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Students Meet Shipping MP

Students meet the government’s Shipping Minister as he visits Merseyside. 

Students with the Shipping MinisterStudents with the Shipping MinisterStudents from The Mosslands School met the government’s Shipping Minister as he made a visit to Merseyside. 

The four students, Paul Aspey, Gary Morrell, Daniel Walsh and Will Jardine , were asked to meet and greet Mike Penning MP at the Mersey Maritime Group’s (MMG) Maritime and Engineering College in Birkenhead. 

Mr Penning was visiting the region to discuss how the private sector can help lead the economic recovery of Merseyside, and find out about MMG’s skills and training drive. 

He was then treated to a demonstration of the organisation’s ‘Quay Skills’ training simulators involving engineering students from The Mosslands, which has partnered with Mersey Maritime Group to encourage young people to explore training and careers in the maritime sector. 

Mr Penning said: “I was delighted to receive an invitation to see the excellent training facilities at the Maritime Engineering College in Birkenhead for myself. Students here are trained to the highest standards on state-of-the-art equipment, which is essential if the UK is to keep producing the best maritime experts in the world. I congratulate both the staff and the students on their commitment to excellence.” 

Students talking to Mike Penning MPMr Penning was in the North est to meet with council and business leaders as part of a packed schedule to hear at firsthand how ambitious plans for the sector will boost Liverpool’s ongoing renaissance as the UK’s most centrally located port. 

The maritime industry on Merseyside consists of over 1000 companies, employing more than 26,000 people and generating £2.6billion of economic output. The River Mersey also represents one of the top five freight port systems in the UK. 



Mersey Maritime Group chief executive Jim Teasdale said: “Merseyside’s maritime industry is a centre of excellence and we want to see that continue to grow, creating further wealth and jobs for the region.”

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