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Chamber and TMG join forces for new maritime initiative

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From left to right, Kevin Hawes, Elena Enciso, Paul Cherpeau, Jonathan Powis and Mark Rowbotham.

A new initiative has been launched to provide support, training and consultancy services for maritime businesses in the Liverpool area of the UK.

The Maritime Group (International) Limited, which is a UK-registered company, and the Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce have joined forces for the new partnership.

The Chamber is developing a strategy in partnership with The Maritime Group that aims to ease accessibility of training, support, advice, consulting, policy engagement and skills requirements for the maritime industry sectors in the region.

The Maritime Group (TMG) business development director Kevin Hawes, operations director Jonathan Powis and senior consultant Mark Rowbotham were welcomed to the network by Chambers chief executive Paul Cherpeau and international trade manager Elena Enciso.

Kevin said: “The chamber has a long history and an excellent reputation for providing expertise to businesses who are trading internationally and for being a conduit to regional international trade.

“This has become increasingly important as the maritime sector and the multitude of industries related to it in the region continue to grow.

“The Maritime Group [TMG] will add value to this group of chamber members through offering high quality advice, consulting and maritime services, across a broad spectrum of maritime disciplines.

“There will be no duplication of existing support provision provided in the region, rather a very practical and technical profile of maritime centred deliverables which will meet growing demand from the sector.

“In collaboration with the chamber, TMG will also help champion and project the industry on behalf of chamber members.

 Jonathan added: “TMG has a very well-established London office and we now look forward to working closely with the chamber and fellow members, in continuing to promote the best interests of UK shipping businesses in Liverpool and the North West.”

TMG continues to grow. It recently opened its new TMG (Asia) office in Singapore, further extending its international reach from existing headquarters in Seattle, USA, and regional offices in London, Honolulu and Panama.

Captain Malcolm W Parrott, managing director of The Maritime Group (International) Limited and executive vice-president of The Maritime Group International, said. “This new initiative fits in nicely with our expansion plans.”

Chamber chief executive Paul Cherpeau said: “Our support for internationally trading companies has existed for more than a century.

“Supplementing our existing expertise with dedicated maritime sector support, particularly as the implications of Brexit begin to become clearer, will provide a substantial resource for businesses trading in the sector and provide a great source of knowledge and advocacy for a large proportion of our business base.”

New additions to the TMG (International) Limited family were registered in London last month: TMG (Defence) & TMG (Security & Compliance).

Both subsidiary to The Maritime Group (International) Limited, they will be managed and operated by professionals based in Liverpool.

The Maritime Group (International) Limited has been recently appointed Deputy Register UK for the Palau International Shipping Registry headquartered in Piraeus, Athens and Houston, Texas.

It is the fastest growing flag in the shipping world with a 43.25 per cent growth in registered ships since 2013, according to Fairplay Magazine and is dubbed the next generation SMART Flag.

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