MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
London International Shipping Week (11 – 15 Sept) is almost upon us and it would be remiss of us not to point you in the direction of this massively successful event – over 140 different industry events across numerous spectacular London venues, including the LISW keynote conference on Thursday 14th – and encourage you to attend. In among the packed schedule, Mersey Maritime is hosting a half-day Investing in a Connected Future event on 12 September, a high level, panel-style, discussion with key business leaders on the themes of Innovation, Connectivity and Skills. The MM event is free to attend and you can register here.
PEEL PORTS CALLS FOR REGIONAL LEADERSHIP FROM NEW MAYOR
Liverpool’s new Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has paid his first visit to the Port of Liverpool, including the new Liverpool2 container terminal, which he hailed as a “transformational project” for the City Region. He met CEO Mark Whitworth and COO Patrick Walters during a tour of the site, followed by a presentation on Peel Ports’ £750m package of investments in logistics infrastructure, saying that his role “will be to work with government and other agencies to make sure that we capitalise on the potential of projects like Liverpool2 to drive prosperity and build a successful and competitive City Region for the future.” Full article here.
CONSTRUCTION FINISHES ON BURBO OPERATIONS BASE IN SEACOMBE
Construction has finished on offshore wind farm operator DONG Energy’s new operations base in Seacombe, Wirral. The multi-million pound Kings Wharf facility will serve both Burbo Bank windfarm and Burbo Bank Extension which opened in May this year, with about 45 staff being based at the site. Lee Rollason, head of Burbo Bank operations, said: “Having operated out of Liverpool for over ten years, DONG Energy is committed to investing in the North and this state of the art facility is another example of that. To have both our windfarms operating from here makes complete sense in terms of efficiencies and the site has excellent access offshore.” He added: “As a local resident, I’m certainly pleased with the part we’ve had to play in regenerating this area.” www.dongenergy.co.uk/
NEW POLAR SHIP RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH REACHES CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE
A major milestone in the construction of polar research ship the Sir David Attenborough has been reached, as the stern section of the vessel began its journey by barge last week from A&P Tyne (Newcastle), part of A&P Group, to the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. Footage of the load out operation uploaded by the British Antarctic Survey (BAC) is available to view here. The huge steel block weighing 899 tonnes – the equivalent weight of 71 double decker buses – arrived at Cammell Laird yesterday, 30 August. John Syvret CBE, who is the CEO of both Cammell Laird and A&P Group, said: “The construction of the blocks by the A&P Group, as a contractor to Cammell Laird, is a tremendous showcase for British shipbuilding and engineering. Whilst both organisations are fierce competitors who very much ‘compete where they must’, they also on an arm’s length commercial basis ‘cooperate where they can’.” www.clbh.co.uk
FIRETRACE ACHIEVES LPCB APPROVAL FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION
Fire suppression systems business Firetrace Ltd has been certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection. The certification makes Firetrace one of only a handful of fire suppression suppliers in the world to meet the LPCB Standard LPS1666 and the UK’s only valve manufacturer to gain the accreditation. LPCB approval is recognised by governments and regulatory authorities across the world, especially in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. A product with the LPCB stamp of approval is one that is judged to successfully reduce the risk of theft and/or fire. Firetrace will now be listed the organisation’s ‘Red Book’, which is available online to specifiers and other users throughout the world. Tim Melton Joint MD, Firetrace Ltd said: “We are proud to have gained LPCB approval for our pneumatic tubing system. This award recognises our position as an innovative and leading company in the field of fire suppression systems.” http://www.firetrace.co.uk
GUILD AUTUMN GOLF COMPETITION
Date: 29 September 2017
Venue: Bromborough Golf Club, Raby Hall Rd, Bromborough, Wirral, CH63 ONW
Organiser: Liverpool Marine Engineers’ & Naval Architects’ Guild
This competition is open to Guild members and guests, with full golf package (£50pp) and dinner-only packages (£17.00) available. The day will start from 12.00-noon at the Clubhouse, Bromborough, with play commencing at 1.35pm. There will be trophies and prizes for Guild members as well as guests. Further details and application from John Troop of James Troop & Co at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org 01928-566170.
CONCERT: The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth
Date: Saturday 30 September
Venue: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Tickets for a rousing two and a half hour concert featuring The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth are now on sale from Liverpool Phil priced £15 – £30, with proceeds to the RNRM (Royal Navy Royal Marines) Charity. Details and booking here: http://bit.ly/2vFLnWv
Merseyside’s Engineering College in Birkenhead has boosted its Technical Training Team with the appointment of Brian Bowers, a highly experienced welding specialist who began his career as an apprentice with Cammell Laird between 1983 and 1987, working on submarines and surface warships as a welder. He has since worked with other major UK industry brands including BAE Systems and Airbus-UK based at Broughton. www.theengineeringcollege.co.uk
AYRS MICROTRANSAT CHALLENGE 2018
We’re putting out an appeal to secure guidance or direct assistance for a Merseyside based project team taking part in a competition to send an unmanned and autonomously operated small boat across the Atlantic Ocean next year. Mike Howard, project manager, will lead a team in manufacturing, outfitting and testing their boat here in the North West, aiming to depart from Northern Spain and travel to the southern Caribbean islands of Barbados, St Lucia or Martinique. Where the team need assistance is in the recovery and repatriation of the craft back to the UK, including knowledge of documentation required to enter these territories, and the route and costs the project may need to commit to in the repatriation of craft back to the UK. Anyone who may be able to assist can contact Mike Howard at: email@example.com/ 0151 531 6256.
The project is partnered with both the National Oceanographic Centre in Liverpool and Glyndwr University in Wrexham and endorsed by the Amateur Yacht Research Society, a registered educational charity.
MERSEY GATEWAY BRIDGE COULD OPEN AS SOON AS MID-SEPTEMBER
It is excellent news to read that the three and a half year construction of the new £600m Mersey Gateway Bridge in Runcorn is almost complete – bang on schedule and within budget. It is the first time a permanent crossing has been built across the river Mersey since 1961. Hugh O’Connor, General Manager of Merseylink, said: “All along we said we’d be opening in autumn 2017 and it is great to be able to keep that promise. We’ll update everyone with a firmer date as we get closer to opening but we’re confident that we will open by mid-October at the latest. Much of our final work is weather dependent, but we will be able to give a definitive date around five days ahead of opening.”
Registration for tolling is now open at http://www.merseygateway.co.uk/tolls