The north west’s leading maritime representative organisation, Mersey Maritime, is pleased to host a major visit by Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport and Minister for Maritime, on Wednesday 22nd January 2020. The Minister will join a meeting with a cross section of the region’s maritime businesses over coffee at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, before receiving an update on the Wirral Waters project on the site of this major regeneration scheme and then embarking on a tour of the Port of Liverpool hosted by Peel Ports Group.
Commenting ahead of the visit, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:
“We are delighted to host the Maritime Minister here in Merseyside this week, building on our well established and incredibly strong relationship with the Department for Transport. On many occasions in the last year, Mersey Maritime has been delighted to engage with the Minister at a variety of events from London International Shipping Week last September through to our attendance at a variety of receptions and briefings for the sector. It has been fantastic to see her enthusiasm and commitment to the UK’s largest industry and one which is absolutely vital to our local economy here in the north west.
“We look forward to updating the Minister on key projects that are vital to lock-in the growth and prosperity we know the wide-ranging maritime sector already brings to the region. Mersey Maritime has been one of the strongest advocates for the transformative Wirral Waters project to bring about the second phase of the Maritime Knowledge Hub, representing an investment of £23million and the potential to create 4,000 jobs. As we approach the UK’s departure from the European Union in just over a week from now, the strategic importance of the Port of Liverpool, the UK’s most significant Atlantic facing port, will be clear for her to see. This is another timely opportunity for us to showcase all that is important and exciting about the present and future for the maritime industry that we are so proud to represent.”