MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
Our big news this month is the launch of the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2016, an opportunity for maritime and related companies across the North West to achieve recognition in one of nine categories including Business of the Year, Innovation, Best Newcomer, Freight & Logistics, Maritime Professional Services and Global Reach. Application criteria and full details will be on our website from next week, with regular updates also provided here and via our various social media platforms. Watch this space……
LIVERPOOL2 SUPER CRANES ARRIVE IN MERSEY
Peel Ports has taken delivery of the first five of eight ‘megamax’ quay cranes from China, destined for the port operator’s new deep water container terminal, Liverpool2. The new cranes, whose arrival on the Mersey earlier this month was captured by drone footage, can be seen here. Their arrival marks a significant milestone in Peel’s £300m investment in the new terminal, which will be able to handle 90% of the world’s largest container ships, including so-called ‘mega-ships’ of up to 20,000 TEU. For a short overview film of the full Liverpool2 development click here.
SHIPPING GIANT ACL TO ‘CHRISTEN’ FIRST OF ITS NEW G4 FLEET IN LIVERPOOL
Atlantic Star, the first of container line ACL’s new fleet of five G4-class vessels, will visit Liverpool to be officially ‘christened’, the North American-based line has confirmed. The G4 class of 45,000 gross ton, 296m long “Gladamax” giant container and roll-on/ roll-off (RoRo) combination ships will replace the 43,100 gross ton, G3 class of five ships. The radically upgraded G4 design will carry 3,800 containers, almost twice as many as the G3s, and a third more trailers and cars. Atlantic Star will join ACL’s transatlantic service in December and is due in Liverpool on Christmas Day. The remaining four G4 vessels will be delivered during the first half of 2016. www.aclcargo.com
SEATRUCK ADDS THIRD VESSEL TO LIVERPOOL – DUBLIN ROUTE
Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea freight specialist, will add a third vessel to its Liverpool Dublin route, from 17 November 2015. The additional midweek service comes in response to customer feedback and will provide much-needed peak capacity on a route that is attracting increased unaccompanied traffic, reducing road mileage compared with transit through Wales or Scotland. As economic conditions improve, the additional service is the next stage in Seatruck’s strategic development plan. Seatruck CEO Alistair Eagles said: “2016 will be a pivotal year for Seatruck with not only the additional capacity on this route but with the opening of the M6 [motorway] link, which will be a game changer for the development of our routes from the Port of Heysham.”
Seatruck Ferries was established in 1996 and operates 3 routes on the Irish Sea. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Danish Clipper Group A/S. www.seatruckferries.com
McTAYS YARD REVIVED BY MARITIME FAMILY FIRM CARMET
Former Bromborough shipyard McTay Marine has been brought back to life following liquidation of the McTay operation earlier this year. The slipway had been operated by McTay’s since 1974, providing a range of maintenance, refurbishment and small shipbuilding services. The new owners, Capt Ian Metcalfe, his son, Capt Brett Metcalfe, and his son, Capt Joshua Metcalfe – the family business that owns Carmet Tugs – have restarted ship repair operations with the backing of banking group Santander, and aim to double job numbers at the yard in the next 12 months. So far, the new business has created 17 jobs, mostly former McTay staff. Capt Brett Metcalfe said: ““We can bring vessels up the slipway of up to 1,200 tonnes and we are operational now. We are putting the word out now that we are here.”
Carmet had used the McTay facilities for quite a few years, said Capt Metcalfe, adding that: “The opportunity came to buy it and we thought it would enhance what we already do. It was an opportunity we could not let go by.” www.carmetmarine.co.uk
LV SHIPPING TRANSPORTS LONGEST WIND TURBINE BLADE EVER SHIPPED FROM THE USA
Mersey Maritime member LV Shipping Ltd has transported one of the world’s longest wind turbine blades from the USA to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s (formerly NAREC) test facility in Blyth, UK. At over 78m long and weighing over 30 tonnes the prototype blade was assembled at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and is now at Blyth for a planned six month testing programme. Operational, engineering and HSQE staff from LV’s offices in Houston, Holland and the UK were all involved in the planning of the project. LV Shipping’s UK Sales Director Kevin Walsh said: “Managing the safe transit of the longest blade ever shipped from the USA to the UK via Antwerp was a real test of LV Shipping’s global expertise in freight forwarding. The project required meticulous coordination and good communication with all parties at every stage, which I’m delighted to say we achieved without incident.” To appreciate the sheer size of the blade, click here to see images of it in transit. www.lvshipping.com
GREEN SHOOTS OF SUCCESS ON SUPPLY CHAIN DATA PIPELINE PROJECT
“This is an absolute game changer, if we can have advance data regularly we can provide a ‘green lane’ for legitimate traders and focus resource on other areas.”
That was just some of the reaction from major stakeholders following initial results of a project supported by Liverpool based Warrant Group to demonstrate the benefits of advance high quality data in dynamic ‘end-to-end’ international supply chains. Warrant is one of three supply chain management companies providing expertise to help develop and demonstrate an electronic ‘data pipeline’ conforming to international standards. The four-year European funded project, CORE work package 10, aims to prove that good supply chain visibility and advance data can help businesses reduce risk, predict cost, react faster to market conditions and give them the confidence to deliver innovation and quality. David Roff, IT Director at Warrant Group, said: “As a result of our collaborative work so far, importers are now reviewing how they can de-risk their supply chains to reduce unnecessary stoppages by providing better quality data at source, such as complete HS codes and clear product descriptions. To read the full story click here.
WARRANT GROUP SUPPORTS CARGO200 CAMPAIGN
In other news, Warrant Group is also supporting Cargo200 – a campaign launched by peel Ports to bring greater volumes of ocean freight through the Port of Liverpool to ease pressure on the UK’s roads and reduce carbon emissions. Warrant Group is among 200 members of the supply chain and logistics sector to have joined the campaign, which aims to take 200 million miles of freight transportation off the UK’s road and rail infrastructure by 2020. Ian Jones, MD of Warrant Group, said: “We are delighted to pledge our support to Cargo200 […]. Innovative logistical thinking is at the heart of what we do at Warrant Group,” he added, “and Liverpool2 opens up a wide range of exciting new ways to drive efficiencies and ultimately give our clients the competitive edge in their own marketplaces.” www.warrant-group.com
POLARIS TO PROMOTE MARITIME MEDIA AWARDS 2015
Marine industry specialist PR firm Polaris Media has been appointed by the Maritime Foundation to promote the Maritime Media Awards (MMAs) in London. The awards recognise excellence in maritime journalism, writing, film making and social media. Polaris director Sam Pinnington said: “Polaris fills a gap in the market as one of the few maritime specialist PR firms in the world. It is a skill set we have worked hard to develop over years of working with maritime businesses large and small. Our journalism background combined with our knowledge of, and contacts in, the global maritime media will enable us to generate even more profile for the MMAs.”
The Polaris team, which is run by brothers Ben and Sam Pinnington, includes local maritime journalist Peter Elson, who was named the MMA’s writer of the year in 2009 while shipping correspondent at the Liverpool Echo. www.polarismedia.co.uk
EXIS TECHNOLOGIES AND LOCUS SOFTWARE SIGN PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
Exis Technologies has announced a partnership with Locus Software, following the successful integration of its Hazcheck Toolkits dangerous goods validation system into Locus Software’s Odyssey ERP platform. The agreement will allow Locus to offer Hazcheck within Odyssey to shipping lines on a global basis. Hazcheck Toolkits provides dangerous goods data packages for incorporation into cargo booking, handling and planning systems, ensuring accuracy of data validation between shippers and container lines. James Douglas, Director of Exis Technologies said: “Exis has been supplying Hazcheck Toolkits for integration into existing systems for over ten years. We are delighted to be working with Locus Software to offer a value added solution by further enhancing the wide functionality they offer in their Odyssey platform. Click here for further information or vist www.existec.com
“Exports are driving the British economic recovery.” – Lord Digby Jones 2014
Is this still the case? Are you part of the charge or frustrated by the barriers?
Following a successful event held in Liverpool last Thursday (11 Nov) featuring Mersey Maritime member URICA – the innovative global early payment network for SMEs – and Lord Digby Jones, former head of the CBI, we are pleased to provide a link to a 2-minute survey on exporting. Your views will not only help determine the state of UK exporting but URICA will donate £1 to Digby’s chosen charity, Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer, for each survey completed. Click here to have your say. www.urica.com
SHERRINGTON ASSOCIATES APPOINTS REGIONAL SALES MANAGER EUROPE FOR WALLEM GROUP
A glitch in our systems meant that the link provided for Sherrington Associates in last month’s e-zine was incorrect, so we’re happy run this story again. Sherrington Associates has completed its first targeted search project for Hong Kong based shipmanagement provider Wallem Group. Rob McKay, MD of Sherrington, the Chester-based executive search firm, said: “This appointment is testament to the value that Sherrington’s targeted search approach brings to our client’s businesses. We look forward to supporting Wallem’s continued growth moving forward.” www.sherringtonassociates.co.uk
New members to date this month include civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering consultants Curtins and industrial cleaning specialist Neway Industrial and Environmental Services, both of whom we welcome aboard.
For those who are new to us, 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. You can find out about membership here or by calling one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
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EVENTS & TRAINING
SEMINAR TO EXPLORE ATLANTIC GATEWAYS AND TRADE CORRIDORS
Date: 24 November 2015
Time: 09:30am – 1:30pm
Venue: Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Liverpool
The Halifax Gateway Council and the High Commission of Canada are holding a seminar in Liverpool this month on Atlantic Gateways and Trade Corridors. The event will look at the intermodal and transhipment infrastructure connecting North America and Europe and highlight how this infrastructure will support the growing two-way trade between Canada and the UK following the ratification of the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Advance registration is essential. Please contact: email@example.com by 16 Nov (today). stating that you wish to attend the LIVERPOOL seminar.
INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SHIPBROKERS’ BRANCH AGM
Date: 1 December 2015
Venue: The Khrua Thai Orchid Restaurant, 103-105 Brimstage Road, Heswall, CH60 1XF
Member of the ICS are encouraged to attend the 97th AGM of the Liverpool Branch, which will be followed by a Thai banquet. Cost of the meal to Liverpool Branch professional members is £10pp, with guests charged at £30pp. Booking details from Branch secretary Roy Cooke at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
GONGS N’ ROSES
Big congratulations to Charles Gray of the Armitt Group, who scooped the Financial Director of the Year award in the Entrepreneurial / Commercial Excellence category at the North West Finance Director of the Year Awards on 19 November.
Birkenhead based Flynn Refrigeration has announced the appointment of new marketing executive Danielle Dixon as part of the marine refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist’s drive for growth.
IN OTHER NEWS…..
BG FREIGHT TO INCREASE IRISH SEA SAILINGS
Irish Sea freight operator BG Freight is to increase the frequency of its sailings to and from the Port of Liverpool in recognition of demand that the opening of Liverpool2, Peel’s £300m deep water container terminal, will create. The operator’s Manchester Ship Canal service has been extended to three sailings per week and there is a fixed weekly return call from Liverpool to Ellesmere Port. The Liverpool – Dublin service has also been upgraded to twice weekly, as will be its Liverpool to Belfast route and a new route from Dublin to Greenock, all of which will offer winter-proof return connections and increased reliability on connections to other European ports. BG Freight has also launched its first ever scheduled weekly call to global freight forwarder Quality Freight’s site at Ellesmere Port, in recognition of the latter’s growth in volumes. www.bgfreightline.com
DEFENCE MINISTER VISITS MERSEY FIRM DELIVERING £2M ROYAL NAVY CONTRACT
Ships’ engine specialist James Troop & Co, which is supplying Volvo Penta engines and generators for the Royal Navy’s Sandown-class Mine Hunters, has hosted a visit by Defence minister Philip Dunne to review progress of the company’s £2m deal to replace the generator sets on seven Royal Navy Mine Hunters. Mr Dunne said: “The contract for marine generators for the Royal Navy’s mine hunters has enabled this family-run British company to sustain important and highly skilled UK jobs at their base in Merseyside. We recognise that the UK’s defence contractors, whatever their size, are a vital source of innovation in our supply chain, and in the last year, the MOD has done business with over 5,400 SMEs, worth more than £800m.” He added that: “As one of the shipping industry’s oldest companies, James Troop has a proven track record of flexibility which is helping to ensure the UK Armed Forces deploy with some of the very best kit available.” www.jamestroop.co.uk
ISP TO LAUNCH ‘SUPER-COMFORT’ LIFEJACKETS AT METS 2015
Bootle based International Safety Products (ISP) will launch a new generation of “Super-Comfort” inflatable lifejackets this week at METS 2015, the world’s largest marine equipment trade show in Amsterdam. The new lifejacket comes in three different models, with buoyancy from 170 to 320 Newtons. ISP is the largest manufacturer of marine inflatable lifejackets in the world. See www.ispl.co.uk for further details.
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