MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
FACE-2-FACE JUNE: MEMBERS’ EVENT
No sooner have we tucked another successful Face-2-Face meeting under our belts this morning – with thanks to Mark Povall of Liverpool John Lennon Airport for an excellent presentation – than we’re already planning for June, which will be a Members’ Presentation Event.
As on previous occasions, members who would like to be considered for one of the four available 10-minute presentation slots at next month’s F2F on 7 June are invited to throw their metaphorical hats into the ring. Please email email@example.com by Wednesday 11 May with brief details of the subject you would propose to cover. Companies will be drawn at random by a member of our Board on 13 May and will be notified week commencing 16 May.
MAYDAYS – DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
A quick round up of events planned for this month, with further details available by clicking on the relevant links. Except where stated otherwise, all events are in Liverpool/Wirral.
10 May: UKTI/Mersey Maritime Seminar: Exploring Offshore Wind Opportunities in China
24 May: Manufacturing and Engineering Workshop
25 May: Business Breakfast, London: “Fuelling the Northern Powerhouse – The Case for the Maritime Knowledge Hub”. With UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP
27 May: Export Club Breakfast
You can see details of these and all upcoming Mersey Maritime events by regularly visiting our website Events page here.
ACL TAKES POSSESSION OF NEW LIVERPOOL HQ
Atlantic Container Line has taken possession of its new purpose-built Liverpool headquarters, the first new-build shipping HQ to open in the city since 1932. The £10m office development is located directly opposite the Bibby Line Group head office on Duke Street, Liverpool, on the site of a former vinegar factory. ACL, which operates a transatlantic container service between Liverpool and North America, will complete fit-out work during the summer before relocating from its current Prices Parade offices.
The company’s 165 UK-based staff will occupy two of the four storeys at the Duke Street base, letting out the remaining two storeys to the general office market. ACL MD Ian Higby said: “We are committed to Liverpool as a place to manage business from and we have been here for a long time. We have our new fourth generation ships coming in and we have also been centralising a lot of activity here in the city from around North America and Europe.” www.aclcargo.com
HUGHES SSE HEADS FOR EUROPE
Hughes SSE has been awarded a subsea inspection framework covering three of DONG Energy’s European windfarms. Now in its tenth year, the Bootle-headquartered firm founded in 2006 by owner and managing director Ian Hughes, has successfully broken into the Oil & Gas industry and the highly competitive European Wind Market despite a tough economic climate. Mr Hughes said: “This contract highlights our commitment to providing award winning services across the UK and now Europe,” […] “We are very proud to be supporting DONG Energy on this particular framework, providing both Diving & ROV inspection and NDT services. This will help DONG Energy prolong the life of their offshore assets and assist to drive renewable energy costs down.”
Since its inception in 2006, HSSE has completed more than one thousand projects without major incident and with total client satisfaction. www.hsse.co.uk
PEEL PORTS AND ECOCEM CEMENT RELATIONSHIP WITH £4M INVESTMENT
Peel Ports has entered into a joint £4m investment with Irish cement manufacturer Ecocem to launch a new bulk import terminal at Runcorn Docks. The new terminal will be able to handle 200,000 tonnes a year of cement, capitalising on the UK’s booming construction sector. Construction of the terminal on the Manchester Ship Canal has cost £2m, with a further £2m earmarked to increase capacity at the site to meet growing demand. It will handle cement from Ecocem’s production facility in Dublin Port, which will be processed in Runcorn and then transported direct to the heartland of the UK’s construction industry via road, rail and water. Click here for full story.
INNOV8 WINS UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER SCIENCE PARK CONTRACT
Site safety and CDM business, Innov8 Safety Solutions, has won a contract to provide principal designer support to global consulting engineers, Arup, on development work at Thornton Science Park in Chester. The Energy Demonstrator project, commissioned by the University of Chester, is based on the former Shell site near Ince and will be a major research and innovation hub for the University. Jeremy Meredith, operations director at Innov8 Safety Solutions, said: “This is a fantastic project. Thornton Science Park has already become known as a centre of excellence for cutting edge scientific work offering state-of the-art science and research facilities which is attracting businesses. We’re delighted to be helping to further enhance the facility which is having such a positive impact on our local and regional economies.” www.lucionservices.com/companies/innov8-safety-solutions/
PDMS WINS MCA BUSINESS SYSTEMS CONTRACT
PDMS Maritime has announced a significant new contract with the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). Isle of Man based PDMS will provide the MCA with MARIS, its integrated electronic business management for ship registries, reducing the agency’s administrative burden in line with recent IMO recommendations. Bruce McGregor, PDMS Maritime Director, who spearheads the MARIS programme, said: “We are very much looking forward to working closely with such an important maritime organisation as the MCA – applying our technology expertise and partnership approach to help them achieve their strategic business objectives.”
The MCA project marks PDMS’s second new MARIS-related contract award this year, having recently announced a new contract with the Maritime Cook Islands. PDMS Maritime is now the leading global supplier of ship registry software with other clients including the Bahamas Maritime Authority, the Isle of Man Ship Registry and the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands. www.pdms.com
SALES ACCELERATE AT SUPERCAR MAKER BAC
Sales are accelerating at Merseyside-based supercar maker Briggs Automotive Company (BAC), with exports of the Mono now at 90 per cent of total orders. The BAC Mono, a lightweight, ultra-high performance, road legal supercar, designed and manufactured in Speke, can do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds and has a maximum speed of 170 mph. Launched in 2011, the car was hailed by critics, being the second fastest car ever on the Top Gear test track and the fastest on road tyres.
BAC was founded in 2009 by brothers Ian and Neill Briggs. In that time, the company has expanded from “being a three or four car a year business” to a position where, according to BAC chief operating officer Mark Rayner: “We’ll manufacture 50 cars this year but we’ll sell 60. We’re a niche car manufacturer and 90 per cent of our sales are exports.”
There are currently fewer than 100 BAC Mono supercars in existence around the world. The starting price for a BAC Mono is £125,500. The BAC Mono is currently playing a starring role in this year’s Gumball 3000 rally, which is taking place this week, finishing in Bucharest on 7 May. See www.gumball3000.com / www.bac-mono.com
GONGS N’ ROSES
ROYAL NAVY ACCOLADE FOR MARINE ENGINE SPECIALIST JAMES TROOP
Specialist marine engine supplier James Troop has received a special presentation for its outstanding work on seven Royal Navy Sandown class mine hunters. The award follows Troop’s successful completion of a £2m contract to replace and commission new Volvo Penta engines and generator sets on the vessels. Bob Troop , Chairman and MD of the Runcorn-based firm, was presented with a crest and ceremonial photographs by Cdre Gary Doyle, the RN’s Northern England and Isle of Man commander. Commodore Doyle said: “It is a great pleasure to present this crest and ceremonial photographs to James Troop in recognition of its tremendous work on the mine hunter vessels.” He added: “It is especially pleasing that the Royal Navy is working with a long-established Liverpool family business which is brilliant for the local economy here in the home city of the North of England and Isle of Man Naval Regional Headquarters.”
Bob Troop, who is the great, great grandson of company founder James Troop, said: “We made an absolute commitment to the Royal Navy to deliver the highest possible standards of engines, training and, going forward, technical and spare parts support. […] By building this rapport and understanding, we can operate more efficiently, constantly improving the standard of service for the Royal Navy.” www.jamestroop.co.uk
QUEEN’S AWARDS FOR MARITIME COMPANIES
It’s good to see two Mersey Maritime members recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, announced on 21 April to coincide with the monarch’s 90th birthday. Of ten Merseyside companies bestowed with the award, we salute one of our most recently joined members, RSK Group in Helsby, and Liverpool-based Bibby Maritime, both of which are recognised for outstanding achievement in the category of international trade. RSK Group provides a range of scientific and engineering consultancy services throughout Europe, Russia, Turkey and Iraq, and Bibby Maritime provides floating accommodation for major projects around the world. Between 2010 and 2014 Bibby Maritime expanded to Australia and grew overseas sales by 73% from £19m to £33m.
STATE AWARD FOR MERCHANT NAVY: Nominations Invited
In November 2015 UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP announced a new State Award to be known as the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service. The first medals will be presented later this year and replace the prestigious Merchant Navy Medal, which has been awarded by the Merchant Navy Medal Committee since 2005. The DfT is the government office responsible for recommending awards to the Minister, however a Committee of the MNTB (Merchant Navy Training Board) will act as a “clearing house” to review nominations before they are submitted. Nominations for the 2016 awards must be received by 13 June. Further info on eligibility criteria can be seen on the Nautilus website, here. Guidance notes and nomination form are here: http://merchantnavymedal.org
LLOYD’S REGISTER MARINE TRAINING
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Date: 28-29 June 2016
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