Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, unveiled a £1.75 million training package that is designed to position Merseyside as a global leader in maritime and logistics training when he visited Mersey Maritime last month. The Duke revealed the new name for the Laird Foundation in Birkenhead, which merged with Mersey Maritime in 2007. It has become the Maritime and Engineering College North West.
Mersey Maritime represents more than 1,000 businesses on Merseyside, which together provide more than 26,000 jobs in the city-region and contribute £2.5 billion to the local economy each year. The organisation’s new ‘Quay Skills’ Centre will provide maritime and logistics training using virtual reality technology developed for the international gaming and film industries. The facilities focus on two areas; international trade and logistics, and port operations.