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Robinson Rice Associates

Robinson Rice Associates – Chartered Accountants, Chartered Tax Advisers & Statutory Auditors

As experienced accountants and business advisers, Robinson Rice Associates have a proven track record across a comprehensive range of financial disciplines and a particular specialism advising clients in the maritime industry.

We know that the maritime business has its own specific needs and taxation rules when it comes to accounting and keeping things operating smoothly.

Not all accountants are the same! It is important to hire accountants that have specific knowledge and understanding of the maritime industry; to ensure tax regulations are complied with and to allow you to take advantage of specific tax benefits.

The maritime industry has its own unique tax rules for Vessels and the option of the Tonnage Tax Regime. Professional seafarers and sailors can take advantage of the Seafarers Earnings Deduction (SED) – many accountants won’t be aware of this deduction and some aspects of the eligibility can be confusing but at Robinson Rice Associates we will explain everything and work hard on your behalf to make sure you are not paying any more tax than you absolutely need to.

For those working in the maritime industry, workers can be off-shore for extended periods of time, but still need to make sure they submit their income tax returns or self-assessments on time. The team at Robinson Rice Associates will note what needs to be submitted by when and for whom to keep you above board!

This is just one reason why hiring the right accountant with maritime experience is vitally important.

Because we understand that clients need far more than someone to add up the numbers and put ticks in boxes, we work closely with our clients offering a director-led service at all times. We are passionate about delivering a service that actually helps and supports our clients to achieve their personal and business growth goals.

As a full service firm of chartered accountants, our services to the maritime industry include:

• Audit
• Accountancy
• Taxation – compliance and specialist
• Payroll
• Bookkeeping
• Business and tax planning
• Support with HMRC investigations


Merseyside Office
30 Crosby Road North
L22 4QF

T: 0151 920 9654
M: 07970 678 770


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 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
Mersey Maritime has brought the community together tremendously well.
Colin Kershaw, Brookes Bell
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
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 is unique, there’s nothing else like it!
Phil James, Weightmans LLP
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
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
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


Mersey Maritime is one of Europe’s most successful maritime cluster organisations, representing the interests of over 1700 Maritime, Logistics and Energy businesses on Merseyside and beyond.

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