New offshore safety training facility planned on the Wirral

An ambitious new proposal for the construction of a marine safety training facility at the Wirral Waters site has been unveiled to the public.

A planning application for the multi-million pound project has now been submitted by Wirral Council, and it is hoped that the necessary funding can be secured.

The council has stated that the aim of the project will be to support those companies in the area that operate in the sustainable energy market, while also supporting Irish Sea and Liverpool Bay initiatives, which represent a significant growth area for the region.

Should the project go ahead, it would see the safety training facility constructed at the West Float area of Wirral Waters, placing it near the planned International Trade Centre, for which permission has already been secured.

The marine safety training facility is one of a number of commercial construction projects at Wirral Waters that could lead to the creation of jobs, and there are companies that handle essential parts of the building process, like foundations on the Wirral, that may be called into action.

The intended site for the centre has already been cleared and Gilbrook Basin – where HMS Bronington is located – would be accessible to it. A council spokesman said:

“Wirral’s offshore engineering capabilities led us to become the only CORE (Centre for Offshore Renewable Engineering) on the west coast of the country and through our regional growth fund programme we have supported companies in accessing opportunities in the offshore wind sector etc.

“An offshore survival training facility will further support our offer to businesses already here and businesses looking to invest here.”

Wirral Council states that, at the moment, local maritime businesses are required to use Fylde College, Blackpool, Fleetwood – or even facilities in other countries – when it comes to providing survival and safety training for their employees.