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MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

By Annette Parker

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

As always, Liverpool’s maritime sector is buzzing with news: our job is to bring you the full breadth and flavour but distilled down into a tea-break sized portion. Here’s the latest compilation for you to sit back and peruse. We’ll start with a quick mention of an info session we’ll be holding straight after next Tuesday’s Face-2-Face meeting (6 June) – if your business is an SME and you think you might be eligible for funded business support, read on….

NEW MARKETS 2 – SME BUSINESS SUPPORT PROGRAMME
Mersey Maritime is currently running a business support programme for fast-growing SMEs and has capacity to sign a small number of additional SMEs up to the programme. 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 in the Liverpool city region, employ fewer than 250 staff and have an annual turnover of under €50million. If your business can also demonstrate an average of 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, 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 alison.jones@merseymaritime.co.uk for more details.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

BURBO BANK EXTENSION LAUNCHES
The Burbo Bank Extension wind farm – developed by Denmark’s DONG Energy – has been officially launched. Located directly alongside the original Burbo Bank wind farm in Liverpool Bay, the Extension, launched on 17 May, is the first offshore wind farm to use MHI Vestas V164-8.0MW turbines, said to be the most powerful in the world. To provide a sense of size, the blades of each 195m tall turbine sweep an area bigger than the LFC pitch at Anfield. DONG is currently building an operations centre in Seacombe to serve both wind farms. The centre, which will open later this year, will provide 45 permanent jobs once it is fully operational. www.burbobankextension.co.uk

CAMMELL LAIRD REACHES NINE MONTH MILESTONE ON RRS SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH BUILD
Cammell Laird shipyard has announced the reaching of its nine-month milestone in the project to build the UK’s new polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough. The ship, which is the biggest commercial shipbuilding project in Britain for 30 years, has been commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council, and it will be operated by British Antarctic Survey, transforming the UK’s polar research capability. Since August last year 1,800 tonnes of steel out of a total of 5,200 tonnes, has been fabricated to make the hull of the ship, which carries the Cammell Laird hull number 1,390 and is due to enter service in 2019. Important landmarks in the build so far include the testing and fitting of two Rolls-Royce drive propulsion motors weighing 115 tonnes, with a combined cost of £5million and the fitting of the ship’s two 15 tonne stern thrusters. Full details of the build and its equally famous remotely operated sub-sea vehicle (ROV), Boaty McBoatface can be read here.         www.clbh.co.uk

LIVERPOOL APPOINTS TECHNICAL TEAM FOR NEW CRUISE FACILITY
Liverpool City Council has appointed engineering consultancy Ramboll to lead a highly skilled technical team in developing a new permanent Cruise Terminal Facility on the River Mersey. The team includes architects Stride Treglown, cost managers Gardiner & Theobald, global planning and property consultants JLL, and landscape architects Hyland Edgar Driver.  The team will initially work on a £50m detailed design proposal for the former Princes Jetty, off Princes Parade, which has been gifted to the city by Peel Land & Property. Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said: “Liverpool needs a new cruise facility so that we can provide the next generation of super liners and passengers with a world class welcome and a five star experience. Appointing Ramboll to lead this very experienced technical team is a key step in ensuring we develop a facility to the highest standards. A new cruise facility would also be a huge boost to our plans to regenerate the North Liverpool docklands and create thousands of new jobs.”
Last year Liverpool welcomed more than 60 vessels, with 120,000 passengers and crew.

MARLAN MARITIME LAUNCHES IRIS ONEBOX
Marlan Maritime Technologies has announced the launch of IRIS ONEbox, a cost-effective turnkey solution that allows ports of all sizes to access the right tools for enhancing safety, security and risk mitigation capabilities. At a cost of £30,000, port and harbour authorities can now implement an easy to use, low maintenance VTMS (Vessel Traffic Monitoring System) solution. The system includes a radar, camera, AIS, VTMS software, professional charts and an operator workstation. Marlan MD Alex Sinclair said: “We’ve been selling similar systems to this for a long-time and realised that a significant amount of cost is attributable to the semi-bespoke nature of VTMS projects. Through market research and ongoing discussions with our customers, we have identified a gap in the market for a feature rich, cost effective turnkey VTMS solution that gives peace of mind to small and medium sized ports and harbours, hence our IRIS ONEbox solution.”  Full details here.
https://marlan-tech.co.uk/

BEECH GROUP BUYS UP BIRKENHEAD OFFICES THE FOUNDRY
Demolition and remediation experts Beech Group is to take ownership of serviced office block The Foundry in Birkenhead, renting out the space in excess of its own requirements to tenants on a commercial basis. Single offices range from 12 to 20.5 sq.m. and can be combined into suites, with rental from £70/week inclusive of council tax, electricity, gas, water and repairs. All offices have been re-carpeted and decorated. A mini warehouse on the Pool Street side of the building is also available, with a floor area of approx 50 sq.m. and mezzanine office above. All enquiries to Lilly McCue on: lilly@beech-group.co.uk

UPDATED IMDG CODE E-LEARNING FROM EXIS TECHNOLOGIES
Exis Technologies has announced the completion of updates to its IMDG Code e-learning courses to Amendment 38-16 of the IMDG Code. The e-learning courses, which were developed in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization to meet the challenge of efficiently and economically training very large numbers of shore side staff, are already used by 12 of the world’s top 20 container lines  Amendment 38-16 of the Code can be used voluntarily from 1 January 2017 and becomes mandatory on 1 January 2018. See www.imdge-learning.com  for a full list of courses, including Advanced and Refresher IMDG or contact Exis Tech marketing manager Melanie Stephenson for a free trial at: melanie.stephenson@existec.com

CAMMELL LAIRD CONFIRMED AS HEADLINE SPONSOR OF UK’S ARMED FORCES DAY
Merseyside shipyard Cammell Laird will be the headline sponsor of this year’s UK’s Armed Forces Day (AFD), with celebrations taking place in Liverpool on 24 June – alongside the Mersey River Festival –  with more than 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands taking part in a parade followed by a full programme of events near the city’s iconic waterfront.  Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said: “Cammell Laird is immensely proud to be the principal sponsor of National Armed Forces Day this year on Merseyside, where we have been based for nearly 200 years.”  More details here.

NEW MEMBERS

And still they came….
This month we are delighted to welcome international classification society DNV GL to our Executive Club. We have also added two new members at Standard level: Cruise Media Services (Tony Storey) and Eddie Dybell’s  Marine & Engineering Technical Services (Tel: 0151 244 5402). Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available on our website.

INDUSTRY

MARITIME UK SURVEY: SAGARMALA, GOVT OF INDIA
Sagarmala Project is a strategic initiative of the Government of India to modernise India’s ports so that port-led development can be augmented and coastlines developed to contribute to India’s growth. A survey has been launched to help Maritime UK (whose Board Mersey Maritime is represented  on), its members and the UK government, gain an understanding of both the existing UK engagement with the Sagarmala project, where the UK has the relevant capability and how the UK can and should respond to this significant opportunity. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey here: https://www.maritimeuk.org/sagamarlaproject/

EVENTS & TRAINING

The IMAREST 14th Annual Dinner & Dance
The Liverpool Harbourside Marina
Saturday 14 October 2017
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology Annual Dinner and Dance will be held at the Liverpool Harbourside Marina on 14 Oct 2014,commencing with a reception at 6.30pm for Dinner at 7.30pm. Dancing will follow the meal and continue until midnight. Booking details from IMarEST Honorary Treasurer John Mace at johnmace@btopenworld.com

LLOYD’S REGISTER TRAINING – LIVERPOOL
A quick summary of LR courses coming up in Liverpool this autumn. Bookings can be made now by clinking on the links.
Ballast Water Management – Oct 10, £475+VAT
Risk Management and Incident Investigation – Sept 5-7, £1,175+VAT
ISPS Company Security Officer (MCA Approved) – Dec 5-8, £1,295+VAT
Tanker Vetting and Inspection – Nov 7-8, £940+VAT
Ship New Construction – Nov 21-23, £1,175+VAT

PEOPLE

Liverpool Cruise Terminal has appointed Peter Murney as Head of Cruise Operations, taking over from Angie Redhead, who, in her new role as Head of City Assets now oversees not only Cruise but St George’s Hall, Town Hall and Tourist Information. Pete joined Liverpool Cruise Terminal in 2013 following a 24 year career with the Royal Navy.

Complete Rope Access Solutions, part of Liverpool Health & Safety training company the Complete Group, has appointed Maurice Freeman as Project Manager. Maurice has worked within the Rope Access industry for 17 years specialising in construction, decommissioning, inspection, (vol-metric and surface methods). He can be contacted on m.freeman@cras.co.uk

Capt John Lloyd has been appointed as CEO of The Nautical Institute, managing the resources of an organisation with 7,000 members and over 50 branches around the world.  Capt Lloyd said: “I am delighted to be leading the next phase of development at The Nautical Institute, at a time of great change for our industry. Now more than ever it is important that the Institute champions best practice and professionalism and promotes a culture of safety first.”

GONGS N’ ROSES

WIRRAL HEART BEAT CHARITY BENEFITS FROM ESSAR STANLOW SAFETY MILESTONE
Congratulations to Essar Stanlow, which has marked reaching 7 million hours without a Lost Time Injury by making a £3000 donation to local charity Wirral Heart Beat. The refinery used its Let’s Give programme, which links safety milestones and charitable giving, to recognise the significant safety achievement.

AND FINALLY……

IMarEST INSPIRING JOURNEY GRANT   
Something a little different to finish as we flag up an opportunity for one aspiring adventurer to embark on an ocean-related journey with the help of a £5000 grant. The IMarEST Inspiring Journey Grant aims to evoke public interest in the oceans and seas by following the story of the grant winner via blog, vlog or written journal, social media channels and via a final report. To be in with a chance of securing the grant you need to come up with an idea for an original, exciting, and exceptional journey – that you will then need to undertake and report on. Deadline for initial proposals is 30 June. Full criteria at: www.imarest.org/funding/inspiring-journey-grant. The grant has been established in memory of David Henderson, who worked for the IMarEST from 2008 until his untimely death in 2016 at the age of 31, and his spirit as an adventurer with a boundless passion for exploring other places. So there you have it: age no barrier – just be brave, adventurous, inspired (….as in life generally).

 

 

A.Parker
About A.Parker
MERSEY MARITIME Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the UK's Liverpool City Region, bringing together over 1250 businesses whose activities contribute some £3.47bn - or 13% - to the region's GDP. The cluster is the broadest and largest outside of London, reflecting Liverpool's long history as a maritime mercantile city. As a city region that has maritime embedded in its DNA, Mersey Maritime is working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to address an agenda centred on skills, innovation, R&D and business support that will help facilitate further growth and job creation. The organisation is co-located with LJMU at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Wirral (UK).

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