Vyv Antimicrobial Lighting Technology to be Featured in Passenger Cabins and Suites Onboard Marella Discovery,NEWRY-based cruise ship outfitter MJM Marine has been awarded a multi-million-pound contract with Marella Cruises, for significant refurbishment work onboard Marella Discovery.,Engaging MJM to deliver the project, Discovery will undergo the multi-million-pound outfitting of its cabins and suites, with works scheduled to take place in November 2022 whilst in drydock in Cádiz, Spain. ,Having recently worked with the cruise operator aboard Marella Explorer supplying antimicrobial lighting solutions for public restrooms, in partnership with VYV, MJM presents another major milestone in the onboard installation of the VYV technology, with its introduction to the wet units within the Marella Discovery cabin refresh project. The innovative and sustainably conscious antimicrobial applications enable MJM to supplement stringent onboard measures with further antimicrobial coverage within the cabin spaces, offering an additional layer of protection for passengers and crew to sail safely and securely with a new standard of environmental wellness. ,Gary Annett, CEO of MJM Marine said, “Our team here at MJM are delighted to be partnering with the team at Marella Cruises for the outfitting of the cabins and suites onboard Marella Discovery. We are continually adapting and enhancing our offerings to match the new ways of operating in the cruise industry, post pandemic. Through our partnership with Vyv, we can present solutions to Marella that facilitates safeguarding measures alongside the delivery of our bespoke turnkey outfitting expertise, all without compromising on the quality and craftsmanship synonymous with our company values.”,“Teaming up with MJM Marine and LightPartner Lichtsysteme GmbH & Co. KG creates a winning partnership for playing an important role in the wellness and sustainability measures implemented onboard Marella cruise ships by helping to satisfy the demand for demonstrable environmental wellness features,” noted Colleen Costello, CEO of Vyv. “Once installed, our overhead lighting technology works non-stop to protect the environments passengers and crew frequent from many common germs, so they can cruise without worry.” ,The multi-million-pound Marella Discovery cabin and suite refurbishment contract further provides a unique opportunity to aid the growth of both MJM and the local economy, as the company announce a significant number of new job prospects, particularly in the Newry, Mourne and Down area where MJM Marine are headquartered.,Gary added, “We are very proud of our company heritage in Northern Ireland and as we continue to expand our diverse portfolio of large industry clients and projects, such as Marella Cruises’ Discovery, we are delighted to present more opportunities back to the community, adding to the multi-skilled and accomplished MJM workforce that consistently deliver the highest calibre of outfitting onboard every project.”,
MJM Marine has announced the re-launch of their annual golf day tournament in aid of Air Ambulance Northern Ireland. ,Teaming up with key suppliers and sponsors both locally and within the international cruise industry, the Golf Day is being held on Friday 1 July at Warrenpoint Golf Club and will raise vital funds for the services of Air Ambulance NI, MJM Marine’s Charity of the Year 2022. ,Speaking at the launch event, Chris Rodgers, Finance Director, MJM Marine, thanked supporters for their contributions; “MJM Marine has a strong commitment to supporting our local community and we are delighted to partner with Air Ambulance as our Charity of the Year and raise vital funds towards the delivery of their essential, life-saving services throughout Northern Ireland.”,Chris continued, “The past two years have been challenging for charities in terms of fundraising, so it is great this year to be in a position to bring back one of our most popular events, the Golf Classic. The support from our supply chain has once again been overwhelming and we look forward to meeting the teams on the course for a brilliant day of golf and raising vital aid for such a worthy cause.”,Amy Henshaw, Air Ambulance NI, said, “We were delighted to welcome MJM Marine and some of the principal sponsors to the Air Ambulance Base in Lisburn to launch the MJM Charity Golf Classic in support of our medical trauma and emergency services. It costs £2 million per year to run our service and fundraising events such as these are crucial to keep our operations running effectively. We are thrilled by the fundraising efforts from everyone at MJM Marine and can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring.”,There are still a few team slots available, so if anyone is interested in taking a Four-ball on the day, contact email@example.com,MJM employees across the business have also taken part in various other fundraising activities throughout the year including coffee mornings, cruise raffles and the Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon.,Photo Credit: ,Back Row L-R: Alastair Chambers (Marketing Executive, MJM Marine), Marc Patton (Patton Interiors Limited), Steve Martin (Mapei), James Pringle (A&L Goodbody), Chris Rodgers (Finance Director, MJM Marine). ,Front Row L-R: Amber Wilson (Marketing Assistant, MJM Marine), Amy Henshaw (Air Ambulance NI), Caroline Patton (Patton Interiors Limited).
A Newry firm, which was badly hit by the worldwide slump in the cruise liner industry during the Covid pandemic, has bounced back announcing its intention to create 50 new jobs.,MJM Marine specialises in fitting out the interiors of luxury vessels, and has refurbished ships belonging to many operators, including the world’s biggest cruise liner, Royal Caribbean’s “Wonder of the Seas” which made its maiden voyage in March.,When the pandemic struck in February 2020 TV viewers watched images of liners like the “Diamond Princess” being held in quarantine on the high seas. Around the world, ports began closing to passing cruise liners and the entire tourism sector slumped.,MJM Marine’s Chief Executive Officer Gary Annett recalls one extraordinarily difficult afternoon on 12th March 2020, when the firm’s order book dwindled as clients paused their plans moving onto cancelling in a short period. “We were approaching £120 million in orders, and that one afternoon cut nearly 95% of that away very quickly. It was difficult, but I think our team realised the enormity of the task we faced to resize the business. I think at a personal level the possibility of going into a lockdown was something many thought could be a few weeks at that stage, but it was clear the impact on our core industry would be significant. Weeks soon became months.”,MJM Marine had to arrange for several hundred of its project staff on international projects to fly home during a period when demand for flights was high, and as people looked to return home before any borders were closed. It also needed to divert materials stored and in transit around the world back to its headquarters. The firm made a significant number of redundancies, whilst availing of the furlough scheme to help retain and protect as many jobs as possible.,But now business is picking up, enabling the Newry firm to start hiring again. The new roles it wants to fill include jobs as Designers, Technical Engineers, Contracts Managers, Assistant Contracts Managers, Project Planners, and other support roles. Many of these roles will be based at the company headquarters in Carnbane Business Park, Newry.,Gary Annett describes the last two years as “challenging for the whole cruise industry” but says that “as things continue to recover with vaccinations and new technological advances, the industry is adapting and moving forward, and we are delighted to be a part of that journey.”,Earlier this month Gary attended the Seatrade Cruise Global conference in Miami which brings together hundreds of firms involved in the industry. He reports an upbeat mood there, adding that “it has been great to watch our orderbook refilling again and we are in the position to begin recruiting for many key roles within the organisation as we line up significant new projects for the company to undertake.”,During the pandemic, MJM struck up new partnerships, developing innovative products to expand their offering in the marketplace. One of those was a partnership with Vyv, a company which makes antimicrobial lighting. This partnership led to MJM winning the Collaboration Award at the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo in London. Just last week the company was named as the Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m) at the Made in Northern Ireland Awards. MJM’s Apprentice Joiner Shea Rooney took the prize for Apprentice of the Year at the same even.,Despite the current concentration on the controversial trade protocol, the main Brexit issue for MJM has been its inability to hire staff from across Europe, an area in which it traditionally competed for skilled employees with other marine suppliers in countries like Italy, Germany Spain. As part of its international expansion, MJM has now opened up an office in the Polish shipbuilding city of Gdansk. But it is also keen to add to its local workforce in Newry. MJM’s Human Resources Director, Elizabeth O’Connor, says the company is “looking forward to seeing ambitious and talented people joining our team over the next few months as we continue to grow and expand at an exponential rate.”
Newry based marine outfitter, MJM Marine is in the running for three upcoming local awards. Two of the awards celebrate the individual skill and talent within the company and the third is for overall company success.,Shea Rooney, Third Year Apprentice Joiner in MJM, has been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the Insider Media Made in Northern Ireland Awards 2022. The company has also been shortlisted in the same awards in the category of Manufacturer of the Year (over £25m). The awards take place this Friday 13th May at a lunchtime ceremony in Titanic Hotel, Belfast.,In another testament to the level of talent MJM attract, Placement Quantity Surveyor, Sean Hughes, has been shortlisted in the Ulster University Innovation in Placement Awards. The awards, run by the Ulster University Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment, offers a prize for the top student in each of the three subject areas. The winning students will be those who, in collaboration with their employer, contributed to innovation during their placement. Sean, who’s studies focus around the Built Environment, took the initiative to develop a guide for the Quantity Surveying team on usage of the new Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP) which MJM launched in September 2021. Sean’s contribution is helping to improve employee efficiency, improve usage of the new system, save time and increase productivity. The awards ceremony will take place on the 17th June when the winners will be announced.,Elizabeth O’Connor, Director of HR and Legal at MJM Marine said, “We are immensely proud of the talent that we attract here at MJM Marine. Not only have two individuals, Shea and Sean been nominated for awards for their own contributions to the company, but the culmination of all our staff’s efforts have also resulted in the company being shortlisted in the Manufacturer of the Year Category (over £25m).”,Elizabeth continued, “This is a very exciting time at the company, we are looking forward to seeing ambitious and talented people joining our team over the next few months as we continue to grow and expand at an exponential rate. We have filled a significant number of new roles already this year and will be recruiting for numerous other roles over the next few months, all details of which will be on our website and social media.”,MJM has been investing in the future by training staff and continuing to develop their ERP system. They have also struck up new partnerships, developing innovative products to expand their offering in the marketplace and the company has also launched a carpet and upholstery division, offering a range of additional services to the marine industry.,MJM Marine is a leading international specialist in cruise ship refurbishment with over 38 years’ experience. The company are Investors in People Gold accredited and carry the Bronze Diversity Mark. The company recently won the Collaboration Award at the Cruise Ship Interiors Expo in London for their work with antimicrobial lighting producer, Vyv.
Economy Minister Gordon Lyons visited the head office of MJM Group in Newry on Wednesday to learn about the company’s recovery and plans for growth in the wake of the Coronavirus Pandemic.,The Minister met with MJM Group Chairman, Brian McConville CBE; Directors Naoimh and Conleth McConville; MJM Marine CEO, Gary Annett; Mivan CEO, John Cunningham; Topglass Managing Director, Mark Mitchell and MJM Renewables Development Manager, James Crawford.,Minister Lyons, who had earlier met the City’s Chamber of Commerce, was interested to hear about the company’s recovery from the impact of the pandemic on the cruise industry, how MJM Group is focused on developing renewable energy sources across the group with the launch of MJM Renewables and plans for growth and recruitment in both MJM Marine and sister company Mivan.,MJM Renewables, part of the Geothermal NI consortium, is working to bring together leading organisations in the fields of research, engineering and geothermal development, a previously untapped opportunity in Northern Ireland. These projects will help to drive the shift to a zero-carbon economy and society.,MJM Group Director Naoimh McConville said: “We were delighted to welcome Minister Lyons to our offices and have the opportunity to share with him how we have weathered the storm of the last two years and are continuing to grow and diversify the business in the most challenging economic conditions. It is testament to our team’s ‘can do attitude’ that we are able to build on our past successes and continue to adapt and grow, working with key partners in the industry along with continuous innovation.”,Economy Minister Gordon Lyons MLA said: “It was important for me to come to Newry to listen to local employers on the issues impacting their businesses. The cruise industry is among the hardest hit industries by the pandemic. I very much welcomed the opportunity to meet with the team from MJM Marine, Mivan, Topglass and MJM Renewables to hear first-hand about the company’s recovery and plans for future growth and diversification.”,MJM Marine is a leading international specialist in cruise ship refurbishment with over 38 years’ experience. Mivan is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known fit-out businesses working in the luxury land and marine sectors across the world, Topglass is a specialist glass and glazing contractor operating across the UK and Ireland and MJM Renewables is focused on the development of renewable energy sources.,Photo Credits:,Back Row L-R: Mark Mitchell, Managing Director Topglass; James Crawford, MJM Renewables Development Manager; Brian McConville CBE, MJM Group Chairman; John Cunningham, CEO Mivan; Gary Annett, CEO MJM Marine.,Front Row L-R: Naoimh McConville, MJM Group Director; Economy Minister, Gordon Lyons MLA; Conleth McConville, MJM Group Director.,Photography: Alastair Chambers