MERSEY MARITIME NEWS
Just a couple of lines from us before this goes out to wish you all a lovely extended weekend and remind those who have registered that our 5 May Face-2-Face meeting with DONG Energy that it falls straight off the back of this weekend. Please note that we are now oversubscribed for F2F and unable to accept any further late registrations.
BIBBY SHIP MANAGEMENT WINS SUPPORT VESSELS CONTRACT
Bibby Ship Management has won a contract for the technical and crew management of three support vessels for Marine Platforms Ltd. The vessels will initially be operating in Nigeria but will be managed from Aberdeen. Chris Stone, Chief Operating Officer at Bibby Ship Management, said:
“The African Inspiration and Rem Supplier came into our full management earlier this year and the African Vision will follow in the next few months. This is a great achievement for the team and we are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with Marine Platforms Ltd.” www.bibbyshipmanagement.com
PEEL PORTS’ £100M ‘CRANES WITH BRAINS’ HERALDED AS GAME-CHANGING TECHNOLOGY
Peel Ports’ £100m investment in state-of-the-art cranes as part of its investment in the new deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool has been heralded in the Raconteur section of The Times as a game-changing technology for the year ahead. Peel’s so-called ‘Cranes with Brains’ sit alongside drones, warehouse automation, and 3D printing as one of five top technologies that will help to revolutionise the supply chain in 2015. The cranes, which will help eliminate human fatigue and increase efficiency, include 22 CRMGs (Cantilever Rail Mounted Gantry) cranes and eight STS (Ship to Shore) cranes. The dual side-loading system being installed at Liverpool2 is unique in Europe, providing a greater number of transfer points from the haulage vehicle to the container stack, allowing Peel Ports to optimise its service to customers and help make Liverpool the port of choice for shipping lines and feeder services looking to access the North of England, Midlands, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. www.peelports.co.uk
PEEL PORTS LAUNCHES RECRUITMENT DRIVE
Peel Ports has launched a recruitment campaign to hire the first 90 of 500 jobs that will be created by the new £300m deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. The majority of new jobs – 75 – will be created in Liverpool in the next three months alone.
Peel’s investment in the new terminal is set to create around 500 direct jobs at the port and 5,000 indirect jobs within the local supply chains. Peel Ports is keen to ensure that as many jobs as possible continue to go to local people and is encouraging them to register their details on its careers site.
The new jobs cover a diverse range of permanent positions including port operators, electricians, project managers, planners, marine officers, IT staff, sales executives, as well as new roles in finance and management. Click here for details.
THREE QUEENS LIVERPOOL 2015: CUNARD’S HISTORIC LINK WITH LIVERPOOL LAW FIRM
Maritime law firm Hill Dickinson is to host a private dinner for 70 guests on Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth during the visit of the Three Queens to Liverpool in May. The firm has worked with Cunard in a relationship that stretches back more than 150 years and acted in the wreck enquiries involving Titanic, Lusitania and Mauritania. Their relationship continues to this day with the cruise firm’s parent company, Carnival, a key client. John Hulmes, partner and head of Hill Dickinson’s Liverpool shipping team, said: “The Three Queens visit to Liverpool this year is special to both the city and to Hill Dickinson considering the long relationship both have with Cunard. Seeing the Three Queens together in Liverpool will be a reminder of the strength and importance of the bond between this very special company and the port and city of Liverpool.” Three Queens, One Magnificent City runs from May 23-26.
PEEL LAUNCHES UK CARGO DIVERSION DRIVE
Peel Ports has unveiled its Cargo200 plan, an ambitious carbon emissions initiative, and is calling on the industry to rethink supply chain and service routes to help reduce freight mileage by 200 million miles over the next five years. Speaking at this week’s Multimodal event, the company highlighted opportunities for cargo owners to cut the cost of inland transportation by switching delivery of ocean freight from south east ports to the Port of Liverpool, if their goods start or end their journey in the north of the UK. According to Peel Ports’ calculations, cargo owners could save up to £400 per container. Peel Ports has already gathered support from retailers like B&M and Unilever, as well as JCB and Jaguar Land Rover. It will work with them and other Cargo200 partners to share data and carry out further modelling to support the development of the initiative. www.peelports.co.uk
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.
In the past few weeks we have welcomed three members to our Executive Club. We are delighted that both construction risk management specialists JR Knowles and Liverpool based law firm O’Connors LLP have upgraded their existing membership with us; and have been joined in the Executive Club by new member DWF LLP, with whom we collaborated on various events during last summer’s International Festival for Business. Other new members since mid-March include David J Tinsley Training, Ancora Facilities Management and Liverpool Vision.
If you are not yet a member and are interested in joining, please call one of our team on 0151 647 4747.
LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
SOVEX LAUNCHES STATESIDE DIVISION TO TARGET US E-COMMERCE MARKET
Wirral materials handling specialist Sovex is launching a new operation in the USA to target its booming multi-billion dollar e-commerce and parcel handling markets. Sovex is the fastest growing company on Merseyside and was listed number 82 in the 2014 Virgin Sunday Times Fast Track Top 100. The company also won the Engineering Company of the Year award in Mersey Maritime’s first ever Industry Awards in March. It manufactures more than 30 different vehicle loaders and transport conveyor systems and has grown its turnover to £24 million since setting up in 2002. Sovex is developing a significant international footprint with sales offices and distributors in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Denmark, Portugal, India, Australia and New Zealand. www.sovexsystems.com
JAMES TROOP INVITES GUESTS FROM ACROSS THE WORLD TO CUNARD’S THREE QUEENS SPECTACULAR
Maritime engine specialist James Troop & Co, one of Liverpool city region’s oldest maritime companies, is inviting guests from across the world to watch Cunard’s Three Queens spectacular on 25 May after unearthing some special memorabilia. The family-run diesel engine specialist has hired space in the Royal Liver Building to provide a spectacular view of Cunard’s three cruise ships Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary sailing up the Mersey together. The event will also mark Troop’s own 148th year of trading. Brothers Bob and John Troop, who run the business, hope to present the captain of the Queen Elizabeth with a picture of their grandfather, James Troop, who ran the company between 1907 and 1954. In it, James Troop is pictured aboard the Queen Elizabeth, leaving Liverpool for the US in 1948 with players from Liverpool FC, of which he was a director. Now based in Runcorn, James Troop & Co was established in 1867 in Coburg Dock, Liverpool – the same dock from which the steamer Britannia embarked on its inaugural transatlantic crossing with Samuel Cunard on board in 1840. www.jamestroop.co.uk
MARITIME SAFETY SPECIALIST ISP ANNOUNCES POLISH NAVY DEAL
Maritime safety specialist International Safety Products (ISP) has secured a new contract with the Polish Navy for the supply of more than 300 Intrepid Once Only Survival Suits. The suits are designed as a single-use garment to support the survival of military personnel evacuating stricken vessels. The large volume deal was secured through ISP’s distribution partner in Poland. ISP manufactures around 170,000 products each year with more than 100 staff working from the form’s sites in Bootle and Birkenhead. www.ispl.co.uk
LIVERPOOL’S SUPERPORT LAUNCHES FIRST INTERNATIONAL MARKETING CAMPAIGN
The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched an international marketing campaign to promote and attract new users to the facilities of the Liverpool City Region Superport.
Superport is the umbrella brand given to the integrated cluster of logistics facilities in the wider city region. It includes Peel Ports’ Liverpool2 development, the Manchester Ship Canal, intermodal logistics facilities at 3MG in Widnes and the northern rail and road networks, and is seen as one of the four key drivers of the city region’s economy. Mark Basnett, Executive Director for Key Growth Sectors at the LEP, said: “The new website and social media channels are designed to help tell the story of Superport to the world and will underpin our presence at international logistics conferences and events. It is the first step in what will become a concerted international marketing campaign which will include us reaching out in a variety of ways to target markets. www.superport.co.uk
LIVERPOOL COULD BE SHALE GAS ‘CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE’ SAYS PEEL GAS & OIL REPORT
Developing a supply hub for the shale gas industry could bring a £30bn boost for the Northern economy and support 13,000 jobs, according to a new report compiled by AMION Consulting. The report was commissioned by Peel Gas & Oil, a subsidiary of the Peel Group. Peel also owns the Ocean Gateway – the Port of Liverpool, Salford Port, and the Manchester Ship Canal that connects them – which it says could become an “international centre of excellence” in any shale gas supply operation for the region. Developing a supply chain in the region would support 13,000 jobs, more than double the amount without a supply hub, says the report. The figures are based on the development of 100 well pad sites in the Bowland Shale, an area covering the Midlands and the North of England. The report highlights a delivery strategy for the creation of a supply hub, including attracting major suppliers to the hub area; building a pipeline to link well pad sites to energy-intensive industries; and investment in research and skills development. To read the report click here.
ABBEY LOGISTICS JOINS PALLET-TRACK DISTRIBUTION NETWORK
Liverpool-based Abbey Logistics has joined the Pallet-Track distribution network. The ‘green’ supply chain solutions specialist is the latest member to join the organisation, which operates more than 300 trucks and 400 trailers, offering low carbon impact services across its bulk liquids, powder and palletised freight services. Working with Pallet-Track, Abbey Logistics will handle all consignments in the WA (Warrington) postcode area – delivering outgoing pallets to Pallet-Track’s Wolverhampton distribution hub where incoming loads will also be collected. Steve Granite, Abbey Logistics MD, said: “Abbey Logistics has ambitions to become a complete logistics provider and this partnership, along with our warehouse facilities on the Wirral and in Knowsley, brings us a step closer to offering a complete solution.” www.abbeylogisticsgroup.com
GONGS N’ ROSES
Congratulations to Mersey Maritime member LV Shipping and Transport which has recently won a coveted Gold Award from RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. David Rawlins, RoSPA’s awards manager, said: “The RoSPA Awards encourage improvement in occupational health and safety management. Organisations that gain recognition for their health and safety management systems, such as LV Shipping and Transport, contribute to raising standards overall and we congratulate them.” LV Shipping will be presented with their award during a ceremony at ExCeL London on June 16. www.lvshipping.com
More congratulation and Friday high fives to Brookes Bell’s Matt Calveley, who this week completed a challenge to be on the first team ever to row around the island of Singapore in 24 hours in aid of welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers. Birkenhead-born Matt, who works in Brookes Bell’s Singapore office, was part of a 31-man team whose successful completion of the challenge has already raised over SGD $ 500,000. There’s footage here and donations can still be made at: www.justgiving.com/mattcalveley
Construction risk manager JR Knowles has recently become an Executive Club member of Mersey Maritime and we are pleased to highlight the following seminars which may be of interest.
Knowles has been providing in-house training for over 40 years using lecturers who are experienced practitioners and delivering courses can be tailored to suit individual requirements.
Seminar: SUCCESSFULLY ADMINISTERING AN NEC 3 CONTRACT
Date: 18 June 2015, 9.00am – 4.30pm
Venue: Thistle Hotel, Penny Lane, Haydock, WA11 9SG
Cost: £300 per delegate including VAT
This full day workshop incorporates exercises that are essential to demonstrating some of the main issues associated with the NEC 3, an increasingly popular type of contract used for effective project management. The NEC 3 contract is different from other standard forms, as its focus is on managing risk, and on assessing the cost and time effects of change at the time of the event.
To book or for more information call 01928 756 500 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Seminar: JCT 2011 DESIGN & BUILD CONTRACT
Date: 16 June 2015, 9.00am – 1.30pm
Venue: The Daresbury Park Hotel, Warrington, WA4 4BB
Cost: £150 per delegate including VAT
This half day session contains vital information for all companies involved in design and build contracts – employers, main contractors and sub-contractors. Those attending will gain information to ensure that they understand the potential pitfalls that may arise in using this form of contract.
To book or for more information call 01928 756 500 / email@example.com
THE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE NW BRANCH
Talk: SECURITY – MD, EOS RISK MANAGEMENT
Date: 21 May 2015, 5.00pm
Venue: Fleetwood Nautical Campus, FY7 8JZ
Contact Dr Steve Bonsall, Hon Sec NW England and N Wales NI Branch, at: S.Bonsall@ljmu.ac.uk
WORKSHOP: 2015 – THE YEAR OF THE PENSION
Date: 12 May 2015, 07.45am – 08.45am
Venue: Mersey Maritime, Monks ferry, Birkenhead, CH41 5LH
Announcements on pensions legislation in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in 2014 promise to revolutionise how we use and view pensions in the UK. We are therefore delighted to host this free-to-attend breakfast workshop for members of Mersey Maritime on behalf of our sponsors Tilney Bestinvest. The team from Tilney Bestinvest will take you through the new freedom and choices available, including implications of access to savings from age 55; tax free lump sums, withdrawal options and tax implications and pensions as a legacy. Please book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 556 8959.
FREIGHT FORWARDING QUALIFICATIONS LAUNCH EVENT
Date: 8 May 2015, 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Tilney Bestinvest, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool
Join Open Awards for the launch of their new suite of Freight Forwarding qualifications next Friday, 8 May. These new qualifications have been developed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure continued growth of the Freight Forwarding industry and are supported by leading employers in Freight Forwarding. They will help to develop the sector by underpinning sector knowledge, up-skilling the present workforce and encouraging new entrants to join the sector. To register to attend call Open Awards on 0151 494 2072. www.openawards.org.uk
Maritime travel specialist CTI Marine has appointed Steve Harrop as Operations Director.
Steve joins the company from Dubai based Destinations of the World Travel, where he was Group Chief Operating Officer for 4 years. Steve will lead and oversee all of the company’s six operational offices teams, together with the technology teams, and report directly to CTI Chief Executive, Ian White.