MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
We tend to think of August as one of the quieter months of the year, but our round up of maritime news across the Liverpool City Region shows there’s still plenty going on. Here at Mersey Maritime, you can keep in touch with what we’re doing (including raising the profile of what you’re doing) by following our regular posts on Mersey Maritime’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. If you’d like to call us, please note our main number at the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now 0151 231 2957.
PEEL PORTS HOSTS VISIT FROM NEW TRANSPORT SECRETARY
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has visited the Port of Liverpool to view progress on the development of Liverpool2, the ports’ new deep water container terminal, ahead of its opening this autumn. Liverpool2 forms part of a wider £750m investment programme into biomass, steel, port-centric warehousing and infrastructure by Peel Ports at its sites in Liverpool and along the Manchester Ship Canal. Mr Grayling said: “The major investment we are making in transport across the North West will improve journeys for local people as well as helping industry grow across the region. This is part of our plan to invest in the North, and make an economy that works for everyone – not just the privileged few – by ensuring economic prosperity is spread throughout the country. Better infrastructure is likely to boost productivity.” Peel Ports CEO Mark Whitworth said: “We very much welcome the minister’s interest, which maintains the government’s support for our efforts to facilitate UK trade through this key cargo gateway. […] With full opening now imminent, we will soon be able to offer companies ship-to-door access to the heart of the UK market via the biggest container ships in the world.” www.peelports.com
LIVERPOOL CRUISE TERMINAL PROPOSALS MOVE TO NEXT STAGE
Proposals for Liverpool’s new cruise terminal are finally set to move forward, with Council approval expected to be granted this Friday (19 Aug) for further investigations, impact assessments and surveys. If the project goes ahead, a larger terminal built on reclaimed land at the former Princes Jetty at Princes Parade would be able to handle turnaround cruises carrying up to 3,600 passengers. Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said: “I am determined that we find solutions to continue the huge growth in cruise liners that we have seen over the last few years. […] To deliver on our ambitions, we would need to invest in a new terminal building, which will bring bigger liners carrying more passengers, meaning a bigger boost for the local economy.” The local authority will be exploring various options for funding the scheme and will need to commit almost £1 million to proceed to this next stage. www.cruise-liverpool.com
HUGHES SSE ACQUIRED BY JAMES FISHER IN £9M+ DEAL
The acquisition of commercial diving and civil engineering company Hughes Sub Surface Engineering has been announced by James Fisher and Sons. James Fisher, a leading provider of specialist services to the marine, oil and gas industries worldwide, has acquired the entire share capital of Hughes Marine Engineering, the holding company of Hughes Sub Surface Engineering, for a fee reported to be up to £10M. Hughes Marine Engineering was founded by managing director Ian Hughes in 2005 and is headquartered in Bootle, North Liverpool, with satellite offices in Staines and Aberdeen. Nick Henry, chief executive of James Fisher, said: “The operations of Hughes Sub Surface are complementary to those of James Fisher and, combined, they will broaden our range of services to the market, particularly to the renewable energy industry offshore. We are delighted to welcome all our new colleagues to the group and look forward to working with them.” Hughes Sub Surface’s pre-tax profits for the 12 months ending April 2016 were £1.6m. www.hsse.co.uk
BEECH GROUP COMPLETES DECONSTRUCTION OF JETTY SAFETY BARRIER
Demolition and remediation expert Beech Group has successfully completed a complex project in partnership with metal recycling giant S Norton & Co. The two day project involved loading a 27m high redundant safety barrier, weighing 50 tonnes, and floating it across the Mersey from the Tranmere North Jetty into Norton’s facility in West Canada Dock, Liverpool, for deconstruction. Beech Group MD Chris Wainwright said: “Floating a structure of that size involved some immensely complicated planning and logistics, which I am delighted to report we completed successfully. The subsequent demolition of the jetty tower was a no less complicated task, requiring rigorous observance of health and safety standards, which again we completed successfully, on budget and incident-free.”
He added: “The Beech Group team is well qualified to undertake both straightforward and logistically complex projects, working across a number of disciplines related to large scale demolition, including fully licensed asbestos removal. We work across all sectors including maritime, but have seen our maritime sector work grow significantly since we became involved with industry representative body Mersey Maritime three years ago, with a client base that now includes Cammell Laird and Jaguar Land Rover.”
Beech Group has recently completed the demolition and dismantling of an entire Resins plant for a petrochemical giant in the North West. www.beech-group.co.uk
BIBBY HYDROMAP COMPLETES WESTERN ISLES SURVEY OPERATIONS
Seabed survey contractor Bibby HydroMap has completed geophysical, geotechnical, benthic and land survey operations along the route from mainland Scotland to the Isle of Lewis, on behalf of client SHE Transmission. Over 1000 line km of high quality survey and shallow sub-bottom profiler data were acquired during the operation, which was completed ahead of schedule. Bibby HydroMap Project Manager Simon Baldwin said: “Operating between the North-West highlands and the Western Isles always presents a number of challenges for survey operations including highly variable water depths and seabed gradients, the restricted maneuverability associated with working within the stunning sea lochs, and also the general remote nature of the survey location in terms of logistics and support. In spite of all of these testing conditions it was incredibly heartening to be able to carry out the integrated, multi-disciplinary, multi-vessel survey safely and within a swift timescale. Our vessels are fast gaining a deep working knowledge of this area following years of work supporting cable laying operations in this region.” www.bibbyhydromap.com
HILLAN COATINGS COMPLETES A STAR TURN
Wirral based Hillan Coatings & Accessories has completed work on a project to apply industrial quality resin flooring to the new premises of marine and offshore technical services supplier Star International. Star’s new facility on Turbine Business Park, by the Cammell Laird shipyard, required installation of three different resin coating systems over the workshops, storage areas, canteen and toilet facilities, providing an oil- and acid-resistant and dust-free 1500 mtr2 floor area. The £26k project was completed on time and within budget. Jeff Antley, chairman of Star International, said: “We are delighted with the way Hillan have gone about this project, which will afford our production and testing teams a super clean and bright environment with which to continue with our highly technical product lines and services supply to the offshore and maritime industry worldwide.”
www.hillan.co.uk / www.ecomarinecoatings.com
GOODWIN ELECTRONICS OPENS ONLINE SHOP
Mersey Maritime member Goodwin Electronics has launched a new online shop to streamline the ordering process for clients requiring same day dispatch of stock and spares. Online shop Inverters UK, part of Goodwin Electronics Ltd, will hold stock of AC inverters and accessory items, which combined with the company’s range of other in-house services, will provide their clients with access to a vast amount of products and expertise. Sales Manager Dave Dilworth and Commercial Manager Janet Wilson will be at Mersey Maritime’s next Face-2-Face meeting on 6 Sept to provide further information or can be contacted on 0151 33 44 555. www.inverters-uk.co.uk
Once again we are pleased to report an upsurge in membership, with a new sponsor, a new Executive Club member, a returner a clutch of other new members. In recent weeks we have welcomed as our newest Sponsor the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), a government catapult that specialises in technologies and processes particularly important to the high value manufacturing sector. We also welcomed event organiser Meet & Potato to our Executive Club. Cargo handling and logistic services provider Jenkins Shipping has rejoined Mersey Maritime and we opened our doors to ballast water environmental technology company Oceanchest; events caterers No 32 and Immersive Interactive, the UK’s leading provider of immersive spaces. Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available here.
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SEATRUCK SHORT-LISTED FOR COMPANY OF THE YEAR AT LLOYD’S GLOBAL AWARDS
Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea’s only operator dedicated to ro-ro freight, has been shortlisted for Company of the Year in the 2016 Lloyd’s List Global Awards. Seatruck Ferries is part of the Danish owned Clipper Group, having started its Irish Sea operation in 1996. It currently operates on three routes: Dublin-Liverpool, Dublin-Heysham and Warrenpoint-Heysham. The awards will take place in London at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, on 28 Sept. www.seatruckferries.com
BIBBY DISTRIBUTION GETS GLOBAL RECOGNITION FOR PLANET-SAVING STRATEGIES
Bibby Distribution has been shortlisted for the Global Freight Awards Environment Award, which highlights the company as one of the world’s most environmentally-sensitive logistics companies. Bibby Distribution’s shortlisting recognises a spectrum of carbon-cutting initiatives across the business, ranging from wider use of longer semi-trailers (LSTs), and a redesign of its milk collection fleet, to revolutionary new ‘virtual’ warehouses and tailored driver training. The Global Freight Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Lancaster London hotel on 3 November. www.bibbydist.co.uk
IN OTHER NEWS…
ESSAR REFINERY STRIKES DEAL TO SUPPLY AVIATION FUEL TO EMIRATES
Essar Oil’s Stanlow refinery at Ellesmere Port is to supply aviation fuel for Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, at Manchester Airport. Essar Oil UK currently supplies a significant proportion of Manchester Airport as well as Liverpool John Lennon and other regional airports’ jet fuel demand on a wholesale basis, but it is the first time that the company will directly supply aviation fuel to an airline. Stanlow, which produces 16% of the UK’s road transport fuel demand, manufactures more than 2bn litres of jet fuel each year and plays a key role in the North West’s aviation industry. The deal is part of Essar UK’s strategy of downstream integration, which aims to see growth of its UK transport fuel retail market to 400 sites over the next three years.
ABBEY LOGISTICS UNDERGOES MULTI-MILLION POUND MANAGEMENT BUYOUT
Specialist Merseyside haulage firm Abbey Logistics has undergone a £ multi-million pound management buyout. Bootle-based Abbey specialises in the transportation of bulk food products in liquid and powder tankers across the UK and Northern Europe. The deal is being backed by private equity firm, Northedge Capital.
IMarEST 13th ANNUAL DINNER & DANCE
Date: 8 October 2016
Time: 6.30pm (sit down for dinner 7.30pm)
Venue: Liverpool Harbourside Marina
Tickets are now available for the 13th annual dinner of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. Priced at £40 each, they include a drinks reception, dinner with wine, dancing and a raffle to raise funds for the IMarEST Guild of Benevolence. Booking information from John Mace, Hon. Treasurer at email@example.com