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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Wirral News

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.

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.

Photo: National Maritime (NMDG)

UK Minister Calls for Investment in Maritime

Government minister Anna Soubry has heaped praise on Britain’s marine and maritime sectors and urged international businesses to invest in “the U.K.’s world-leading infrastructure and expertise”. The Minister of State for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise delivered her rousing endorsement to hundreds of delegates at INVESTINBLUE, the showcase for the U.K. maritime industry held as part of the International Festival for Business 2016 in Liverpool. Her message was that Britain…

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…

Photo courtesy of NWA

NWA Presents First Apprenticeship Award

The National Workboat Association, a trade association for the owners and operators of workboats, has awarded the John Percival Memorial Award for the first time, to George Turpin, an apprentice at offshore energy support vessel operator Seacat Services. The award recognizes young talent in the UK’s expanding workboat industry, in commemoration of the late Captain John Percival’s efforts in marine training and education. The award will be presented to George at the NWA Dinner, during Seawork 2016 in Southampton.

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.

Wirral Mud Exercise

Mud Rescue Exercise at Wirral's West Kirby Beach

Coastguards and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service put their skills to the test this weekend, as they took part in a joint training exercise. Coastguard Rescue Officers from the Hoylake and New Brighton teams were involved in mud rescue scenarios alongside fire officers. The exercise took place on West Kirby beach on the Wirral on Sunday 30 November 2014. Starting at 8.30am, a simulated 999 call reported that two people were stuck in the mud near to West Kirby Marine Lake, an area not uncommon for real mud rescues to occur.

Phil Taylor

Taylor Named GM at MPE Interiors

A construction  industry specialist with more than 40 years’ experience has joined Birkenhead-based fit-out contractor MPE Interiors. Phil Taylor, aged 59, will help drive MPE's wide-ranging work in three main sectors: maritime, commercial property and residential property. The business can fit-out ferries, ships, superyachts, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels, homes, schools and leisure centers. Its services include bespoke CAD-aided interior design, the manufacture and fitting of furniture, fittings and upholstery; craft joinery, decorating, property maintenance and repairs.

Memorial Built for Victims of HMS Birkenhead

A memorial has been unveiled in Birkenhead (Wirral, Liverpool City Region, United Kingdom) dedicated to the victims of one of the worst maritime disasters of the 19th century. HMS Birkenhead, a steam frigate built by John Laird’s shipbuilders in Birkenhead, sank off the coast of Gansbaai, South Africa on February 26, 1852. Out of 638 people onboard, only 193 survived. Many victims were taken by sharks. The tragedy was the first occasion when troops were ordered to stand fast and the protocol of women and children first was used. As a result, all women and children aboard the vessel survived.

Winner at the annual Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) Apprenticeship Awards

Maritime and Engineering College Hosts Apprenticeship Awards

The next generation of engineering and maritime stars was recognized at the annual Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW) Apprenticeship Awards. The ceremony on November 14, held at MECNW in Birkenhead, celebrated the achievements of learners across 11 different award categories which were presented by former Liverpool FC and England player and coach Sammy Lee. George Day, from Peel Ports, was named overall Apprentice of the Year and also Peel Apprentice of the Year.

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