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Face-2-Face: Members Forum December 2019

We are pleased to announce that our December Face-2-Face event will be a members’ forum featuring presentations from  Virtual Training Centre , Olsen Actuation UK Ltd and Firetrace Ltd, with each presenter providing a brief insight into their business.

Virtual Training Centre

Virtual training Centre Limited are a world leading provider of fully online UK DfT MCA Approved (STCW ISPS) Maritime Security Training.  They have the unique position of providing maritime companies and customers with fully certificated training bringing all the benefits that e-learning affords with a strong emphasis on customer support.

Courses are designed and written by highly qualified and experienced Maritime Security Trainers, Ship Security Officers and former members of the UK’s Elite Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (FPGRM).

Since releasing their courses in 2017, VTC have trained crew members and port staff in over 104 countries and are the preferred training provider for numerous shipping companies, oil & gas, superyachts and cruise ship companies as well as being the online maritime security training partner for Maersk.

Cathy Wallwork is one of the founders of Virtual Training Centre, will discuss how VTC have positively disrupted Maritime Security Training throughout the international market, reflecting on how they have managed to take mandatory and compliancy training and make it  consistently high in quality, accessible and cost effective. Cathy will also provide an insight into VTC’s vision of how innovative training might look in the future.


Olsen actuation

Olsen Actuation specialise in Electric Roller Screw Actuators and electro-mechanical solutions to the maritime industry and particularly enjoy working with clients looking to improve efficiency, accuracy and save space. Olsen Actuation can provide off the shelf solutions but particularly relish tackling bespoke solutions, either above or below water. Designed and tailored in the UK, their actuator solutions can incorporate integrated drive electronics, require no pipes or cooling and are incredible lightweight and compact in comparison with hydraulic systems.

Joanne Lawes, Operations Director will provide an overview on the range of high-performance Subsea Linear and Rotary Solutions for the most demanding applications, how the actuators can be readily customised to suit special applications and the reliability and safety measures.


Firetrace Ltd

Firetrace manufacture, design and install a cost effective, robust and versatile self-activating fire suppression system that is absolutely safe against malfunction. Our bespoke system does not require any external power and is  interchangeable to suit your needs, the Direct system extinguishes at the closest point of the fire and Indirect system extinguishes into a protected area. Firetrace offer ongoing service/maintenance agreements, ongoing customer support and product & installation training. Firetrace are the original tube based fire suppression system manufacturers with Headquarters based in Ipswich and the Northern Office based in Liverpool

Tommy Crombleholme, Field Sales Manager will  provide an overview of the Firetrace systems and demonstrate their award winning systems.


Mersey Maritime
The Maritime Knowledge Hub
3 Vanguard Way
CH41 9HX


Tuesday 3rd December
7:45am - 9am


Cathy Wallwork, Virtual Training Centre
Joanne Lawes, Olsen Actuation
Tommy Crombleholme, Firetrace Ltd


This event is for Mersey Maritime Members but non-members may attend one of these events as a free trial.

Location of Event

Mersey Maritime
The Maritime Knowledge Hub
3 Vanguard Way
CH41 9HX


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