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By Mersey Maritime



Peel Ports has formally opened the UK’s first fully-automated steel terminal at Canada Dock in the Port of Liverpool, following a £9m upgrade. The investment will provide increased capacity and improved handling facilities at the existing terminal, which also features a fully automated warehouse and interactive customer web portal.

David Huck, Port Director of Peel Ports said: “This is very exciting and significant milestone for Peel Ports because it puts us at the leading edge of steel storage and distribution. The facility will revolutionise the efficiency of the UK steel supply chain as no other port in the UK is currently able to offer a comparable service. Along with our close location to UK manufacturing bases we believe this investment will provide significant cost and other supply chain benefits to our customers.”

Supporting the investment is a new partnership with major logistics company Denholm Handling, whose Commercial Director, Kieran Hall, said: “We’re delighted to be joining forces with Peel Ports, bringing our warehousing, distribution and handling expertise at the Port of Liverpool under a shared and integrated customer service platform. The inevitable rise in steel imports means there will be increased demand for both space and efficiency which this new terminal will offer.”
Liverpool is the closest deep sea port to the West Midlands, where approximately half of the UK’s steel is consumed. To see a short video of the new facility, click here.

French owned shipping line CMA CGM is leading the way as a pioneer in the container sector with the introduction of its new ‘aquaviva conteneur’, a revolutionary mode of containerised transport for live lobsters. Aquaviva is a means of transporting live aquatic animals by sea, a device developed by CMA in partnership with a company that specialises in developing water filtration systems for the shellfish farming sector. The introduction of this new technology means that lobsters, which have previously had to be transported frozen or live by air on a block of ice, can now be transported by sea in optimal conditions – with each crustacean occupying its own individual space as it does when lying low under a rock on the seabed – with no break from their natural habitat. Fascinating stuff. You can read the full article here.

Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has secured four new maritime sector deals, including the firm’s first maritime clients on the UK’s East and South Coasts. Hull winch manufacturer Romica and Kent ship engine starter maker Kineteco have both signed for UK and overseas awareness raising campaigns. Polaris has also picked up orders from Oman Shipping Company to promote a new feeder service between the Omani ports of Salalah, Duqm and Sohar to Jebel Ali in the UAE and will be working with Mumbai based ship management company MMSI to promote its supply of seafarers to the international tanker market. Polaris director Ben Pinnington said the company’s track record in maritime built over years of working on Merseyside is helping it grow outside the region: “We identified a gap in the market for a maritime specialist PR firm and have worked hard over the last five years to promote our service locally, nationally and internationally,” he said. “It is great to see this paying off with winning work outside the region and the UK.” Polaris’ clients include Cammell Laird, Roxtec, the Maritime Foundation, Mitchell Charlesworth and James Troop & Co.

Mersey Maritime award-winner Warrant Group launched a free Export Guide this week as part of its involvement in this year’s International Festival for Business (IFB 2016) in time for the International Festival for Business 2016. The guide, which is packed with useful information about what it takes to trade overseas, has been produced to support companies new to exporting or looking to grow their export strategy and is available for download from Warrant Group’s website by clicking here.

Wirral firm V&A Hydraulics is relaunching its product supply and bespoke assemblies division in a drive to increase overseas sales from 10% to 50% of its global trade. The family firm, set up by Vic Seddon and Alison Carmichael in 2002, is one of the UK’s leading hydraulics businesses with more than 30 years’ experience in delivering solutions for the maritime, subsea, manufacturing and engineering, papermill, aerospace, automotive sectors. Company MD Vic Seddon says he believes few competitors can match the knowledge and expertise within the firm’s product supply division which delivers a complete range of hydraulic fittings, tubings, clippings, flexible hoses as well as component valves, motors and pumps, saying: “V&A is among the most skilled and knowledgeable hydraulics companies in Britain and we are keen to use this core strength to drive our newly launched product supply division. We have a team of 12 engineers who all have more than 25 years’ experience in the trade.”
Although around 80 per cent of V&A’s work is in the maritime sector, the firm is also diversifying by targeting other sectors, including industrial, manufacturing and engineering, papermills, aerospace and automotive.


Liverpool is awash with interesting and exciting events this month – almost too many to mention – as week 2 of IFB2016 kicks off on Monday. Events in which Mersey Maritime is directly involved have been sent to you separately over the past few days and are listed in the Events Section of our website, which we would urge you to check regularly. A couple of other events we are pleased to highlight on behalf of one of our sponsors, Grant Thornton, in association with the IFB’s fringe programme, The Edge are:

PANEL DISCUSSION: “The Internet of Things: The challenges and opportunities for businesses and individuals”
Date: 21 June 2016
Time: 6:00 – 9:00pm
The Internet of Things has rapidly become one of the most familiar (and most hyped) expressions across business and technology, whilst ‘smart’ has become a commonly used terminology for latest gadgets and products that supposedly make life easier. This panel discussion will examine what is it that the business community and individual consumers are actually dealing with and its impact on business and individual consumers. Further details here. To reserve your place call or email / (0)161 953 6410.

SME WORKSHOP: From SME to MSB – Exploring the Barriers to Growth
This interactive workshop will explore the barriers SMEs face with their growth ambitions to become a MSB (medium sized business). The workshop will focus on the barriers companies face as they scale up to achieve their potential to become a MSB.. Mike Delf, who heads up the North West Business Services Group at Grant Thornton, and has extensive experience in working with companies which are under the audit threshold with their statutory and non-statutory requirements, will lead this engaging and informative session, including table discussions and exercises that will enable you
to work on and reflect on the best possible outcomes for your business. More details here. To reserve your place email


Risk Management & Incident Investigation: June 28-29: £885+VAT

ISM Code and the Lead Auditor: September 13-16: £1,295+VAT

Classification & Statutory Surveys: October 4-6: £1,175+VAT

Ship New Construction: October 11-13: £1,175+VAT

Tanker Vetting & Inspection: October 18-19: £940+VAT

ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO): November 1-4: £1,295+VAT

ISM/ISPS Internal Auditor: November 22-24: £1,175+VAT

For more info contact or call 0151 552 5214, quoting ref MTS/01-16-10 when booking.


If you haven’t explored the Mersey Maritime website recently you may be unaware that we have a section where members can advertise their vacancies. It’s currently tucked away in the About Us section and there are a couple of positions being recruited for now:

Shipping Agent / Dry Cargo Chartering Broker: ARMITT GROUP
Details here.

Lead Officer – Freight & Logistics: MERSEYTRAVEL
An exciting opportunity to work on the development and implementation of a freight and logistics policy and strategy for the Liverpool City Region. Working with public and private sector stakeholders to support the delivery of solutions and build on the existing set of assets and infrastructure in the City Region. Details here.


If you occasionally dip into local station Bay TV, you may know a couple of retired mariners who’d be interested in getting involved in Old Salts, a six-part series featuring retired seafarers talking about their lives at sea. The programme will feature a mix of interviews, archive footage and personal mementoes. Please email Chris Kerr for further details and password access to the promotional trailer.

A second new programme due to start filming in the summer for Bay TV s City on a River – a monthly show in which former river pilot Stuart Wood – known to many of us as Operations Director at the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society – will tell the stories of what’s going on around the river and the port. Sponsorship opportunities for both programmes are available, we’re told, at a “surprisingly modest cost.” Further details from Chris Kerr at Bay TV, as above.

And that’s it for today. Enjoy your weekend, take advantage of the many opportunities available to businesses during the last two weeks of IFB 2016 and please keep sending us your news.

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