MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
We’ll start with just a couple of words from us this month, then allow you to take a visual stroll through our latest summary of local maritime news. If you have news to share in the next edition please see contact details at the end of this e-zine.
MERSEY MARITIME CEO JIM TEASDALE RETIRES
Many of you will already have received the news this week of Jim Teasdale’s retirement after 11 years at the helm of Mersey Maritime Group. As a founder director of Mersey Maritime, and as chief executive since 2004, Jim has successfully steered our organisation – and our sister company Maritime & Engineering College North West (MECNW) – through periods of significant change and leaves both organisations in a healthy position. A copy of a press release issued Tuesday 29 September can be viewed here.
MARITIME KNOWLEDGE HUB LAUNCHED AT LISW15
Mersey Maritime, as part of a private and public sector consortium including Liverpool John Moores University, the Peel Group and Wirral Council, organised an event as part of London International Shipping Week last month to reveal a vision for the development of an education and collaboration campus for advanced manufacturing and engineering skills in Wirral. The project is expected to cost £20m and take three years to complete. It aims to benefit the local economy with skills development and opportunities for knowledge-sharing. Full details including a short promotional video can be viewed here.
FLYNN REFRIGERATION SECURES NEW DEALS WITH NORWEGIAN SHIPPING COMPANY SOLSTAD
Merseyside refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn has landed a fresh series of deals with Norwegian Shipping Company Solstad, supplying two of its ships with Bitzer compressors. Flynn Refrigeration MD Alex Flynn said the level of repeat business from Solstad provided a strong endorsement of its high quality service. He said: “Although we only started trading with Solstad two years ago we have quoted and supplied 23 of their vessels in that time. To achieve such strong repeat business in such a short space of time provides an excellent testimony to the standard of the service Flynn provides.”
Flynn Refrigeration has more than 30 years’ experience of supplying marine air-conditioning and refrigeration products and has formed successful partnerships with a number of other industry-leading manufacturers including Danfoss, Copeland and Gram.
PEEL PORTS SIGNS UP TO ARMED FORCES CORPORATE COVENANT
Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports has signed a commitment to improve employment opportunities at the port for serving or former armed forces men and women. The port operator has already started a recruitment drive to hire 500 extra workers for Liverpool2, its new £300m deep water container terminal at Seaforth. Under the principles of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, which is signed as a voluntary declaration of support, Peel will endeavour to aid the employment of members of the armed forces community within its organisation and support employees who choose to become members of the reserve forces by accommodating their training and deployment wherever possible. Peel Ports’ chief operating officer, Gary Hodgson, said: “By creating a corporate covenant, we are publicly expressing our commitment to improving employment opportunities for those in the armed forces community and leading the way for other businesses to follow suit. As an equal opportunities employer, it is important that we ensure the principles we have outlined are upheld across our entire group.” www.peelports.com
BIBBY HYDROMAP SHOWCASES d’ROP WITH PANGEO’S SBI
Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap is to run demonstrations of its dedicated survey vessel d’ROP, equipped with PanGeo’s SBI (Sub Bottom Imager). d’ROP, which was launched earlier this year, is a remotely operated survey platform capable of operating in dynamic marine environments, whilst accommodating various survey sensors, such as the PanGeo SBI. The system has potential to revolutionise productivity in shallow water survey and inspection applications. To read more about the d’ROP click here. The trials are due to take please in the week commencing 5 October, in Lowestoft, UK. To register your interest in attending or suggest a trial location, contact Heather Carrigher of Bibby HydroMap at email@example.com
In other areas of the business, Bibby HydroMap has begun survey operations on Port Meridian Energy’s proposed LNG project off Morecambe Bay. The complex programme of work comprises geophysical, geotechnical and environmental surveying of the proposed pipeline route to shore and will be undertaken using a multi-vessel approach. Bibby HydroMap’s own vessels Chartwell and Eagle will perform the geophysical and environmental scope. www.bibbyhydromap.com
MST FRISC BOATS DELIVER RELIEF SUPPLIES IN DOMINICA
Following the devastation wreaked across the tiny Caribbean country of Dominica by storm Erika in August, it’s good to see Liverpool based MST’s special FRISC (Fast Raiding, Interception and Special Forces Craft) boats being put to good use by the Dutch Royal Navy in delivering relief supplies. FRISC boats have been used to carry potable water supplies to towns in Dominica that are inaccessible by car due to the destruction of the access roads. The FRISC series of boats is unique to MSC, combining the speed and manoeuvrability of an interceptor with an increased size and carrying capacity to hold elite troops and their equipment. They are used extensively by the Dutch Royal Navy for border protection, marine counter terrorism, military and Special Forces operations. See more here.
MCKENNAS MARINE HELP RESTORE STEAM TUG DANIEL ADAMSON
Good, too, to see Liverpool based marine insulation firm Mckennas Marine – winner of the Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards – appointed to carry out the insulation and sheet metalwork on the steam tug Daniel Adamson as part of an extensive refit project of the historic vessel currently being undertaken by Cammell Laird. Click here to see updates and progress on the ‘Danny’ in Cammell Laird’s Dock No.4.
PEEL APPEAL TO HELP CELEBRATE 300TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OLD DOCK
The world’s oldest enclosed commercial wet dock in Liverpool, is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Known locally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for business on 31 August 1715, providing a blueprint for the development of other trading ports. To mark this special anniversary Peel Ports will be creating a commemorative book at the end of the year and is inviting the people of Liverpool and the North West to share their images and memories of the port. Visit www.peelports.com/liverpool300 for details. You can also submit your stories and photos by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
WIRRAL HOTEL OPERATOR CONTESSA WINS APPROVAL FOR £6M CONVERSION OF HAIGH HALL
Wirral hotel operator Contessa Hotels – owners of the Hillbark and Leverhulme hotels in Wirral – has secured approval for a £6m restoration of the Grade II-listed Haigh Hall in Wigan. Haigh Hall is currently owned by Wigan Council and is leased to Contessa which plans to turn it into a four-star boutique hotel complete with 30 en-suite bedrooms, a spa and a fitness centre. www.contessahotels.co.uk
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 to 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.
This month we welcome 2 new Sponsors – the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and ventilation specialists VSS; we upgrade 3 existing members to our Executive Club: personal injury specialists DGB Solicitors; executive recruitment company Sherrington Associates and marine systems solutions provider Trelleborg Marine Systems; and we take on 3 other members at standard membership level. They are Firetrace Ltd, who specialise in automatic fire suppression systems; Bearing Source, who provide bearings and power transmission components; and Power People, resourcing specialists for the energy industry.
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
REGIONAL & OTHER INDUSTRY NEWS
TRANSPORT FOR THE NORTH (TfN) FREIGHT STUDY
Transport for the North (TfN) will break new ground with the creation of the UK’s first pan-regional freight and logistics strategy, designed to create the integrated transport network that the logistics sector in the North needs to drive growth and create jobs. Specialists Mott MacDonald and MDS Transmodal have been appointed to help drive forward the development of the strategy, supporting TfN in determining the size, role and likely growth potential of the freight and logistics industry in the North. A report based on the study will form part of the updated Northern Transport Strategy, to be presented to the Chancellor in Spring 2016. Mike Garratt, MD at MDS Transmodal said: “It is a great privilege to be able to contribute to developing this strategy. The freight industry accounts for around eight per cent of the economy and makes huge investments in its own fleets and infrastructure in a highly competitive environment, while depending on the road and rail networks provided by the public sector. Our objective is to identify a shared vision covering investment, operations and planning that will command the confidence of the private sector, attract investment and promote economic success for Northern England on a sustainable basis.” www.transportforthenorth.com
ROYAL FLEET AUXILIARY BIDS FAREWELL TO RFA ORANGELEAF
RFA Orangeleaf, built at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead and launched in 1975 before being commissioned for service with the RFA in 1984, has completed service in the port where she was built 40 years ago. The decommissioning of the single hulled tanker, the last of the RFA’s Leaf Class support tankers, will make way for the double hulled RFA Tidespring and her three sisters – Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce. These will enter service from 2016 and are designed to be more environmentally friendly – producing less carbon dioxide emissions – and more fuel efficient. RFA Captain Duncan Lamb said: “It is with a heavy heart that the Royal Fleet Auxiliary says goodbye to an old friend. Orangeleaf has been a fantastic asset to the Naval Service over the last four decades delivering on Operations around the world.”
NAVIGATION ACCIDENTS AND THEIR CAUSES
The Nautical Institute has launched its latest book, looking at major casualties and the lessons that can be learned. The publication, Navigation Accidents and their Causes, examines nearly 30 casualties and the problems of fatigue, bridge resource management, Colregs and other issues where human factors contributed to the accidents. For more information contact Bridget Hogan, Director of Publishing and Marketing at The Nautical Institute on email@example.com You can click here to read The NI’s latest e-newsletter.
Maritime PR firm Polaris Media’s recently launched website and newsletter which celebrates the ties between Britain and Oman has reportedly got off to a strong start. Directors Ben and Sam Pinnington say they’ve been ‘taken aback at the strength of the bilateral ties and the many, many links in the realms of business, education, culture, sport and tourism’ which they are delighted to help celebrate. If yours is a business that exports goods or services between the two countries, the Polaris team would love to hear from you with a view to featuring your business on the site. Contact Chris Amery, News Editor, OmanGBnews.com, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter at @OmanGBnews or call: +44 (0)7984 875078. www.polarismedia.co.uk.
MARITIME & INNOVATION BROKERAGE EVENT (MIBE 2015)
Date: 10 and 11 November 2015
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Organiser: Netherlands Maritime Technology /Enterprise Europe Network
MIBE 2015 focuses on the upcoming calls of the Horizon 2020 programme, which is of potentially great interest to the maritime and offshore related industry and knowledge institutes. The event is an ideal opportunity for the European maritime community to share R&D opportunities, meet experts on Horizon 2020 and find opportunities for cooperation with European partners. The event is targeted at businesses in the following sectors: Shipbuilding; Traction/Propulsion Systems; Navigation and embedded systems; Lightweight construction; Electrical supply system; Measurement devices; Transmission systems. Registration deadline, 4 November. www.maritimebrokerageevent2015.eu
THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE ANNUAL SEMINAR AND DINNER
(NW England and Wales Branch)
Seminar Theme: ‘Has MLC2006 improved Life at Sea?’
Date: 16 October 2015, 3.00 – 6.00pm,
Location: Novotel Hotel, 40 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 4LN
The seminar will be followed by the Annual Branch Dinner at 1900 for 1930. Cost is £25pp, with partners welcome. To attend this event contact: Hon Sec Dr Steve Bonsall at: email@example.com. See also www.ninw.org.uk
IMarEST NORTH WEST ENGLAND BRANCH 12th ANNUAL DINNER & DANCE
Date: 17 October 2015
Venue: Liverpool Harbourside Marina, Coburg Wharf, Liverpool L3 4BP
Some tickets still remain for this annual dinner if you’re quick. Tickets are priced at £38 each for a 3 course meal with wine and cheese board. Contact IMarEST NW treasurer John Mace for details at: firstname.lastname@example.org
GONGS N’ ROSES
LIVERPOOL LAW FIRMS TAKE A BOW
Collective congratulations this month to Liverpool’s leading law firms, seven of which are singled out for praise in the latest edition of Legal 500, the definitive guide to the top law firms and lawyers across the UK. The guide notes that Liverpool firms are continuing to benefit from the significant amount of regeneration in the city and port projects such as Liverpool2 and the Mersey Gateway. Of the seven Liverpool firms, five are members of Mersey Maritime, with Brabners praised for its “outstanding team of excellent communicators”; Hill Dickinson for its “high level of business acumen and knowledge of the industry”; O’Connors for its “unique and personable approach”; the DWF team praised as being “excellent on M&A transactions”; and Weightmans recommended as a Top-Tier Firm in 13 practice areas.
Heather Heaton has joined Complete Site Safety as Business Development Manager, tasked with exploring potential markets, securing new business and liaising with the training provider’s existing clients.
A reminder of three offers currently available to members of Mersey Maritime:
Mersey Maritime has teamed up with one of our sponsors Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR) to offer members a very special deal on their marine and shore based recruitment needs. Until April 2016, members of Mersey Maritime will be able to access Liverpool and Singapore based MNR’s services 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. www.mnrltd.com
Secondly, if you have business visitors staying in town, please ask us for details of our partner hotels in Liverpool and Wirral for specially discounted rates. Hotels with which we have negotiated members’ rates include the 4-star Hard Days Night Hotel, The Liverpool Malmaison and the Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight.
Liverpool and London-based law firm O’Connors LLP is offering Mersey Maritime Members the opportunity to spend an afternoon with two of their senior corporate and commercial lawyers to explore how to get on the front foot in corporate and commercial transactions and strip wasteful legal cost from the process. This offer is without cost and is open to the first 10 members to respond between now and the end of 2015. Meetings can be held either on-site or at The Plaza, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9QJ. For further information, contact John Spofforth or Mike Ainsworth on 0151 906 1000. www.oconnorsllp.co.uk