A quicker than usual read this Friday just to highlight a couple of news stories and imminent events that we need to get out to you right now. Enjoy the read and here’s to a sunny weekend.
MERSEY MARITIME EVENTS
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
A summary of Mersey Maritime events planned for this month and into June, with further details available by clicking on the relevant links. Except where stated otherwise, all events are in Liverpool/Wirral.
24 May: Manufacturing and Engineering Workshop (A handful of places still available)
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 at the Maritime Knowledge Hub, Liverpool
7 June: Face-2-Face, with Members’ presentations
9 June: Stakeholder Meeting with LSTM’s Well Travelled Clinics
Remember, you can see details of these and all upcoming Mersey Maritime and partner events by regularly visiting our website Events page here.
WEIGHING IN: DISCUSSING THE NEW RULES ON CONTAINER WEIGHING AND THE CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTATION
Date: Thursday 19 May 2016
Venue: Hill Dickinson, No.1 St. Paul’s Square, Liverpool, L3 9SJ
Time: 8.15 am – 10am
Organiser: Hill Dickinson
Join Rachel Hoyland, senior associate with Hill Dickinson and Brian Sullivan, logistics insurance director the TT Club – along with a panel of industry experts – for an essential pre-implementation update on the IMO’s new rules on the weighing of containers. With mandatory application of the new rules on 1 July 2016, and much uncertainty on implementation, this session will:
• offer a clear and succinct digest of the rules
• explore their impact along the supply chain
• give practical guidance on preparing for the new regime.
Full details here. To book your place, email email@example.com or call 0151 600 8247.
8TH ANNUAL: UK PORTS CONFERENCE 2016
Date: 24-25 May 2016
Venue: Hill Dickinson LLP, London
Organiser: Hill Dickinson
A two-day conference on ports policy and port growth: changing regulation, emerging shipping trends, and burgeoning new markets, providing the latest updates on policy issues, current trends and “big” issues around national and regional and local infrastructure development. It will also examine recent shipping trends and evaluate the opportunities and gaps in terms of port development for growing markets. Full details and booking info here. Each day is separately bookable, with a 25% discount for new registrations, quoting discount code 293MERSEY. (This offer cannot be combined with any other discount/offer.)
Please note that anyone who has registered to attend Mersey Maritime’s ‘Fuelling the Northern Powerhouse’ event at the same venue on 25 May (Day 2 of the UK Ports Conference), may wish to combine the two. Day 2 of the Ports Conference will commence immediately after the close of the Mersey Maritime breakfast event).
IFB2016 – INVESTINBLUE CONFERENCE
Date: 15–16 June 2016
Venue: Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Organiser: National Maritime and partners
30% DISCOUNT FOR MERSEY MARITIME MEMBERS
A 2-day conference in Liverpool that supports UK maritime infrastructure development, high technology projects, products, systems and services to the world. This event is being organised by National Maritime and Jobs In Maritime, in partnership with UKTI and the Department for Business Skills and Innovation. Members of Mersey Maritime will benefit from a 30% discount on the full ticket price, paying £63 + vat for a one-day ticket and £117 + vat for both days. Full details and speaker line up can be seen here. Please register direct with National Maritime (NMDG) to attend this conference by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org, remembering to confirm in the email that your company is a member of Mersey Maritime.
Mersey Maritime represents the interests of the maritime and related sectors on Merseyside and is widely regarded as a best practice organisation in ‘clustering’. We work on behalf of over 1700 businesses on Merseyside, both individually and collectively, helping strengthen supply chains, create opportunities for increased trade and promote the excellence that exists across the sector in this region. Your support through membership helps us to do the work we do and, as a not-for-profit organisation, we reinvest all income raised back into the sector.
As our membership continues to grow, we are delighted to welcome another two new members: first Denholm Wilhelmsen Ltd, one of the UK’s leading port and marine service providers, and second, PJ Environmental, a specialist supplier of bespoke environmental and waste management services.
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, click here for details or call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
ARMITT GROUP TO BUILD FACILITY AT LONDON THAMESPORT
Liverpool based Armitt Group, the UK shipping agent and specialist logistics company, has signed a heads of terms agreement with Hutchison Port Holdings Group to build a 120,000 sq.ft. multimodal terminal at London Thamesport. Freight could start moving through the new facility as early as autumn 2016. Construction of the site and warehouse is due to start in this month, with shipments scheduled to begin later this year. Armitt Multimodal Terminal South, as it will be known, is the first in a three stage investment by the Armitt Group to develop similar facilities in the Midlands and North of the UK within the next three years. The company already offers vessel agency, chartering services and bunker supplies throughout the UK, including Thamesport. Nicholas Marshall, Commercial Director at Armitt, said: “What we are bringing to Thamesport, through this agreement, is our expertise in breakbulk handling, which is why Hutchison finds us attractive as a partner. We see this deal as being the start of a very long-term successful relationship with Hutchison Ports. Full story here.
PEEL WELCOMES MAERSK BACK TO LIVERPOOL
Peel Ports has celebrated the return of Maersk subsidiary Seago to the Port of Liverpool, after a ten year absence, with a formal welcome reception for its feeder vessel, Antwerp. The event on 27 April was attended by Seago and Maersk representatives along with the customers, and was followed by a port tour, including a trip to the top of the 90m Grain Tower, affording views over the whole site. Operator Seago is the latest carrier to introduce a new service via Liverpool, providing a new cargo route between Algeciras-Liverpool-Dublin. Patrick Walters, Commercial Director at Peel Ports, said: “This is a significant step in the transformation taking place at the Port of Liverpool. Seago is one of several new services that we have secured already in 2016. […] The interest we’re getting from the industry clearly indicates that they are increasingly looking at Liverpool as the place to be.”
Liverpool2 is to have a phased opening, with the first phase of the new terminal due to be fully operational in the autumn. Full story here.
CRMG CRANES ARRIVE IN MERSEY FOR LIVERPOOL2 DEVELOPMENT
The first six cantilever rail-mounted gantry (CRMG) cranes arrived in the River Mersey on 1 May ready for installing and commissioning at the Liverpool2 deep-water container terminal.
Produced by leading Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, which also supplied the five huge ship-to-shore cranes already on site, these six are the first of 12 required for phase 1 of the terminal. The site will eventually have eight STS and 22 CRMG cranes as part of a £100m investment. Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports Group, said: “The arrival of this first consignment is yet another important milestone as we approach the opening. Along with the STS cranes, the CRMGs are a very visible sign of the investment we are making at the port, adding capacity and efficiency to a key trade gateway. Full story here.
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