to be completed in 2018, with the entire project due for completed in 2021. Royal HaskoningDHV, which is alo involved in design work for a new cruise terminal in Liverpool, celebrates its 135th anniversary this week. www.royalhaskoningdhv.com
LIVERPOOL IS BEST UK PORT OF CALL FOR THIRD TIME IN FOUR YEARS
Liverpool has been named as ‘Best UK Port of Call’ for the third time in four years, by the world’s largest cruise review site. The Cruise Critic Awards highlight excellence in cruise travel and are selected by an international panel of cruise journalists, recognising the very best cruise lines, ships and ports. Cruise terminal manager Angie Redhead said: “This award is without a doubt down to the hard work and much valued contribution of everyone who works at the cruise terminal, but also to the fantastic city-wide support network we are so fortunate enough to work alongside.” You can see the full release here.
WORK COMMENCES ON NEW PORT OF LIVERPOOL REFUELLING STATION
Work on the new 24hr HGV refuelling station at the Port of Liverpool has begun just two weeks after planning permission was granted. A ground-breaking event attended by senior representatives of Peel Ports Group and Certas Energy, who respectively own and will operate the new facility, was held last week. Once completed in early 2017, the new state-of-the-art facility will allow up to 8 HGVs to refuel simultaneously. David Huck, Port Director Mersey, Peel Ports Group said “I’m extremely proud of our team who have helped to turn this project from concept to construction stage in an extremely short space of time. Over time we will see more investments such as this throughout the region as more and more companies tap into the commercial opportunities available through the increased traffic from our new Liverpool2 Container Terminal” www.peelports.com
HUGH BAIRD STUDENTS DIVE ‘INTO THE BLUE’ ON RRS DISCOVERY
More than 100 engineering and electrical students from Port Academy Liverpool, part of Hugh Baird College in Bootle, visited the Royal Research Ship Discovery earlier this month as part of the National Environmental Research Council’s (NERC) celebration of science and engineering, ‘Into the Blue’. RRS Discovery was docked at Liverpool’s waterfront for a four-day event to showcase the fascinating environmental science and engineering research the vessel undertakes. PAL Engineering lecturer Pat Link, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to see a working research vessel and find out about the valuable environmental science being conducted by the NERC. The students came back to College with a renewed enthusiasm for the science behind their engineering course. Much of the research they heard about on board will be useful background for some of the engineering projects they’ll be working on, particularly around renewable energy.”
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DT ENGINEERING NW BUILDS GOLIATH CRANE ON TOP OF A CRANE
Crane manufacturer and lifting equipment specialist DT Engineering NW has built a Goliath crane on top of an overhead electric travelling crane in a car manufacturer’s press shop. The innovative engineering project will enable essential repair and maintenance work to be carried out on the flywheels that form part of the press. Tom Coyle, managing director at DT Engineering NW, said the four flywheels that form part of the car press needed to be removed for maintenance and the only access point for these was at the top of the machine. He said: “The main concerns were the timelines given by our suppliers. We needed a 15t wire electric hoist with height of lift of 15m, and fast. So we got on with stripping the press and we had to position the Street Crane-manufactured overhead crane to give us space to pull out the fly wheels, which are around 3m wide diameter and weighed 13t. With clearance out of the access hatch only 3 or 4mm, being precise was key.” Mr Coyle added that there was an inevitable raft of safety concerns to keep in mind: “By building a Goliath crane on top of a crane, it was necessary to degrease and clean down the existing Street electric overhead travelling (EOT) crane. We also had our team walking along bridge beams so we installed safety lines and disabled the Street EOT from an electrical standpoint. It’s safe to say it was an intense period before the start date. This install period lasted approximately two-and-a-half days, which we were happy with.”
DT Engineering NW employs 21 staff and has more than 30 years’ experience in the manufacture, service and maintenance of mechanical handling. A full article on the project appeared in HOIST magazine which you can read here.
SANTANDER TEAMS UP WITH MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION EEF
High street bank Santander has teamed up with EEF, the manufacturers’ association, for a series of activities to demonstrate the bank’s suport and expertise for the manufacturing sector. The first piece of collateral produced by Santander is a Manufacturing Fact Card which shows that Britain is now the ninth largest manufacturing nation with an annual output worth USD 247bn. Quarterly business outlooks on specific sub-sectors are also planned. The EEF acts as the voice of UK manufacturing, representing 20,000 businesses across the UK.