National Maritime welcomes the development of a new shipyard on the Thames

National Maritime very much welcomes the development of a new shipyard on the Thames and the Expression of Interest from London & Regional Properties Ltd and the Port of London Authority for shipyard operators to develop a new facility on the River Thames.

The development of a new shipyard supports one of the key priority frameworks set out by us in 2009. National Maritime has long recognised the strategic position and importance of the River Thames to supporting regional maritime sector and economic growth. We have always believed that with the right partnership approach, it can become the central axis in promoting and developing excellence in all maritime activities related to business, education and skills.

Expression of Interest: Albert Island Shipyard – Deadline for submissions 10 Feb 2020

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Climate Change Leadership Coordinated in New Centre of Excellence

This month January saw Cefas launch its International Marine Climate Change Centre (iMC3), bringing together scientists from different disciplines to better understand impacts of climate change on marine environments and coastal areas.

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Ambitious £17 Million Pembrokeshire Wave Energy Project on Track for Summer 2020 Deployment

Bombora has now contracted more than 70% of its ground breaking £17 million Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project. The project is currently on schedule for deployment in mid-2020. The project is part of Bombora’s accelerated commercialisation plan to validate mWave’s performance capabilities with a bigger scheme in Lanzarote, Spain already on the horizon.

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Performance Appraisals

For some just the title of this article will send a shiver down your spine. Love them or hate them performance appraisals are key to the current and future success of your business, which cannot be achieved without the commitment, skills, experience and talent of your people who operate within it every day.

The performance appraisal is a process to maximise your employee’s performance so they are able to utilise their talents. It is only by developing your employee’s and providing a workplace that encourages continuous learning, growth and recognises talent that your business will continue to be successful in the future.

Performance appraisals are a great way to motivate employee’s but if managed poorly can have the opposite effect. Below are five tips to assist you in carrying out a productive performance appraisal review meeting:

1. Preparation is key!
Ever been to a review meeting where your manager winged it? Do you remember how it made you feel? Disappointed, undervalued, demotivated, even angry, then why put your staff in that position.

Make time to plan the performance appraisal meeting from booking a suitable day, time and room through to reading the individuals previous appraisal and being clear on the team objectives for the coming year.

Allow enough time for the review to be held, slotting it in between meetings is not ideal, and can lead to ill feelings if half way through you have to rush off to another meeting.

2. Compile an agenda to be circulated prior to the meeting
As any other business meeting having an agenda is a great way of keeping the meeting on track and ensuring all points are covered.

Most organisations will have a formal performance appraisal process in place which can be used as the basis of the agenda.

3. Discuss challenges and successes
There should be no surprises for the appraisee, now is not the time to tell them all the positive feedback or areas they need to improve on for the first time, these conversations should be taking place daily or weekly with the employee outside of the appraisal review process.

4. Discuss development plans
Now is the perfect opportunity to discuss career aspirations and start to look at an appropriate development plan for the appraisee with realistic timeframes.

Development plans don’t need to be expensive external courses, look to up skill current employee’s by tapping into the apprenticeship levy, which includes degree level apprenticeships.

5. Agree actions and next steps
Ensure actions and timeframes are recorded in the appraisal form for both parties to be able to refer to. Also be one step ahead, put the dates in the diary for the next review meetings which will help keep the appraisee focused.

Sue Potter set up SPotter Talent as a consultancy with a vision to create learning cultures within business, and a mission to motivate, inspire and empower people to do things they never thought were possible.

With over 22 years’ experience as a highly accomplished HR professional combining generalist HR and learning & development experience spanning financial, medical, oil & gas and container port sectors with over 10 years experience in leading apprenticeship programmes. An experienced line manager who understands how initiatives that effect culture support commercial strategy and drive revenue and profitability.

If you would like to find out how Sue can help your business, get in contact with her via email: info@spottertalent.com, telephone 07486 073844 or via her website www.spottertalent.com

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Sustainable fisheries enshrined in law as UK leaves the EU

Legislation creating the powers for the UK to operate as an independent coastal state and manage its fish stocks sustainably outside the EU is being introduced into Parliament today (29th January 2020). The introduction of the Fisheries Bill delivers a legal guarantee the UK will leave the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) at the end of the Transition Period, in December 2020 – allowing the UK to control who may fish in our waters, and on what terms, for the first time since 1973.The Bill ends current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in British waters.

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Over-budget & Over Specified – ‘Vested interest or corruption’

The controversial Ferguson ferry contract which the Scottish Government awarded to the highest of six bidders was based on “incompetence, vested interest or corruption”, MSPs have been told. Ferguson Marine won the contract in 2015 to build two new CalMac ferries despite its £97 million bid being the most expensive, while experts now estimate that it will cost an additional £110 million for the work to be completed. MSPs carrying out an inquiry into the delayed and over-budget new vessels were told by experts today that the Ferguson ferries appear to be “over specified” for their purpose.

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Creating a destination for London’s Historic Boat collection

The Royal Docks is embarking on an exciting new chapter, with over £8bn being invested in the area over the next 20 years. National Maritime has been discussing with partners about the creation of a destination for London’s Historic Boat collection. A collection of vessels associated with Ports, Rivers, Canals, Docks and trades of London which will be used to develop a tourism, skills and education offer. A creation of linear open-air heritage collection of boats, artefacts, objects and landscape running from East India Dock Basin through to Trinity Buoy Wharf and possibly beyond. Vessels displayed ashore, on river pier structures and afloat to suit age and condition and access. The Draft Masterplan is now out for public consultation. The message coming through is that the public want history of the docks and heritage vessels to be included. Join us, National Historic Ships and the Maritime Heritage Trust in voicing your support too. Have your say on what you think should happen.

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£15.4 million funding boost for English fishing industry

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, today (24 October 2019) delivered a boost for the English fishing and seafood industry ahead of Brexit by opening applications for £15.4 million from two UK fishing funds.

The £14.7 million share of a £37.2 million UK-wide fund announced last December, will encourage the take up of innovation and technology, supporting jobs in coastal communities. In addition, £700,000 from a £2 million UK-wide fund announced in the 2018 Budget is ring-fenced for fishing safety improvements on board English vessels and around ports and harbours.

English fishermen and those working in the seafood sector will today be able to apply for a share of the new Maritime Fisheries Fund (MFF), which is designed to ensure the fishing and seafood industry continues to thrive once the UK leaves the EU on 31st October.

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Multi-million pound Pembroke Dock Marine project takes major step forward

The Swansea Bay City Deal’s Joint Committee has signed-off a detailed business case for the £60 million Pembroke Dock Marine project, which will now be submitted to the UK Government and Welsh Government for final approval.

Led by the private sector and supported by Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembroke Dock Marine is expected to be worth over 1,800 jobs and £73.5 million a year to the Swansea Bay City Region’s economy.

The project is made up of four elements:

  • A Marine Energy Test Area (META) led by Marine Energy Wales within the Milford Haven Waterway, enabling technology developers to test their devices near their base of operation. META phase one was officially opened for business in September 2019.
  • The Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone (PDZ) delivered by Wave Hub Limited for the testing of full-scale wave and floating wind energy technologies. Located 13 miles off the South Pembrokeshire coast, the 90 square kilometer facility would be the largest of its kind in the world.
  • A Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) delivered by offshore wind, wave and tidal energy specialists ORE Catapult. Based at Pembroke Port, MEECE will be a collaboration between ORE Catapult and Welsh universities, providing expert knowledge for the marine energy industry. MEECE will also carry out life testing of marine energy components to boost their longevity.
  • Pembroke Dock Infrastructure, led by the Port of Milford Haven, will redevelop gate four at Pembroke Port to create large construction and laydown areas for marine energy devices, helping meet the needs of modern industry. A supersize slipway will be developed alongside extension of berthing space for use by marine energy work boats to meet the demands of the industry as it continues to mature.

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What Apprenticeship Strategy?

Apprenticeships, easy you don’t need an apprenticeship strategy you just hire a young person and sign them up to college – don’t you?

Well yes, you could adopt this approach, but I strongly recommend you don’t. Would you be this flippant with purchasing a new piece of equipment for your business, I doubt it, so why would you take this approach with hiring an apprentice?

Hiring an apprentice is an investment and like any other business investment you would carry out due diligence, and the same approach needs to be applied to your apprenticeship programme.

Start by looking at the short, mid and long-term business needs ensuring you align your apprenticeship programme to your succession plan, especially for hard to recruit for areas. Once you have identified the needs and aim of the apprenticeship, you will have the basis for your apprentice strategy.

Communication is a key element of the strategy, make sure you share the aims of the apprenticeship throughout the business, especially to those the apprentice will be working with, and invite them to get involved at the early stages to help shape the on-site training the apprentice will need to complete.

Remember an apprenticeship is a collaboration between the apprentice, the business and the training provider, don’t put the onus on one element along, they are all vital components of any apprenticeship.

Sue Potter set up SPotter Talent as a consultancy with a vision to create learning cultures within business, and a mission to motivate, inspire and empower people to do things they never thought were possible.

With over 10 years’ experience in leading apprenticeship programmes, Sue is a strong advocate for apprenticeships, and wants to spread the word to non-levy payers that they can tap into the levy funding.

If you would like to find out how Sue can help your business, get in contact with her via email: info@spottertalent.com, telephone 07486 073844 or via her website www.spottertalent.com

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