Merseyside’s maritime sector welcomed the international shipping sector as the Maritime, Logistics & Energy thematic of the International Festival for Business held in June 2014.
Speaking on board the three-masted Tall Ship Kathleen and May, berthed in Albert Dock on the historic Liverpool waterfront, Jim Teasdale, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, welcomed the thousands of shipping industry guests attending the fortnight’s 48 events.
He said: “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.”
Highlighting Liverpool’s international role as a mercantile, maritime city and key global gateway, Mr Teasdale pointed out that 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.