MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
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PEEL JOINS FORCES IN NORTH OF ENGLAND PORTS INITIATIVE
The Port of Liverpool has signed up to a partnership that brings together the North of England’s four main ports to help create jobs, boost exports and prosperity across the whole of the North of England. The new Northern Ports Association comprises Peel Ports (Liverpool), PD Ports (Teeside), the Port of Tyne and ABP (Hull) and has been created in response to a key recommendation in IPPR North’s recently launched Northern Ports report, which highlighted the domination of southern ports and the problems this creates in transporting imports and exports across the UK.
Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North, said: “Post-Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse agenda is more important than ever. Far from the powerhouse being a Whitehall-led scheme, northern businesses are leading the charge and creating much-needed jobs and prosperity,”. He added: “For just £100 million, the government could open-up east-west port connections and create a gateway to a global North. This is exactly the kind of ‘shovel-ready’ project the government is looking to be eyeing-up ahead of the Autumn Statement.”
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said there is a “massive opportunity” to create an “east–west freight super-corridor linking Atlantic traffic with the European mainland”. He said: “Recent investment in a number of northern ports, including our own £300 million development to create Liverpool2 – the UK’s largest transatlantic container port and Europe’s first semi-automated container terminal – opens up huge potential for the region to be a true global gateway – a key consideration at a time when future trading arrangements with the EU are unclear.”
IPPR North’s Northern Ports report is available to read here.
FLYNN REFRIGERATION ANNOUNCES SERIES OF STAFF APPOINTMENTS
Marine refrigeration specialist Flynn Refrigeration is strengthening its sales and warehouse workforce after making a number of new appointments. The family owned firm, based in Birkenhead, specialises in the global supply, installation, maintenance and conversion of refrigeration and air conditioning systems and parts. Its team is expanding with three new sales coordinators Emily Colwell, Mike Roger and Marc Terry, while Andy Nelson has been appointed as warehouse assistant. Flynn Refrigeration Account Director Carolyn Flynn said: “We are making a number of strategic changes to our sales operation in a bid to manage a growing number of enquiries both quickly and efficiently. In addition, we have taken on another warehouse assistant to support the upturn in work from a dispatch and logistics perspective.” Flynn’s key product lines include refrigeration, air conditioning, compressors, marine controls and spares, which are used in a variety of areas on board vessels including food stores, accommodation, control and engine rooms.
NOC TEAMS UP WITH MARLAN MARITIME TO LAUNCH NEW BEACH MAPPING TECHNOLOGY
The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Liverpool has launched a commercial licence in partnership with Marlan Maritime Technology to sell new coastal mapping technology that will enable science and industry to map beaches and sandbanks remotely. The launch follows three years of collaborative research to produce a novel and cost-effective technique that makes use of rapidly deployable radar installations, enabling repeated collection of survey data from one deployment. Such intertidal areas are currently mapped using satellites, lasers, cameras or by wading into the water with a measuring stick. However satellite resolution is relatively low, laser surveys are expensive and cameras are limited in the distance they can observe and are only practical during daylight. This new radar-based technology enables high-resolution, low-cost remote mapping of the intertidal zone, continuously and over a long period of time without the need to get wet. Alex Sinclair, MD of Marlan Maritime Technologies Ltd, said “Working with NOC and the University of Liverpool for several years has been great and we are thrilled that the efforts of those involved have produced a genuinely beneficial service that is in demand by the maritime community. Protecting our coastal environment is important to us and this technology will make a real difference, not only around Liverpool but around the world.”
Executive director of the NOC, Professor Ed Hill said “An important part of the mission of the NOC is to turn great science into great innovation, supporting UK businesses. This technology will significantly drive down the cost of mapping the intertidal zone with important benefits for the many users of the marine environment.” http://noc.ac.uk/
PORT OF LIVERPOOL BIOMASS FACILITY HELPS BOOST NORTH WEST’S GDP
A new report by Oxford Economics has revealed that the Port of Liverpool’s £100m investment in its biomass handling facility for client Drax, has already helped generate £710m in GDP throughout the UK economy, and support over 11,000 jobs. In the North West, the biomass upgrade contributed £27m to the local economy and sustained 500 jobs during the period. The first shipments from the biomass handling facility at the Port started late last year. Almost 50 jobs have been created at the Seaforth Container Terminal site which Peel Ports operates for the huge Drax power station in Yorkshire. The Port of Liverpool handles up to 3m tonnes of wood pellets a year imported from North America which are taken by train every day to power the plant. Nearly 50 staff work at the port facility, with a further 300 jobs created as part of the supply chain. The biomass terminal includes a rail loading facility and a 100,000 tonnes storage capacity. Click here for more.
GONGS N’ ROSES
BIBBY MARITIME WINS QUEEN’S AWARD
Bibby Maritime, part of the Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group, has been presented with a Rose Bowl & Scroll of Association by the Merseyside Lieutenancy following its Queen’s Award Win for Enterprise earlier this year. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards, designed to recognise and encourage the achievements by businesses in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in the fields of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. Jon Osborne, MD of Bibby Maritime, said: “On behalf of the directors of Bibby Maritime Limited, I am very pleased to accept this prestigious award in recognition of our success in International Trade. Since the award was announced we have won a contract in South Korea, which is a new country for us. […] We are very aware that our company shares the name of our major shareholders, the Bibby family, and so it is important to us not only to succeed in the traditional sense of profit and employment but to do so with ethics and principles, ensuring that the family’s values are encapsulated in the way in which we do business.” www.bibbymaritime.com
MEET & POTATO SHORTLISTED FOR FIVE AWARDS
New Mersey Maritime member, the Live Events agency Meet & Potato has been shortlisted for three national awards in the prestigious C&IT awards 2016 in the Conference, Internal Communications, and Retail Event of the Year categories. The nominations top another fantastic year for the Liverpool based team which has seen turnover grow by 35% in 2015-16 to almost £2.5m. Fingers crossed for a hat-trick! www.meetandpotato.co.uk
EVENTS & TRAINING
DID YOU KNOW THAT MICROSOFT OFFICE IS FREE TO CHARITIES?
BREAKFAST EVENT WITH CLEAR CLOUD
Date 20 Sept, Liverpool
Time 8:45am – 9.45am
Venue 151 Dale Street, L2 2AH
Microsoft Office 365 cloud licences normally cost £5 per user per month but are free to eligible charities in the UK. Charities across the UK are saving thousands on their IT expenditure by moving to Microsoft Office 365. Join Mersey Maritime member Clear Cloud Services to learn how to claim your free subscription and how to maximise its benefits during this complimentary breakfast event. Click here for further info and to book your free place.
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING – LIVERPOOL
A summary of courses in Liverpool from now until end November.
– MRV (Monitoring, Reporting & Verification): 17 October: price: £475+VAT
– Classification & Statutory Surveys: October 4-6, Liverpool, price: £1,175+VAT
– Ship New Construction: October 11-13: £1,175+VAT
– Tanker Vetting And Inspection: October 18-19: £940+VAT
– ISPS Company Security Officer (CSO): November 1-4: £1,295+VAT
– ISM/ISPS Internal Auditor: November 22-24: £1,175+VAT
– For more information/booking, contact mailto:Ukmarinetraining.email@example.com/ 0151 552 5214 quoting reference MTS/01-16-18.
NORTH WEST COASTAL FORUM: SANDSCAPES CONFERENCE
Date 11 & 12 October 2016
Venue The Atkinson Museum & Gallery, Southport
Registration is now open for the free-to-attend Sandscapes conference, the North West Coastal Forum’s biennial coastal conference being held jointly this year with the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership. You can read more and download the booking form here.
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE
Merseyside construction industry businessman Alan Robson, a former apprentice with Cammell Laird, has officially stood down as managing director of Innov8 Safety Solutions after selling completing the sale of the company to Lucion Environmental Services. Mr Robson said it was a proud moment to complete the business sale and his tenure at Innov8 after almost 10 years leading the firm. During that time, he drove turnover to more than £850,000 employed 12 staff and launched offices in the Wirral, Manchester, Edinburgh and London. Mr Robson is currently working on a new venture which he is set to announce later this year.
FUNDING TO SUPPORT IMPROVED ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE
There’s an an interesting but limited opportunity currently available for SMEs to access ERDF-funded support to improve their environmental performance. The Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory (LCEI) project is a £5.4m collaboration between LJMU, University of Liverpool and Lancaster University to assist qualifying businesses to address a specific issue or carry out R&D via a funded post that could include:
• 3 year and 1 year research projects with a full-time researcher
• 1 month internships
• 3-6 month supervised projects
Full details here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org