MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE – 4 DECEMBER 2015
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
We’d like to start with a huge thanks to our Sponsors and everyone in our Members’ Executive Club who was able to join us on Wednesday evening at Pinch on Castle Street, Liverpool. Great to see you all and to catch up at our annual Festive ‘Club Lounge’ event – pictures from the event are here. We hope that we’ve set the scene for an enjoyable run up to Christmas. Here goes with the rest of our latest news round up.
#MMIA16: ON YOUR MARKS……
The first completed application forms are already rolling in for the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2016 and we get the feeling that our judging panel are going to be busier than ever. These are YOUR awards, designed to celebrate the excellence that exists in the Maritime Logistics and Energy sectors across the North West, so please do take a look at the categories and put a little time aside to enter. Closing date is 7 January – which is closer than you think! Full details and application form can be downloaded here, with presentation of the awards at a prestigious black tie gala dinner on 10 March 2016.
MERSEY MARITIME EVENT: PROTECTING YOUR BUSINESS AGAINST CYBER CRIME
In conjunction with TITAN, the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit
Date 15 December 2015
Time 8:00am – 9:30am
Venue Police HQ, Canning Place, Liverpool L1 8JX
Join Mersey Maritime and the TITAN cyber crime prevention team for a lively and informative 90 minute session to help raise awareness of online fraud risks and cyber threats specific to the maritime industry. Despite the increased threat to business, only 61% of companies have attempted to calculate the financial and day-to-day operational impact such an attack could have on their own business. This free-to attend session at Merseyside Police HQ will open your eyes to the level of threat and help equip you with measures you can implement to help protect your business. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 December.
CONTRACT SIGNED FOR CAMMELL LAIRD TO BUILD NERC’S NEW £200M POLAR RESEARCH SHIP
Birkenhead shipyard Cammell Laird has sealed the deal on the construction of the government-funded Natural Environment Research Council’s new £200m polar research vessel. The contract was signed on 20 November, triggering the start of the detailed design work. Full production will start in June next year running through to 2019 when the vessel will go into operation, operated by NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The ship will be one of the most sophisticated floating research laboratories operating in the Polar Regions, able to endure up to 60 days in sea-ice to enable scientists to gather more observations and data. Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret said: “Signing this contract is another great day and proud moment for myself and the company. It is tremendous news for Merseyside and the UK maritime industry.” Mr Syvret added: […] “We would like to thank the Chancellor George Osborne for recognising that Cammell Laird is a champion brand for British industry and that we can play a key role in the development of the Northern Powerhouse, driving growth in marine engineering and the renewable and civil nuclear energy markets.”
The new contract is expected to secure 400 jobs at Cammell Laird and a further 100 jobs within the local supply chain. www.cammell-laird.com www.nerc.ac.uk
DROPPING ANCHOR AT PORT ACADEMY LIVERPOOL
A collaboration between Cammell Laird, the Royal Navy and Port Academy Liverpool has seen a 7.5 tonne anchor transported from the Birkenhead shipyard to its new home at Hugh Baird College’s Port Academy Liverpool. The anchor previously belonged to RFA ship Fort Victoria, which recently underwent a £47m refit at Cammell Laird. Once restored, it will take pride of place in front of the Academy prior to its official opening in 2016. Port Academy Liverpool provides a one-stop-shop for port operations, maritime logistics and engineering related courses. www.portacademyliverpool.com
PEEL SECURES FIRST 50 ADVOCATES FOR CARGO 200 INITIATIVE TO CUT ROAD MILES
Port of Liverpool operator Peel Ports has secured the first 50 advocates for its Cargo200 initiative and is urging other shippers in the North West to add their weight to the campaign. Launched in May 2015, Peel is calling for importers and exporters whose goods begin or end their journey in the north of the UK, to switch current delivery of ocean freight from south-east ports to the centrally-located Port of Liverpool. The initiative aims to cut freight miles by 200m miles over the next five years and could save shippers up to £400 per container in transportation costs. JCB, B&M, Jaguar Land Rover and Warrant Group are among the first 50 customers to respond to the initiative, encouraging the UK freight and logistics industry to deliver a fundamental shift in supply chain and services routes. More on this story at: http://peelports.com/cargo200
POLARIS EXPANDS MARITIME DIVISION WITH THREE NEW CLIENTS
Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has expanded its maritime division with three new client wins. The company, run by brothers Sam and Ben Pinnington, has been signed up by new clients including ship engine specialist James Troop; engineering company V & A Hydraulics and ship refrigeration and air conditioning supplier Flynn Refrigeration. Polaris director Ben Pinnington said maritime is now the company’s biggest single division, accounting for 60pc of turnover. “Polaris is one of the few maritime specialist PR firms in the world,” he said. “This gives us a distinct identity and unique selling point. […] All our new clients are world class at what they do and we will be helping them champion their USPs to industry.” Polaris also promotes Cammell Laird and Oman Drydock Company. www.polarismedia.co.uk
FLYNN REFRIGERATION APPOINTED NW UK AGENT FOR YACHTING GIANT NAUTICOOL
Refrigeration and air-conditioning specialist Flynn has been appointed North West agent for Nauticool to help service its growing number of high-end yachts. The deal sees the Birkenhead-based firm become the yachting giant’s preferred regional provider of air conditioning products and installation services, carrying out a range of supply and installation services including annual servicing. Flynn MD Alex Flynn said the mutually beneficial move was secured on the back of a strong existing relationship. He said: “Not only does Flynn have extensive experience of both supplying and installing air conditioning products, as a fellow UK company we are able to offer Nauticool the flexible, close-to-home service they require.” www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk
We’re delighted this month to announce Wirral Metropolitan College as our latest Sponsor, having upgraded from Standard level membership in order to work more closely with us and our partners on the development of industry-relevant qualifications. We also welcome the Netherlands Business Support Office in Manchester (NBSO) to our Executive Club and another three new members at standard level: engineering company V&A Hydraulics; Fort Recruitment and Merseyside Maritime Museum (as part of National Museums Liverpool).
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, click here for details or call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
IN OTHER NEWS……..
LISW15 POST EVENT REPORT
For those who attended events as part of London International Shipping week in September, a LISW15 post event report is now available to download by clicking on this link. The report gives key details and statistics on the week, providing a breakdown of its success, summaries of the contributions made by key stakeholders and the perceived impact upon them, including the UK government and European Union. Over the course of the week, more than 10,000 shipping industry professionals from over 50 countries attended one or more of the 100 events held across the capital.
MARINE ENGINE SPECIALIST JAMES TROOP INVESTS £100,000 IN SITE UPGRADE
Marine engine specialist James Troop & Co has invested £100,000 in a site upgrade, transforming the appearance and operational efficiency of its Merseyside HQ. The move has revitalised the onsite customer facility to encourage more trade from the maritime, industrial and agricultural sectors to the Runcorn site. James Troop supplies engines, gen sets, CHP systems and parts from global brands including Volvo Penta, Daihatsu, MTU and MAN. MD Bob Troop said it was vitally important that the company continues ‘to communicate our progressive outlook’ and drive greater volumes of traffic to the company’s trade counter. As well as over-the-counter sales, James Troop offers an installation and full after-sales service, with spare parts supplied 24/7 covering both marine and industrial applications.” www.jamestroop.co.uk
INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY EVENT
HOW GREEN IS MY SHIPPING?
Date 9 December 2015, 6pm – 8pm
Venue Cammell Laird Shipyard, Cambeltown Road, Birkenhead
Organiser The IET, Merseyside and W. Cheshire Branch
This free-to-attend event describes how ship owners and operators need to increase the efficiency of their ships whilst meeting stricter environmental legislation coming into force around the world. Added to this are the increasing costs of fuel and the move away from heavy, high sulphur (cheaper) fuels in marine propulsion and the need to find a viable alternative whilst maintaining competitiveness. Further details & registration here or email Andrew Kaldos at email@example.com.
DOING BUSINESS IN CHINA
Date 11 December 2015
Time 08.00 – 10.00am
Venue RSM, 14th Floor, 20 Chapel Street, Liverpool, L3 9AG
Join Liverpool accountancy firm RSM (formerly Baker Tilly) for this insightful event on doing business in China, designed to provide you with information on the keys areas you should consider. The event will be of interest to companies already working with China or considering it as an export market and will cover: Analysis of the current China market; Opportunities in China and how best to approach them; Export Support; and Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS). If you are interested in attending please call/email Polly Nielsen at RSM on tel: 0161 830 4027/ firstname.lastname@example.org
MECNW GOVERNMENT POLICY EMPLOYER FORUM:
“Changes to Apprenticeship Standards and moving towards ‘Employer Pays’ funding models”
Date 15 December 2015,
Time 08:00am – 09:00am
Venue Maritime and Engineering College North West, Monks Ferry, Birkenhead CH41 5LH.
Significant changes are being introduced to apprenticeships by the Government that will fundamentally change the training standards and delivery models for engineering and technical apprenticeships. These changes will also have an impact on employers’ training budgets. Please join Terry Weston, CEO of Maritime and Engineering College North West, for a breakfast briefing on the proposed changes, the situation to date and to voice your thoughts on how it might affect your business and the industry in general. Breakfast will be available from 07:30am prior to meeting start. To register please email Olivia Weston at email@example.com or call 0151 666 1028.
UK NORTHERN POWERHOUSE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
Date 25 & 26 February 2016
Venue Manchester Central
Organiser UK Northern Powerhouse Ltd
We are keen to help publicise this conference, which is relevant not only to our region’s maritime (and wider economic) agenda but is supported by local agencies including Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision and Liverpool City Region LEP. Speakers at the 2-day conference include Lord Prescott; Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group; Prof Nigel Weatherill, Vice Chancellor of LJMU; and Kate Willard, Chair of Atlantic Gateway & Corporate Affairs Director, Stobart Group. A 15% discount is available to members of Mersey Maritime who register using the code: Merseymaritime15%. Full details at www.uk-northern-powerhouse.com
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING
Lloyd’s Register EMEA is running a range of courses in Liverpool from February 2016, with bookings now being taken for course including:
• ISM CODE AND THE LEAD AUDITOR (2-5 Feb / £1,220+Vat)
• ISPS COMPANY SECURITY OFFICER (CSO) (23-26 Feb / £1,220+VAT)
• ISPS/ISM INTERNAL AUDITOR (1-3 Mar / £1,105+Vat)
• TANKER VETTING AND INSPECTION (5-6 Apr / £885+Vat)
• RISK MANAGEMENT & INCIDENT INVESTIGATION (28–29 June/£885 + VAT)
Details on all courses available by emailing Ukmarinetraining.firstname.lastname@example.org / tel: 0151 552 5214. Please quote reference MTS/11-15-03 when booking.
ICS BRANCH ANNUAL DINNER
Date 21 April 2016
Venue Hilton Hotel, Liverpool
Still some way off, but for those who attend the annual Branch Dinner of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers it’s worth putting in the diary now. The price for a table of 10 is £600.00, with some part-tables and individual seats available at £60pp. Booking details to follow.
Merseyside construction industry health and safety firm Innov8 safety Solutions has made a triple appointment to boost resource following a surge in demand. Health and safety consultant Peter McConville, CDM safety advisor Max Meadows and office manager Emma Greaves have all joined the firm in quick succession. Innov8 MD Alan Robson said the trio would play an important part in helping the firm to build on its rapid growth – Innov8’s turnover leapt from £440,000 to £700,000 in 2014 – and the company has ambitious plans to break through the £1million barrier in 2016. Innov8 was acquired by Lucion Environmental earlier this year and offers two main services under the CDM umbrella – principal designer support and CDM client advice. www.innov8safetysolutions.com
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Liverpool Branch) has announced the election this month of Paula Seedhouse of Frank Armitt & Son and Keith Davies of EMR Shipping as Members of the Institute.
GONGS N’ ROSES
Congratulations to Tom Powell of Complete Site Safety who is named as one of the Liverpool Echo’s ’35 under 35’ young entrepreneurs. CSS operates out of Brunswick Business Park providing training courses to the offshore oil and gas industry.
Congratulations too, to Bibby Maritime, part of the Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group, which has been named as a National Champion for the UK in the European Business Awards this week and is through to the second round of the competition. The EBAs were set up to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe and are
sponsored by RSM. Bibby Maritime, which operates a fleet of five floating shore-side accommodation barges, has provided secure accommodation to workforces in the Oil & Gas, Mining and Engineering industries for over 30 years. Winners of the second round will be awarded the coveted ‘Ruban d’Honneur’ status and go on to be part of the grand final in 2016. www.businessawardseurope.com
Finally, we congratulate Hughes Sub Surface Engineering’s MD Ian Hughes on reaching his milestone first 10 years since he started the Bootle-based company. Hughes SSE was supported by Mersey Maritime in its very early days and has grown to offer a comprehensive range of services including Civil Engineering, Working at Heights, Confined Space Entry and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Technologies, as well as consultancy to the Offshore/Inshore, Telecommunications, Power Generation, Governmental and Marine Civil Engineering sectors. www.hsse.co.uk
MARKETPLACE: MEMBERS’ OFFERS
A reminder that if you have business visitors staying in town, please ask us for details of our partner hotels in Liverpool and Wirral. Hotels with which we have negotiated specially discounted members’ rates include the (all 4-star) Hard Days Night Hotel, The Liverpool Mal and the Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight. To contact the hotels direct:
• For Hard Days Night enquiries contact Louise Ashworth, Business Development Manager, on 0151 243 2124 or email: email@example.com
• For Contessa Hotels (Leverhulme & Hillbark Hotels, Wirral) enquires, call Zoe Cavell by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
• For Malmaison Liverpool enquiries, email Helen Duffy at: HDuffy@malmaison.com
A reminder too, that members of Mersey Maritime can access the recruitment services and expertise of MM sponsor Merchant Navy Resources Limited (MNR) for their marine and shore based recruitment needs at a significantly reduced fee of only 10%. This offer is available to members until 1st April 2016. 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
And that’s it for this edition. There’ll be one final e-zine from us before Christmas, so please send any news by 14 December.