The iconic River Mersey is at the heart of Liverpool’s identity. The Mersey supports a diverse range of sectors and is integral to the economic success of the City Region. Below we have outlined some of the assets.
Liverpool Cruise Terminal
Liverpool has joined cities such as Sydney, New York and Venice where cruise ships can arrive in the heart of the City. In 2015 over 50 ships called at Liverpool to sample the cultural delights.
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Ship Building and Repairs
The tradition of building ships and boats on the shores of the Mersey goes back centuries. For the history enthusiasts a visit to the Mersey Maritime Museum let’s you step back in time to the late 17th century onwards when a major shipbuilding industry developed around Liverpool, mainly to provide vessels for local owners who were expanding their trading connections, especially those across the Atlantic.
Nothing much has changed today, apart of course from the scale and technology deployed!
The Mersey is home to Cammell Laird, ship repair and conversion specialist, which was founded in 1828. The company’s Birkenhead site expands across 130 acres and includes four dry docks, a large modular construction hall and extensive covered workshops. It is also at the centre of a marine and engineering cluster. The company is rapidly expanding as a cutting edge engineering services specialist. Its highly skilled workforce and extensive world class facilities are used to support a broad range of sectors and projects.
Cammell Laird has continued to develop its capability in the marine sector, and is a world leader specialising in military ship refit, commercial ship repair, upgrade and conversion and shipbuilding.
The business is further active in the industrial services and energy sector. It has become a hub of the off shore wind industry seeing major investment in its port side infrastructure and facilities. The company is also working in the civil nuclear sector where it has built upon it’s core engineering strengths, to demonstrate how its modular construction facility can deliver optimised solutions for the planned new nuclear new power plants across the UK and Europe. The company has further recognised the benefits of modular construction and delivery techniques for the nuclear decommissioning sector. In addition the firm can offer its services to the off shore oil and gas sector, the petrochemical industry and a wide range sectors requiring of engineering and heavy fabrication work.
Refining and Petrochemicals
In 2011, Essar acquired the Stanlow Refinery from Shell, which is the second largest refinery in England. The Stanlow Refinery, with a capacity of 296,000 barrels per day, lies near to Liverpool, on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal. It supplies approximately 15 per cent of the country’s transport fuel requirements.
Although situated in the North West, the refinery serves much of England as it is linked to the UK oil pipeline network. Oil is delivered to the Tranmere Oil Terminal via ship and pumped to Stanlow, where it is then refined and stored for delivery.
Off Shore Wind
Liverpool City Region’s coastal location and low carbon and energy business capabilities mean it is in a strong position to capture and realise the job growth potential from a low carbon economy. The Low Carbon sector contributes over £2bn to the City Region’s economy employing over 22,000 people in 1,400 companies.
The decision by Government to designate the City Region as a Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering (CORE Status) is recognition of our continued potential in the low carbon and renewable sector. Growth is being stimulated through the £3.5bn being invested in Liverpool Bay, the exploitation of commercial opportunities in Low Carbon environmental goods and services, energy and heat networks and the imperative for a modal shift in transport.
These opportunities are being realised through initiatives such as the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), driven forward by both the public and private sectors to create many thousands of jobs for many years to come.