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Mersey Maritime Ezine

By Mersey Maritime

It’s the eve of the first ever Mersey Maritime Industry Awards and the sense of anticipation is mounting. Nine prestigious awards will be presented this Thursday, 12th March, with all tables sold and the venue, Wallasey Town Hall, spruced up and looking magnificent.

We look forward to seeing you there……

You can see who our finalists are by Liking our Facebook page and Following us on Twitter @Mersey_Maritime and remember to tweet us using #MMIA15.


Merseyside construction industry firm Innov8 Safety Solutions has been acquired by risk management company Lucion Environmental. Innov8 MD Alan Robson said Innov8 will operate independently under the Lucion banner as a subsidiary, with no changes to the structure of its team. Critically, however, it will enable the firm to tap into additional resource within the Lucion group to strengthen its overall client offering. Innov8 provides Construction Design Management Services, site safety advice and associated training across the UK. Lucion Environmental has offices across the UK and an office in Singapore to service the marine market. The acquisition of Innov8 Safety Solutions will benefit also Lucion’s customers who will now have a single point of call to mitigate a broader range of environmental risks. See /

Birkenhead based manufacturer and outfitter MPE Interiors has completed three new contracts in the UK and Ireland to upgrade passenger ferries for Stena Line and P&O Ferries. The contracts involved a range of furniture, soft furnishing and ceiling improvements on ferries at different shipyards and served to highlight MPE’s broad range of skills and services to the ferry and wider maritime sectors on both sides of the Irish Sea. The ships included the Stena Horizon, the Stena Europe and P&O Ferries’ Pride of York. MPE’s core skills include joinery, polishing, spraying and upholstery work. It offers the complete maritime fit-out package including design, manufacturing, refurbishment, installation and maintenance of furniture, soft furnishings and upholstery.
Director Cliff Grainger said: “This trio of contracts further boosts our experience and track-record in the passenger ferry market. We see major growth potential in the ferry market, which continues to thrive around the UK shores. […] Our business benefits from broad experience working across many types of vessels, from ferries to superyachts, commercial and military ships.”

Luton-based Blue Arrow has won a contract to supply more than 250 staff to Peel Ports’ container terminals across its Liverpool and Manchester operations, ranging from stevedores to crane operators, as well as a range of support services. The contract also covers the selection, training and development of more than 250 additional employees to support Liverpool2, Peel’s new deep water container terminal, which is due for completion in late 2015. Blue Arrow chief executive Mark Manaton said: “Building on the initial success of the contract win, we are looking to partner with organisations such as the DWP and Mersey Maritime to build sector-based work academies to further develop the current workforce. This in turn will create opportunities for further employment in the local area in the coming months and years. As a 24-hour operation with a high level of customer service requirements, we really do understand the importance of appropriately skilled, dedicated and motivated staff ensuring that every vessel is unloaded and loaded to plan and on time.”
David Huck, port director at Peel Ports, said: “The integration of the Blue Arrow team and operating platform at the Port of Liverpool and the Manchester Ship Canal container terminals has been successful. Following this, we now look forward to working closely with Blue Arrow in executing the recruitment plan for Liverpool2 and the customer added-value logistics solutions it will deliver to the region and wider economy.” /

Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has agreed a deal to promote the official launch of a new multi-million pound ship, the Promar Mamola Reliance, for Swiss based offshore operator Promar Shipping Services. Polaris directors Ben and Sam Pinnington travelled to Barcelona for the vessel’s official naming ceremony. Polaris director Sam Pinnington said the company was brought in to promote the event to the English language global maritime and oil and gas press, and media around Promar’s offices in the Middle East and West Africa. The deal is the latest overseas job for Polaris which, Sam Pinnington says, is “ one of the few specialist maritime PR firms in the world.” He said: “The essential problem we solve is helping companies raise awareness to a mass maritime audience worldwide. This can be very difficult and expensive achieve. However, Polaris offers a low-cost, high impact solution by issuing press releases to the 500 or so maritime magazines worldwide. The publicity generated then catapults our clients to a huge audience of around 200,000 maritime professionals online and in-print.” 

Birkenhead-based SeaKing Group has taken on four new apprentices this year, taking its total trainees up to 30. Three of the apprentices will be employed in the group’s maritime-focused SeaKing Electrical division and one for land-based Peter D Welch Electrical Contractors (PDW).
The training will be delivered by Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) in Monks Ferry, Birkenhead. SeaKing Electrical Group MD Dave Gillam said apprenticeships play a vital role to futureproof the business and boost local skills. He said: “We are delighted that we now have 30 apprentices and our excellent vocational training continues to attract great interest.”
MECNW skills director Terry Weston added: “The SeaKing Group carries out impressive work in many markets requiring in-depth skill and knowledge. The maritime and engineering sectors are due to expand rapidly with wind farms, nuclear power and Superport plans requiring skilled workers. The college works closely with businesses to identify skills gaps and training needed, and we now design training courses specifically for individual firms.”

Liverpool headquartered Bibby Distribution has won a  contract to provide full logistics services for Netto’s new UK operations. Bibby will provide frozen, chilled and ambient food logistics for the discount grocer, which opened five stores in the North of England last year and plans to open another ten by the end of 2015. The contract is Bibby Distribution’s first ever diversification into chilled and frozen food logistics. 


Liverpool’s Hard Days Night Hotel – a member of Mersey Maritime – is celebrating after achieving Top Rated status in the Simply The Guest Awards. It is the second year in a row that the 4 star hotel has featured in the awards, which are the only ones in the UK based solely on genuine guest reviews. The hotel received an average review score of over 80% across 30 or more genuine guest reviews left in the past 12 months on LateRooms’ booking site. See and remember that members of Mersey Maritime are eligible for specially discounted rates.

Just over two months into 2015 and new members continue to join Mersey Maritime in recognition of the support we provide and the benefits of being part of an increasingly strong cluster. This month we welcome a new member to our Executive Club: Structured Freight is an innovative web-based shipping and customs brokerage looking to develop links with Liverpool as one of its key import/export ports.  At standard membership level we are joined by URICA, a platform designed to helping SMEs manage their cash flow; Contessa Hotels, operators of the art deco-inspired Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight and the 5 star Hillbark Hotel in Frankby, Wirral; and Warrant Group, one of the UK’s largest privately owned supply chain management companies.
If you would like to be part of our network, please call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.


Date: 11 & 12 March
In case you haven’t yet signed up, a quick reminder that the Liverpool City Region LEP, in conjunction with The Manufacturer magazine, is running a two day supply chain event this week (11 & 12 March). See:

The conference is a mixture of sessions addressing supply chain issues facing modern manufacturers as well as dedicated Meet The Buyer and Meet The Supplier sessions. There will be input from companies including Siemens, Jaguar Land Rover, Astra Zeneca, Unipart Logistics, Getrag Ford and Alstom. The event is designed to help SMEs develop better reach into local, national and international supply chains.  Some funded places may still be available for SMEs inside the LCR LEP region. For confirmation on eligibility please contact Janice Mears at the LEP on 0151 227 2727.

Liverpool City Region includes addresses in the Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton St.Helens, and Wirral local authority areas. Click here for additional details.

Date: 15 April, 08.00am – 10.00am
The Innovation Centre, Sci-Tech Daresbury, Keckwick Lane, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4FS
This free-of-charge seminar focuses on how to establish and protect a successful brand, and the practical steps that companies can take to do this, which must be of potential interest to many of the companies we work with. Developed correctly, a brand gives you a unique position in the marketplace and sets you apart from your competition. A brand also communicates your culture, your personality and establishes consistency throughout your organisation. Click this link to register.

Please continue to support the Liverpool Echo’s Tony McDonough, who now covers maritime sector news including the daily Shipping Movements on the Mersey section. It’s an opportunity for local companies to gain coverage and profile in the press by keeping us (or Tony) informed of your news on appointments, contract wins and other positive news stories coming through.

The Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust is seeking retired marine engineers to run the engines for their two narrowboats, based at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum and in the Canal at Christleton.  The season runs from the 1 April to the 31 October, with the boats making about 300 trips a year. The Trust is holding two Open Days at the Boat Museum on 27 & 28 March.  See

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