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Mersey Maritime Ezine

By Mersey Maritime

FIRST UP
#MMIA15
The finalists have now been announced in Mersey Maritime’s first ever Industry Awards. Companies included in the judges’ shortlist have taken to Twitter and other social media (as have we) to promote their success, and excitement is beginning to mount as the big day draws near. We’re almost sold out for the awards dinner on 12 March but contact us quickly if you’d like details.
In the meantime, you can join in on the big build up and discover who’s made it to the final by Liking our Facebook page and Following us on Twitter and remember to tweet us using #MMIA15.

MEMBERS’ NEWS

CAMMELL LAIRD ANNOUNCE NEWBUILD FERRY CONTRACT
Cammell Laird shipyard has today announced the securing of a £5.7m new-build ferry contract with the Northern Ireland Executive. The Birkenhead marine and specialist engineering company was awarded the project after an open procurement exercise which attracted interest from shipyards across Europe. It will see the firm construct a new car and passenger ferry with capacity for 28 cars and 260 passengers to replace the MV Strangford which currently operates between Strangford and Portaferry in County Down, Northern Ireland. The new ferry is due to be delivered by August 2016.   www.clbh.co.uk  

HUGHES COMPLETES ON GWYNT Y MOR
Hughes Sub Surface Engineering has completed its role as provider of core services in the construction of the Gwynt y Môr wind farm. The Bootle-based diving contractor completed 34 months of work during which it undertook over 3,500 incident-free dives and utilised more than 10 vessels, including two DP2 vessels in tandem, to deploy over 250 personnel offshore, including many from the local area. The company worked on numerous aspects of the project, providing Divers, Riggers and Specialist Confined Space and Emergency Response Personnel to assist in the completion of a great variety of work scopes.  During the contract, Hughes SSE was also formally recognised for innovation, working with RWE to provide a combined Operational Support and Emergency Response Team (REA Skills Development Award 2014) that provided rapid medical cover for over 40 incidents.  Hughes SSE Managing Director Ian Hughes said that his company’s operations on the Gwynt y Môr project had been “challenging and rewarding”. He said: “The company has built strong working relationships with numerous contractors during the project and enjoyed working closely with the client. Both our onshore and offshore teams have worked tirelessly to ensure a safe and successful completion, and I am very proud to say that Hughes SSE has been involved and consistently provided the best possible service from start to finish.” www.hsse.co.uk

POLARIS DELIVERS PR FOR OMAN DRYDOCK’S 300TH DRYDOCKING
Merseyside PR firm Polaris Media has completed a deal to supply PR services to support the 300th drydocking undertaken by Oman Drydock Company (ODC), one of the newest and biggest shipyards in the world. Polaris directors Ben and Sam Pinnington attended a special ceremony to mark the milestone at the new port and logistics city of Duqm where ODC is based, and have since generated media coverage for the story worldwide. “We are very proud to support ODC with this major project as it seeks to position itself as the leading shipyard in the Gulf,” said Ben Pinnington. “Polaris has a strong product for the Middle East, where the business language is English. We have been working in Oman for the last year and we intend to grow our operations to support its hugely exciting maritime, construction and engineering sectors.” ODC opened in 2011 following a $1.5bn investment and is 1.3 million m2 in size.  www.polarismedia.co.uk

SEAKING ELECTRICAL ‘EXTRA-CAPACITY’ SUPPORT TEAM DRIVES INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION
Birkenhead based SeaKing Electrical is reporting a surge in work following increased demand from international shipyards for its extra capacity support team. SeaKing Electrical MD Dave Gillam said the firm can deliver any electrical-related service from design, specification and survey work to manufacturing, installation and maintenance.  “We have completed a large number of international contracts in recent months,” he said. “These jobs have involved the supply of expert engineers to fill gaps where there are skill and personnel shortages.” He continued: “SeaKing offers a depth of technical expertise, flexibility, speed of response and a broad range of services. Essentially, we can deliver support for virtually any electrical-related maritime job, at short notice, anywhere in the globe.” www.seakinggroup.co.uk

IPS LANDS FIRST OFFSHORE FURNITURE DEAL
Mersey engineering firm IPS Marine Fabrications has completed a contract to manufacture oil rig beds for a Yorkshire-based furniture company. The Birkenhead business, led by Paul Smith and Peter Hillan, specialises in metal fabrication and insulation services predominantly for maritime firms.
Mr Smith said  an initial specification to produce two beds for a rig proved such a success that another order was placed for a total of 66 beds. “Marine & Offshore Furniture approached IPS because of our growing reputation as an expert metal fabricator,” said Mr Smith. “We worked with robust, corrugated steel to give the beds great strength and durability.”
IPS used a new CNC brake press to deliver the order, following an £80,000 investment to install new machinery at the Merseyside manufacturing base. IPS recently reported a surge in employment following strong growth in the last 12 months. It has recruited five extra staff, taking the total employee count to 30 and made capital investment in the business of more than £150,000.
Mr Smith added: “Our knowledge of steel and aluminium fabrication enables us to manage a wide variety of maritime projects. This includes manufacturing furniture and fittings, ventilation system upgrades and air conditioning installations. www.ipsmarine.co.uk 

FRANK ARMITT AND SHERRINGTON ASSOCIATES PARTNER TO APPOINT NEW COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
Frank Armitt & Son has engaged the support of specialist maritime recruitment business Sherrington Associates to appoint a new Commercial Director to the business. The Armitt Group is a North West based shipbroking business established in 1950 which now also runs a ships agency and chartering company alongside its steel logistics division subsidiaries North West Stevedores Ltd, Widnes Steel Store and Mersey Bunkering. Nick Marshall brings with him over 30 years’ experience in shipping and steel logistics, having previously held senior roles with Collett Marine in Grimsby and DFDS.
MD for the Armitt Group Charles Gray said: “I am really pleased that Nick has joined our group and I believe that he brings with him a wealth of experience to help The Armitt Group deliver an ambitious strategy for growth.  The key to this recruitment was finding someone who understood our values and had the necessary experience to deliver this growth plan.  Sherrington Associates were able to respond quickly, understanding the profile required and then to deliver credible candidates.  I look forward to Nick joining us in an exciting period in our history.”
www.armitt.co.uk / www.sherringtonassociates.co.uk

ISP TARGETS LEISURE MARINE MARKET WITH WORLD’S SMALLEST EPIRB

Bootle-based International Safety Products (ISP) is targeting the global leisure maritime market after boosting its portfolio with the world’s smallest EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).
The Merseyside firm, which is one of the largest manufacturers of marine inflatable lifejackets, is now supplying the rescueME EPIRB1, made by Margate-based maritime communication specialist Ocean Signal. The life-saving aid is used to raise emergency rescue missions and pinpoint the location of the user at sea. The device is around 30pc smaller than comparable products on the market and comes with integrated GPS, enabling a worldwide link to emergency services. ISP commercial director Geoff Billington said: “We see this as an essential piece of kit for the leisure market. A key selling point for this product is its size. It is 178mm in length, with the antenna stowed, and 89mm in diameter. It weighs little more than 400 grams.”
Mr Billington said the firm will be looking to drive sales of the new EPIRB by capitalising on a strong reputation in the leisure market, where ISP manufactures lifejackets for some of the world’s best known leisure brands. It is approved to the following standards: Cospas Sarsat T.001/T.007 IEC61097-2, RTCM SC11000, IC RSS287.
www.ispl.co.uk

NEW MEMBERS
We’ve started off the year with a mighty whoosh, as new members contuinue to sign up with Mersey Maritime in recognition of the support we provide and the benefits of being part of an increasingly strong cluster. Joining us as our first new sponsor in 2015 is investment and financial planning advisor TilneyBestinvest. New to our Executive Club are CSAV Agencies (UK & Ireland), who have upgraded their membership, and Blue Arrow, who recently won the contract to supply labour to the Seaforth Container Terminal. A whole swathe of new members at standard level include on- and offshore training provider Complete Site Safety Ltd; insurance brokers Griffiths & Armour; recruitment specialists  Recruit4Offshore; specialist SME fund providers URICA; freight forwarders Mersey Forwarding and independent ship management consultants Woodbank Marine.

If you would like to be part of our network, please call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.

NEWS AROUND THE REGION

PLANS REVEALED FOR MARINE SAFETY TRAINING CENTRE AT WIRRAL WATERS, BIRKENHEAD
Wirral council has submitted a planning application to create an Offshore Safety Training Centre (OSTC) at Wirral Waters and is seeking funding for the centre in Birkenhead. In doing so, the authority aims to support local companies involved in the renewable energy sector and initiatives taking place in Liverpool Bay and Irish Sea. If approved, Wirral Council would aim to see the centre built at West Float, with access to Gilbrook Basin and close to the proposed International Trade Centre. A spokesman said: “Wirral’s offshore engineering capabilities led us to become the only CORE (Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering) on the west coast of the country and through our regional growth fund programme we have supported companies in accessing opportunities in the offshore wind sector. An offshore survival training facility will further support our offer to businesses already here and businesses looking to invest here.” Potential users of the facility are anticipated to include the developers of the two nearby offshore windfarms and companies undertaking exploration for oil and gas reserves. Other potential users could be port and ferry operators. As well as a classroom for 16 trainees, the proposed centre would include a 10m by 20m training tank, offices and outside a replica helipad and shipping containers. West.”

RUNCORN PORT DOUBLES FREIGHT VOLUMES IN 2014
Runcorn Docks has doubled the amount of freight it handles over the past 12 months, increasing throughput from 275,978 tonnes in 2013 to 408,636 tonnes last year. The total figure is expected to increase again to 460,000 tonnes in 2015. Peel has invested more than £3.4m in improving the facilities at Runcorn Docks in the last five years, including the development of its warehousing capabilities and the introduction of two new Liebherr cranes, which have improved operational performance and flexibility of cargo handling at the port. Port Director David Huck said: “Year-on-year we are seeing continued growth at Runcorn Docks. The fact that we have just witnessed the best month in the last 25 years and welcomed the largest cargo ship in the history of the port shows that it is fast becoming a significant port of call along the Manchester Ship Canal. These record-breaking figures reflect the benefits of our continued investment.” www.peelports.com

WIND FARM EXTENSION TO BE BUILT OFF THE CROSBY COAST
Dong Energy has announced its intention to construct an extension to its Burbo Bank wind farm in Liverpool Bay, adding an extra 32 turbines to the 25 already there. The project, expected to start producing energy in 2017, was granted permission in 2014 by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Burbo Bank Extension is the first of three projects for which Dong Energy was awarded an investment contract by the Government in April 2014. The extension will be located west of the operational Burbo Bank offshore wind farm, around 8.5km from Crosby beach. Up to 135 full time jobs and 55 part time jobs could be created in local supply chain during the construction period of the wind farm extension. Onshore works to place underground cables in North Wales are due to take place in 2015 and early 2016, while offshore works are expected to commence in 2016 and proceed until early 2017.

CRUISE TERMINAL EXPANSION PLANS
Liverpool Cruise Terminal will be expanded so that it can deal with up to 1,800 passengers per vessel – while the council looks at options for a permanent building on the waterfront. A report to the Cabinet in January recommends that the council purchases the temporary structure, which it currently rents, and extends it to provide handling services to larger vessels. The cruise terminal will see 54 ships and over 80,000 passengers call this year – a 40 per cent increase on 2014 –  contributing c. £5.8 million to the city’s visitor economy, up from £1.3 million when it was simply a port of call destination. As most of our readership now knows, the highlight of the 2015 cruise season will be two very special events to mark Cunard’s 175th anniversary. The May Bank Holiday weekend (23-25 May) will see Cunard’s ‘Three Queens’ spectacle on the Mersey in Liverpool followed by the return to Liverpool of Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 to celebrate Britannia’s transatlantic departure exactly 175 years earlier, on 4 July.

NEWAY PROVIDES BOILER CLEANING AND ESSENTIAL SAFETY SERVICES ON REFINERY SHUTDOWN
Ellesmere Port-based industrial cleaning specialist Neway has completed a series of skilled and demanding services for the boiler maintenance shutdown at the Essar Oil UK refinery in Stanlow, Cheshire. The company has supplied teams of skilled cleaning staff on three Essar Oil UK boiler shutdowns in the past 12 month as well as  operatives for stand-by duties during the shutdown. They are vitally important for confined-space working and act as a safety lifeline for engineers working inside the boiler. Peter Sinkinson, Group MD, said: “Neway is targeting more petrochemical shutdown contracts. We want to build on our success in providing specialised cleaning teams to the very high standard required within the industry, which is always evolving.”  Neway Industrial and Environmental Services is part of Cammell Laird marine and engineering services specialist group in Birkenhead and is led by Peter Sinkinson and Wayne Sides. www.newayservices.co.uk

SNIPPETS…
Blue Arrow has taken over management of the supply of labour to Peel Ports for Liverpool Seaforth Container Terminal, from 12 January.  www.bluearrow.co.uk

Liverpool Coastguard Station Closed The Coastguard Station at Crosby, North Liverpool, has now closed, with the co-ordination of maritime emergencies on the north west coast now being handled from Holyhead, North Wales.

New Lifeboat for Hoylake Hoylake’s new £2m lifeboat – the Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood – has arrived from the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset. The Shannon class is jet propelled, making it much more manoeuvrable in shallow water. Hoylake is only the fourth Lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland to receive the new Shannon class vessel.

PEOPLE
Hill Dickinson is delighted to announce the recruitment of Rachel Hoyland as a Senior Associate in the Shipping Team. Rachel is formerly the in-house Head of Legal with CMA CGM (UK) Shipping Ltd and is an experienced dry shipping lawyer. Rachel will be based in the Liverpool office of Hill Dickinson, which works closely with London as part of the Global Shipping team.

EVENTS & TRAINING
THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE AGM
Date: 23 February. From 1800 hrs.
Venue: HMS Eaglet
A presentation on ‘Liverpool Cruise Terminal’ by Angie Redhead, Terminal Manager, will follow at 19:30 hrs. If attending, please contact Steve Bonsall, Hon.Sec. at s.bonsall@ljmu.ac.uk. ID will be required to gain access to HMS Eaglet.

NI and IMarEST JOINT PRESENTATION:
“What does it take to be a Maritime Professional” by Cdr. Philip Parvin, RN
Date: 2 March. From 1800 hrs.
Venue:  LJMU, Byrom Street Campus, Room 218

FACE-2-FACE – 3 MARCH
Mersey Maritime’s flagship networking event will feature Dick Welsh of the Isle of Man Ship Registry as our guest speaker next month so we’re pretty sure it will be a full house once again. Look out for our notification email later this week with full details or register online here. (Please note that places booked online are subject to confirmation)

INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED SHIPBROKERS’ ANNUAL DINNER 2015
Date: 16 April 2015
Venue:  Hilton Hotel, Liverpool, L1 8LW.
Bookings are now being taken for the ICS’51st Liverpool Branch Annual Dinner with tables of ten available at £600. After-dinner speaker is award winning comedian Rod Woodward. Some individual places are also bookable. Contact Roy Cooke at roycooke7@icloud.com for further details and booking form.

SEAFARERS AWARENESS WEEK, 20-28 JUNE 2015
‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’ will be the theme for this year’s Seafarers Awareness Week, aiming not only to raise awareness of Britain’s dependence on seafarers but highlight the many career possibilities the maritime world offers young people. See www.seafarersweek.uk or for further info please contact Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager, on 020 7932 5969 / email nick.harvey@seafarers-uk.org

OFFERS
30 PER CENT DISCOUNT FOR MERSEY MARITIME MEMBERS ON IMDG UPDATES
Exis Technologies is offering members of Mersey Maritime a 30 per cent discount on the purchase of Amendment 37-14 digital IMDG Code products. Please see the IMDG Support website for details and contact sales@existec.com or call +44 (0)1325 466672 to obtain the discount. Amendment 37-14 of the Code can be used from 1 Jan 2015 and becomes mandatory from 1 Jan 2016. A free summary of the Amendment 37-14 changes is available here. Exis Technologies has also launched two new 37-14 IMDG Code e-learning courses:
Refresher Course (Amdt 37-14) – provides a recap of the main IMDG Code provisions and includes an update on the latest Amendment for personnel who have previous knowledge of the IMDG Code.
Dangerous Goods Transport General Awareness (Amdt 37-14) – for personnel who have a very limited direct involvement in dangerous goods shipping or transport activities but need a general appreciation of the regulations. For more information see: www.imdge-learning.com
Finally, Hazcheck DGL Lite FREE mobile app (Amdt 37-14) is now available from the mobile app store.

OPPORTUNITY FOR MERSEY MARITIME MEMBERS – FREE QMS AUDIT PROJECT
Liverpool Business School is looking for companies that would benefit from having students studying for an Internal Quality Management Systems Auditing module working with them on a short project.
Students studying for the module within their BA (Hons) Business Studies programme at LBS need to understand the process-based QMS model the process-based auditing model. As part of this, they need to carry out an internal audit in a live environment, so are seeking volunteer companies that would benefit from a half day audit before they have a “real” one, preferable this month or into March. There is no financial cost for the companies, however time for meetings and access to Company QMS documents would be necessary. Anyone potentially interested in taking up this offer should contact Kirsty Barr at LJMU in the first instance: K.Barr@ljmu.ac.uk

HOTEL OFFERS
Don’t forget that Mersey Maritime members have access to a range of preferential rates at hotels in the city centre including Hard Days Night Hotel and Malmaison. We’ve also got a deal for the night of 12 March (date of Mersey Maritime’s Industry Awards Dinner at Wallasey Town Hall) at Contessa Hotels’ Leverhulme and Hillbark Hotels on the Wirral. Please call our team for details.

AND FINALLY……
Good to see that the Liverpool Echo’s Tony McDonough is now featuring a daily Shipping Movements on the Mersey section in the Echo alongside other maritime sector news. Please help us make the most of this opportunity for local companies to gain coverage and profile in the press by keeping the news on appointments, contract wins and other positive news stories coming through.

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