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19 May 2017

Mersey Maritime hosts Maritime UK's second Board Meeting outside London

Maritime UK is holding only its second ever board meeting outside of London today in Liverpool at the home of Mersey Maritime – the representative body of the maritime sector in the North West.

Mersey Maritime joined the Board of Maritime UK last year and was the only cluster to be invited to the board meeting.

Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime Chris Shirling-Rooke now chairs the Maritime UK Cluster Group, a sub-committee of the main Board.

Talking about the visit, Mr Shirling-Rooke said:

“It's fantastic to be given the opportunity to host today’s Maritime UK board meeting. We welcomed the Board to Liverpool yesterday evening and have been showing them the regeneration that has been happening here in the city.”

Board members from Maritime UK and Mersey Maritime guests attended a drinks reception on Thursday evening followed by a private dinner hosted by financial planning and investment firm Tilney, prior to visiting Liverpool John Moores University and the University’s Ships Bridge and Engine Room Simulators this morning.

Mersey Maritime hosts Maritime UK's second Board Meeting outside LondonKey Maritime guests included David Dingle CBE, Chairman of Maritime UK and Carnival UK; John Murray, Chief Executive, Society of Maritime Industries, Sir Michael Bibby Bt, Managing Director, Bibby Line Group and VP of the Supervisory Board of the UK Chamber of Shipping. Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson, also attended the event.

Local SMEs were also give the chance to attend and meet with Chairman of Maritime UK and Carnival UK, giving them the opportunity to present their own business ideas.


Mersey Maritime Limited

Mersey Maritime is the private-public sector partnership that represents the interests of one of the largest UK clusters of marine and maritime businesses outside London within the following main sub-sectors: Shipping, Ports and Logistics; Maritime Services; Advanced Engineering; Offshore Energy; Professional Services. Mersey Maritime operates as a not-for-profit entity and funds its work on behalf of the cluster with income raised through membership, industry events and consultancy services. This is currently supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund for the delivery of business support services under the New Markets 2 programme. The organisation has also entered into a partnership agreement with Liverpool John Moores University in 2015 to develop a global Maritime Knowledge Hub on Merseyside. Phase 1 of the Maritime Knowledge Hub opened in Birkenhead, Wirral, in March 2016. w: