The Beatles are no more but Liverpool, the birthplace of the English rock band, is still rocking and rolling as a hub of maritime activity. That point was highlighted this week as Merseyside’s maritime sector welcomed visitors to the Maritime, Logistics & Energy segment of the two-week International Festival for Business. The City of Liverpool is one of five boroughs comprising the metropolitan county of Merseyside in North West England.
Merseyside Maritime Ltd CEO Jim Teasdale delivered his welcome remarks on board the three-masted tall ship Kathleen and May berthed in Albert Dock on the historic Liverpool waterfront. Said he: “The maritime sector on Merseyside is strong. Our collective success has been based on wealth and job creation with a strong focus on marketing and business development. Today, more than ever, our strength comes from collaboration – together we are stronger.”
That’s no empty boast. Mr Teasdale underlined Liverpool’s role as a port city and global gateway as he described the maritime sector on Merseyside:
- Has key sub-sectors which include shipping; ports; marine engineering; maritime professional services; distribution & logistics
- Consists of 1,700 companies which employ 28,000 people with a turnover of c£2.5b
- Includes major shipping companies such as: Atlantic Container Line (ACL), CMA CGM, CSAV Agencies, Independent Container Line (ICL), Maersk NYK and Zim
- Has port operations on the River Mersey which include the Port of Liverpool and the Twelve Quays terminal in Birkenhead, both operated by Peel Ports; the Port of Garston, operated by Associated British Ports and Victoria Group’s Mersey Wharf in Bromborough
- Includes the Bibby Group, whose global headquarters are in Liverpool city centre, from which worldwide activity in shipping, offshore services, distribution & logistics, finance and other businesses are coordinated
- Has major marine engineering activity – most of which is based at the Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead. The yard is currently undertaking key shipbuilding, ship conversion and ship repair contracts, with plans to diversify into a broader spectrum of marine engineering and support services, including those related to nuclear and wind energy
- Is home to some of the largest and most successful UK Maritime Services companies, which include those dealing with communications, marine law, marine finance, marine insurance, ship management and ship and cargo surveying
- Has two cruise liner terminals, the most recently built facility being located at the heart of the city’s tourism centre
- Has a key multi-modal transport and distribution hub known as 3MG at Halton
- Is making a positive contribution to key transformational economic projects such as Liverpool SuperPort; the Low Carbon Economy; the Knowledge Economy and the Visitor Economy.
Okay, we’re impressed. And now for some music from The Beatles as we wind up our day… ~Barista Uno