Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside

Key Partners

“Mersey Maritime supports Maritime UK and what we do like few others. They have the ability, the vision, the strength to take what we are doing and to help turbo charge it. Not only in their own region but by pulling other regions together so that together we can do an awful lot more than we do on our own.”

Ben Murray – Director, Maritime UK

What is Maritime UK?

Maritime UK is the umbrella body for the maritime sector, bringing together the shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries. Its purpose is to champion and enable a thriving maritime sector by promoting it, influencing government and fostering collaborative working.

It was founded as a means to draw together the disparate cross-sector trade associations to act as ‘one voice’ for the common concerns of the sector by amplifying its profile, identifying common issues and promoting joint policy positions through industry campaigns and messaging. As this role has strengthened and consolidated, the Maritime UK focus encompasses bringing regional actors together in a co-ordinated fashion to assist in the practical delivery of national programmes and to aid the interface between trade associations and their partners at the point of delivery.

Strategic objectives

To lead:

  • To provide leadership to the sector by bringing together all industries and co-ordinating cross-sector activity.

To champion:

  • To champion shared issues across the sector, to raise its profile, to tell the positive UK maritime story at both home and abroad.

To grow:

  • To resolutely focus on delivering jobs and growth across the whole country by fostering collaboration and partnering with government.


  • Integrity: we act ethically and responsibly for the good of the sector and wider society.
  • Inclusivity: we exist for the sector and will work with everyone sharing our objectives, values and priorities.
  • Collaboration: we are relentless in our ambition for companies and relevant organisations across the sector to work together.
  • Partnership: we achieve our ambitions when we work closely with and across government.
  • Leadership: we are proactive and innovative in helping to shape tomorrow’s maritime world.

Activity and focus

In seeking to champion the whole of the maritime sector in the UK, Maritime UK undertakes a number of initiatives and programmes of activity to deliver its core objectives, tied in with government objectives such as the promotion and delivery of the sector’s core plan, Maritime 2050.

Mersey Maritime specifically offers direct support to deliver the Maritime UK led Regional Cluster Development programme. This programme, with support from Chris Shirling-Rooke as bother Assistant Chair of Maritime UK and CEO of Mersey Maritime and Simon Eardley as Programme Manager for Regional Cluster Development, seeks to replicate the ‘Mersey Maritime model’ as the leading maritime cluster organisation in the United Kingdom.

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As a fledgling business with big aspirations for success, joining Mersey Maritime has been absolutely the right move for us. It’s meant we haven’t had to start from scratch, knocking on doors and trying to get access to the right people. Through Mersey Maritime, we’ve attended business events like Face-2-Face and have already been able to meet everyone who’s anyone in this region. It’s the best investment we have made this year!
John Bean, Managing Director, Geo Data Systems
Mersey Maritime is doing so much for the community and its succession planning for business is vitally important. It’s great to see Liverpool coming back as a global player – all power to your elbow!
Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West
Mersey Maritime is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
Phil James, Weightmans LLP
Mersey Maritime provides excellent networking opportunities, allowing people to meet people, and they do exceptionally well on training and skills. My only criticism is that companies want more!
James Douglas, ContainerPort
Royal HaskoningDHV is a global engineering and project design consultancy with 6500 staff working in 150 companies, but we’ve been something of a sleeping giant in Liverpool. We’re proud to be sponsors of Mersey Maritime. It enables us to be fully engaged in the cluster, with a place at the table and positioned as first choice company for new business opportunities within our areas of expertise.
Jamie Gray, Associate Director, Royal HaskoningDHV
Back in 2008, the average age profile of the workforce at Cammell Laird was 47; so we recognised the need to address a potential skills gap up ahead. As a result of close collaboration with Mersey Maritime we‘ve committed to a long-term training programme that has seen our apprentice numbers rise from zero to more than 100. It’s put us in a much stronger position. We’re in better shape to plan for growth, we’re fulfilling a commitment to provide jobs for young people in this region and we’re revitalising the way we run our business.
John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group
As a founding member, Hill Dickinson is proud to support Mersey Maritime. Mersey Maritime creates and facilitates business opportunities for both its members and the wider maritime and business communities through regular networking events, lobbying and industry awards while addressing the skills gap in the maritime sector by integrating local academic resources with businesses to ensure focused training and development. Mersey Maritime has achieved so much since its inception in 2003 and continues to strive with members to ensure Merseyside’s place as the leading maritime hub.
Colin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson LLP
Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
I come out of Mersey Maritime’s meetings with a bit of a buzz. Lots of people with the same energy and we can see what’s ahead and we want to be ready for it, be a part of it.
Tom Coyle, Managing Director, DT Engineering Limited