A visit from Princess Anne

HRH Princess Anne

Our Junior Engineer Jack Orr took part in an official visit from HRH The Princess Royal on Friday 17th September 2021, in connection with Mersey Maritime at the end of London International Shipping Week.

The visit was also on the same day as the 7th Mersey Maritime Industry Awards which was hosted at Liverpool Football Club later that evening. We won the innovation award at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, our Innovation Engineer Rob was delighted to receive the award for his and the wider teams work on the Zero-C (carbon) project. This was a very exciting day for the Bibby Marine team!

Jack Orr (third from left)

Princess Anne is Patron of Maritime UK, Her Royal Highness, received a dedicated briefing from Mersey Maritime CEO, Chris Shirling-Rooke, who is also Assistant Chair of Maritime UK and various Simon Eardley, Policy and Partnerships Co-ordinator and Programme Manager for Regional Growth.

Mersey Maritime is leading the national regional cluster development programme which is delivered in partnership with Maritime UK and the Department for Transport. This programme encompasses regional priorities identified in Maritime 2050, following a long term strategy for the maritime industry which is to be rolled out around the entire coast of the United Kingdom.

Her Royal Highness was then introduced to some of Mersey Maritime’s senior partners from across the sector, including representatives of port operators, shipping lines, and maritime professional services. Her Royal Highness, then visited Wirral Waters where she was shown the site of the £23 million Maritime Knowledge Hub project at the former hydraulic tower which will be the centre-piece of this major innovation hub as part of Peel Land and Property’s pioneering regeneration scheme. Executive Director, Peel L&P, James Whittaker, and Richard Mawdsley, Director of Development, briefed HRH on full plans for the scheme before she had the opportunity to meet key stakeholders and a group of maritime industry related apprentices.


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