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MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

By Mersey Maritime

Just to mix things up a little, we’re going for a mid-week news round-up with this edition of the e-zine. (Are you more or less likely to read it than on a Friday afternoon – let’s see?) Lots to report but always happy to receive your news and for you to keep in touch with what we’re all doing by following our activity on Mersey Maritime’s Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Finally, please note once again that our main number at the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now 0151 231 2957.

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

NEW MARKETS 2 – SME BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMME
Mersey Maritime has successfully bid for European funding to run a business support programme for a limited number of fast-growing SMEs. We are currently conducting eligibility checks on a number of businesses signing up to the programme – but there’s space for a few more. We know for a fact that around 85 per cent of businesses in the Merseyside cluster fit the basic SME definition, i.e. they have a registered business address on Merseyside, employ fewer than 250 staff and have an annual turnover of under €50million. If your business can also demonstrate 20 per cent growth across the past three years and could use support for innovation and/or to bring new products or services to market, leading to growth, please get in touch. The New Markets 2 programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and matched by Mersey Maritime, so is available at no financial cost to your business. Please email Mersey Maritime’s funding manager at cathy.robinson@merseymaritime.co.uk

MERSEY MARITIME EVENTS
Our programme of events is getting ever busier as we settle into the Maritime Knowledge Hub (MKH) and roll out a varied programme of network events, export club meetings, industry workshops and business surgeries that are designed to offer something for everyone. We email details regularly but please also keep an eye on our website events page to see everything at a glance. Events coming up in October include tours of NERC’s research vessel RRS Discovery (6 Oct); a high level reception at the MKH for shipping minister John Hayes (20 Oct); and a ‘Panama in Liverpool’ themed Export Club (26 Oct). Click here for more.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

WORK STARTS ON £5.5M DONG ENERGY FACILITY AT SEACOMBE
Construction  has begun on a new £5.5m O&M (operations and maintenance) facility in Wirral for Burbo Bank offshore wind farm operator DONG Energy. The facility will be sited at Kings Wharf in Seacombe, at the entrance to the Birkenhead dock system and will house 45 full-time staff serving the Burbo Bank operation, including the new Burbo Bank Extension which is due for completion in 2017.  Brian McMorrow, senior construction engineer at DONG Energy, said: “DONG Energy is committed to investing in the UK and we are very proud to be playing an important role in the redevelopment of this part of Kings Wharf.” Completion of the new onshore base is scheduled for mid-2017. www.dongenergy.co.uk

PEEL PORTS TO BUILD NEW HGV BUNKER REFUELLING SITE AT PORT OF LIVERPOOL
Planning permission has been granted for a new 24 hour HGV refuelling facility at the Port of Liverpool, thanks to a partnership between Certas Energy and Peel Ports Group  Ground works are due to begin imminently. Located at the main entrance to the Royal Seaforth Container Terminal, the state-of-the-art refuelling facility will be able to accommodate up to eight HGVs at the same time. High speed pumps combined with advanced data collection, fuel monitoring equipment and filtration systems will ensure the best service offering at all times and add convenience for current port users. David Huck, Port Director, Peel Ports Group said: “This new facility will add value to our customers and provide a convenient and cost-effective location for HGV drivers to refuel their vehicles.”
The new facility will open in 2017.  Click here for more detail.

SEATRUCK ADD FOURTH VESSEL TO LIVERPOOL-DUBLIN FREIGHT SERVICE
Irish Sea freight specialist Seatruck is to add a fourth vessel to its Liverpool-Dublin service. The Clipper Ranger will commence operations next week (week commencing 10 Oct), enhancing the busy midweek period with four departures each way per day. Seatruck’s Liverpool-Dublin route is the fastest growing freight service on the Irish Sea, growing at roughly three times market level. CEO of Seatruck Ferries Alistair Eagles said: “Our growth this year on the Liverpool Dublin route has been strong but we are not resting on our laurels or sitting back. We have a firm belief in our business model, a strong team and the right infrastructure in place to take this next step.” He added: “With four sailings each way per day, Seatruck will offer an unrivalled freight-only frequency between Liverpool and Dublin, allowing more operators to switch away from the traditional driver-accompanied transit through Wales or Scotland.”   www.seatruckferries.com

REBRANDED ENGINEERING COLLEGE LAUNCHES IN BIRKENHEAD
Merseyside’s leading engineering college has unveiled a new company brand following a £500,000 refurbishment that was part-funded through Liverpool City Region’s Growth Deal. The newly rebranded Engineering College was formerly known as the Laird Foundation and since 2008 as Maritime & Engineering College North West. It is based next to Cammell Laird in Monk’s Ferry, Birkenhead. Founded in 1998, the college has a turnover of £1.7m and 38 staff, and serves clients including Cammell Laird, Balfour Beatty, Clarke Energy, Sovex and Laker Vent. Engineering College CEO Terry Weston aims to double the size of the college over five years, plugging the ‘massive engineering skills shortage’ in the region. He said: “The College has been very successful but our profile needs to be higher and we want to be better understood by the marketplace. This is why we have rebranded. Historically we have been seen wrongly as working mainly in the maritime industry. Our offer is much broader, we can train apprentices and staff across sectors including construction, nuclear, petrochemical, renewables, oil and gas and the NHS – as well as maritime.”  The Engineering College is the only dedicated engineering skills college in the region, providing a range of 20 high skill craft and technician training routes to becoming qualified in engineering that it says are simply not offered at any other college. www.mecnw.co.uk

WARRANT GROUP’S IFB PARTNERSHIP DELIVERS RESULTS
Almost 100 businesses have engaged with the Liverpool and Sefton Chamber of Commerce to seek assistance in entering new markets after an export event in which Warrant Group played a key role. Warrant was one of four international strategic partners sharing exporting knowledge at the Chamber’s ‘Meet Your Global Business Network’ trade at this year’s International Festival for Business. Ian Jones, MD of Warrant Group, said an Export Guide produced by Warrant for the event, was well received. He said: “It was great to meet with businesses face-to-face and to understand their concerns about exporting but most importantly to help break down barriers that companies think may exist when it comes to trading internationally. […] As a business, our core strength is the SME market, which presents a huge opportunity to collaborate and deliver valued-added services. By offering strategic multimodal solutions combined with supply chain excellence, we can help companies maximise opportunities overseas, boost their competitiveness and deliver innovation.” www.warrant-group.com

FLYNN REFRIGERATION TARGETS NORTH AFRICA EXPANSION
Birkenhead-based Flynn Refrigeration has struck a distribution deal with Maltese marine services firm Motherwell Bridge Industries that will see its services supplied to customers in Malta and North Africa. The agreement will also give Flynn a base to open up pathways into Libya and Morocco. Flynn specialises in the global supply, installation, maintenance and conversion of refrigeration and air conditioning systems and parts, whereas Motherwell delivers customised engineering services including on-site construction and maintenance of port-handling equipment, NDT inspections, technical training, tooling and marine engine overhauling and servicing. Flynn MD Alex Flynn said: “Essentially, the Motherwell Bridge team will take the lead as service providers for our spare parts, sales, installation, servicing and maintenance across the southern Mediterranean and North Africa region.Crucially, our clients and customers will benefit from a centrally located point of contact and a ‘middle man’ on the ground they can meet and deal with face to face.”  www.flynnrefrigeration.co.uk

POLARIS WINS MEDIA DEAL WITH ACL
Liverpool and Manchester based PR firm Polaris Media has been appointed by Atlantic Container Line (UK) to help promote its operations. This includes the shipping line’s five new transatlantic CON-RO vessels, the biggest ever built, and its new European headquarters in Duke Street, Liverpool. The ACL staff is due to move into the new Duke Street HQ from its current premises on Princes Parade, Pier Head, in October 2016.  www.polarismedia.co.uk

V&A HYDRAULICS COMPLETES WORK ON LIVERPOOL PILOTAGE SERVICE VESSELS
Birkenhead based marine specialist V&A Hydraulics has completed maintenance work on the Liverpool Pilotage Service vessels (providing support to overall maintenance contractor Briggs Marine) with the hydraulic systems on board the Liverpool Pilot launches Fulmar and Dunlin. The Pilotage Service is responsible for the safe navigation of vessels in and out of the Port of Liverpool, in some of the toughest waters in the world. Ships entering Liverpool Bay and the River Mersey face serious hazards and rely on the skills and knowledge of pilots to ensure their safe passage. In turn, the pilots depend on the reliability of the current generation of high-speed launches which deliver them safely to and from ships in Liverpool Bay.  V&A managing director Vic Seddon said: ““It has been a privilege for us to be involved in this one-off piece of work with the Liverpool pilot boats which are so well known in the Merseyside region, and in particular this year which marks a special anniversary [250 years]  for the historic service. As a fellow Merseyside business we have taken great pride delivering this work.” V&A Hydraulics is a specialist pipework installation company with a marine orientation, which has more than 30 years’ experience in the hydraulics industry and has undertaken work in around 20 countries. www.vahydraulics.com

VIDEOTEL’S BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME UPDATED TO HELP SHIPS COMPLY WITH NEWLY RATIFIED GLOBAL TREATY
Videotel, a KVH company, has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast water. From Sept 2017, all ships engaged in international trade will need a BWM plan to remove or neutralise harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens; an International Ballast Water Management Certificate; and an onboard record book to prove compliance. Videotel’s training package, Ballast Water Management, Edition 2 covers BWM plan implementation and approved ballast water management systems that are appropriate for different types of vessels. Videotel has been a leader in developing training material since 1973 and has recorded more than 11 million training events. Its training programmes have been recognized with nearly 100 awards. A trailer of Videotel’s Ballast Water Management, Edition 2, can be seen here.

IN BRIEF

LIVERPOOL JOHN LENNON AIRPORT SET TO BECOME BLUE AIR’S EIGHTH EUROPEAN BASE
Romanian airline Blue Air is to introduce four new services from Liverpool at the beginning of the summer 2017 season. The new services comprise a daily departure to Rome, a four-times-weekly route to Milan, a four-times-weekly connection with Hamburg, and a three-times-weekly link with Alicante. www.liverpoolairport.com

TRAILER TOWING COURSES NOW AVAILABLE AT NATIONAL MARINE SAFETY BOATS
National Marine Safety Boats is now offering full training courses and DVLA-standard tests for towing boats and trailers. Training can also be combined with launch and recovery manoeuvres. Call the National Marine Safety Boats’ team on 0151 909 8067 for more information.

GONGS N’ ROSES

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES WINS TOP AWARD FOR PROMOTING BUSINESS SKILLS
Congratulation to our Maritime Knowledge Hub partner Liverpool John Moores University, which has picked up one of the Government’s annual Enterprising Britain Awards – the only organisation in the North and the only university in the country to win one. The award, for LJMU’s Enterprise Educators’ Academe, recognises the university’s achievement in ensuring enterprise skills are embedded right across its curriculum, which comprises  more than 150 degree programme pathways.  Vice-Chancellor of LJMU, Prof Nigel Weatherill, said: “Despite being created just two years ago, the Academe has been successful in embedding enterprise throughout our curriculum so our students graduate with the skills that meet 21st century business demands. Being recognised by the Government as a key player in economic growth reflects our modern civic approach to investing in the future of Liverpool’s business community and its place in the Northern Powerhouse.” https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/

TRAINING

LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING  – LIVERPOOL
A summary of courses in Liverpool from now until end November.

TANKER VETTING AND INSPECTION
Oct 18-19, Liverpool, price:  £940+VAT

ISPS COMPANY SECURITY OFFICER (CSO)
Nov 1-4, Liverpool, price:  £1,295+VAT

ISM/ISPS INTERNAL AUDITOR
Nov 22-24, Liverpool, price:  £1,175+VAT

More information on all of the above at: http://www.lr.org/en/marine/training/find-a-course.aspx or contact Ukmarinetraining.liverpool@lr.org

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