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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Mersey Maritime News

Photo courtesy of Liverpool Seafarers Centre

Liverpool to Lead Way in Cruise Ship Crew Welfare for Third Year

Maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Center (LSC) has struck a deal to provide support to thousands of cruise ship crew for the third successive year at a special base at Liverpool Cruise Terminal.LSC CEO, John Wilson, said it has reached agreement with Liverpool City Council, and the cruise terminal, to operate a support center from a converted shipping container. The container has been donated by the Maersk shipping line and is positioned on the terminal near Princes Parade.Wilson was speaking as he welcomed crew from the first cruise ship of the season to arrive in Liverpool…

Nusrat Ghani (Photo: Maritime UK)

Women in Maritime: New UK Taskforce Established

Setting out to increase fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector, Maritime UK has established a Women in Maritime Taskforce, a move welcomed by the U.K.’s new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP. “I am delighted to see Maritime UK taking action to attract more women into our maritime industries, and I welcome this taskforce as an important first step,” said Ghani, who is only the second woman to hold the Department for Transport portfolio for the U.K.’s £40 billion maritime sector.

Left to right: Councillor George Davies, Deputy Leader, Wirral Council; Mersey Maritime Chief Executive Officer Chris Shirling-Rooke and  Martin White, Chief Executive, Stream Marine Training (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

Funding Secured for New UK Offshore Training Site

Investment for the new training facility was officially agreed this week, following months of discussions in which Mersey Maritime played a vital role. The cluster organization for the maritime sector in the North West has been instrumental in initiating discussions and lining up potential partners from across the region’s public and private sectors to secure the business connections and support needed to bring Glasgow-based Stream Marine Training to Merseyside. Stream Marine…

Captain Lawrence Aye-Manug MN Director Liverpool Seafarers Centre (LSC), Mr R Muirhead  Lord Lieutenant’s Husband, Geoff Rafferty. Director LSC, Dame Lorna Muirhead Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, John Wilson CEO LSC, Pamela Brown Director and Vice Chairman of LSC (Photo: LSC)

Liverpool Seafarers Center to Open Eastham Hub

Maritime charity Liverpool Seafarers Center (LSC) has opened a new hub at Eastham on the Wirral. The new center is located at Queen Elizabeth II Dock, Eastham and was opened by The Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside Dame Lorna Muirhead in the presence of The High Sheriff of Merseyside, The Deputy Mayor of Wirral, The Lord Mayor of Liverpool and The Mayor of Sefton. LSC CEO John Wilson said the new £40,000 ($51,000) center will work in partnership with its headquarters at Colonsay House in Crosby to provide support to the 50,000 seafarers who pass through Merseyside’s ports each year.

Lauren Kemp, second left, collects her Rising Star award from Prof Ahmed Al-Shamma’a of Liverpool John Moores University, left, the award sponsor. Pictured here with joint Rising Star winner John-James Gallagher of Royal HaskoningDHV and event host BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin. (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

Beech Group's Kemp is Maritime Industry Rising Star

Demolition and remediation experts Beech Group has announced Group Financial Controller Lauren Kemp as a winner of this year’s Rising Star Award in the region’s most prestigious maritime industry awards. Chris Wainwright,  Managing Director at Beech Group. who entered Lauren for the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs), said he was delighted that the work and achievements of one of his younger members of staff had been publicly acknowledged. He said: “Lauren’s win is testament to her tremendous hard work and dedication.

Chris Shirling Rooke Photo Mersey Maritime

Finalists of Mersey Maritime Industry Awards Announced

The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced. The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region. The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

From left to right - Professor Ian Jenkinson, Head of Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), with Lars Ugland, Chairman  of IOMSA (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

Mersey Maritime Delegation Attends IOMSA Event

A delegation from UK industry body Mersey Maritime and some of its members visited the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA) for its October networking event – following the recently formed trade partnership between the two bodies. During the event a member of the delegation Professor Ian Jenkinson, Head of Department of Maritime and Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), gave a talk on ‘Trends in Technology and Skills for the Maritime Sector’ in which he discussed global trends and developments in technology that will impact on jobs and future skills.

(Left to Right) Rob McKay - MD Sherrington Associates, Chris Wainwright - MD Beech Group, Charles Gray - MD Armitt Group (Photo: Ship Shapes)

Maritime Directors Team Up to Raise Money for the RNLI

Charles Gray, Managing Director at the Armitt Group, Rob McKay, Director at Sherrington Associates and Chris Wainwright, MD of the Beech Group, have all entered a triathlon in Liverpool to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the maritime charity established to save lives at sea. The trio were inspired by BBC's Louise Minchin’s impassioned endorsement for triathlon competitions during her hosting of the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2016, where each of their respective companies were nominated as award finalists.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO Mersey Maritime; Lars T Ugland, chairman of IOMSA; and Coin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

Mersey Maritime: Small Business at Heart of Isle of Man Partnership

UK Industry trade body Mersey Maritime has announced a new trade agreement with the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA) which aims to supercharge bilateral trade, particularly among small to medium sized businesses. The agreement was announced at a special reception during the International Festival of Business in Liverpool UK and has resulted from a series of discussions facilitated by the Isle of Man Ship Registry, which is an Executive Club member of Mersey Maritime, and other IoM based companies such as software engineer PDMS, both of which are also involved with IOMSA.

Maritime Knowledge Hub Opens in the UK

Business owners across the U.K. wanting to drive growth in the maritime sector are being urged to engage with the newly opened Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Liverpool City Region. The hub, based near Cammell Laird shipyard, is celebrating the formal completion of its recent fit-out and is now planning a busy agenda of events, seminars, training and networking. The completion of Phase 1 of the Maritime Knowledge Hub is a joint venture between Mersey Maritime, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and Wirral Council on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

L - R The Master Carman, Mr Mark Griffiths; The Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman the Lord Mountevans; Patrick Walters, Group Commercial Director, Peel Ports; Mark Whitworth, Chief Executive, Peel Ports

Peel Ports Wins Carmen Award

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’ revival of the historic trade route and Victorian engineering masterpiece to build a sustainable platform for modern day growth in the North West. Previous winners include the Highways Agency for the Hindhead Tunnel project and The Mayor of London’s Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme.

Construction at the new USD 500 million container terminal Port of Liverpool. Photo: Port of Liverpool

UK Opens Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead

UK Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP has formally opened a new ‘Maritime Knowledge Hub’ in Wirral, UK, jointly operated by Mersey Maritime and Liverpool John Moores University. Operated jointly by sector development organisation Mersey Maritime and Liverpool John Moores University , the new facility will be a global centre of excellence within the UK, generating knowledge-led growth and innovation. First announced at London International Shipping Week (LISW) last year, the aim of the £15m ($21m) Maritime Knowledge Hub is to create a regional focal point for innovation…

L-R: Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Peel Ports with Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP at Liverpool2 (Photo: Peel Ports)

UK Shipping Minister Visits Liverpool2 Site

U.K. Shipping Minister Robert Goodwill MP has welcomed the investment being made by Peel Ports during a March 10 visit to the company’s Liverpool2 container terminal. Upon opening later this year, Liverpool2 will become one of Europe’s most modern and advanced semi-automated terminals, able to accommodate virtually all of the world’s deep sea container vessels. Marine trials are due to begin later this month, with other elements of the build coming online throughout Q2. The Liverpool2…

MM award Credit Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime Expands Awards Eligibility

In response to popular demand, Mersey Maritime has expanded the eligibility of its annual awards to include maritime companies and related organisations right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the whole of the North West and the Isle of Man. Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO of Mersey Maritime, said: “Last year’s inaugural event was so popular that we have been inundated with businesses wanting to get involved. Taking the time to enter one or more of our 10 award categories certainly pays off, as two non-finalists last year won lucrative contracts on the strength of their entries.

Chris Shirling-Rooke (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

New CEO for Mersey Maritime

Chris Shirling-Rooke has taken the helm as the new CEO for Mersey Maritime following the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Teasdale. Shirling-Rooke, who joined Mersey Maritime as Commercial Director in 2013, took on the role of acting CEO 12 months ago. During that time, he has been instrumental in forming strategic partnerships with key Mersey Maritime members including Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Dong Energy, the Peel Group and Seatruck to forge closer links with the education sector and maritime businesses in the Liverpool City Region, the company said.


MECNW Appoints New CEO

Terry Weston has been confirmed as Chief Executive of Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) following the retirement of his predecessor, Jim Teasdale, at the end of September. Jim Teasdale was a founder director and chief executive of Birkenhead-based Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), a charitable foundation set up under his leadership in 1998 to provide apprenticeship training in vocational skills with a particular focus on engineering and marine engineering.

Jim Teasdale (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

Mersey Maritime CEO Retires

Press release- Jim Teasdale, CEO of Mersey Maritime, has announced his retirement after 11 year at the helm of the industry representative body. His last day in the role will be Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Teasdale was a founder director of the Birkenhead based not-for-profit organization, set up in 2003 to represent the interests of the Ports and Maritime Sector on Merseyside, by helping to create the right conditions for business growth. He leaves Mersey Maritime in a healthy position, acting as a linchpin between the private and public sector.

The world's first commercial enclosed wet dock at Liverpool

Birthplace of Modern Commerical Shipping Turns 300

The world’s oldest enclosed commercial wet dock in Liverpool, North-west England is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Known locally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for business on 31 August 1715, providing a blueprint for the development of other trading ports. For the first time in history, the design of the dock allowed ships to load and unload whatever the state of the tide. It helped Liverpool to become one of the globe’s most important ports, with ships being able to turn around in under two days, rather than the two weeks needed previously.

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Mersey Maritime, Liverpool Football Club at LISW15

Mersey Maritime, in association with some of its key members, is hosting what will be one of the most exciting events at London International Shipping Week (LISW15) on 9th September at The Walkie Talkie Building, 20 Fenchurch Street. Senior Liverpool Football Club (LFC) members will be present at this invitation only reception designed to showcase the amazing opportunities that exist for doing business with one of the Worlds’ most iconic port cities. LFC will also be bringing the European Cup which the club won outright after winning the competition for the fifth time in 2005.

L-R: John Hulmes - Chairman of Mersey Maritime; Alderman the Lord Mountevans of Chelsea – Chairman of Maritime London; Doug Barrow – CEO of Maritime London; Chris Shirling-Rooke, Acting CEO, Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime, Maritime London Discuss Collaboration

Mersey Maritime has hosted a visit by Maritime London as part of an initiative to develop ways in which the two bodies can encourage maritime organizations to work more closely together. Maritime London Chairman Alderman the Lord Mountevans of Chelsea, and Chief Executive Doug Barrow spent the day in Liverpool meeting with local maritime businesses and key business leaders. The day included a tour of Liverpool2, Peel Ports’ new $460 million deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool which is due to open at the end of 2015.

Dave Gillam (Photo courtesy: SeaKing)

SeaKing Apprentice Tally Surges

Birkenhead-based SeaKing Group has signed four new apprentices this year, taking its trainee tally to 30, representing further investment in young people. Three trainees have been recruited for the group’s maritime-focused SeaKing Electrical division and one for land-based Peter D Welch Electrical Contractors Ltd (PDW). The electrical engineering group first launched its program for trainees six years ago and training will be delivered with the Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), part of the Mersey Maritime Group based in Monks Ferry, Birkenhead.

Livvy Weston (Photo courtesy: Mersey Maritime)

Mersey Maritime Apprentice Invited to Westminister

Mersey Maritime Apprentice Olivia (Livvy) Weston got a chance to visit No.10 Downing Street and the House of Commons after meeting the Shipping Minister, John Hayes, MP on an official visit. The 18-year-old Apprentice, who has been with Mersey Maritime since finishing her A-levels last year, spent a day in Westminster. She visited Hayes at the Department for Transport, watched a Parliamentary debate in the House of Commons and had her photo taken in front of the famous black door of No.10 Downing Street. Former Halewood Academy pupil Livvy said, “I felt very privileged meeting Mr.

Hazel Walker (Photo courtesy of Mersey Maritime)

Walker Joins Mersey Maritime as Business Development Manager

Hazel Walker has been appointed to the position of business development manager at Mersey Maritime to help implement the organization’s development strategy over the next five years.   Walker will be tasked with developing business relationships and growing the organization’s commercially based activities.

Rory Underwood (Photo: The British & Irish Lions)

Rugby Legend to Speak at Mersry Maritime

Mersey Maritime’s monthly business network ‘Face-2-Face’ continues to grow from strength to strength with the organizers expecting a sell out at their forthcoming November 4 event thanks to a famous guest presenter. Record-breaking former English Rugby International and RAF jet pilot Rory Underwood, who has been awarded an MBE for services to rugby, now runs a business performance consultancy, Wingman. He has been working with Mersey Maritime over the past 12 months to provide…

Photo courtesy of MECNW

MECNW Helps Tackle Skills Shortages

Fears that UK industry is failing to tackle widespread skills shortages and that skill sets are falling short of employers’ expectations can be avoided if business leaders and training colleges work more closely together, according to the head of one of the region’s major engineering training centers. Terry Weston, Skills Director at Maritime & Engineering College North West (MECNW), a Mersey Maritime Group Company, warned, “The effect of skills shortages is already being widely felt in today’s workforce.

MECNW Recognized for 'Outstanding' Work

Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), a Mersey Maritime Group company, has been praised in a preliminary report by Ofsted that positions the college as Merseyside’s leading provider of Engineering Apprenticeships. Key clients of the college include Cammell Laird and Peel Ports. The news comes at a time when the college has recently announced that it is set to double in size and accommodate up to 500 apprentices. It also coincides with Merseyside’s £2bn Superport program which is due to open late 2015.

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