Mersey Maritime Awards Deadline 7th January 2016

The deadline for the Mersey Maritime awards is fast approaching so businesses connected to the maritime industry in the North West and Isle of Man are being encouraged to get their entries in by the 7th January 2016.

There are ten award categories and entry into more than one is permitted if the appropriate criteria are met.

All entries will be reviewed by a prestigious judging panel including John Syvret, CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Cammell Laird Group; Gary Hodgson, Chief Operating Officer, Peel Ports Group; Sir Michael Bibby, Managing Director, Bibby Line Group; and Mark Rathbone, Partner, Brabners LLP.  Read more

Mersey Maritime Awards to Include Whole of the North West and Isle of Man

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. ” Read more

‘Mersey on the Thames’ Event Gathers Pace

With less than a month to go until the start of London International Shipping Week (LISW15, 7 – 11 September) registrations for Mersey Maritime’s ‘Mersey-on-the-Thames’ reception are pouring in thick and fast.

Mersey Maritime, in association with some of its key members, is hosting what is already being billed as one of the most exciting events at LISW on 9th September at The Walkie Talkie Building, 20 Fenchurch Street. Read more

Mersey Maritime Event Celebrates ‘The Glorious Twelfth’

It isn’t every day you receive an invitation to a drinks reception based on a theme more commonly the preserve of the hunting /shooting /fishing community.

This week (12 August) saw members and key partners of Mersey Maritime gather together at Café 4748 on Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, for a summer drinks reception based on ‘The Glorious Twelfth’, the date that marks the official opening of the grouse shooting season. Entertainment included a simulated clay pigeon shooting game and the drinking of toasts with shots of The Black Grouse, a special edition whisky based on peated Islay malts, from the makers of The Famous Grouse. Read more

Mersey Maritime Host Maritime London Visit

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 organisations 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 £300 million deep water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool which is due to open at the end of 2015.

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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 Mr 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 Hayes and visiting Parliament. His staff were extremely kind in showing me round and talking to me about their work supporting Government. It’s certainly something I’ll remember forever!”

The Shipping Minister is very supportive of apprenticeships following his time as Minister of State for Further Education, Skills & Lifelong Learning in 2010. Livvy’s invitation to visit Parliament followed a visit to Mersey Maritime by Mr Hayes.

Mr Hayes said: “Apprenticeships are incredibly important for today’s young people and I was delighted to be able to support and encourage Livvy. I hope she found her trip interesting and beneficial.”

Mersey Maritime is a strong advocate of apprenticeships and took Livvy on as its first apprentice in September 2014. Following the apprenticeship, Livvy will qualify with a City & Guilds Advanced Level 3 in Office Administration & Marketing.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Acting CEO at Mersey Maritime, said: “The Shipping Minister is always very supportive of Mersey Maritime and we cannot thank him enough for inviting Livvy to Westminster. It was a very generous gesture.”