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By Mersey Maritime

To finish off the week, here’s a quick round up of news so far this month in and around our region’s maritime sector.


As building work progresses on Mersey Maritime’s new home at the Maritime Knowledge Hub we are finding that our main phone line 0151 647 4747 is suffering intermittent disruption. We would therefore suggest that our members and partners continue to contact the office using the team’s work mobiles for the next couple of months until we complete our move to the ground floor premises:

Chris: 07912 668 649
Suzanne: 07703 386 601
Cathy: 07703 386 725
Annette: 07919 558 397

Please do not use the above numbers for unsolicited or general sales calls


Stena Line, one of Europe’s leading ferry companies, has signed a contract with AVIC Shipyard in China for four new RoPax ferries, with an option for another four vessels thereafter. The deal is set to go ahead subject to board approval by the end of April. The intention is to use the first four vessels – due for delivery in 2019 and 2020 – within Stena Line’s Northern Europe network. Carl-Johan Hagman, Managing Director of Stena Line has said the vessels will be “the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness.” The main engines will be “gas ready”, prepared to be fuelled by either methanol or LNG.

Atlantic Sail, the second of five new G4 vessels being built in China for Atlantic Container Line, has sailed from China this week and will take its place in the shipping line’s transatlantic schedule – which includes calling into Liverpool – in early May. In common with its sister ship, the Atlantic Star, the new ship will be UK flagged. ACL’s new generation of ConRo vessels will be bigger, greener and more efficient than their predecessors, with double the container carrying capacity (3,800 units) of the current G3 fleet and space for over 1300 vehicles. The ACL G4 vessels are the first of their kind and the largest multipurpose roro/containerships built, incorporating an innovative mid-ship bridge design that increases capacity without significantly changing the dimensions of the vessel. The remaining three G4 vessels will all be delivered during the remainder of 2016.

An international consultancy team has been appointed by Liverpool city council to produce a concept design for the proposed new cruise liner passenger handling facility in Liverpool. The team is being led by Arup and includes KKA Architects, Royal HaskoningDHV Engineering and cost consultants Turner and Townsend. They are charged with producing a fully costed plan for a terminal capable of handling 3,600 passengers – three times the number that the existing facility can accommodate. The plan will be centred on the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade. Vessel numbers visiting Liverpool have doubled in the time since the city became a turnaround facility in 2012 – up from 31 to 61, with Liverpool named as the UK’s best port of call for two years running in 2013 and 2014. The city was also named as Destination of the Year by Seatrade Global in September 2015. Work will be completed on the study by the end of June and a final decision taken over the project later in the year.

Mersey Ferries will recommence its Manchester Ship Canal Cruise Spring Sailings this Saturday, 9th April, with cruises departing either side of the Mersey for the six-hour, 35-mile cruise along one of Britain’s most historic and grand waterways. The excursion takes in some of the North West’s most stunning scenery and dramatic architecture including the sharp, contemporary MediaCityUK, home of BBC North, the Grade 1 listed Liver Building and much more. All cruises are one way, with coach transfers provided for the return journey (included in £39 price). See or call 0151 330 1444.


Mersey Maritime represents the interests of the maritime and related sectors on Merseyside and is widely regarded as a best practice organisation in ‘clustering’. We work on behalf of over 1700 businesses on Merseyside, both individually and collectively, helping strengthen supply chains, create opportunities for increased trade and promote the excellence that exists across the sector in this region. 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.

As our membership continues to grow, we are delighted this month to welcome three more businesses to our Executive Club. Joining us since March are Liverpool John Lennon Airport; Diesel and gas engine and generator specialists James Troop & Company; and specialist environmental, health and safety consultancy RSK Environment. 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.


Date: 22 April 2016
Time: 12.30-5.00pm
The Liverpool Chapter of the Propeller Club will celebrate its first anniversary with a lunch at the Racquet Club, with maritime lawyer Stephen Askins speaking on the subject of Seafarer Criminalisation. Tickets: Members £38/Non-Members £45. Full details here.


Jane Smallman has been appointed as 114th President of IMarEST, the Institute for Marine Engineering Science and Technology, the first female to hold the post in the Institute’s 127-year history.

We’re always very impressed at how many of our members take part in sometimes-quite-gruelling sporty stuff in their free time to raise money for good causes. Today we’re giving a mention to Charles Gray, MD of Armitt Group, Chris Wainwright, MD of Beech Group and Rob McKay, MD of Sherrington Associates, who – inspired by triathlon competitor Louise Minchin’s speech at our Industry Awards last month – have formed a team to compete in the Liverpool Sprint Triathlon later this year, raising funds for the RNLI. Charles will be on the bike, Chris will complete the swimming challenge and Rob will be helping the team sprint to victory. Their Just Giving page has been set up today, so to get in early and support the guys in their endeavour, please click on the link:

It would be remiss of us to not also mention Ian Jones, managing director of Warrant Group (winners of the Freight & Logistics award in this year’s MMIAs), who’ll be running in this month’s London Marathon on 24 April to raise funds for Children with Cancer UK. With considerably less lead time to go, you can help Ian reach his £2500 fundraising target by donating here and watch out for him on TV wearing race number 36007.

That’s all for this week – short and sweet – but please keep sending your news for inclusion in the next issue. Enjoy the weekend.



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