ROYAL CHRISTENING MARKS LAUNCH OF ACL’S NEW G4 FLEET
Atlantic Container Line has officially launched its new fleet of transatlantic CONRO (Container/Roll‐on Roll‐off) vessels following the christening of the Atlantic Sea on 20 October by HRH The Princess Royal, the first Royal christening on the Mersey since 1960. ACL’s UK managing director Ian Higby said it had been “an unforgettable day for everyone at ACL,” saying: “It was wonderful to join our Liverpool and New Jersey offices together with our owners, the Grimaldi family, the UK Shipping Minister, John Hayes, and many distinguished guests in the presence of The Princess Royal. It was especially poignant to be able to thank the people of Liverpool and Merseyside who have supported us passionately since we first started business. Our ships have called at Liverpool twice a week, every week since 1969 acting as a crucial link for the UK’s export and import trades. Our European HQ is now in Liverpool with our new purpose‐built office on Duke Street, the first built by a shipping line in the city since 1924.” The new G4 CONRO vessels will double ACL’s transatlantic capacity, calling at Liverpool twice a week. www.aclcargo.com
CAMMELL LAIRD STARTS WORK ON £200M RESEARCH SHIP
Construction of RRS Sir David Attenborough has officially started in Birkenhead following a ceremonial keel laying event on 17 October, attended by the eponymous naturalist and broadcaster. Sir David said: “It is an honour to be invited to take part in the keel-laying ceremony. The polar regions are not only critical for understanding the natural world but they also have an enormous appeal for journalists, broadcasters and the public.”
Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret said: “We are proud to say we beat competition from around the world to win this contract, the biggest in Britain for a generation. We want that message to go out today – that British engineering, Merseyside engineering, is strong and still the very best in the world. […] This magnificent ship provides a platform to showcase Cammell Laird to the world, to demonstrate we have the skills, the workforce and the facilities. Today marks a giant leap for Cammell Laird, we are dreaming big and building big again.”
When the RRS Sir David Attenborough sets sail in 2019, the ship will provide a research base to help scientists tackle issues including climate change, future sea level rise and the impact of environmental change on marine life. Its construction will support 460 local jobs including apprenticeships. www.clbh.co.uk
ROYAL HASKONINGDHV TO BUILD CAYMAN ISLANDS CRUISE BERTH FACILITY
International engineering, design and project management consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV has been commissioned by the Cayman Islands government to provide consultancy and engineering services for the development of new berthing facilities and associated terminal building in the Cayman islands. The development is expected to benefit the island in terms of increased GDP from visitor spending, increased revenues for public funds, job opportunities and increased opportunities for the port authority in terms of expansion and profitability. Full story here.
FORT RECRUITMENT HELPS BUILD EXPERTISE OF BROOKES BELL GROUP
Mersey Maritime member Fort Recruitment is reporting a fast-growing list of maritime supply chain clients after starting up from scratch in the city less than two years ago. The company, run by managing director Ian Buckley, has recently recruited three highly specialised staff on behalf of marine consultancy and marine surveying company Brookes Bell Group. Nick Chapman and Luigi Petrone, consulting scientists, have now moved to the London and Hong Kong offices of Brookes Bell after a short training spell in Liverpool, and Keith Ritchie, a fire investigator, is based in the Liverpool office. Colin Kershaw, managing partner of Brookes Bell, said he was hugely impressed with the service provided by Fort, saying: “Fort Recruitment understand our business and our personnel requirements. They have been of great help in finding candidates of the highest calibre in line with the specific areas of expertise we need to build the constantly evolving services of the Brookes Bell Group.”
Ian Buckley of Fort can be contacted on (0151) 287 5721 / www.fortrecruitment.co.uk
MERSEYSIDE ADVENTURE SAIL TRAINING CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF SAIL TRAINING ON MERSEYSIDE
Charitable organisation Merseyside Adventure Sail Training (MAST) will celebrate 50 years of Sail Training this month with a 2-day event across the weekend of 26-27 November. The anniversary celebration will recognise how Sail Training has helped more than 10,000 people of all ages and backgrounds – including disabled and disadvantaged people – to develop life skills through the unique experience of crewing a Tall Ship. Bibby Line Group MD Sir Michael Bibby will open the event at 10am on Saturday 26 Nov. Events include a Memories and Memorabilia exhibition at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and tours of tall ship “Stavros S Niarchos”, berthed in Canning Half Tide Dock. Saturday evening will then see High Sheriff James Davies welcome guests on board the Stavros for a keynote speech followed by a hot buffet on board the newly refurbished steam tug “Daniel Adamson”. Members of Mersey Maritime who would like to attend some or all of the free activities (or buy tickets for the buffet supper at a cost of £35) should contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org/ 07801 680514.
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. www.stenaline.co.uk/
JOHN PERCIVAL LEADERSHIP AWARD
Hoylake based yacht training provider JPMA has announced the 2016 winner of its John Percival Leadership Award as Cy Wastell, first mate on board a private yacht. The award was set up following the death in 2014 of JPMA founder John Percival, a keen ambassador for on-board training and encouraging investment in a yacht’s crew. JPMA, the yacht training centre he founded, and now run by his daughter, Anna Percival-Harris, aims to promote high standards in all levels of crew, in all departments, inspiring students to return to their vessel emboldened and ready to nurture junior crew. www.hss.ac.uk
ARMISTICE DAY SERVICE
Date 11 November, 10.45am
Location Merchant Navy Memorial, Pier Head, Liverpool
Open to all.
104TH ANNUAL BANQUET OF THE LIVERPOOL MARINE ENGINEERS’ & NAVAL ARCHITECTS’ GUILD
(AKA THE PLUMBERS’ BALL)
Date 18 November 2016
Venue Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
Tables for this year’s black tie dinner are, as always, fully sold out, with over 600 guests expected from across the UK and internationally. Those interested in following progress in the lead up to, and seeing photos post-event, can now visit and Like the newly set up LME&NAG’s Facebook page here.
The Nautical Institute has announced Captain John Lloyd MBA AFNI as its new Chief Executive Officer. Captain Lloyd, currently the Institute’s Chief Operating Officer, will take over from Philip Wake OBE RD* MSc FNI, who is retiring in May 2017.
Liverpool-headquartered law firm Hill Dickinson has appointed its first chief executive as part of a series of changes to its management structure that includes creating the role of chairman. Managing partner Peter Jackson has taken up the position of CEO from 1 November 2016, with long-time senior partner David Wareing becoming chairman. The changes are part of a strategy to improve the “agility and efficiency of the business, making it more responsive to client needs”.
The firm is also seeking to recruit its first chief operating officer, who will be responsible for all operational aspects of the business. www.hilldickinson.com
Lastly, we report the death on 15 October of John Beech DSM, founder of demolition and remediation experts Beech Group. Current Beech Group MD Chris Wainwright tells us that John, who reached the grand old age of 93, always said he’d used up eight of his nine lives taking off and landing biplanes on aircraft carriers in the Second World War. Having started the company in 1963, John eventually handed control of the company to his son in the 1980s and current owners carried out a management buyout in 2009. John was a fine gentleman and will be sorely missed. www.beech-group.co.uk