Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside


By Mersey Maritime


It’s the Friday before another bank holiday and we’d like to see you off on your long weekend with a quick round up of news in and around the Liverpool City Region’s maritime and related sectors.

Our city region is buzzing with good news connected to the opening later this year of Peel’s Liverpool2 container terminal – new shipping routes, new infrastructure to support business growth at the port and the wider hinterland, growth in the number of cruise vessels visiting the city, innovatively designed new tonnage, even. For our part, the Mersey Maritime team has begun hosting industry-focused events in our new home at the Maritime Knowledge Hub, designed to become a centre of excellence for innovation, education and skills, innovation and R&D, all of which are vital for building business confidence, growth and success. If you’d like to come and see what it’s all about, keep your eyes on our website, follow us on Twitter, get involved and be part of the story.

Lastly, thanks to our key stakeholders who were able to join us in London earlier this week to listen to our ‘journey report’ to UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP, on the Maritime Knowledge Hub and a new study that underpins its development. In advance of publication of the report next month, we were able to share headline data on the impact of the marine and maritime sector to the Liverpool City Region economy and the forecast growth. Further details on publication of the report will be announced shortly to coincide with the International Festival for Business 2016 (more of which below). In the meantime, sit back, take a break for five minutes and read on….


CMA CGM has increased the capacity on its West Coast feeder service via Liverpool from 900 TEU to 2200 TEU. M.V. Nicolas Delmas began calling at the port in April as part of a service that also calls at Antwerp, Greenock, Belfast, Dublin and Le Havre. Patrick Walters, Group Commercial Director at Peel Ports, said: “This is yet another encouraging step as we build up to the opening of Liverpool2 in the summer. The message about the cost, congestion and carbon emission benefits to cargo owners of shipping via Liverpool is really taking hold and the lines are responding to the market opportunity.”
Rob Waterman, CEO of CMA CGM UK, said: “This increase is a response to clear demand from our customers and we see the potential for significant growth via Liverpool. This additional capacity, along with our fast transit times and frequent sailing schedules, will help them get their goods closer to market more efficiently.”
It is the latest in a series of positive developments for the Port of Liverpool operators Peel Ports with several other major lines announcing new or expanded services in 2016.
The company’s new Liverpool2 container terminal is to have a phased opening, becoming fully operational this autumn.

Merseyside based Flynn Refrigeration is targeting the Mediterranean cruise and leisure marine market through a strategic partnership with Cypriot firm, UMAR Shipping Services, enabling the firm to strengthen its offering and build on strong existing ties with ship owners and ship managers in south east Europe. Mr Flynn said: “Our export growth is underpinned by a growing network of international agents. These partnerships instil trust in existing customers and open the door to many new opportunities.” He added: “This partnership [..]will enable us to ramp up activity in the cruise and leisure marine sector specifically, and build on our existing relationships in the southern Mediterranean.” Flynn has driven turnover by 30pc in the last 12 months, with overseas sales now accounting for nearly two thirds of the company’s total sales.

Today is the last day to send in applications for this year’s Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport’s North West awards and we’d like to encourage businesses that applied in the Freight & Logistics category in our very own MMIAs earlier this year, to consider submitting an entry for these.
The awards dinner itself will be held on 24 June at the Titanic Hotel Liverpool, with host Dave Guest of BBC NW Tonight, and speakers including Alex Hynes, MD of Northern Rail. All entries will automatically be entered for the CILT National Awards later this year. Click here for details/entry categories.

Port Academy Liverpool (PAL) has launched an appeal for donations to its archive of Bootle-related maritime memorabilia, especially anything connected with the Battle of the Atlantic and two of its great heroes, Capt Johnnie Walker and Admiral Sir Peter Gretton. The new academy, which is part of North Liverpool’s Hugh Baird College, will open on 23 June 2016, offering students aged 14+ a full range of ‘on-shore, offshore and on-board’ courses. The venture is backed by Liverpool City Region LEP, with support from the Royal Navy, Peel and Cammell Laird. PAL Project Director Shulah Jones said: “The maritime sector is part of the DNA of Bootle and the Liverpool City Region. We want to ignite a passion for careers in maritime by recognising and retelling the extraordinary stories of our own community.” Anyone with memorabilia to donate should contact Shulah Jones on: 0151 353 4444 / /

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), one of Mersey Maritime’s newer Executive Club members, has announced another new charter flight operator, Balkan Holidays, which will offer weekly flights from LJLA next summer to the Black Sea resort of Bourgas, the second largest city on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Flights are already on sale with details here.


In the past two weeks, we’ve increased our membership by upgrading global engineering, design and project management consultancy, Royal HaskoningDHV, to our Executive Club, and welcome new member Bibby Financial Services as a standard level member. They join new members in the first half of this month,
Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd, one of the UK’s leading port and marine service providers, and PJ Environmental, a specialist supplier of bespoke environmental and waste management services. 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.


It’s only a couple of weeks now until Liverpool’s second International Festival for Business, IFB2016, begins and, within the wider three-week programme, we’d like to draw your attention to the following events with a maritime/ logistics/innovation slant:

Invest in Blue 15 – 16 June
A unique two-day event promoting UK maritime infrastructure development, high technology projects, products, systems and services to the world. More details here.

International Waterfront Forum 16 – 17 June
An event at which around 500 international delegates will come together to discuss ‘Waterfront Cities as Economic Drivers of National Economies’ via a series of presentations, workshops and open discussions, focusing on major investment, business opportunities and trade opportunities in a number of global waterfront cites. More details here.

Sensor City Event 20 June
Sensor City Liverpool is a company formed by University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University to manage and operate a sensor-related business accelerator and incubator, with the objective to drive economic growth through open innovation and knowledge transfer. The event aims to demonstrate the potential global impact that sensors will have on sectors, showcasing cutting-edge developments in sensor technologies and their applications in a diverse range of fields. More details here.

International Maritime Trade and Infrastructure Summit 24 June
Coinciding with factors including the 2016 opening of Liverpool2 and the widening of the Panama Canal, this summit could not be more timely in bringing together relevant parties to discuss facilitating trade through Motorways of the Sea (an EU investment fund). Topics will include the ATLANTIS Motorways of the Sea project, future freight network development, the impact of the widening of the Panama Canal on shipping line strategies and highlights of the £1bn investment in Superport Liverpool. More details here.

Funding Business at every Stage – Launching the £50M Enterprise Scheme
Date: 24 June 2016, 10am – 12pm
Organiser: The Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development
A lively panel event featuring representatives from HSBC, SPARK Impact, Syndicate Room and Angel Investors, that will explore the challenges for businesses at different stages of securing funding in order to grow. The event is also an opportunity to learn more about the Isle of Man’s ground-breaking Enterprise Development Scheme (EDS) that will offer tailored funding options to micro and small businesses investing on the Isle of Man. To register for this free-of-charge event, click here.

No, not the lead guitarist from U2, but a special fringe programme that will run alongside this year’s IFB business events, brought to you by Invest Liverpool in partnership with Liverpool’s Digital and Creative network Kin™. As part of the programme, you are invited to attend a series of un-plugged musical performances by well-known artists on 14th, 21st and 28th June, that are free of charge to businesses looking to network and build contacts in and around the IFB. More details and registration here.


Today, 27 May, sees the very first visit to Liverpool by Disney Magic, on a quick in/out call to the city’s Pierhead cruise terminal. But…watch out for some real magic in a couple of weeks on Sunday 12 June when the liner returns. A FREE family event from 12-noon to 6:00pm will have music, movies and magical moments to surprise and delight, with a special firework finale before Disney Magic departs that evening at 10pm. The full event programme will be revealed at the end of May….so in true Disney style, stay tuned, folks!

Liverpool law firm Hill Dickinson and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic have announced a three-year extension to their long-standing sponsorship deal, which recognises the firm as the organisation’s first Premier Sponsor. Michael Eakin, CEO of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, said: “We are delighted to be extending our partnership with Hill Dickinson, a firm which is inextricably linked to both the heritage and the continuing success of Liverpool.” Click here to read the story in full.


Date: 14 June 2016, 6.30pm
Venue: Weightmans LLP, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool
Organiser: CILT NW in conjunction with Weightmans LLP
Law firm Weightmans will host an event in conjunction with the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport to advise on the imminent changes to regulations with regard to the weighing of containers for loading onto ships. The presentation will cover the legislation, enforcement and penalties, and any Government advice, plus an explanation of VGM. Please book direct with CILT using the link (if you are a registered member with login code) or by emailing quoting event code: MWG0346.


We’re delighted that Mersey Maritime sponsor Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR), has extended its special recruitment rate for fellow members for a further 12 months. Until April 2017, members of Mersey Maritime will be able to access Liverpool and Singapore based MNR’s services for all their marine and shore based recruitment needs at a significantly reduced fee of only 10%. Call David Corlett or Greg Hughes on tel 0151 236 6200. MNR has particular expertise in Seagoing, Offshore, Drilling and Shore Based Recruitment into positions requiring a marine or related background.
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