Specialist maritime training facility to open at Wirral Waters

Published: 7 June 2018

A world-class provider of maritime and sea survival training has chosen Wirral Waters as the base of its first state-of-the-art training facility in England.

Stream Marine Training (SMT), headquartered in Glasgow, is a world-renowned specialist training provider for the global maritime industry and the dockside location of Wirral Waters, with its close proximity to the Irish Sea and the offshore wind farm at Burbo Bank, makes it the ideal location.

The new training facility will be based at a dockside location at Tower Quays in our Wirral Waters site.

SMT will offer training and consultancy services to the global maritime, oil and gas, renewables and construction sectors.  These are important sectors that drive growth in Wirral and the wider Liverpool City Region.

Our focus is on helping these sectors grow through jobs led projects such as the MEA Park waterside manufacturing campus and the Maritime Knowledge Hub project – the proposed use of the grade II listed Hydraulic Tower building.

The Maritime Knowledge Hub – a partnership between Liverpool John Moores University, Mersey Maritime, the Peel Group and Wirral Council will be a place for innovation, collaboration, learning, training, and business development in the maritime sectors, and will put Wirral Waters on the marine industries’ global stage.

Martin White, Chief Executive of Stream Marine Training, said: “We are really proud and excited to bring our portfolio of world-class maritime courses to Wirral Waters. This will be our second training hub in the UK, following our base at Glasgow Airport, and we believe it is the perfect location for us.

“Wirral Waters will be a shining example of growth in the maritime sector and we are really excited to play a key role in its regeneration.”

Liza Marco, Asset Manager at Peel Land and Property, said: “The maritime industry is a key growth sector for the Liverpool City Region and we are delighted that Wirral Waters will be home to such a prestigious and high calibre training facility for such important local industries.“SMT are world leaders in their field offering a wide range of innovative industry accredited and customer-specific courses for a number of safety critical activities and industrial tasks and we are really excited to be working so closely with them on the development of our Maritime Knowledge Hub.”

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive of Mersey Maritime, said: “One of the reasons Mersey Maritime was set up more than 15 years ago was to support maritime specific inward investment into the region, and collaboration is at the heart of this. We’re delighted that SMT will be opening a training facility in Wirral Waters adding to a region that is fast being recognised as a truly national centre of excellence.”

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