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Title: What is the health of the Maritime sector in the Liverpool City Region?

What is the health of the Maritime sector in
the Liverpool City Region?
  • John Hulmes
  • Chairman of Mersey Maritime.

John Hulmes Chairman Mersey Maritime July 2014
  • Putting matters in context.
  • Liverpool the historical importance as a
    maritime giant.
  • The decline of the Liverpool Maritime Industry.
  • Maritime Insurance Industry was 2nd biggest in
    the world.
  • Perception that maritime no longer a key economic
    driver for the region.

Introduction 2
  • Given that shipping carries around 90 of world
    trade, we need it for the global economy to
    function. In fact, the shipping industry could be
    called a barometer of the world economy.
  • Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European
    Commission in a keynote speech at Posidonia on
    2nd June 2014

Fisher Report 2007
  • The Fisher Report advised that the local maritime
    sector (the report was based on Merseyside)
  • Generated 26,440 jobs of which 20,540 were direct
    and 5,900 indirect/induced.
  • The jobs had a significantly greater GVA (Gross
    Value Added) than the average for the region
    (34.600 c.f. 27,620).
  • The sector accounted for about 5 - 5.5 of the
    total GVA of the region.
  • There were 1,001 limited companies engaged in the
    sector but this figure did not take account of
    sole traders and partnerships. Further data has
    indicated that there are about 1700 companies in
    the maritime sector.

How did the recession affect the local maritime
sector and what is the current position?
Jim Teasdale CEO of Mersey Maritime Group
  • There can be no doubt when you look at the
    maritime sector on Merseyside today that it is in
    good health. Confidence and investment are both
    high, with significant infrastructure
    developments and an estimated 30,000 news jobs
    being created by 2030.
  • maritime businesses in this part of the country
    emerged from recession quicker and in better
    health than in many other parts of the UK, with
    the promise of further growth to come.

Port of Liverpool
  • From the mouth of the Mersey to Port Salford.
  • 6th largest port by volume 32.9m tonnes in 2012.
  • Investment in Port Salford - 138m
  • Gladstone lock refurbishment -9m
  • Feedstock refurbishment - 8m
  • Steel terminal 3 m
  • Etc.

  • 300 million in-river berth.
  • To handle largest container vessels.
  • Due to open 3rd quarter 2015.

Other Ports in region
  • ABP at Garston
  • Quality Freight Group at Ellesmere Port
  • Port of Mostyn
  • Victoria Group at Mersey Wharf, Bromborough

SuperPort 1
  • SuperPort seeks to bring together the different
    modes of transport and logistics within the
    region with a view to presenting a multimodal hub
    that can match the other great centres of the

SuperPort 2
  • Economic analysis by AMION Consulting, based on
    available trend and capital investment project
    intelligence, has forecast the potential for over
    21,000 new jobs and an additional 6.1bn of GVA
    to be created through SuperPort by 2020 and
    nearly 30,000 new jobs and an additional 18.3bn
    of GVA by 2030.
  • SuperPort Action Plan 2011 2020.

SuperPort -3 - Infrastructure
  • A key part of the SuperPort strategy involves
    getting the infrastructure right in the region.
  • One key element of this is the construction of a
    new bridge carrying a 6-lane highway across the
    River Mersey at Runcorn. This 1.86 billion
    project will be completed by 2017.
  • George Osborne announced in June 2014 (whilst
    visiting Liverpool, July 2014) a package of 38
    million to improve transport infrastructure in
    the region.
  • News is still awaited regarding proposals for an
    improvement in the access road between the Port
    of Liverpool and the motorway network.

Gateway to America
  • Atlantic Container Line is the leading
    independent shipping line serving the UK and the
    USA, operating 5 services a week to and from
    Liverpool. ACL have indicated their confidence
    in Liverpool by
  • Ordering 5 new vessels worth over 300 million
    and which will add 100 capacity to their routes
    across the Atlantic. The vessels are under
    construction and are due for delivery within 18
    months and
  • Entering a long term contract with the Port of
    Liverpool and
  • Commissioning a new HQ to be built in Liverpool.
  • A significant increase in staff based in
  • Independent Container Line also have weekly
    service and are investing in the region including
    new HQ in Liverpool.

Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering - 1
  • This local sector has shown remarkable resilience
    over the last few years and Cammell Laird is now
    recognised as the largest and most successful
    ship repair and conversion specialist in the UK.
  • The yard has recently completed the decks for the
    two aircraft carriers being built for the Royal
    Navy (the HMS Queen Elizabeth was named at Rosyth
    Shipyard by the Queen on 4th July 2014) and the
    yard is now part way through a 47 million refit
    of the support vessel Fort Victoria.
  • Now with over 2000 direct workforce and
    considerable supply chain in the region.

Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering - 2
  • Cammell Laird docked 24 ferries between 2013 and
    the beginning of 2014 and carried out a further
    24 afloat repairs for ferry operators.
  • During 2013 Cammell Laird repaired, built and
    converted almost 250,000 gross tons of ferry and
    Ro-Ro ships for a wide range of owners.
  • Already in 2014 it has docked and repaired
    ferries of 150,000 gross tons.
  • Last year the yard also launched 2 ferries built
    for Western Ferries, showing a return to the
    traditions of shipbuilding on the Mersey.
  • In addition, McTay Shipyard - 1 million upgrade
    of its slipway and has recently won a contract
    for building a number of specialist refuse barges
    for the River Thames.

Liner Agents
  • Liverpool has become a centre of excellence for
    the container line industry with many of the
    worlds leading container lines having their UK
    headquarters based in Liverpool.
  • These include ACL, CMA CGM, CSAV, Independent
    Container Line, MacAndrews, Maersk and Zim.
  • Together these lines amount for about 1,000 jobs,
    the majority of which are above the average GVA
    for employees.

Marine Manufacture
  • Need for a study to be carried out to find the
    full extent of the marine manufacturing
    (including marine engineering) within the
    Liverpool City Region.
  • Every week there appears to be news from another
    marine manufacturer who has previously been under
    the radar.
  • Examples include International Safety Products,
    MST Ltd. Trelleborg (formerly Sea Technic).

Cruise Terminals
  • Liverpool City Council invested in a 23 million
    pound Cruise Terminal at the Pier Head in
    Liverpool and which opened in 2007.
  • The worlds largest liners can now berth right in
    the heart of Liverpool and adjacent to the Three
    Graces at Pie Head.
  • Although the direct employment from the Cruise
    Terminal is relatively small, the
    induced/indirect employment is significant.
  • Each visit of a Cruise Terminal adds over 1
    million to the local economy.
  • Cruise ships in heart of city are an excellent
    way to remind people of the importance of the
    maritime industry.
  • Visit of the 3 Queens in 2015 key part of
    Cunards 175th celebrations.

Offshore Renewables and Nuclear Industries
  • The Offshore Renewable developments are the
    largest capital investments ever to be undertaken
    in the region.
  • A greater than 2billion project, Gwynt y Môr
    will consist of 160 turbines and is being built
    by RWE Innogy UK (formerly RWE npower renewables)
    in Liverpool Bay, off the North Wales coast.
  • Huge benefits for local maritime sector.
  • The nuclear industry potential.

Shipping Services
  • Although London world leader for Shipping
    Services, Liverpool probably number 2 in England.
  • Ship Management.
  • Lawyers. Hill Dickinson. Brabners. Weightmans.
  • Marine Surveyors.
  • Loss Adjusters.
  • Commodities - Cotton
  • Etc.

Yacht and Leisure Craft.
  • Remaining marine insurance industry including
    Groves John and Westrup
  • Part of the regeneration of the central docks.
  • New 22m canal linking northern and central
  • Liverpool Marina 350 permanent moorings.
  • Groves John and Westrup.
  • Etc.

  • There is good reason to believe that the Maritime
    Sector has been a key success over the last few
    years and that it has not only survived the
    recession but has come out stronger and more
  • The investment already in place and the
    investment already committed for the next few
    years is clear evidence that maritime is an
    increasing factor in the regeneration of the
    local economy.
  • The barometer - clearly the mercury is rising,
    which is a strong indicator that there is cause
    for optimism in the region, not just for the
    maritime sector but for the economy in general.

More detailed paper to be circulated after the
John Hulmes Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP T 0151
600 8238 M 07715 376660 E john.hulmes_at_hilldickin
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