24 MARCH 2016
MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
MARITIME KNOWLEDGE HUB PHASE ONE OPENED BY UK SHIPPING MINISTER
March has been an incredibly busy month for Mersey Maritime, but we’re delighted to announce that Phase One of the Maritime Knowledge Hub is now open, launched on 10 March by UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP. Details and images of our new home can be seen here.
There‘s already been PR aplenty in publications and on social media but it would be remiss of us to send out the March e-zine and not also mention this month’s spectacular Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA16), which took place on 10 March at Wallasey Town Hall. Huge congratulations to all winners, details and photos of which are now available on our website, here. Our 2016 winners are:
– Business of the Year: Cammell Laird
– SME of the Year: Brookes Bell Group
– Engineering Company of the Year: Royal HaskoningDHV
– Innovation Award: Peel Ports Group
– Freight & Logistics Award: Warrant Group
– Best Newcomer: Geo Data Systems
– Global Reach Award: Isle of Man Ship Registry
– Maritime Professional Services Award: Brabners LLP
– Rising Star Award- Paula Crosby, Hughes Sub Surface Engineering
– The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador: Angie Redhead, Liverpool Cruise Terminal
JAMES FISHER MARINE SEALS £193M NAVY CONTRACT
Marine engineering specialist James Fisher has secured a £193m contract with the Indian Navy for long-term provision of its submarine escape and rescue capability, undertaking design and production of two complete submarine rescue systems by December 2018. They will be assembled near Glasgow by JFD Ltd, a James Fisher’s subsidiary. The contract includes 25-year in-service support, which will commence when the vessels are put into service in India. James Fisher & Sons CEO Nick Henry said: “As the global leader in submarine rescue services, James Fisher has been awarded the contract by demonstrating, through its work with the Royal Navy, the Australian Navy and the Singapore Navy, a commitment to the safety of the global submarine community over many years. We look forward to working with the Indian Navy at the start of this long term relationship.” www.james-fisher.com
BACKING FOR LIVERPOOL2 AS MAERSK ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICE
Peel Ports’ Liverpool2 development has received a major boost with the news that SEAGO, Maersk Group’s Intra-European shipping line, is to launch a new cargo route next month between Algeciras-Liverpool-Dublin. The feeder service will strengthen Liverpool2’s Irish Sea hub offering and establish direct cargo connections to and from the North West of England to Ireland and onwards to the Mediterranean, providing trade links to North and West Africa. Vessels will arrive and depart on Wednesdays. This is the first time that the Maersk Group company has used Liverpool for UK cargoes in over 10 years and will be Maersk Group’s first ever direct connection to the Irish capital. Liverpool2 is to have a phased opening, with marine trials beginning in April and other elements of the semi-automated terminal coming online throughout Q2 of 2016. The first phase of the new terminal will be fully operational in the autumn. www.peelports.com
BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT SOLD OFF TO V.GROUP
Bibby Ship Management, part of the Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group, has been acquired by V.Group. The deal aims to strengthen and extend V.Group’s position in the offshore market. Bibby Ship Management has 332 staff in the UK and globally, and has particular strengths in the management of offshore vessels. Sir Michael Bibby, MD of Bibby Line Group, said: “Bibby Line Group has built its reputation as a high-quality, safe and reliable ship owner and manager over 200 years of trading in the most competitive and dynamic markets in the world. […] By combining Bibby Ship Management’s operations, people and expertise with V.Group’s, we believe that our clients, as well as our own vessels, will continue to receive a high-quality personal service for years to come.”Full press release here.
PDMS MARITIME SIGNS UP MARITIME COOK ISLANDS FOR MARIS SYSTEM
PDMS Maritime has won a contract to deliver its international ship registry and seafarer management platform (MARIS) to Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) Limited, the corporate administrators of the Cook Islands international ship registry. The system will provide the registry with a complete enterprise system that covers all the key aspects of their business and help them prepare for the IMO’s mandatory audit scheme (IMSAS), which has been introduced from January 2016. Bruce McGregor, PDMS Maritime Director, said: “We are delighted that another ship registry has chosen our MARIS platform to help them meet their wide ranging regulatory obligations, drive productivity improvements and further enhance their customer service. Both ourselves and the MCI believe in a long term and collaborative partnership approach and we’ve already established a great working relationship with the forward thinking team at MCI”.PDMS Maritime is a leading supplier of Ship Registry systems. Its clients include: Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA); the Isle of Man Ship Registry; and the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI). www.pdmsmaritime.com
EXIS TECHNOLOGIES LAUNCHES NEW DANGEROUS GOODS PORTAL
Exis Technologies has announced the launch of Hazcheck Portal™, a new internet portal to simplify the management of dangerous goods restrictions imposed on or by container lines involved in the shipment of dangerous goods by sea. Hazcheck Portal enables container lines involved in vessel sharing agreements to enter and maintain the various restrictions for their operations, check for DG compliance with partner lines and accept provisional bookings. This is particularly critical for carriers of Dangerous Goods cargoes. Hazcheck Portal is available as an extension of Hazcheck Gateway, the global DG web booking facility. James Douglas, Director, Exis Technologies, said: “Hazcheck Portal is currently supporting mainly the management of shipping line (operator) restrictions but the design allows the user to store and share data relating to location, port/terminal and vessels. Exis is working with the container shipping community to develop this part of the database with key industry partners and specifically ports and terminals, thereby, helping to improve safety in the shipment of DG by sea.” More details here.
SEATRUCK LEAPS AHEAD ON THE DUBLIN-LIVERPOOL ROUTE
Seatruck Ferries, the Irish Sea freight specialist, has added a larger third vessel to its Dublin-Liverpool route, doubling the freight capacity on the sailing to 110 trailers. A third vessel on the route was only added in mid-November 2015, but the switch to a larger vessel comes in direct response to demand from the Seatruck customer base, adding further capacity during the busy midweek period.
Seatruck CEO Alistair Eagles said: “Since the introduction of the 3rd vessel on the route, volumes for Seatruck have grown quickly and strongly […]. As we approach our 20-year anniversary it seems fitting that we are continuing to listen carefully to the market and then reacting decisively and rapidly to their changing needs.” He added: “2016 will be a pivotal year for Seatruck with not only the additional capacity on this route but with the opening of the M6 link which will be a game changer for the development of our routes from the Port of Heysham” www.seatruckferries.com
LIVERPOOL ECHO SMALL BUSINESS OF THE WEEK: V&A HYDRAULICS
Nice little piece on MM member V&A Hydraulics, which was Small Business of the Week recently in the Liverpool Echo. You can read the feature here.
POLARIS LAUNCHES ALLIANCE TO HELP MARITIME FIRMS EXPORT TO INDIA
Maritime PR specialist Polaris Media has launched a bi-lateral trade partnership with Indian partner Marex Media, a PR and publishing company based in Mumbai. The alliance, which was formally unveiled to an audience of journalists and senior maritime executives in Mumbai last month, will offer a package of events and publicity services to maritime and engineering firms wanting to export to India. For details of the package, which includes press opportunities and the chance to present your company’s services to senior maritime executives, contact Polaris directors Ben or Sam Pinnington on 0151 550 4710. The package can be offered for an initial period of six months. Clients of Polaris Media include Cammell Laird, SeaKing and James Troop, while overseas the company works with the Gulf’s biggest shipyard Oman Drydock and Oman Shipping. www.polarismedia.co.uk
MARITIME GROWTH STUDY: ASSESSING INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
Following the launch of the Maritime Growth Study in Nov 2015, Maritime UK and partners right across the industry have been working to address the recommendations that fall upon industry.An online survey has been created to help gather a full picture and allow for capture and coordination of planned activities Maritime UK has compiled an online survey, which will allow to capture and coordinate planned activities. Please complete it by Friday, 15 April to ensure that results are compiled in advance of the next planned Ministerial Working Group on Maritime Growth. The findings will be available to all stakeholders and will help to inform the industry response to the Maritime Growth Study.
GONGS N’ ROSES
Peel Ports has been recognised for its commitment to environmental stewardship in the delivery of its Manchester Ship Canal project by the prestigious and historic Carmen Awards. The awards, which honour exceptional achievement in industry and individual enterprise, praised the business’s revival of the historic trade route and Victorian engineering masterpiece to build a sustainable platform for modern day growth in the North West.
Congratulations this month also to Jim Teasdale, former CEO of Mersey Maritime, who has been recognised at the Wirral Mayor’s annual Wirral Awards for his contribution and long service to the education and business sectors in Wirral, including dedicated work with Wirral Metropolitan College and Mersey Maritime.
EVENTS & TRAINING
MAST – APPRENTICE SHIP CUP 2016
Date: 30th March 2016
Time: 10am – 12-noon
Venue: Pullman Hotel, Kings Dock, Liverpool, L3 4FP
Merseyside Adventure Sailing Trust (MAST) will launch its 2016 Tall Ship Regatta programme with a presentation to employers of apprentices and trainees on the benefits of taking part. The regatta will comprise of three one-week voyages during June 2016 (the first of which will depart from Liverpool) in which teams of apprentices will compete to achieve the fastest transit time. Studies indicate that Sail Training has a profound impact on strengthening character, fortitude and self-confidence, helping to foster teamwork, personal discipline and respect for colleagues. To attend the presentation, email MAST chairman Jim Graves on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07801 680514.
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING
Risk Management & Incident Investigation
Dates: Two-day course: April 5-6 and June 28-29.
More info from: Ukmarinetraining.email@example.com or by calling 0151 552 5214 quoting ref
PRESENTATION: ‘DIVERSITY & INCLUSION – A CULTURE SHIFT WITH TANGIBLE BENEFITS IN THE WORKPLACE’
Date: 11 May 2016
Time: 10.30am -12.30pm
Organiser: DGB Solicitors
Venue/Host: MSB Solicitors, 13th Floor, Silkhouse Court, Tithebarn Street, Liverpool, L2 2LZ
Personal injury claims solicitors DGB Solicitors is offering access to a free-to-attend presentation to demonstrate, through drama, the perception of what diversity and difference means in the workplace. Working in partnership with AFTA Thought Training Consultants, the training programme challenges participants to think differently about the workplace, with the training researched, informed by and with a particular relevance to the legal sector. There will NO role-play interaction with attendees, just an opportunity to consider case studies based on real-life scenarios from the legal profession, with Q&A session and discussion after. Full details here. To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 May.
Sir Michael Bibby Bt, DL, Managing Director of the Liverpool headquartered Bibby Line Group, has been elected Vice President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, with Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President for Shipping and Marine at Shell, the newly elected President.
Those of you who call us or have visited our new offices within Phase One of the Maritime Knowledge Hub may already have had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne Fulton, office manager and the newest member of the Mersey Maritime team. Suzanne will also manage MM CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke’s diary and can be contacted on email@example.com
Law firm O’Connors LLP has promoted Kerry Boyle, Pamela Rafiq and David Malone to partnership, creating an eight partner firm. Their appointments recognise the value they bring to client projects and the increasing role they will play in the development and management of the business. O’Connors has offices in Liverpool and London and offers a unique blend of corporate, commercial, insurance and regulatory expertise, handling legal work for a wide range of businesses, from SMEs to multi-nationals. www.oconnorsllp.co.uk
TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER
It’s always good to see instances of our members coming together to collaborate on projects after meeting via Mersey Maritime. Reaching our ears this month is news that Well Travelled Clinics, part of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – a Mersey Maritime sponsor – has stepped in to help Nadia Mahmoud, a business developer with insurance broker Griffiths & Armour who is embarking on a personal challenge. Nadia will undertake the 11-day Bike Costa Rica Cycle Challenge later this year to raise money for Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Liverpool and Well Travelled Clinics has offered special rates to the whole team to take care of their vaccines and anti-malarials. For details of what the challenge involves and to make a donation, visit Bike Costa Rica Itinerary New and justgiving.com/Nadia-Mahmoud1. In addition to travel requirements, Well Travelled Clinics offers a comprehensive occupational healthcare package details of which can be found on the website at: www.welltravelledclinics.co.uk
Mersey Maritime member Mills Media has launched a website to provide a bespoke on-line ordering service for new and existing clients, supplying basic pull up banners from £54, plus other traditional roller banners and outdoor display banners. MD Andrew Mills, said: “The decision to re-vamp our on-line Banners For Business service came directly from client feedback – they wanted an uncomplicated, streamlined and accessible website – and that’s what we’ve created. Clients simply select their preferred banner system, upload their artwork, pay and that’s it – job done!”
There’s 10% off at the moment plus free delivery for Mersey Maritime members to Merseyside address. See www.bannersforbusiness.co.uk