MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
We’ll start with a reminder that the 3rd annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards are now open for entries, with even more categories to go for. If you’ve attended the MMIAs in the past you’ll know just how good and prestigious the black tie awards dinner is and how worthwhile it is to spend a couple of hours putting together an entry in one of the 11 categories up for grabs. If you’re considering entering for the first time, please do get involved. New categories for 2017 include Micro Business of the Year and Positive Impact Award. Full details and entry form here. http://bit.ly/2fUAwkJ
PEEL’S £400M LIVERPOOL2 OPENS FOR BUSINESS
The big news this month was the official opening on 4 Nov of Liverpool2, Peel Port’s new £400m deepwater container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. The new facility complements the existing Royal Seaforth Container Terminal at the port, giving Peel the capacity for the first time to handle up to 95% of the world’s largest vessels. Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said [the opening] “marks the beginning of a new era for the Port of Liverpool. Our investment will help global shippers to transport cargo more efficiently to their end destination with lower costs, congestion and carbon emissions. Liverpool is in the right location, providing state-of-the art facilities and technology, and offers a real competitive advantage with a shorter supply chain and providing an all-water route right to the heart of the UK via the Manchester Ship Canal.” The opening of Liverpool2 is expected to create up to 5,000 direct and indirect jobs in the supply chain, with Liverpool’s current 8% share of the UK container market expected to rise to between 15 and 20%. Full article here.
CMA CGM GROUP POWERS NEW OCEAN ALLIANCE
A new OCEAN ALLIANCE has been formalised this month between four major shipping lines, creating the largest operational agreement ever made between shipping companies. The agreement sets out the proposed OCEAN ALLIANCE’s network, including port rotation for each service loop. The four partners in the Alliance – CMA CGM Group, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line – have agreed to share capacity on several routes: they will operate 40 services on the East-West trades with around 100 ports of call and almost 500 port pairs, supported by a fleet of nearly 350 vessels with a total capacity of 3.5m TEUs. CMA CGM Group will have the largest share (35%) within the alliance, deploying a fleet of 119 vessels reinforcing CMA CGM’s position as a key player at the heart of the industry. Further details of what this means in terms of route coverage can be read here.
LIVERPOOL CRUISE TERMINAL BRINGS IN £7 MILLION
Liverpool Cruise Terminal helped to generate an economic impact of circa £7m during the summer season after welcoming more than 100,000 passengers in 2016. A report drawn up for the city council’s Culture, Tourism and Events Select Committee reports 63 cruise liners visits, bringing almost 115,000 passengers and crew to Liverpool. Inaugural calls were made in 2016 by four different vessels, including two visits by the Disney Magic ship. Liverpool’s 2017 cruise season is already shaping up nicely, with 65 confirmed cruise calls, carrying an estimated 108,000 passengers and crew. Plans to build a permanent cruise liner building at the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade, close to the landing stage, are currently being drawn up for consideration.
WIRRAL MET LAUNCHES STEM CENTRE
Wirral Met College has officially launched its new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Logistics and Warehousing Centres at the Twelve Quays Campus in Birkenhead, Wirral. The STEM Centre will provide qualifications from level 1 through to foundation degree and degree programmes, to take advantage of the growth in jobs across Wirral and the Liverpool City Region. The Logistics and Warehousing Centre will meet increased demand for skills to support the growing logistics sector. Michael Norton, Acting Principal of Wirral Met said, “We are immensely proud of our STEM and Logistics and Warehousing Centres at our Twelve Quays Campus, which include a wide range of high specification, industry standard machinery and equipment usually not seen in a further education college.” The list of high-spec equipment available for training purposes in the new centres makes for impressive reading and has been described by Lee Hardman, Director of United Air Power, as “the best I have ever seen!”. Read more here:
DONG ENERGY CONFIRMS EXIT FROM OIL AND GAS
DONG Energy has confirmed it will exit the offshore oil and gas markets to focus instead on its offshore wind and renewables portfolio. “We have decided to initiate a process with the aim of ultimately exiting from our oil and gas business. This should be seen in the context of DONG Energy’s strategic transformation towards becoming a global leader in renewables and a wish to ensure the best possible long-term development opportunities for our oil and gas business,” said CEO and President Henrik Poulsen. DONG is currently installing 32 wind turbines as part of the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm, in Liverpool Bay.
SEATRUCK BOSS HAILS NEW M6 LINK TO HEYSHAM PORT
The opening this month of Bay Gateway, a new stretch of road linking the port of eysha to Heysham to the M^ motorway, Heysham to the M6 motorway, has prompted Seatruck Ferries CEO Alistair Eagles to call on locals to ‘think big when it comes to the area’s future’. Mr Eagles says the M6 Heysham link road will fundamentally change traffic flow in the Lancaster region, reducing congestion and improving access by HGV vehicles to Heysham Port. Seatruck Ferries is already benefiting from the M6 link, having added extra capacity to its unaccompanied freight sailings out of Heysham. The port now has the potential to win more Irish Sea tonnage from hauliers who will no longer have to negotiate congested roads between the M6, Lancaster and the Heysham peninsula. Seatruck has grown from a relatively new entrant into the unaccompanied freight market to become a significant player on the Irish Sea, moving more 290,000 freight units annually on two routes from Heysham and one from Liverpool – around 20 per cent of the total ro-ro frieght traffic to Ireland. The Line now offers 12 crossings a week between Heysham and Dublin and 22 crossings a week between Heysham and Warrenpoint. www.seatruckferries.com
PORT ACADEMY LIVERPOOL SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION
Port Academy Liverpool, which opened earlier this year in North Liverpool, is partnering with Sefton@Work (part of Sefton Council in North Liverpool) to secure local job opportunities in the maritime sector. In return for providing work experience for unemployed people aged 16 to 29 years., Sefton@Work will support businesses with funding to cover wage costs and will manage the recruitment process on your behalf. SMEs working in the maritime sector who would like to offer a young person the chance to experience a career in your industry on a full time placement for a minimum of six months please contact Linda Patterson on 0151 934 2622 or email email@example.com
CTS BRINGS SEASECRETARY COURSES TO COLLINGWOOD DOCK
Liverpool based Health & Safety training provider Complete Training Solutions has partnered with STCW and RYA course provider, Seasecretary, to extend the range of training offered at CTS’s newly acquired Collingwood Dock operation. Courses now include: Personal Survival Techniques, Fire Fighting, RYA Essential Navigation, Sea Survival and Powerboating Levels 1 & 2. Tom Powell, Director of Complete Training Solutions, said: “This is an extremely exciting time for our company and key partnerships such as this one with Seasecretary brings knowledge, experience and training which will greatly improve the course portfolio at Collingwood Dock” Full course list and booking details can be seen here.
It’s become a welcome trend as we once again report an upsurge in membership, with 8 new Executive Club members, including an upgrade and a returner, and a fistful of other new members. A round up of all recent joiners includes Associated British Ports (upgrade), Essar Oil (UK), UM Group, Ventilation Surveys & Services, Restaurant Bar & Grill (a re-joiner), ITCL, PD Ports and SCH Ltd. At Standard level we welcome KZN Solutions, Stone Marine Shipcare, Brimark Signs (whose illuminated signage adorns the Maritime Knowledge Hub), MD Fitout and Salvus Law. Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available on our website.
IN OTHER NEWS
G.L.WATSON & CO. LEAD RESTORATION OF CACOUNA 1932
Liverpool based classic yacht experts G.L. Watson & Co have announced the forthcoming restoration of the 118 ft yacht Cacouna. The work will be undertaken at the Dunya Yachts shipyard in Istanbul, with G.L. Watson – the world’s oldest yacht design firm founded in 1873 – acting as exterior and interior designers and owner’s representative. The yacht has a long and illustrious history, not least having been chartered for the honeymoon of Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher back in 1959 and appearing on the big screen itself in French hit comedy Le Gendarme de Saint Tropez. Who says the maritime industry isn’t sexy? www.glwatson.com
EVENTS & TRAINING
CAROL SERVICE AT ST NICK’S
Date 21 Dec, 6:00pm
Venue Our Lady and St. Nicholas Church, Liverpool
This service at ‘The Sailors’ Church’ is open to all and will be followed by light refreshments. The service is in support of Liverpool Seafarers Centre.
LIVERPOOL SEAFARERS CENTRE ANNUAL SERVICE OF CAROLS AND LESSONS
Date 23 Dec, from 12-noon
Venue Liverpool Seafarers Centre, 20 Crosby Road, South, Liverpool, L22 1RQ
Open to all. Please confirm attendance in advance by email, as the service will be followed by a fork buffet. E: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org/ T: 0300 800 8080
PARTNERS IN THE MARITIME ENTERPRISE: THE ROYAL NAVY & THE UK MARITIME INDUSTRIES
Date 26-27 April 2017
Venue Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.
Organiser Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)
This 2-day conference will look at the maritime world today and the partnership of the UK maritime industries with the Royal Navy. Themes will include: The Maritime World Today, Supporting the UK Maritime Enterprise and RN Shipbuilding, Repair, Support and Supply Chain. Full details here.
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING – LIVERPOOL
A summary of LR courses in Liverpool from now until April 2017.
– Tanker Vetting and Inspection – Jan 10-11: £940+VAT
– The Practical Application of the EU MRV Regulations for Shipping – Jan 17: £475+VAT
– Ballast Water Management – Jan 18: 475+VAT
– Ship New Construction – Feb 7-9: £1,175+VAT
– ISPS Company Security Officer (MCA Approved) – Mar 14-17: £1,295+VAT
– Essential Dry Docking – Apr 4-6: £1,175+VAT
More info on all of the above here or contact Ukmarinetraining.email@example.com
New routes announced from Liverpool John Lennon Airport this month with the commencement from March 2017 of a new Wizz Air service between Liverpool and southern Romanian city of Craiova This follows news of a new route to Lublin in Poland from May next year, also with Wizz Air. Look out for details of a Mersey Maritime/LJLA Cargo workshop in the first quarter of 2017 – remember you can check out upcoming events on the Mersey Maritime website.
GONGS N’ ROSES
PEEL PORTS’ BIOMASS FACILITY WINS GLOBAL AWARD
Port of Liverpool operator Peel Ports and handling systems supplier Siwertell of Sweden have been awarded Best Ship Loading / Unloading System at the International Bulk Journal Awards 2016 in London on 21 Nov. The partnership’s unloading system at the £100 million biomass handling facility at the Port of Liverpool was recognised for its high efficiency and capacity, capable of supplying the Drax power station in Yorkshire with up to 10 train loads of wood pellets per day. See http://bit.ly/2gnWI7j
ENGINEERING COLLEGE CELEBRATES APPRENTICE AWARDS 2016
The newly rebranded Engineering College (formerly Maritime and Engineering College North West) in Birkenhead has recognised the achievements of its apprentices at an annual awards ceremony with special guest Mark Palios, Executive Chairman of Tranmere Rovers football club. Apprentice of the Year 2016 was named as Adam Hurst, of Peel Ports, who also secured the Engineering College Development Stage Award. New awards for 2016 include the ‘Dave Bird’ Award for ‘Welder of the Year’, won by Dominic Davies of Cammell Laird, and the ‘Attenborough Society’ Award, won by John Archer, of Balfour Beatty. Since setting up in 1998, the Engineering College has driven turnover to £1.7m and grown apprentice numbers to 330. Clients of the college include Cammell Laird, Balfour Beatty and Clarke Energy, Sovex and Laker Vent. www.theengineeringcollege.co.uk
We carried this Stena Line news in the last e-zine but unintentionally topped and tailed it as a Seatruck story, so are repeating with apologies to Stena Line:
STENA LINE GEARS UP FOR CHRISTMAS RUSH
Irish sea ferry operator Stena Line has added additional freight capacity to its Belfast-Liverpool service ahead of the pre-Christmas trading period, with two extra sailings per week: the first on Fridays from Belfast at 15:30 and the second on Mondays at 08:00 from Birkenhead, Liverpool. The extra sailings will provide increased freight capacity for up to 2 000 more freight units. http://www.stenaline.co.uk/
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