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MERSEY MARITIME E-ZINE

By Annette Parker

 

MERSEY MARITIME NEWS

The Mersey Maritime team is taking advantage of these relatively quiet few weeks in August to put together a dynamic events programme for the next six months. So far, the programme includes London International Shipping Week events, some dynamite Face-2-Face presenters (think DONG Energy, Associated British Ports, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, Peel Ports…); an R&D, Innovation and Tax event; something on Cyber Security and more in our series of One-on-One meetings with prominent business leaders. While we send details out by email almost every week you can always see an at-a-glance summary on our website events page – bookmark it and keep going back as we start to more information in. In the meantime, here’s the latest news round up for the maritime sector here in the Liverpool city region.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

PEEL PORTS BEGINS SECOND PHASE EXPANSION AT LIVERPOOL2

Port of Liverpool owner Peel Ports Group has begun phase 2 of its expansion programme at Liverpool2, the port’s £400m deepwater container terminal. This second phase includes the  installation of three ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and ten cantilever rail mounted gantry cranes (CRMG) to add to the  five STS cranes and 12 CRMG cranes installed as part of phase one, which opened in November 2016.  Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said: “This is an important step in the development of Liverpool2 and reflects our confidence and our long-term commitment to positioning the North of England as a competitive route to international markets and a major port for global trade. The development of the project programme is now well underway. We are currently preparing the outline designs and would look to be in a position to appoint construction partners in spring of next year, with a view to commencement of construction shortly after. We anticipate a completion date for phase two in 2019.”   www.peelports.com

BIRKENHEAD’S THE ENGINEERING COLLEGE RETAINS OFSTED GRADE 2 STATUS

Three years since its previous OFSTED inspection in 2014, The Engineering College in Birkenhead has maintained its status as a Grade 2 training provider. Chief Executive of The Engineering College, Terry Weston, said: “This inspection has been one of the most challenging inspections that the college has seen since I have been here. Retaining the Grade 2 means that we can continue to work with our students and clients to ensure that employer needs are met and our students become well developed and quality engineers in industry, following their programme.” The OFSTED inspection revealed that the large majority of current trainees at The Engineering College make good progress on their qualifications and almost two thirds progress onto advanced apprenticeship programmes in engineering, after completing their traineeship programme.  More on this story here.

BIBBY MARINE SERVICES SIGNS CONTRACT WITH TOTAL E&P NETHERLAND

UK-headquartered Bibby Marine Services has signed a contract with Total E&P Netherland to charter the new Damen designed and built ‘Walk to Work’(W2W) Service Operation Vessel ‘Bibby WaveMaster1’ from April 2018 through to October 2018 with options to extend up to three years. Total will use Bibby WaveMaster 1 to replace jack ups and helicopters, providing W2W access to gas platforms in the southern North Sea as part of a conscious decision to transfer innovation and efficiencies developed for the Offshore Wind market into the Oil & Gas market. The vessel will provide accommodation for up to 90 people including crew.   http://www.bibbymarine.com/

DIESEL ENGINE SPECIALISTS JAMES TROOP CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY WITH RAPID SALES SURGE

Liverpool diesel-engine sales and maintenance specialists James Troop & Co is celebrating its landmark 150th anniversary with a surge in new business and export sales. The family-run company based in Runcorn, one of Liverpool’s longest-standing maritime and industrial businesses, is reporting a 27% sales hike on last year’s figures between January to June.  Company chairman Bob Troop, who is the great, great grandson of founder James Troop, said growth has been driven by specialist projects in the USA, expansion within the UK windfarm sector and new contracts with major ship management companies.  Mr Troop recently appointed new joint managing directors Derek Bate and Robert Pollock, who have amassed more than 60 years at the firm. Full press release here.     www.jamestroop.co.uk

LIVERPOOL’S £15M SENSOR CITY PROJECT OPENS ITS DOORS

Liverpool’s £15m Sensor City project in Liverpool city centre, has secured its first tenant. The facility, a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, focuses on the ‘internet of things’ or the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’, using sensor technology in industrial and domestic processes to record, store and send real-time information via the web. Dr Joanne Phoenix, business development manager at Sensor City, said: “The practical completion of Sensor City is an exciting milestone, as it allows us to finally open our doors to organisations that are looking to bring their ground-breaking sensor technology ideas to market.” Sensor City will help to promote UK sensor technology globally by offering technical expertise, specialist equipment, business support and an international platform for collaboration to SMEs and entrepreneurs, helping them to create prototypes and bring them to market. http://www.sensorcity.co.uk/

CAMMELL LAIRD’S MOVE INTO NUCLEAR SECTOR COULD GENERATE 1,000 JOBS

Wirral shipyard Cammell Laird anticipates the creation of up to 1,000 jobs in the next five years if work takes off at its newly opened Nuclear AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre). The new facility in Birkenhead, which opened in July, aims to develop new ways of building nuclear power stations more efficiently. The development could see component parts built at Cammell Laird before completed modules are moved to power stations for installation, with individual modules weighing up to 5,000 tonnes each. Jonathan Brown, managing director of Cammell Laird’s energy division, said: “The nuclear new build programme estimates a potential spend up to £100bn over 30 years. It is therefore imperative that as an industry we make the programme work from a cost and schedule perspective, stripping out waste and any unnecessary expense. Building modules off-site is one way to make the new build process much more efficient, cost effective and less risky for our investors.” More on this story here: http://bit.ly/2tzblhK

ESSAR SIGNS DEAL TO SUPPLY AVIATION FUEL TO ETIHAD AIRWAYS

Essar Oil (UK) Limited, which owns and operates the Stanlow Refinery at Ellesmere Port, has confirmed a new agreement with Etihad Airways for the direct supply of aviation fuel at Manchester Airport. The deal strengthens Essar’s aviation proposition in the UK, with the company now having direct jet fuel supply agreements in place with major airlines operating out of Manchester, Heathrow and Leeds Bradford airports. Essar Stanlow produces 16% of the UK’s road transport fuel demand and manufactures over 2bn litres of jet fuel each year, playing a key role in the country’s aviation industry. The Etihad agreement is the latest development in Essar Oil UK’s strategy of downstream integration, which has also seen a successful entry into the UK fuel retail market with the opening of 33 Essar branded service stations to date. https://www.essaroil.co.uk/

STONE MARINE SIGNS SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH DUBAI DRYDOCK WORLD

Marine propulsion specialists Stone Marine Shipcare, part of the Stone Marine Group, has signed a service agency agreement with Drydocks World in Dubai, the largest shipyard facility in Middle East Asia. The agreement sees Drydocks World permanently host one of Stone Marine’s innovative Mobile Workshops in Dubai, from where  Stone Marine’s services can also be mobilised quickly to other locations in the region whenever a ship propeller is in need of repair. Stone Marine Shipcare engineers are now training their counterparts at Drydocks World in use of the equipment so that technicians from both organisations can carry out repair and maintenance work. SMS MD Don Quilliam is delighted with the new relationship, saying: “With over 300 vessels docking at Drydocks World each year we are confident this will be a strong partnership, further enhancing the excellent service and facilities offered by Drydocks World with an unrivalled propeller repair and modification service.” Pictures and full story here: http://www.smshipcare.com/about_us/news.html

WREN INDUSTRIAL BOUGHT BY ENGINEERING ENTREPRENEUR

Merseyside maritime company Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications has been bought by Merseyside entrepreneur Jonathan Willoughby. Bootle-based Wren Industrial has been run for 27 years by husband and wife team David and Helen Wren, specialising in manufacturing doors, windows and hatches for ships and boats as well as welding and fabrication services primarily in the maritime sector. Wren’s clients include the Royal Navy, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and ferry operators Stena and the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.  Mr Willoughby, who also runs welding and fabrication company Yorkwall Engineering in Ellesmere Port, said the time was right to take Wren Industrial to the next level, aiming to double its £1million turnover in the next 12 months. “Wren has a really strong reputation in the maritime industry […] for the quality of its work and its dedication to customer service,” he said. “My aim is to now build on that bedrock and grow Wren’s client base and brand nationally and internationally. More on this story here.     www.wrenindustrial.co.uk

LIVERPOOL SEAFARERS CENTRE STAFF HELP STRANDED MERSEY SAILORS RETURN HOME

Those of you who attended Mersey Maritime’s Industry Awards dinner in March helped us raise funds towards a new seafarers support hub in Eastham, run by CEO John Wilson and his excellent team at Liverpool Seafarers Centre. The Hub has very quickly proved its worth, featuring in international news as the story of a group of stranded sailors unfolded over three disturbing weeks in July. Sterling work undertaken by all involved – you can read the full story here. http://liverpoolseafarerscentre.org/

NEW MEMBERS 

Membership of Mersey Maritime is growing as we continue to welcome new businesses on board.  Among these is our newest sponsor, Fort Recruitment, whose owners Ian Buckley and Kate Birmingham have stepped up their membership with us from Executive Club level.  Also since June, we have welcomed two new Executive Club members: Financial solutions provider Bathgate Business Finance and global logistics provider Denholm Logistics. At standard level we have added Wren Industrial & Marine Fabrications, civil engineering company D Morgan, distance learning provider UniCourse, industrial valve manufacturer Heap & Parthers and business consultancy Morgan Beaumont. Details about membership of Mersey Maritime are available on our website.

EVENTS

SPACE DISCOVERY DAY AT SENSOR CITY

Date: 14 September 2017

Time: 09:30 – 16:00

Location: Sensor City, Russell Street, Liverpool L3 5LT

This one day event, organised by Sensor City’s Satellite Systems Catapult team, will include speakers on subjects ranging from Space in the UK (an overview of the readily transforming commercial space landscape), a look at EO (Earth Observation), satellite comms and positioning capabilities, a panel session, information on the Knowledge Exchange Programme and an overview of Sensor City’s Catapult Programme, explaining how businesses can engage with it. Registration details will be announced shortly or contact business development manager Dr Joanne Phoenix of Sensor City: joanne.phoenix@sensorcity.co.uk      www.sensorcity.co.uk

GONGS N’ ROSES

MARLAN MARITIME WINS MERSEYSIDE INNOVATION AWARD 2017 Marlan Maritime Technologies, a maritime sector SME from Liverpool, has triumphed at this year’s prestigious Merseyside Innovation Awards with a system that records weather conditions, tidal movements and vessel traffic to create bespoke solutions for efficient offshore monitoring. The system helps ports and harbours, coastal surveillance and offshore asset protection to achieve safety, security and efficiency: it can be used by shipping businesses, engineers and scientists. As winner of the award, Marlan Maritime received a cheque for £10,000. Alex Sinclair, MD at Marlan Maritime, said: “I’m blown away to have won this award. As a new company, the prize fund will be invested in obtaining expert advice from industry leaders as we feel that before we can exploit international markets, we must first use the knowledge that is right here in Liverpool.  https://marlan-tech.co.uk/

LEK LUBRICATION’S ALEXIS LAY APPOINTED NATIONAL VC OF THE FSB Congratulations to Alexis Lay of Merseyside family-run firm LEK Lubrication Engineering, on her appointment as national vice chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Alexis has enjoyed a long and successful association with FSB, having held several roles including Branch Chair and National Councillor and Conference Coordinator since joining in 1991. As a director of LEK Lubrication Engineering, Alexis has helped build up a successful business which supplies, fits, services and repairs lubrication systems for all types of industries, including maritime. https://www.beka-lube.co.uk/

MEMBERS’ OFFERS

STAYBRIDGE SUITES, LIVERPOOL We are pleased to be able to pass on a special members’ discount of 15% on overnight or extended stays to member businesses of Mersey Maritime, along with an open invitation from the Staybridge team to the newly refurbished hotel’s regular evening socials. The discount is valid until December 2018, using the special booking code included in the website members’ directory  under Staybridge Suites Liverpool.  Weekly socials are held every Mon, Tues & Weds from 6.30 – 7.30pm, with complimentary drinks and snacks – all welcome. Details on Staybridge Suites Liverpool are here: http://bit.ly/2hGHSNC

 

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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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