25 FEBRUARY 2016
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
PHASE ONE OF MARITIME KNOWLEDGE HUB TO OPEN IN BIRKENHEAD IN WEEKS
Mersey Maritime is back in the spotlight this week with news of the imminent opening of Phase One of the Maritime Knowledge Hub, a project to create a world class knowledge hub for the Liverpool City Region’s maritime and energy sector. Full article from Monday’s Liverpool Echo can be seen here, with a short video outlining the vision for the Maritime Knowledge Hub available to view here.
COMPLETE SITE SAFETY TRIPLES TURNOVER AFTER SECURING BUSINESS WITH DONG ENERGY
Liverpool offshore safety training specialist Complete Site Safety has tripled its turnover in a year after securing a major new client. The firm, which was established in October 2013 and is a finalist for SME of the Year in the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, secured contracts with DONG Energy, the world leader in offshore wind power, after meeting company representatives during IFB 2014. The new contract helped CSS grow turnover from £230,000 in 2014 to £680,000 last year. CSS director Tom Powell said: “Securing DONG Energy as a client was important not just because of the revenue that deal delivered but also because of the credibility DONG Energy’s name lent to our new business. “It’s no exaggeration to say that IFB2014 helped to turbo-charge our business growth and was a key factor in our success.” www.completesitesafety.co.uk
LIVERPOOL EYES PERMANENT CRUISE LINER BUILDING
Liverpool City Council has announced plans to build a permanent cruise liner building in Liverpool. The news follows a doubling in the number of vessels visiting Liverpool since it became a turnaround facility, up from 31 in 2012 to an expected 61 in 2016. The council will commission a detailed study into the construction of a permanent passenger handling facility at the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade, which is close to the landing stage. Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “The temporary cruise liner building has been a tremendous success and served us well, but a city of Liverpool’s standing and ambition needs a permanent building if we are to continue the growth we’ve seen in recent years.”
The cruise liner terminal is estimated to have generated £7m for the city’s visitor economy last year, up from £1.3m when it was a port-of-call destination. Cruise operator Cunard has also welcomed the news, which could eventually lead to the reintroduction of the liner’s transatlantic crossings from the city. www.cruise-liverpool.com
NATIONAL MARINE SAFETY BOATS RACE TO THE RESCUE
A sailor was rescued from the Mersey on 7 February after his yacht lost power due to engine problems and he became seriously ill with seasickness exacerbated by diabetes. First on the scene was safety boat Deependant, operated by Wirral based National Marine Safety Boats, whose crew were alerted by radio. The safety boat was already in the area, providing cover for the Liverpool2 development, and provided assistance until an RNLI lifeboat arrived to convey the casualty back to dry land. The yacht was recovered by Merseyside Fire Brigade’s Marine Fire One rescue RIB.
Elsewhere, National Marine has also been involved as a sub-contractor in work to rebuild the 300-year old Pooley Bridge in the Lake District following its collapse in the December floods. Jon Henshaw, MD of National Safety Boats said: “It’s hard to believe that just a couple of months ago Storm Desmond destroyed the 300-year-old bridge. National Marine Safety Boats is very proud to be part of the team helping to rebuild it.” Pictures of both events are at: https://www.facebook.com/SAFETYBOATS/
BEECH GROUP ASBESTOS DIVISION AWARDED THREE YEAR LICENCE
Following audit from the Health & Safety Executive, demolition and remediation firm Beech Group has been awarded a coveted three year HSE licence to remove asbestos. This ties in with rapid growth of the company’s asbestos division, which in the last month has recruited a new manager and three new operatives, ordered new equipment and won three contracts with new client Jaguar Landrover. See www.beech-group.co.uk
ANFIELD’S MAIN STAND EXPANSION REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE
A “Topping Out” ceremony has been held at Anfield to mark the first significant milestone in LFC’s expansion of its iconic stadium. The project will see the Main Stand transformed into one of the largest all-seater single stands in European football, taking capacity up to 20,00 seats and overall capacity at the ground to around 54,000. LFC CEO Ian Ayre joined First Team Manager Jürgen Klopp, Non-Executive Director, Kenny Dalglish and a host of Liverpool Legends to mark the occasion with construction workers on site. The Main Stand expansion project is on target for completion later this year. Improved hospitality facilities include The Dug Out, the latest level of hospitality to go on general sale, with a sports bar style offer featuring street food stalls, live cooking stations and flavours from around the world. For more information on hospitality in Anfield’s Main Stand contact 0151 264 2222. www.liverpoolfc.com
BIBBY MARITIME CALLS FOR SUPPORT TO BECOME THE NATIONAL PUBLIC CHAMPION
Last call to cast your vote for Bibby Maritime, part of the Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group, which is competing for the title of ‘National Public Champion’ in this year’s European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM. A video, available to view here, gives a powerful insight into the story of the company and its success. The first phase of the online voting closes on 26 Feb 2016 and the company with the most votes will be named ‘National Public Champion’ for the UK on 7 March.
BIBBY URGES CUSTOMERS TO VISIT COSTCUTTER WALLASEY
Meanwhile, Bibby Line Group’s distribution division is urging the local community to take a fresh look at its Costcutter supermarket in Wallasey, Wirral, which has been fully refitted. The refit is part of a trial to change the focus from forecourt fuel to the instore fresh food and Food-to-Go offer, which, if successful, could eventually be rolled out to other sites. The Costcutter Supermarkets Group was acquired by Bibby Line Group in 2011. If you’re passing that way (15-35 Leasowe Road, CH44 2BY) please call in. The store now also offers Costa coffee and has an off-licence section.
And finally under Members’ News a hat-trick of legal news:
LIVERPOOL LAW FIRM BRABNERS DRIVES PROFITS FOR 2015
Commercial law firm Brabners has improved its annual profits despite a highly competitive market, achieving stable turnover of £30.1m for the year ending April 2015, compared with £30.2m the previous year and a profit after members’ remuneration and profit share of £3.6m, up from £2.9m. The firm, which has offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, said this “solid performance” and underlying financial strength had allowed it to invest in the appointment of seven new partners since the start of the new financial year. Mark Brandwood, managing partner, said: “As the North West legal market becomes ever more competitive, we are continuing to apply a greater focus on hiring the best talent and delivering a consistently outstanding service for our client base of ambitious businesses and public sector organisations.” www.brabners.com
HILL DICKINSON FEATURED IN UK’S TOP 100 COMPANIES FOR APPRENTICESHIPS
Liverpool law firm Hill Dickinson, which recruits 10-12 legal apprentices annually across its Liverpool and Manchester offices, has been recognised as one of the UK’s 100 most popular employers for school leavers, as voted for by 9,000 school pupils in years 10-13. The top 100 list is compiled by graduate recruitment specialist GTI Media. Apprentices are enrolled on a two-year programme as trainee paralegals, combining on-the-job training with study towards the nationally recognised CILex Level 3 in Legal Services Diploma. The firm is currently accepting applications for its next intake of legal apprentices, with applications closing on 30 June.
WEIGHTMANS SEE PROFITS PASS £25M
Profits at Liverpool-headquartered law firm Weightmans are up by 3 per cent, having risen past £25m for the year ending 30 April 2015, according to newly filed accounts, which also show an increased turnover, at approximately £88.7m. Weightmans managing partner John Schorah said: “It was a year of positive growth and development for the firm. Since the start of the new financial year we have also strengthened our position as a top 45 national law firm, completing our merger with Ford & Warren and further building the firm’s national presence.”
Weightmans also has offices in Manchester, London, Birmingham, Dartford, Glasgow, Knutsford, Leeds and Leicester. www.weightmans.com
Mersey Maritime represents the interests of the maritime and related sectors on Merseyside and is widely regarded as a best practice organisation in ‘clustering’. Your support through membership helps us to do the work we do and, as a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest all income raised back into the sector.
This month we’re delighted to add two new members to our Executive Club, the first of which, MacGregor UK, the marine and offshore engineering services arm of Cargotec, has re-joined following a restructuring of the Group; and offshore recruitment specialist Fort Recruitment, which has upgraded its membership from the standard package in recognition of the additional benefits this can bring. We also welcome new member Harvey Nash, which specialises in global executive search. If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, click here for details or call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
IN OTHER NEWS…..
JAMES TROOP SUPPLIES ENGINES FOR MST’s NEW NAVAL VESSELS
Runcorn based ships’ engine specialist James Troop & Co is to supply Volvo Penta diesel engines for three European naval vessels being built by MST (Marine Specialised Technology Ltd), of Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool. MST is the global leader for building Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and High Speed Workboats for the military and commercial markets. The three MST 800 SEABOAT™ military workboats will be delivered this spring and will enter service in summer. The trio follow a previous order for six identical Volvo Penta-propelled craft which began service in 2013. The MST 800 SEABOAT is one of many production military craft that MST has developed for the next generation of multi-role OPVs entering service with global maritime forces. www.mstltd.com / www.jamestroop.co.uk
IMarEST LAUNCH ON-DEMAND VIDEO PLATFORM
The Institute of Marine Engineering Science & Technology (IMarEST) has announced a new benefit for its members in the form of IMarEST TV, an on-demand video platform. Members can access and watch content including lectures, conferences, meetings and tutorials that have been uploaded by the Institute and its branches, meaning that members can now live-stream or watch recordings of events going on all over the world, not just at their local Branch. IMarEST CEO David Loosley said: “In a digitally linked world, IMarEST TV is a vital tool for bringing together an expansive membership spanning 128 countries. I hope that this new accessibility and interconnectedness will lead to more debate, more ideas and faster progress for the marine and maritime industry as a whole.”
SHIPPING LINES OFFER TO PUBLISH MORE DETAIL ON CONTAINER RATES
Shipping lines have this month offered to improve the transparency of freight prices in response to concerns raised by the European Commission. Under a scheme proposed by 15 of the world’s major container shipping lines, future price announcements would include five main elements of the total price: base rate, bunker charges, security charges, terminal handling charges and peak season charges. The commission disapproves of the current system, known as General Rate Increases (GRI), which it argues breaches EU competition law. It is now seeking feedback on the commitments offered by the shipping lines. Interested parties have one month to comment on the proposals. Click here for the full story.
EVENTS & TRAINING
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING
The following courses in Liverpool are now available for booking:
• ISPS/ISM Internal Auditor: 1-3 March: £1,105+VAT
• Tanker Vetting and Inspection: 5-6 April: £885+VAT
• Risk Management & Incident Investigation: 28-29 June: £885+VAT
Further details from: Ukmarinetraining.firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling: 0151 552 5214, quoting ref MTS/01-16-03.
BREAKFAST SEMINAR: NON-EXEC DIRECTOR CAREERS IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY
Venue: UK Chamber of Shipping, 30 Park Street
Date: 10 March 2016
Organiser: Harvey Nash
This free-to-attend seminar, run by global executive search firm Harvey Nash, will explain the different techniques needed in applying and interviewing for non-executive roles compared to senior executive positions. During this presentation Richard Simmonds and Nigel Parslow of Harvey Nash will examine how senior professionals can ensure that they are properly prepared for this career step in terms of positioning their CV and honing interview technique. Advance registration required be emailing Jenny Atkinson at: email@example.com.
ONE DAY NEC 3 SEMINAR: SUCCESSFULLY ADMINISTERING AN NEC 3 CONTRACT
Date: 15 March 2016
Venue: North Lakes Hotel & Spa, Penrith
Cost: £300 per delegate inc. VAT
Organiser: Knowles in conjunction with The National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN)
A one-day course suitable for anyone involved in the administration of an NEC 3 contract. Members of NSAN may be able to access up to 50% match funding through the Nuclear Industrial Partnership.
PRESENTATION: ‘DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – A CULTURE SHIFT WITH TANGIBLE BENEFITS IN THE WORKPLACE’
Date: 11 May 2016
Time: 10.30am -12.30pm
Organiser: DGB Solicitors
Venue/Host: MSB Solicitors, 13th Floor, Silkhouse Court, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2LZ
Personal injury claims solicitors DGB Solicitors is offering access to a free-to-attend presentation to demonstrate, through drama, the perception of what diversity and difference means in the workplace. Working in partnership with AFTA Thought Training Consultants, the Wirral based law firm’s innovative training programme challenges participants to think differently about the workplace, with the training researched, informed by and with a particular relevance to the legal sector. There will no role-play interaction with attendees, just an opportunity to consider case studies based on real-life scenarios that have been experienced in the legal profession, with Q&A session and discussion after. Full details here. To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 May.
Date: 15-16 June 2016.
Venue: ACC, Liverpool
Organiser: National Maritime
National Maritime (NMDG) has announced the speaker line up for its Investinblue conference this summer as part of IFB2016. Speakers including Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping; Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group; and Martin Murphy, MD of Tidal Energy Group, will demonstrate why maritime infrastructure projects are essential to maintaining and instigating growth in the national economy, and will also showcase the sector’s vibrant and growing world-class capabilities. Further info/booking at:
We announced the retirement in September 2015 of Jim Teasdale as chief executive of Mersey Maritime but can advise that Jim has since taken on a consultancy role working one day a week for Maritime and Engineering College North West. He can be contacted there by email at email@example.com
A quick mention, too, for Nadia Mahmoud of independent insurance broker Griffiths & Armour, who will be fund-raising for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Liverpool by participating in the 11-day Bike Costa Rica Cycle Challenge this coming November. For those who would like to support Nadia in this personal challenge visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Nadia-Mahmoud
Finally, a focus this month on upcoming offers from Mersey Maritime hotel member Liverpool Malmaison. Details of two Mothering Sunday offers (6 March) include a ‘Sunday Brunch’ and a ‘Sunday Swing’ package.
Another package in celebration of The Crabbies Grand National 2016 (8-9 April) includes a champagne breakfast, executive coach travel to and from the Aintree Racecourse and dinner. This offer and others can be seen here: https://www.malmaison.com/locations/liverpool/offers/
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