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LEADINGEDGE Spring /Summer 2020


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President, Adam Whittle speaks of better times ahead

Just because the world has changed doesn't stop us!

A new mentoring project is coming to the industry

We still really hope to go ahead, so find out more





Liverpool Seafarers Centre needs you help!

Can you guess who made it into the Top 100 countdown?

Find out how we welcomed this amazing ship to Liverpool

Boris Johnson urged to relocate maritime power

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MAY YOU LIVE IN INTERESTING TIMES... Propeller Club Liverpool, the place to virtually meet maritime professionals, to engage with the local shipping industry and to support maritime charities. Well...that was odd. The world was normal, we had our First Thursday in March - and then suddenly everything changed. We are in lockdown, we are kept from family and friends, there is no physical social dynamic any more, and we focus on daily updates on death. Yes, life as a networking organisation in the time of Coronavirus is quite a challenge. That said, there are opportunities too. It is a chance to engage differently, to work hard to support those who need help, while spreading the love, peace, happiness, employment and business opportunities far and wide. At the moment there seems no real end in sight, certainly not an ending where we are all in a room, shaking hands and hugging. So we need to continue to evolve and to be the community that we always thought we should be. We have been hosting daily coffee break shenanigans on Twitter, with our 1000 and 1500 #smoko sessions. We have Zoom management meetings, as well as a drinks evening for the ladies of the parish. We're looking at how to support the Liverpool Seafarers Centre, and are discussing what their needs are. We have tried to rally around to help the places that matter to us, and paid Baby E for First Thursday - even though we weren't there. We desperately want people's businesses to survive - so we highly recommend one of their hampers! Sue Henney says they are amazing! So stay safe, stay sane and we are here for you. In the meantime enjoy this latest issue of Leading Edge, where we will bring you up to date with the maritime goings on (such that they are) in and around Liverpool. Inside we also look forward to all the fun, joy and wonderment to come. If you have any stories you would like to submit for future editions, or for our website - please do get in touch. PROPELLER CLUB LIVERPOOL propellerclubliverpool@gmail.com www.propellerclub.co.uk @propellerists PROPELLERCLUB


A WORD FROM WHITTLE As I sit here writing this, about to enter my sixth week of working from home, I realise I have been President for a year – I quickly go and mix myself a BGST (big gin small tonic) to celebrate this milestone. As a result of the restrictions put in place by the UK Government, Propeller Club Liverpool’s last pre-lockdown event was March First Thursday where we were lucky enough to host the Executive and Senior Officers from HMS Prince of Wales and present them with a token to mark their visit to our great City.

business, but most of all we exist as a community in which we help one another.

made food hampers at very reasonable cost.

I have witnessed this community spirit more so during lockdown than ever before – I suppose because it’s highlighted more at the moment. Whether it is just a friendly chat on the phone, a virtual catch-up on Zoom or helping with food shopping, members have been helping those at risk and unable to leave their houses. Unfortunately, many businesses are also suffering from the effects of lockdown and one early local casualty was the sad collapse of Bibby Hydromap.

Our very own Port Secretary, Sue Henney, has already sampled one. We have also offered our support to seafarers affected by the lockdown by reaching out to the Liverpool Seafarers Centre and The Mission to Seafarers. The work of both charities is crucial at the moment.

Earlier the same week I had invited the officers to lunch at the Artists Club which Steven also attended – the idea for the gift, as you may be able to tell, was dreamt up after several glasses of wine ! I am sure you all agree, however, that Steven did a remarkable job transforming a ‘normal’ yellow Superlambanana into this warship worthy wonder!

In a show of unity with our maritime colleagues, the Management Group extended the offer of Honorary Membership to the team at Bibby Hydromap for six months in an effort to maximise their networking opportunities and hopefully get them back into local employment.

Our wonderful Club is all about bringing people from the maritime industry together – some just socially, others for

However, it is not all bad news, Baby E, our official social partner, has shown its entrepreneurial spirit by offering pre-


If you are missing us all terribly and you are on Twitter, don’t forget to join us twice daily for #smoko at 10.00 and 15.00 (BST) – it’s fun, eclectic and no one quite knows where it’s going to end up at the end of the 30 minutes (there has even been fancy dress but don’t let that put you off (Holly Bibby!). Although we cannot meet at the moment, fear not – we have lots planned for when we can, as you will see from this latest issue of Leading Edge. In the meantime, stay safe everyone and if we can help you in anyway, please do not hesitate to get in touch.



Propeller Club Liverpool is not one to shirk a challenge. So in these testing times we have rolled up our virtual sleeves and are looking to be even more vibrant, than ever before. So what can we look forward to? There can be no shying away from the fact that the Coronavirus has, does and will shape our lives in the near and perhaps longer term too. We can hope that we've all stayed in, we've protected the NHS and we have heeded the needs of society. What can we expect when we're all allowed to play out again? The irony for the Propeller Club Liverpool, and this is perhaps a lesson to be learned...but we we're the best prepared and organised we had ever been with regards to our events in the year ahead. Our lunch was sorted, sponsors for First Thursday were all lined up, and special events such as the golf day, quiz and Marine Challenge Cup 5-a-side were all shaping up nicely. Then the change came! The closure of venues and banning of gatherings is obviously an important and sensible policy to try and head off this dreadful virus. Equally obviously it is hard for any events/membership/ networking organisation to carry on. That is what we have vowed to though, and we are so grateful to all of you who support and are continuing to show what a real community is.

At the moment, though things are not yet clear...but we really do hope that 2020 will still consist of all the wonderful events and activities we were planning. The Quiz is still pencilled in for June, the football in July and our lunch will be moved probably to October with Britannia Maritime Aid still lined up and eager.. Chris Farrell is heading up our golf efforts, and we'll come up with a solution that works. So, there is light ahead - but it may not have yet penetrated the depth of the dark tunnel we are in. We're using technology as best we can to try and keep in touch, to ensure our community is connected and that we can still laugh and feel the love even in tough times. Thank you all for your patience, good humour and sense of hope for the time ahead. With members such as you, we will come back even stronger. Think how that first glass of wine, the first peel of laughter and that first hug or handshake will feel. We will be together again, we just do not know when. See you there, we really cannot wait!

COME AND JOIN US TODAY... The Propeller Club Liverpool is your readymade maritime network in the region. We welcome all who work in shipping, or who have a passion for promoting it. Membership links you to am amazing group of professionals - not just in Liverpool, but the world over. So join us today - it costs just ÂŁ45 per year, and you will help us to deliver even more for the maritime community locally. Enjoy our vitual networking, and eventually our First Thursday evenings, golf days, events and lunches. There is so much going on, and we want you to be part of it. We need your support now more than ever...




THE GREY FUNNEL LINE... It was impossible to miss the amazing visit of the newest and biggest ship in the Royal Navy as HMS Prince of Wales (PoW) visited Liverpool back in March. The sight of the ship was incredibly impressive, but what was even more wonderful to see was the reception from the city to the men and women who serve onboard. Around the city the crew and officers were welcomed with open arms. Liverpool showed just how important the sea is to the city, and the respect it has for those who keep our island nation safe and secure. Propeller Club Liverpool was so pleased to be able to extend a welcome to senior officers of the PoW to our First Thursday networking event. Thanks to our parner The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, we were able to have an amazing time with our special guests. Dawn Ingram of the charity pictured above. We even gave them a unique gift to mark the occasion, a battleship grey Superlambanana. We wish the crew and ship well, a long safe, happy and successful career awaits this amazing vessel. God bless the Prince of Wales and all who sail on her....



A GIFT FROM US TO THEM When Liverpool played host to HMS Prince of Wales as is the norm on such auspicious occasions, the Propeller Club Liverpool pulled out all the stops. It was decided that we needed to present them with a token of our esteem. But what? Well, there is nothing that quite says Liverpool, like the Superlambanana – and so it was decided. However, a tourist one wouldn’t quite cut it…so a plan was hatched to make HMS Prince of Wales its own very special sculpture. The original Superlambanana is a bright yellow sculpture, weighing almost 8 tonnes (7.9 long tons) and stands at 5.2 metres (17 feet) tall, it symbolises the trade which came in and out of our fine maritime city. Sheep/wool out, bananas in…as an illustration. As many of you who have bought presents for visitors will know, stores like Utility do a roaring trade in small versions. But they were too small for this mission. We needed something to live forever on a very big ship, so a bigger Superlambanana was needed. After scouring the shops, it was located in Cool Britannia on Mathew Street – a “garden” version of the sculpture – standing some half a metre high. So far so good… here you can see it proudly displayed in the window, in its yellow glory. After a little haggling, and an explanation of our ridiculous idea the store even generously gave us a discount! So hats off to them.

How much is that Superlambanana in the window?

Again, this was only part of the story – as with a big, heavy and unwieldy model in our paws, the hard task was to get it back to the workshop, to begin the task of Propellerising the poor thing. The best form of transport, well strapped into a car seat seemed pretty good. So it’s the journey from civvie street to the military began. Time was pressing, this was Wednesday afternoon, and the presentation was to be on Thursday evening. How on earth could this mission be successful? Well this is the story of one man’s foolish commitment to a silly idea!

Strapped in for the journey to a new life... LEADINGEDGE


The Superlambanana entered the workshop...was sanded and primed, painted and pinned. It's tail proudly adorned with the number R09 of its new home. A plaque was scribed, and a plinth polished. Finally the yellow garden model had become something else entirely. A gift fit for an aircraft carrier. We hope that SuperlambR09 long serves as a reminder to the company of HMS Prince of Wales of the respect and friendship which the maritime business community holds for the vessel and the Royal Navy.


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CONGRATULATIONS ALL AWARD WINNERS It seems a very long time ago, but before we all got locked down, the city was abuzz with the Mersey Maritime Awards 2020 - and there were many Propeller Club members who had great success.

Ships Registry who received the Maritime Ambassador’s Award in recognition of his “outstanding dedication and achievement” in the sector over the course of his life and career.

More than 500 guests packed into the magnificent St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre to hear inspiring speeches and see awards given out to 13 businesses and individuals from across the diverse maritime industry.

Speaking atop a giant organ, Chris Shirling-Rooke CEO of Mersey Maritime said the awards were created to showcase achievements, reminding the rest of the country and indeed the world that this region has been and will always be a trading superpower.

For the sixth year running, the host for the evening was BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, and the theme for this year’s MMIAs was Navigating New Horizons. Guests heard from keynote speaker, Commodore Iain S Lower, Royal Navy, Head of Naval Staff. Business of the Year was Offshore Painting Services and one of the most popular awards of the night went to Dick Welsh, former head of the Isle of Man LEADINGEDGE

Full list of MMIAs 2020 winners: Rising Star Award, sponsored by the Royal Navy – Dr Cai Bird of Marlan Maritime Employer of the Year, sponsored by Kays Medical – Liverpool Boat Charter Engineering Company of the Year, sponsored by the Manufacturing & Technology Centre – Walker Engineering (NW)

Micro Business of the Year, sponsored by Brookes Bell – Hughes Subsea Services Maritime Professional Services Award, sponsored by Fort Recruitment – Polaris Media Management Innovation Award, sponsored by Royal Haskoning DHV – Bibby HydroMap International Trade Award, sponsored by Western Union Business Solutions – Tapiit Marine SME of the Year, sponsored by Denholm UK Logistics – D Morgan Maritime Ambassador Award, sponsored by Beech Group – Dick Welsh MBE Environmental Impact Award, sponsored by Wirral Waters – Low Carbon Eco–Innovatory Positive Impact Award, sponsored by Tapiit Marine – Liverpool Seafarers Centre Maritime 2050 Award, sponsored by Maritime UK – Peel Ports Business of the Year, sponsored by Peel Ports – Offshore Painting Services



Past President and unofficial poet laureate, Jim Bellew ponders the view of seafarers taken by the public. Waxing lyrical on how time, tide and tragedy waiteth for no one.

We care about the Care Homes; we love the NHS But stress about PPE; and government in a mess We worry 'bout key workers, every day exposed to threat We fret those near and dear, who could sadly lose their bet.

The broody moody female, desperate for a mate The shy and lonely fella, desperate for a date They’ll never get together with the curfew in the way but a ménage a trois with a virus is not the way to play.

Ivory tower politics, playing poker with our health Dodgy words at problems, facing truth but using stealth Food banks on the front line, supermarkets the new trenches Heroes driving buses facing dire consequences.

The impact on our freedom, an imposition on our rights Restrictions of our movements every day and every night Depriving us of what we fought for in many wars gone by It’s enough to make a grown man weep, and widows sit and cry.

Grannies, Pops and grand-kids,with dislocated love The bereaved in isolation, only comfort from above Being brave and stoic, but hoping against the odds Knowing that our future is yet in the hands of gods.

We invoke wartime nostalgia, the spirit of the Blitz Pretend the hardships greater, but reflecting counterfeits There’s no shortage of food, no rationing in sight No U-boats in the Atlantic, no bombs drop on us at night.

No doubt this time we're in the strangest of places There's single mums, kids and pets, locked-up in tiny spaces Facing life, driven up the walls and far around the bend Short of food, cash and patience, slumping at wits end

Our digital connections, TV and films galore Spotify and Facebook for those that know the score Were face-to-face with loved ones and Zooming off to gigs Concerts delivered to us by pop and rock’s big wigs.

The care homes are neglected, consigned to out-of-sight Carers and residents alike entwinned in terrible plight The sick, the troubled and infirm, living with such pain The stressed, upset and damaged, trying to stay sane.

An inconvenience for the many, hardship for a few and it’s only been a month and as we muddle to get through But does anyone give thought for the sailors out at sea? The mariners on the briny bringing goods for you and me.

Scared to see a doctor or to visit A&E How quickly it is that we forget just how life used to be. The old folk face the lockdown restricted to their home Kept from their world, away from friends, unable yet to roam.

Out of sight and out of mind, deprived for months on end Home comforts on a tanker with a meagre choice of friends Weeks at sea and hours in port, life-balance under stress A proxy family life and emotions in a mess.

Singletons locked away, in the confines of a flat Yearning for touches, occasional cuddles, even just a chat Dreams awoken and disturbed, liaisons and hopes lost These the lonely, seeking love or lust at whatever the cost.

Real-time mobile living, a different rock ‘n’ roll With the tempest and the torment leaves you clinging to your soul Next time at your front door when you’re clapping those who care Give a shout for the seafarers that come from everywhere. LEADINGEDGE


A good friend of Jim Bellew wanted to share with us a poem, he thinks most apt. Michael Husband said, "I think thanks also should be given to the merchant seafarers who bring in to this country 95% of our imports and exports. These seafarers are now doomed to spend months on board their ships, because either countries will not allow them to land or there are no air services to relieve them. They are consigned to a watery prison for many more months. As per usual, our sea services are out of sight and out of mind. A famous poem written by Rudyard Kipling during WW1 which is just as applicable today as then. Please remember merchant seafarers. Not distracting from our key worker "heroes", but Britain also lives by the sea, which should not be forgotten.

Big Steamers by Rudyard Kipling “Oh, where are you going to, all you Big Steamers, With England's own coal, up and down the salt seas?” “We are going to fetch you your bread and your butter, Your beef, pork, and mutton, eggs, apples, and cheese.” “And where will you fetch it from, all you Big Steamers, And where shall I write you when you are away?” “We fetch it from Melbourne, Quebec, and Vancouver. Address us at Hobart, Hong-kong, and Bombay.” “But if anything happened to all you Big Steamers, And suppose you was wrecked up and down the salt sea?” “Why, then you'd have no coffee or bacon for breakfast, And you'd have no muffins or toast for your tea.” “Then I'll pray for fine weather for all you Big Steamers For little blue billows and breezes so soft.” “Oh, billows and breezes don't bother Big Steamers:

Rudyard Kipling

We're iron below and steel-rigging aloft.” “Then I'll build a new lighthouse for all you Big Steamers, With plenty wise pilots to pilot you through.” “Oh, the Channel's as bright as a ball-room already, And pilots are thicker than pilchards at Looe.” “Then what can I do for you, all you Big Steamers, Oh, what can I do for your comfort and good?” “Send out your big warships to watch your big waters, That no one may stop us from bringing you food. For the bread that you eat and the biscuits you nibble, The sweets that you suck and the joints that you carve, They are brought to you daily by All Us Big Steamers And if any one hinders our coming you'll starve!” Cargo Girl by Claire McCarthy



TOP 100 WOMEN IN SHIPPING Wonderful to see our very own Anna Kaparaki make The www. allaboutshipping.co.uk Top 100 women in Shipping for 2019 2019 was the year devoted to Women in the Shipping Industry: “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” was IMO’s theme for World Maritime Day 2019. During January 2020 The All About Shipping team worked nonstop in collecting and collating info, notes and other ‘bits and pieces’ to ensure a fair and just survey honouring Women. These Top 100 rankings, although at first glance might contain some surprises, if you go in depth you will see the real qualities and what each woman nominated has offered and influenced both our shipping world and the wider female community to all intents and purposes. Dr. Aleka Mandaraka- Sheppard, Maritime Arbitrator, Chairman and Founder of the London Shipping Law Centr topped the influential and important list. There were a host of names which are well known to Propeller Club Liverpool and who have either worked with us or with our members. The list included, Susan Terpilowski OBE, Founder Image Line and president WISTA UK, Bridget Hogan, Director of Publishing and Membership at The Nautical Institute, WISTAUnited Kingdom, Nicola Good, Journalist and Global Head of Brand & External Relations Marine & Offshore at Lloyd’s Register,

UK, Maria Dixon, Director, ISM Shipping Solutions Ltd, former WISTA UK president; Teresa Peacock, Managing Director Spinnaker Global and WISTA UK, Heidi Heseltine, co-founder of the Diversity Group, United Kingdom; Julie Lithgow, Director at the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and WISTA UK member; and Carleen Lyden Walker, CEO at Morgan Marketing & Communications, IMO Goodwill Maritime Ambassador, NAMEPA, WISTA USA; Anna Kaparaki, featured for her work as a Lecturer in Maritime Law at John Moores University, Liverpool, and as Solicitor at Mackinnons Solicitors LLP. Though the vital work she performs in bringing networks together must have also played an important role - as this is something Anna does so well. From our Propeller Club Liverpool perspective Anna has done so much to drive links between Propeller Club Liverpool and the maritime student population. So we think the recognition is richly deserved! Hopefully next time round the rest of our amazing Mersey women will make the cut. We have such luminaries as Sue Henney, Charlotte Morton, Robyn Pyne, Hazel Sivori, Holly Bibby, Annette Parker, and Anneley Pickles make the list, and so many more. We are so blessed with such incredible women in maritime in Liverpool! Come up and meet them…All About Shipping may have to make it a Top 200 next time. LEADINGEDGE


FUTURE LUNCH: BRITANNIA MARITME AID So Coronovirus beat us this time round - but we will be looking to go again as soon as we can, and are tentatively re-scheduling our next lunch to October 2020. The plan had been to host the Propeller Club Liverpool 2020 lunch on St George's Day April. So much for planning... We were set to welcome Britannia Maritime Aid, and their Chairman Kevin Slade to tell us more about the organisation and their wonderful and audacious vision. Now, as we know that can't now take place until later in the year. However, we are still hoping that BMA will be able to join us, and we will get an opportunity to learn about global aid and their idea to deliver it from a British-built merchant ship, manned by UK and Commonwealth seafarers. The global pandemic has perhaps highlighted like never before the importance of getting aid, supplies, building materials, manpower and expertise into places which are suffering. Britannia Maritime Aid’s proposal is to capitalise on this expertise with a permanent UK and Commonwealth presence in the Caribbean while also addressing the shortage of much needed sea berths for young seafarers to gain the crucial maritime skills and experience they need to survive and succeed at sea. Our emergency relief vessel will sail under the command of a British Merchant Navy Captain with a permanent crew, professional first response personnel,


NGO staff and young people in development. The ship will be specifically equipped to provide immediate disaster relief, providing a strategic base for coordinating disaster response, as well as hospital berths and stores of food, water and first response equipment which are so vital in the hours and days immediately after a natural disaster. The ship will also be capable of providing immediate field kitchens and on board facilities to feed those made homeless. It will be equipped with a medical centre, landing craft and helicopters and substantial cargo space for earth moving equipment, aid shipments, and able to operate either in isolation or within a task force. Outside these emergencies, the ship will deliver UK aid cargoes to the region and infrastructure projects and skills training to local communities by use of on board experts assisted by trainee personnel. The Ship’s complement will include a significant number of personnel from

British overseas dependent territories; there will also be training and experience for non-maritime apprentices within aid and disaster relief teams. There will also be secure military communications capabilities, press and conference facilities, maritime environmental research capabilities and the opportunity for UK charities and volunteers to carry out planned repair and construction projects in local communities. Our vessel will also help promote British and Commonwealth trade in the Atlantic basin. Captain Slade will be speaking and telling us more about their plans, how the fundraising is progressing, and will also hopefully have some important news on the views of the British Government towards this wonderfully ambitious, but fantastic and worthy project. See http:// britanniamaritimeaid.com/ The lunch will also be a chance to visit and dine at the world-famous Athenaeum in Liverpool - so don't miss out, but we just don't quite know when it will be yet. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more updates.



Plans are being laid for our upcoming Propeller Club Quiz 2020. Who knows exactly when it will be - but it will be wonderful when it does take place.

expect more teams than ever before. In the past Brookes Bell and KVH have been the victors - so can you knock them off their perch?

Over the past couple of years the quizzes have really been a great laugh, lots of fun questions, we've had arguments aplenty, drama of raffle colour ticket mix ups and the compere who managed to make the answers last longer than the questions.

There will be the usual picture rounds, and we may even be having a musical focus this time too. Oooh the excitement is palpable.

So, we have a lot to live up to - but by then we'll all be so glad to get out that we

We hope to be hosting in Baby E on Dale Street once again. A place that Al Disley said made the "best chilli ever"! So if we can't tempt you with fun and questions,

we hope that your belly will lead the way. As usual we will be raising money for charity, and will hopefully have lots of great prizes too. The plan had been for June - and we could still be ok for that, but keep an eye on our web site and social media channels. We wouldn't want you to miss out. We look forward to seeing you there, and please do email our Port Secretary Sue Henney if you would like more details she can be reached via propellerclubliverpool@gmail.com




Any of you who have been to sea will be aware of the tradition of "Smoko". The coffee break which day workers take, a chance to sit down, to have a laugh and to punctuate the working day. Propeller Club Liverpool has long been a leading proponent of Smoko - indeed, we think it is something that is sorely missing from the contemporary social scene oboard...but we shall save those thoughts for the ISWAN Social Matters survey. Anyway, we think Smoko is important - so when even we shore based desk pilots were banished from our plush city centre offices, and sent off to the barren lands of the WIrral or Woolton, we thought it important to try and give a shape and substance to the working day. Nothing served our purposes better than Smoko. So, every working day at 1000 and 1500 we take a break and take to Twitter. Where a number of hardy souls take part in 30 mins of crazed, laughter filled reverie. Initially much of it was based on biscuits, but it has taken many more mad, comedic twists and turns since then.

Propeller Club Liverpool stalwarts such as Sue Henney, Terry Ogg, Adam Whittle and Lin Cotton are often to be found bantering with distant favourites such as Dick, Cam and Lee on the Isle of Man. There are gnarled industry pros, such as Gray Page's James Wilkes, the sassy Millenial stylings of Sarah "Special By Name", and a taste of the bluff Cumbrian counryside with Annette Parker and Richard Graham. While even leading maritime journalists such as Tradewinds' Holly Birkett and Lloyd's List's David Osler have been known to get involved. Heck even Holly Bibby has had a go, but we think it caused her a headache. There are no rules, not shape or real flow - it is just a group of people gathered under the #smoko banner to have a little distraction around the working day. We would love any of you who haven't been involved to give it a go. Follow @propellerists and look out for the flurry of activity at 1000 and 1500. Or search #smoko See you at our online coffee break....and as Terry would say, "Stay Magic".



VE DAY 75 YEAR CELEBRATION As the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) day approaches, it is still a time to remember, to reflect and to celebrate to an extent. Obviously we are currently in tough times, but we still owe a huge debt to those who sacrificed so much. Seafarers UK wants to hear about your family members. As part of the UK’s VE Day 75th anniversary commemorations in May 2020, Seafarers UK is launching a Veterans Appeal to raise funds in support of seafaring veterans and their families. Seafarers UK (the charity created in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors) endeavours to support all seafaring veterans in need, regardless of their age or area of service. The role of seafarers who served in the Merchant Navy or Fishing Fleets during WW2 continues to be largely misunderstood and their vital contribution to the war effort is frequently underestimated. Many younger veterans who took part in more recent conflicts – including in the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan – often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. To help raise public awareness of the UK’s dependence as an island nation on men and women who work at sea, Seafarers UK is seeking stories from families of veterans who served in the Royal Navy, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets. Please send stories with photographs and memorabilia (which will be returned) to Seafarers UK, 8 Hatherley Street, London, SW1P 2QT. Or email seafarers@seafarers.uk. For more information about this appeal please phone 020 7932 0000.




When families gather at their doors, when streets reverberate to a crescendo of pots and pans battered and banged, yes people are rightly celebrating the National Health Service - slowly though that has begun to expand. The gratitude in terrible times being expanded out, flowing from people's hearts to other key workers. People working in Care Homes, in supermarkets, refuse collectors, deliver drivers. All are being taken to the hearts of a frightened, confused and stressed populace. Amazingly to us in shipping, but less surprising when you consider the maritime blindness and ignorance which blights our island, seafarers do not seem to warrant much of a mention. Yes we know, we know where the food comes from, where the health equipment, the ventilators and the PPE comes from. We know the fuel comes by ship, the goods we want in good times...and more so in bad. Yes, ships are the lifeline - but seafarers are the lifeblood.

Nautilus International is working hard to ensure that seafarers are designated as key workers, and their efforts are to be applauded. Literally on a Thursday evening at 2000 hours. We need seafarers to be given the recognition and protections they need. We need seafarers to be able to move freely, to be able to join ships and to come home again. Without seafarers our society would grind to a halt, so we hope that governments - both in the UK and overseas can rally to the cause and begin to recogise and reward the vital role of seafarers. A tiny victory we know, but Propeller Club Liverpool actually managed to get a message to seafarers read out on BBC Radio 6 by Lauren Laverne! Perhaps the tide can turn on our nation's recognition of seafarers, and making them key workers would be a massive part of the change.



THANK CREW VERY MUCH First, all of us at KVH wish to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the healthcare professionals who are working tirelessly around the globe to keep all of our families and loved ones safe. We also want to say a profound thank you to the seafarers who are keeping the global economy moving even as they are unable to return to their homes or even leave their vessels in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. At KVH, we have been extremely busy establishing new programs to assist seafarers and fleets during the pandemic. These programs include free calls to the ISWAN SeafarerHelp line from any KVH VSAT-equipped vessel, free daily news delivery to any commercial ship that requests it whether a KVH customer or not, 50% off crew calling cards so it’s more affordable for crewmembers to stay in touch with home, and up to 50% off data plan upgrades to support expanded bandwidth needs. To get free daily news for crew, please click here: https://landing. kvh.com/maritimedailynews KVH Thanks Seafarers We have also launched our #KVHThanksSeafarers campaign across our social media channels, highlighting the gratitude to crew from our own KVH staff who are working safely across the globe to provide ongoing service to those at sea. Continuity Around the world, KVH remains fully operational. Our COVID-19 Continuity Response Program is maintaining our employees’ health and safety while delivering the products and services you rely upon without interruption. The KVH COVID-19 task force meets daily to ensure business continuity and safety. Four weeks ago, we successfully implemented our remote work program. As a result, KVH employees worldwide are continuing to deliver 24/7/365 support and service safely for our customers while maintaining all functions of our Network Operations Center and teleports. Our mobile connectivity and inertial navigation manufacturing facilities remain open with employees following stringent health and safety guidelines established by state and federal authorities while producing essential communications systems along with military and inertial navigation products. With the economy in flux and the course through this pandemic still to be charted, we feel confident in our plans to deliver the products and services our customers depend on. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if you have questions, product needs, or service issues. www.kvh.com/crewconnections LEADINGEDGE



Global pandemics permitting - we are set to do it all again, with the Marine Challenge Cup slated for July 2020. Get your team ready, and keep your fingers crossed.

The Marine Challenge Cup 5-a-aside competition is gearing up for July. Over the past two competitions we have grown from 10 to 16 teams - and we are really hoping to get through the 20 mark this time round. So, use your time in lockdown productively, get your team sorted and get fit! Thanks to our sponsors Fort Recruitment, we are hoping to be at a wonderful new venue, with fantastic facilities. We will tell you more closer to the time, but we really look forward to seeing you there. Whether to play or just enjoy a wonderful Sunday afternoon of sport. Email Sue Henney propellerclubliverpool@gmail.com to find out more... LEADINGEDGE


DEAR BORIS... ...GET THEE TO LIVERPOOL In an audacious move, John Wilson, chief executive of Liverpool Seafarers Centre has written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to suggest Liverpool as a suitable new home for the maritime department of the UK government. In reply Kelly Tolhurst MP, minister for aviation, maritime and security, wrote she was working closely with wider crosscutting programmes to consider options for relocating civil service and 'arms length' roles out of London to other UK regions. Mr Wilson was prompted to get in touch over speculation that the government will relocate some departments to areas outside London. In his letter, he wrote: "The maritime office within the department, in my opinion, will be suited to locate to a maritime city. "I am therefore suggesting, if this might be in your vision, Liverpool city be a suitable candidate for consideration. With its maritime history, the present and future of the nation’s dependence upon maritime trade, not only with our present trading partners, but with the future in mind of new opportunities, Liverpool's geographical location is ideal. Speaking of the transport advantages of Liverpool, John added, "That the infrastructure of connectivity to the rest of the

country is well placed, together with the added advantage of HS2 speaks volumes." In reply, Mrs Tolhurst said the Government was committed to levelling up across the UK and the administration of Government needed to be less London-centric. Her letter continued: "We want to ensure we are realising the full potential of the country and delivering opportunity across the UK, including in northern cities such as Liverpool, through local industrial strategies, devolution deals and city deals. "I hope to visit Liverpool in the coming months and look forward to seeing first-hand all the exciting developments which are taking place." Mr Wilson said: "There is no better place for the Government to base its maritime headquarters than the great port city of Liverpool, known and respected around the world for its seafaring tradition." That Liverpool would be a perfect home for the maritime arm of the Government is not in doubt, and we applaud these efforts. LEADINGEDGE


SEAFARERS SHIFTING TO CAREERS ASHORE The Marine Society already supports seafarers who want to stay at sea and progress their career. Now they have new funding to support those considering a career ashore. The new Coming Ashore project will fund professional guidance, mentoring and work experience opportunities for seafarers who are looking for a maritime profession on land. The issue of poor support for seafarers after their sea career was first identified in the UK as part of Project Ulysses. The project identified help for seafarers coming ashore as a key recommendation and sought to understand the skills gap and educational needs for seafarers wanting to come ashore. Marine Society’s involvement in this area fits, with its mission to support the life-long learning needs of seafarers, at sea or coming ashore. Want to find out more? REGISTER The Coming Ashore programme's goal is to identify and address additional skills and experience seafarers needed when coming ashore and then providing a pathway to ensure they are LEADINGEDGE

suitably equipped. We have a number of industry professionals signed up as mentors, together with partner organisations who are providing a series of podcasts that explain the range of roles shoreside. The programme is open to all ranks and nationality The project also involves a focus on mentoring - and there are are a number of ex-mariners who made the shift to shore standing by to assist and support others. Our very own Steven Jones is one...and was recently interviewed by the Marine Society project leader for the initiative. Jones spoke of the pressures at sea, and of how his career plans have panned out. Stressing the need to sometimes remain flexible, and not feel you have to follow some prescribed route. He also stressed that there has never been more advice and easier access to expertise. You can hear the thoughts of Steven here... COMING ASHORE PODCAST EPISODE 5



Even Captain Ogg had to start somewhere...and this is his story, his first ship, and the lessons that taught him....

Your first day at a new job can be disorientating, tough even. What happens that day can play a big part in how your future pans out, particularly if it’s early on in your working life.

a leaden overcast. As I wobbled and shivered my way around the end of the dock shed, I saw the ship for the first time. She was massive.

New surroundings, new expectations and new colleagues. Some co-workers will be nice and others may be cruel. And sometimes it may be hard to tell the difference.

Even now, as I imagine myself standing on the dock under her starboard bow, she was huge. In reality, she was a 1960-built 8,000- ton general cargo ship with a split accommodation and a 180-ton Stulken heavylift derrick – by no means a big ship even in those days.

My instructions were to attend Harrison Line’s dock office before joining M.V Adventurer, which was lying in nearby Canada Branch Dock No.2 and loading for her next outbound voyage to the West Indies. It was April 1974. I was 17 years old and about to join my first ship. My dad brought me down in the car and helped me carry my gear. I was dressed in the full blues and steaming bonnet my mum and dad had bought for me at Greenberg’s store down on Park Lane. The shine my dad had put on my black shoes could have been seen from outer space. As we walked towards the dock I had a bloody great knot in my stomach. The weather I remember was dry, but chilly. The sky was “the colour of old saucepans”, as Roger McGough once described

As I tried not to gawp and tried to look like I knew where I was going, I became aware of the “bustle”, that really is the only way to describe it, of the dock side. Out of the din and movement, I can still isolate individual sights, sounds and smells. The pallets of cargo suddenly jerked up into the sky by silent cranes; the forklift trucks dashing in and out of the shed, motors rasping, belching fumes; the whirr and clunk of ship’s winches and tackle; the tang of fishmeal and dock water, the taste of marine fuel oil in the air, the smell of unseasoned softwood; the calls of the dockers – some taking the mickey and others telling us to get out of the way, shouts of “Heads up!” and “Watch where you’re going!” LEADINGEDGE


We managed to dodge the pallets and crates and struggle up the gangway. I left my dad with my bags while I went in search of the Chief Mate. Now comes a blank in my memory. How did he greet me? What was his demeanour? Was he rushing about and curt with me? I don’t remember. I have a vague memory of feeling out of place by this stage. What I do remember is that he told me to leave my bags in the deck office and go forward to help the bosun with the anchors. I went out and told my dad. We shook hands and he wished me luck. I watched him disappear down the gangway, instantly wanting to go with him. I made my way daintily to the focsle, trying not to step on anything or get grease on my uniform. When I reached the focsle, the Bosun was there with a couple of ABs. They had paid out the starboard anchor cable to renew some of the canvas and wire shackle identification marks and were in the process of heaving the cable back up. This was my introduction to mud. If you have ever ondered what lies on the bottom of a Liverpool dock I can tell you, it’s thick, black mud. But not the ordinary kind of mud you might see on land. Dock mud, and seabed mud in general, has a jelly-like quality to it. It encases the shackles of an anchor cable in big, wobbly gobs. And it smells like a dead thing. The job assigned to me, my first job as a Deck Cadet on board the Adventurer, was to stand at the head of the hawse pipe and wash the cable as it emerged into the light using a high pressure wash hose. As you have already guessed, my brand new uniform and I ended up covered in stinking, black jelly-mud. The only other thing I remember from my first day is a low level sense of grievance – not about getting mud on me but about getting my new uniform wrecked. It just seemed a bit gratuitous. I really didn’t think about it too much though. Over time, there were plenty of similar episodes on different trips and different ships but they all got filed in the box labelled “If you can’t take a joke you shouldn’t have signed on”. Fast forward a couple of decades later. I’m working ashore and I’m having a sort out. I come across my old rank epaulettes. A Chief Mate’s set, all worn and dull and a Captain’s set, all shiny and new. I spent a lot more time as the former than the latter, you see. And then, completely unbidden, a memory thrusts itself forward and I travel back through the years until I’m standing on the foc'sle again, washing the anchor cable in my cadet uniform. It’s at this point, to my great shame, I realise what that Chief Mate had been trying to do. He was trying to blend me in, to make me look and feel less conspicuous. He was trying to take the shine off me. LEADINGEDGE


SCOUSE BUSINESS ETIQUETTE FOR OUT OF TOWNERS 1. Initially you will be addressed by your full name. Ultimately if you make a good impression your name will be lengthened or shortened, you may even be given a nickname. That is a good sign.

Business dress may sometimes be casual -but 10. people do make an effort. That dress will be a nice one, the sweater a cool brand. Look smart for meetings, but you don't have to wear a tie.

2. Appointments start on time, but there is a relaxed approach towards when the actual business discussions start. First will be questions about whether you have visited the Royal Albert Dock and Mathew Street.

11. Trying to maintain physical distance from Scousers is a lost battle, as they will often approach you for a hug or will pump your hand until sore (When the law allows again).

Once pleasantries are over get to the point fast. 3. Scousers prefer direct communication, and value openness. If you have to disagree with a Scouser (...and decide very carefully whether you really want to do so). Try to disagree in the form of a joke. Pointed comments come better as a gentle ribbing. 4. When Scousers say "what do you mean", they know full well what you mean, they are merely giving you a chance to very carefully rephrase what you were saying. Take the opportunity. 5. Most Scousers are wonderfully emotionally expressive and will show their excitement and frustration very openly. Embrace this. 6. Do not be surprised to see Scousers nodding animatedly to a point, even saying "yes, yes", before then ripping into it when they then speak. The nodding is to encourage you to open up, it is not actual agreement. 7. There is immense civic pride in Liverpool. So do not criticise the city. Talk of how much it has changed in the past decades, of how busy and vibrant it seems. You don't have to be Red or Blue, you don't even 8. have to like football. But you have to like something! If you just say you don't like football and leave it there, Scousers will think you are odd. If you then talk about what you are really interested in this will be accepted and welcomed. 9. Liverpool has a strange relationship with The Beatles, do not assume people like them. They do deep inside, but often like to remain aloof. You will see this when you are drinking with them on Mathew Street and they are belting out Yesterday. Sue Henney is related to Ringo, for instance, but she doesn't like to talk about it.

12. Normal handshakes on first meeting, perhaps second. Thence onwards, if you are making a good impression it will be a high clasp handshake (think pre-match footballers), or even hugs. 13. Street smart, savvy and worldly wise - Liverpool was not a global powerhouse by accident. Do not think you are heading to the provinces, and that you can pull the wool over any eyes here. Arrogance is sacrilege in Liverpool. Scousers understand the rules of business 14. intimately, but are always keen to skirt the boundaries. Pushing against the system is engrained in Scouse culture... they will have spotted the gaps or problems before you need to tell them. 15. Without building rapport with Scousers, business will be very difficult, if not impossible. Focus on relationships and business will happen. 16. Book an overnight stay in the city, do not scurry for the last train back to London - this will lose you credibility. 17. Winning business with Scousers will take repeated visits to the city. Do not expect to land a deal on first meeting. 18. Not everyone one in Liverpool is a Scouser. You will meet Liverpolitans too, and Wirralians. Occasionally there are Mancs, the Cheshire set and even woolybacks (Lancashire) too. Spot the differences and celebrate them. 19. Remember, you are welcome here - there is great business to be done with wonderful businesses and amazing people. 20. Arrange your business meetings for a First Thursday of the month, and then in the evening you are guaranteed amazing networking opportunities with Propeller Club too.


SHIPBOARD SOCIAL INTERACTION MATTERS What does it mean to have a "social life" at sea anymore? The bars and beers are no more, mixed nationality crews mean that even movie nights can be about strange films in unknown languages with odd subtitles. The retreat to cabins has become the norm, and with fewer people onboard, with more work to do and less time to socialise, it seems that time onboard is mainly focused on just getting home. That is a tragedy really - as seafarers are seemingly in limbo. Miserable, lonely, disconnected, and without the opportunities to enjoy life at sea. Our own Steven Jones mentioned the issue of swimming pools onboard, and pondered whether new ships were coming from the yards with them. The Linkedin post receive an astonishing amount of attention with a range of views. It seems that no, pools are not really the done thing any more. Except with certain fleets, well done BP! It was felt that pools are expensive, they take up too much room and no one uses them anyway. So we guess that's that then.

Sponsored by the Maritime Coastguard Agency and Red Ensign Group, ISWAN’s Social Interaction Matters (SIM) project, began January 2020 and aims to identify methods to help shipping and ship management companies improve social interaction on board and in port. Social interaction is beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing and particularly important for seafarers, who can be away from their home and family for many months. The current COVID-19 pandemic emphasises the necessity for crews to interact together as they find themselves increasingly isolated on board. The SIM project seeks the opinions of ALL those in the maritime industry to help improve crew cohesion and overcome barriers to socialising on board which can greatly contribute to social isolation and loneliness. Please complete our short (5-minute) anonymous survey which can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Social-interaction-matters

Thankfully there are a number of industry bodies concerned with what is actually going on, and while there is the ongoing work of the Mission to Seafarers and the Happiness Index, there is also a new study focused on "Social Interaction Matters". We would urge you to take some time to complete the short survey.

We urge you to please take part in this survey and share the link with your respective networks. For further details visit www.seafarerswelfare.org/our-work/ LEADINGEDGE


Just some photos to remind you of what Propeller Club Liverpool stands for...good times with great people. This terrible time shall pass, and we will soon be hugging, laughing and doing business again together. Stay safe, strong, sane and succesful! If you need to talk, reach out to us - we are here for you. Email propellerclubliverpoo@gmail.com and we will come back to you, we promise. LEADINGEDGE





HELPING SEAFARERS IN OUR CITY TO CONNECT Liverpool Seafarers Centre is an amazing place, a fantastic organisation and does so much good for the crews visiting Liverpool. Even in normal times this can be a challenge, but now in the face of COVID-19 - well now things are even harder. The Crew on board all Merchant Vessels are operating in lockdown, no shore leave and extended contracts as it is not possible for the crew to return home due to many country’s operating closed borders. That is on the assumption that flights are available, it also raises an interesting question on quarantine and who pays, how many periods enroute, passing through various frontiers to reach home and again at home. Once home it will be virtually impossible to return. All of the above is compounding the mental pressure on seafarers and they are desperate to communicate with home. The answer, according to Chief Executive John Wilson, is to ensure a supply of MiFi units for ships in the port. This is a small piece of hardware which when loaded with an internet enabled Sim allows up to 20 individual pieces of kit, mobile / tablet / laptop a WiFi connection. It provides a “hotspot” for the crew, which allows them to speak with home, to catch up on news and to help them sort their lives out. They are far from home, worried, feeling anxious and

need our help to make their lives better. The present units are well received and in demand, loaned to a vessel whilst in port, affording Seafarers to contact family and friends at a time to suit, in consideration of world time zones. In addition, units are loaned to vessels who call on a regular basis to Mersey Ports. Immediately this saves seafarers having to purchase individual Sims, thus saving on the cost from their minimal disposable income, more funding to send home! The Liverpool Seafarers Centre wants to provide more MiFi units, and it needs help and support from the local maritime community to make this happen. This is a hugely important cause, and does so much to help the seafarers who are risking their lives to bring our nation the necessities it needs, and to keep the trade flowing on which we all depend. The crews may not hear claps or banging of pans on a Thursday night, and they will not really know just how much we appreciate them...until they get to speak to their families, until they feel connected to home. So, we really hope you can help us to help them - if you would like to donate, please visit our Just Giving page: http://tiny.cc/kxptnz to help get seafarers connected - this will make all the difference . LEADINGEDGE


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ONBOARD HMS PRINCE OF WALES HMS Prince of wales is one of the most powerful surface warships ever constructed in the UK. Her flight deck is 70 metres wide and 280 metres long – enough space for three football pitches – and she holds 45 days’ worth of food in stores. She will have a crew complement (minimum crew) of around 700, increasing to around 1,600 with aircraft onboard. HMS Prince of Wales’ size and scope is awe-inspiring – she can embark 36 F-35B and four Merlin Helicopters. When she visited Liverpool back in March, the Royal Navy returned the welcome the city gave the ship by throwing a series of amazing events. From receptions to tours, and a number of Propeller Club Liverpool members were able to make it onboard.


SAY HELLO TO OUR LITTLE FRIEND Our dear friends Mark and Steph Whitehead recently became proud parents, giving birth to a beautiful bouncing baby girl, Madison. So welcome to the world young lady not the most straightforward of times to make your grand entrance. However, with parents like yours, with the family you have and with so many friends and people who care...we have a feeling everything is going to turn out just right. We are pleased to annouce that Madison has already become a Member of Propeller Club Liverpool - and we very much look forward to her becoming President in about 2045. We look forward to wetting the baby's head very soon indeed. Congratulations!!!!!!


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Leading Edge: Propeller Club Liverpool Spring/Summer 2020  

The maritime and shipping networking magazine from Propeller Club Liverpool. With features on seafarers, maritime trade, shipping, the Royal...

Leading Edge: Propeller Club Liverpool Spring/Summer 2020  

The maritime and shipping networking magazine from Propeller Club Liverpool. With features on seafarers, maritime trade, shipping, the Royal...


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