MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
It’s not often that we publish the e-zine on a Monday but the news keeps rolling in and it’s our job to get it out to you. And, whilst we’re most definitely in the middle of holiday season now, do please keep an eye out for details of upcoming autumn events at the Maritime Knowledge Hub and remember that you can also see and register for upcoming events on this website. We’re on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter too, helping spread the word and raise the profile of our members, so please Like us, Connect to us, Follow us and make sure you hear the latest news as it happens.
100 CARGO OWNERS SIGN UP FOR PEEL PORTS CAMPAIGN TO CUT HAULAGE MILES
Peel Ports has reached the halfway mark in its Cargo200 campaign, with 100 advocates now signed up to the port operator’s initiative, launched in 2015, to cut 200 million road and rail freight miles by 2020. Among the latest names to provide their support are leading TV and internet retailer QVC, The Real Good Food Company and Ultimate Products, which sources and distributes branded consumer goods from 27 countries to more than 450 high-street retailers in the UK. It is now urging other cargo owners in the North West to add their weight to a campaign that encourages importers and exporters to ship through Liverpool and help create a sustainable shift in the UK logistics sector.
You can read the full press release here.
MAERSK SUBSIDIARY SEAGO LINE INTRODUCES NEW VESSEL TO LIVERPOOL SERVICE
Seago Line, a subsidiary of the Maersk Group, has introduced a new vessel, The Independent Accord, to its feeder service calling at Liverpool. The service between Algeciras-Liverpool-Dublin offers a six-day transit time, with vessels arriving and departing Liverpool on Wednesdays. The 1,579 TEU Independent Accord replaces the 1,100 TEU Antwerp, which has operated the route since April. The return to Liverpool in April was the first time that the Maersk Group Company had used the port for UK cargoes in over 10 years and is its first ever direct connection to the Irish capital. Patrick Walters, Commercial Director at Peel Ports, said: “We were very pleased that Seago Line and Maersk returned to Liverpool, signalling their confidence in the port, especially in the run up to the opening of Liverpool2. We’re even more delighted that this has proven to be a solid business move so quickly after the service started. It is another sign that industry-leading carriers are increasingly convinced of the arguments around the benefits of shipping closer to market via the North West.”
The Liverpool2 terminal began handling its first containers earlier this month, with Phase 1 expected to become fully operational from the autumn. www.liverpool2.com
BIBBY HYDROMAP EQUIPS MV PROTEUS WITH MULTIBEAM ECHO SOUNDER
Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap is to install a multibeam echo sounder on its coastal survey vessel Proteus as part of a systems upgrade programme. The highly portable full rate dual head RESON T20-P is designed for smaller vessels and features a range of features suited to shallow water data acquisition. Principal Surveyor Tom Davenport said: “Installing the FRDH T20-P system on an inshore vessel will increase productivity and deliver reduced operational times, especially in the challenging shallow water sites we often face.”
The MV Proteus can work up to 60 miles from a safe haven under MCA Category 2 and has a maximum speed of 24 knots, while the vessel’s shallow draft of just 1.0m making it ideal for inshore operations. www.bibbyhydromap.com
COMPLETE SITE SAFETY BECOMES COMPLETE TRAINING SOLUTIONS
Complete Site Safety, a leading training provider for the Renewable Energy, Construction and Rope Access industries has undergone a name change and will now trade as Complete Training Solutions. The change reflects the evolution of the Liverpool based company from delivering just health and safety courses to becoming the go-to supplier of a much wider programme of essential training for a growing number of major onshore and offshore clients. The company now counts Dong Energy, Vestas, Van Oord and Balfour Beatty among it custmer base, as well as supporting a vast network of SME businesses operating across multiple sectors. CTS has also most recently created and delivered highly specialised training on the wind turbine components at the Cammell Laird ship yard which are due to be installed as part of DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension. www.completetrainingsolutions.co.uk
DONG’S BURBO BANK EXTENSION REACHES MAJOR MILESTONE
Speaking of DONG Energy, a major milestone was reached last week in the Danish Energy giant’s Burbo Bank Extension project, with the announcement (25 July) that installation of all 32 foundations is now complete. The foundation work was completed by contractor Van Oord’. When the project is completed next year, Burbo Bank Extension will be the first large-scale wind farm to deploy the new MHI Vestas 8.0 MW turbine and will be able to meet the annual electricity needs of more than 230,000 UK homes. www.dongenergy.co.uk
HYDRAULICS SPECIALIST V&A COMPLETES FORD MOTORS PIPEWORK PROJECT
Birkenhead based V&A Hydraulics has completed a highly prestigious contract to service 200m of hydraulic pipework at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre in Essex, one of the UK’s largest automotive R&D centres. V&A Hydraulics was set up in Birkenhead in 2002 by Vic Seddon and Alison Carmichael as a specialist in hydraulics installation, service and repair. Mr Seddon said: “We have experience delivering work at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre going back many years. This particular job was secured due to our track record delivering high quality services for Ford. The maintenance project involved heavy duty pipework which is out of the remit for Ford’s internal maintenance crew, so we were called in.” He continued: “The hydraulic pipe sizes ranged greatly from 57mm to 140mm diameter requiring specialist experience and knowledge to handle. We stripped out the pipework, replaced the seals, put it all back and then tested it to make sure it was working efficiently.” www.vahydraulics.com
R BAKER (ELECTRICAL) LAUNCHES PAT TESTING SERVICE FOR BUSINESS
Merseyside based Electrical maufacturer R Baker (Electrical) Ltd has launched an onsite electrical PAT in a move to complement it exisitng electrical manufacturing and repairs services. For more information visit https://www.rbaker.co.uk or call 0151 486 6760 for a no obligation quote.
EVENTS & TRAINING
CHALLENGER SOCIETY BI-ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Date 5-8 Sept 2016
Organisers University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University & the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)
The next biennial conference of the Challenger Society for Marine Science will be held at the University of Liverpool and promises to provide a fantastic showcase of marine science and technology, covering all areas of ocean research. The formal conference programme will be complemented by a careers event and education & outreach opportunities to encourage the next generation of marine scientists. Full details here.
NEC – Assessing a Compensation Event – A practical workshop (free breakfast briefing)
Date 27 Sept 2016 – Mercure Hotel, Haydock, WA11
Time 8- 10am.
Organised by Knowles Northern Region
A CPD courses to ensure you are up to date with the latest in construction contract issues in relation to NEC 3. For more info or to make a booking, call the seminars team on 01928 756 500, email firstname.lastname@example.org
MERSEY RIVER PILOTS EXHIBITION – IN SAFE HANDS
A new exhibition, In Safe Hands, has opened in the Merseyside Maritime Museum telling the story of of the heroic Liverpool Pilots and the vital role they play in navigating ships in and out of the Port of Liverpool and along the River Mersey. The exhibition marks the 250th anniversary of the Liverpool Pilotage Service and runs until June 2017. Click here for details.
CONCERT: The Massed Bands of her Majesty’s Royal Marines
Date 29 October 2016
Venue Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
We’d like to draw your attention to this ever popular event, details for which are on the Liverpool Philharmonic website or by calling the box office on 0151 709 3789. Profilts from the sale of tickets will go to the Royal Navy & Marines charity.
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING – LIVERPOOL
- 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
Full details for all course are at www.lr.org/training. Please quote reference MTS/01-16-12 when booking.
Complete Training Solutions has appointed Phil Keating as training manager. Phil brings with him over 20 years of experience operating in civil engineering and pre-hospital care sectors and has worked as part of marine civil engineering, offshore wind and diving projects for many years. He is also rope rescue and medical lead for Merseyside Lowland Search and Rescue Team.
Finally, we bid farewell to Alan Jones, managing director of Conductix-Wampfler, who has retired after 25 years at the Salford based supplier of mobile energy and data transmisison systems. Alan will continue in his role as chair of Mersey Maritime’s popular Export Club but is succeeded as MD at Conductix by former operations manager Neil Smith.