WELL, THAT WAS MARCH….
Anyone who reads this e-zine regularly will know that in the months leading up to March the Mersey Maritime team spent many hours and days preparing for our first ever Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, Two weeks on from the big night – 12 March – we’re delighted to report back on a fantastic evening and we extend huge congratulations to the nine worthy winners of these prestigious new awards:
Business of the Year – Peel Ports
Vocational Skills Award – Cammell Laird (for apprentice Kirsten Blood)
Engineering Company of the Year – Sovex
SME of the Year – Flynn Refrigeration
Best Newcomer – McKennas Marine
Environment Award – RS Clare & Co
Supply Chain Partner – Hughes Sub Surface Engineering
Global Reach – Brookes Bell Group
Ambassador of the Year – Jim Teasdale, CEO Mersey Maritime Group
A souvenir programme will be available shortly for distribution to all involved. In the meantime, please make a note of next year’s awards dinner – 10 March 2016.
MERSEY MARITIME FACE-2-FACE: 7 APRIL
A quick reminder that next month’s F2F meeting falls on Tuesday 7 April, straight off the back off the Easter holiday weekend. Details and reminders have gone out, but if your company is already a member of Mersey Maritime or you would like to attend the next meeting with a view to joining us, please email email@example.com by 1 April. Places subject to availability, which will be confirmed by email.
ST GEORGE’S DAY EVENTS PROGRAMME
Mersey Maritime is holding a series of maritime sector events throughout the day on 23 April, starting with a skills breakfast in conjunction with Hugh Baird College; a Green Business Networking event in conjunction with LJMU’s Low Carbon Innovation Hub (LoC) and an early evening social at The Mal. Details/invitations for each will be circulated separately but please mark the date up in your diary.
FLYNN COMPLETES UPGRADE ON NUCLEAR CARGO CARRIER
Marine refrigeration firm Flynn Refrigeration has completed an 18 month retrofit and conversion project on a vessel that transports nuclear materials around the world. Working under contract to ship managers, Serco, the Birkenhead based company carried out a range of improvements to the refrigeration and air-conditioning system onboard International Nuclear Services’ (INS) MV Oceanic Pintail. MD Alex Flynn said: “The project was carried out in Barrow, Cumbria, and was part of a widescale upgrade of the vessel. Our services included the conversion of the Lighfoot cargo refrigeration system. We also replaced the air handling system supply and installed new refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in areas including the control room.” Flynn Refrigeration is carrying out maintenance surveys on other INS vessels managed by Serco, including the Pacific Egret and Pacific Heron, and planning work on a new ship due in 2018. Mr Flynn added: “We are now looking to roll out services across a larger range of Serco vessels, following the Pintail upgrade. These sort of high-profile roles help to reinforce our reputation within the global maritime market. www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk
STENA CLOSE TO COMPLETION ON £6M UPGRADE ON IRISH SEA FLEET
Irish Sea ferry operator, Stena Line, is close to completing a £6m refit of its Irish Sea North ferry fleet – a total of seven ships in all, including the Stena Mersey and the Stena Lagan which sail between Birkenhead’s Twelve Quays terminal and Belfast. Both vessels have benefited from an extensive refit programme which included an enhanced Stena Plus lounge, improved wi-fi coverage and an extended children’s play area. The bulk of the work has been carried out at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Stena Line is the leading ferry company on the Irish Sea; last year the company carried a total of 1.4m passengers, 318 000 cars and 485 000 freight units. www.stenaline.co.uk
OSIRIS PROJECTS REBRANDS AS BIBBY HYDROMAP
Wirral based Osiris Projects, a specialist seabed survey company, has rebranded as Bibby HydroMap with immediate effect. The change comes almost three years after Osiris was acquired by Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group. With five vessels registered and operating from Liverpool, 100+ staff and turnover in excess of £10 million, the move to adopt the Bibby brand supports the company’s strategic vision to become ‘the survey company of choice’. Bibby HydroMap serves customers in the oil & gas, offshore renewables, subsea cables, utilities and the marine sectors.
Andrew McLeay, MD of Bibby HydroMap, said: “Since we joined Bibby Line Group three years ago, we have grown significantly and are excited about future growth prospects. With our historic roots in Merseyside, I am particularly proud to share the Bibby name, a brand that is synonymous with Liverpool’s maritime heritage.” www.osirisprojects.co.uk
PEEL PORTS SECURES FIRST MAJOR TENANT AT PORT SALFORD
Peel Ports has secured the first major tenant at its National Import Centre at Port Salford – connecting directly with the new £300m Liverpool2 container terminal via the Manchester Ship Canal. Food and drinks logistics giant Culina Group has committed to take 280,000 sq ft of warehousing and associated space at the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and distribution park, accessible by rail, road and short sea-shipping. In all, Peel is looking to create around 2m sq ft of warehouse space at Liverpool and Salford to cope with the anticipated surge in freight once Liverpool2 opens at the end of this year. www.peelports.com
PEEL PORTS DOUBLE POWER CAPACITY IN PREPARATION FOR LIVERPOOL2
cWork to create a new power network for the Liverpool2 container terminal development at the Port of Liverpool has been completed, more than doubling the port’s capacity from 20MVA (megavolt amperes) to 50 MVA. The three year project is one of the largest private electricity connections in the UK in recent years. Doug Coleman, construction director for Liverpool2, said: “This investment underlines the scale of our commitment to providing reliable and modern services for our current and future customers. The new energy network will supply the new container terminal as well as giving greater resilience to our whole operation at the Port of Liverpool.” He added: “It’s a huge milestone for us as we continue work to create a new gateway facility that will help global shippers trade with the UK by reducing costs, carbon emissions and congestion in the supply chain.”
In other Liverpool2 news, the new 854-metre quay wall – which at 30m high is one of the highest in Europe – is now nearing completion and reclamation of 30 acres of land from the river to create the £300m logistics hub has begun. Completion of the land reclamation will precede installation of the five giant ship-to-shore cranes currently under construction in China.
Principal contractors for the quay wall and the related dredging work to create an adjacent 16.5-metre deep berthing pocket were Bam Nuttall and Van Oord, who took over from original ontractors Lend Lease, after the first 12 months.
QUALITY FREIGHT SET FOR EXPANSION AFTER SIGNING NEW LEASE
Logistics and shipping company Quality Freight UK has committed to a new 20-year lease with Peel Ports at its 40-acre multi-modal facility in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Expansion plans include investment in the company’s transport fleet and the development of a new 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse to increase the volume, quality and variety of goods that can be housed on the site. Sebastian Gardiner, MD of Quality Freight UK, said: “The signing of our new lease is an important milestone as it provides security for the further, significant investment we plan to make in the next 12-18 months. Our capital expenditure programme reinforces our commitment to Ellesmere Port and our desire to enhance our position as a leading multi-modal facility.” The company also foresees an increase in its 50-strong workforce. Peel Ports played a key role in the reopening of the rail head in 2011, which can handle inbound and outbound cargoes and all types of cargo including bulk, container and FMCG and feeds into the national and European rail network through Quality Freight’s relationships with major rail operators. Quality Freight UK is part of the Quality Freight Group, which has also has bases in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Knock, Hull, Grangemouth, Chatham and Rotterdam. www.qualityfreight.com
EXIS TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES AMENDMENT 37-14 UPDATE TO FREE MOBILE APP
Exis Technologies has launched an updated version of its free mobile app Hazcheck DGL Lite, a quick reference tool for those involved in the handling and transport of dangerous goods by sea. The app is based on its Hazcheck Systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport. Hazcheck DGL Lite now includes both Amendment 36-12 and Amendment 37-14 IMDG Code data. The latter Amendment becomes mandatory next year. The updated app is available for Android, iPhone and Blackberry devices and gives easy access to IMDG Code substance information contained in the Dangerous Goods List. More info about Hazcheck DGL Lite and the app store download links is available here. A free introduction to Amendment 37-14 of the IMDG Code is available here. www.existec.com
MILLS MEDIA COMPLETE PROMO FILM FOR ENGINEERING CLIENT SOVEX
Twelve Quays based Mills Media’s business TV crew has recently returned from trade show LogiMAT 2015 in Stuttgart, Germany, following completion of a new promotional film for international materials handling firm Sovex. The film is designed to showcase the company’s unique products and chart its rapid growth over the past three years. Mills Media’s clients also include Cammell Laird, Unilever and Peel Ports. To enquire about businesses services including exhibition stands, photography and videography, contact business development manager Alison Hunter on 0151 649 3600. www.millsmediagroup.com
INNOV8 APPOINTED ON PIONEERING PROTON BEAM PROJECT
Wirral based Innov8 Safety Solutions is set to deliver services to support the construction of a pioneering £125 million cancer treatment centre. The construction industry firm will act as CDM (Construction Design Management) coordinator for the new proton beam therapy centre at The Christie, in South Manchester. It is one of two centres being built in the UK as part of a £250m government project to introduce the latest cancer treatment. Innov8 MD Alan Robson said: “We are thrilled to have been appointed on this major health sector project, which is of regional and national significance. Our role will involve delivering a proactive and dynamic service to manage all health and safety processes surrounding the construction of the new Manchester centre.
IPS MARINE FABRICATIONS DELIVERS FAN SYSTEM UPGRADE FOR STENA ADVENTURER
Engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications has upgraded air-flow systems on a Stena Line ferry while it continued sailing between the UK and Ireland. The Birkenhead-based business, which specialises in metal fabrication and insulation products, carried out car deck improvements to class requirement on the Stena Adventurer. The firm’s in-house services include surveys, design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance. IPS director Paul Smith said: “We have completed the first phase of work to modify the fan uptakes, controlling air-flow in the Stena Adventurer’s car deck. [….] The project demonstrates IPS’s rigorous approach to projects to not only improve fabrication standards but critically deliver more efficient solutions.” He added: “IPS’s services are transferrable to virtually any vessel, however, we are seeing greater emphasis placed on the provision of intelligent solutions which help to solve common operations problems and also address cost, time and safety issues.” www.ipsmarine.co.uk
LIFEJACKET MANUFACTURER INTERNATIONAL SAFETY PRODUCTS ACQUIRED BY 3Si
Bootle-based lifejacket manufacturer International Safety Products (ISP) has been acquired by 3Si (Safety and Survival Systems International Ltd), joining Ocean Safety, Typhoon and Revere Survival within the maritime group. ISP managing director John Rogers said: “We are extremely proud of what is being achieved at ISP and we have complete confidence that the business will continue to thrive within the 3Si Group. This is a hugely positive development for the company which can now leverage even greater levels of resource to drive investment, development and growth.”
ISP is a marine survival equipment specialist and produces more than 170,000 products each year. It employs more than 100 people and has a turnover in excess of £8m. www.3sisafety.com
This month has seen the publication of a new report, ‘Our Maritime Nation: Achievements and Challenges’ by the Department for Transport, with foreword by Shipping Minister John Hayes MP.
The report sets out the current state of the UK as a maritime nation, detailing the successes achieved through cooperation between government and industry over the last five years. In the report, Mr Hayes references his visit to Mersey Maritime last November as part of the DfT’s maritime skills agenda. The report also identifies key challenges that need to be addressed in order to ensure that the UK remains a dominant force in the global maritime industry. It’s a quick and easy read.
EVENTS & TRAINING
NATWEST ECONOMIC BREAKFAST SEMINAR –POST-GENERAL ELECTION
WITH SENIOR ECONOMIST STEPHEN BLACKMAN
DATE: 13 MAY, 8.00 – 9.30AM
VENUE: LIVERPOOL FOOTBALL CLUB (The Champions Lounge)
Limited places are available to members of Mersey Maritime, subject to availability. Please contact
Ian McGee, Relationship Director at NatWest Commercial Banking by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
IMarEST NORTH WEST ENGLAND BRANCH LECTURE
“GLOBAL REACH” presented by Linton Roberts, MD of Cammell Laird
Date: 13 April 2015, from 6.30PM
Venue: LJMU, Byrom Street Campus, Liverpool L3 3AF, Lecture Theatre 218
Visitors Welcome – CPD Accredited. To register, contact Lisa Charles, Honorary Secretary at: email@example.com
IMarEST NORTH WEST ENGLAND BRANCH NETWORKING DINNER
Date: 20 April 2015, 7.00pm
Venue: The Liverpool Harbourside Marina, Coburg Wharf
IMarEST dinner with guest speaker The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Erica Kemp, CBE and the presentation of the IMarEST 45 year Certificate. Tickets are priced at £28.00, available by contacting John Mace, Hon.Treasurer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MERSEY MISSION TO SEAFARERS ANNUAL MEETING
Date: 9th April 2015 at 6.00pm
Venue: Liverpool Seafarers Centre, Colonsay House, 20 Crosby Road South, Liverpool L22 1RQ
A fork supper will be served immediately following the business of the meeting.
(RSVP says 30 March, but you might still get in if you’re quick.) Call 0300 800 8080
Date: 2 April 2015, 5.30–8.00pm
Venue: Rococo Coffee House, Lord Street, Liverpool
Join the First Thurdayers for their regular social event at Rococo, coordinated by Anneley Pickles on behalf of WISTA (Women in Shipping and Trading) and sponsored this month by CTI Marine. Contact Anneley on email@example.com for details.
TILNEY BESTINVEST EVENT
A quick heads up about an event we have in the pipeline with Mersey Maritime’s newest sponsor Tilney Bestinvest around the subject of pension planning. The subject is particularly relevant to businesses as well as individuals in light of the recent changes in legislation. Established in 1836, Tilney – based in the Royal Liver Building – provides a wide range of investment and financial planning services for clients. We’ll update you on details as soon as a date is confirmed but if you are seeking financial planning advice in the meantime, please contact Bill Price on 0151 556 9023 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
GONGS N’ ROSES
PEEL’S GREEN HIGHWAY SCOOOPS SHD LOGISTICS AWARD
Peel Ports Group’s ‘Green Highway’ programme, designed to revitalise trade along the Manchester Ship Canal, has been recognised at this year’s SHD Logistics Awards with the award of top Multimodal business. The award recognises the growth in trade along the 44-mile stretch of water from the Port of Liverpool to Manchester Ship Canal and the part it plays in helping customers reduce road mileage and carbon emissions. In 2013 alone, Peel Ports was able to save 1.25 million kg of CO2 and 1.6 million road miles by transporting goods by water along this route.