Elvy International Marine & Heavy Haulage Ltd

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Elvy International Marine & Heavy Haulage Ltd's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Elvy International Marine & Heavy Haulage Ltd is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles
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A good analogy would be to regulate
the rotor of a helicopter separately
to the chassis and have no overriding
standards as to how the two should
interact to ensure safe usage. That
leaves the industry’s vendors having
to develop their methodologies, their
practices and their equipment through
experience, rather than tangible
standards. This is not an efficient or
productive way of working.
There is a need for change; our view,
however, is that this must come from
within the industry thanks to the sheer
complexity of the work we undertake.
The imposition of well-meaning but
ill-informed regulations could stifle
the growth of an industry which could
significantly benefit the UK economy from
domestic and international projects alike.
As such, we are one of the founding
members of an international steering
group pioneered by John David
Beckers. Our objective is to support the
establishment of an industry based on
collaboration, focused on safety and
positioned for long-term sustainable
growth – one which will contribute
to the British economy and serve the
international energy sector.
That growth will come from offering a
viable, and arguably safer, alternative
to rival the current dominance of
helicopter transfer in the oil and
gas sector, supporting instead the
development of vessel-based marine
access in the renewables sector. In
order to achieve this, the industry must
agree upon best practice standards
and then seek formalisation.
The UK’s policymakers and legislators
are in a unique position to support the
marine access industry’s ambitions.
This is thanks to our experience of
the development of the North Sea oil
and gas industry and our country’s
market-leading position in the offshore
renewables sector. In addition to
the economic benefits of a growing
industry, the wider societal benefits
could also be significant.
Driving productivity and finding
efficiencies in the installation,
commissioning, maintenance, repair
and ultimately decommissioning of
the offshore infrastructure which
supports the energy sector will
stabilise the operating costs for the
companies supplying energy. Hopefully,
for customers, this will lead to a
reduction in the cost they pay whilst
also maintaining a viable market for a
competitive supply chain.
There is a
need for
change; our
view,
however, is
that this must
come from
within the
industry
Offshore technician
walking to work
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Managing Director MalcolmElvy
The many vehicles of
the Elvy fleet
Former civil servant Malcolm Elvy founded Elvy International
Marine & Heavy Haulage Ltd in the New Forest market town
of Ringwood in the 1970s. Malcolm tells
TheParliamentary
Review
that the company is proud of its family legacy and
rich history, as well as its longstanding relationship with the
RNLI, for whom it transports lifeboats. In the four decades
since establishing the company, Malcolm has seen it
expandsignificantly.
After leaving the civil service in the early 1970s, my first car was a Land Rover, and I
started to tow a few boats and caravans around the country. It wasn’t long before
I outgrew the Land Rovers and invested in my first truck, which cost all of £225.
Today, I am looking at upwards of £250,000 to replace a unit and trailer. As the
business grew, so did the size of boats I was transporting, and soon I was being
asked to take on larger loads, which meant acquiring an articulated vehicle.
During the 1970s, I gained a reputation for transporting large catamarans with
my specialised equipment. Thanks to their dimensions, these loads required police
escorting. This was my learning curve for abnormal load legislation, and thus began
my brilliant working relationship with the police.
By the 1980s, my business had grown, and I invested in a brand-new articulated
truck – which I still have today, restored to its formal glory after two million miles
on the original engine. At this time, I worked in conjunction with another boat
haulier transporting the Norfolk Broads hire fleets to the canal networks of Europe,
which continued into the mid-2000s.
FACTS ABOUT
ELVY INTERNATIONAL MARINE
&HEAVY HAULAGE LTD
»Managing Director:
MalcolmElvy
»Founded in 1971
»Located in Ringwood
»Services: Haulage and boat
transportation
»No. of employees: 6, plus a
few regular subcontractors
»Transported boats for the
Royal Household on two
separate occasions
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A lifeline for lifeboats
The specialised side of my business
improved when Bill Green of Green
Marine Ltd, a pioneer in carbon fibre
boats, asked me to start transporting
racing yachts for his company in
addition to boats for the RNLI. The
method we used proved so successful
with the RNLI that it is still in use
today. The new generation of lifeboats
kept us busy for many years, and I
personally transported all 47 of the
largest all-weather lifeboats – the size
of just over two supermarket lorries
running side by side. With the police
escort, we created quite a spectacle
driving along the narrow streets
ofLymington.
The transporting of lifeboats remains
an important part of my business today
after over 30 years, and we are often
found transporting relief boats around
the UK. It is also rewarding to have
helped so many lifeboat communities
return their old, often man-powered
lifeboats to their old stations for
restoration and preservation in
amuseum.
Changes in legislation
It took until the early 2000s for police
authorities to allow licensed hauliers
to escort abnormal loads. Today,
it is a useful part of my transport
business, and I have six abnormal load
escort vehicles for my own loads, as
well as many other hauliers, being
ideally situated on the Hampshire–
Dorsetborder.
We are frustrated by the fact that
highway agencies are not consistent in
informing us of roadworks in advance,
and in spite of often being encouraged
to move large loads at night in order
to limit congestion on the roads, we
often find major motorways closed
off, restricting our passage. We also
find that many designated wide-load
lay-bys on county boundaries are
nowobsolete.
Royal appointment
We are also contracted to transport
many of the varied craft for the
navy. In 2012, we were contracted
to transport naval picket boats from
Dartmouth to the River Thames in
London for Her Majesty The Queen’s
diamond jubilee pageant.
We were also honoured to be asked
to transport the royal row-boat
Gloriana from the boat builders
to Isleworth Quay on the Thames
for her initial launch. This was
not our first royal appointment
as we had previously transported
Queen Victoria’s steam pinnace, RY
Osborne, the first royal yacht to be
steampowered.
Our past informs our present
I continue to use in-house forms
of training drawing on my years of
experience rather than any formal
qualifications, instead relying on the
practical aspect of the trade. In the
past I employed a young man with
Tyne-class lifeboat,
transported by an Elvy
vehicle
I continue to
use in-house
forms of
training
drawing on my
years of
experience
rather than
any formal
qualifications,
instead relying
on the practical
aspect of the
trade
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
28 | ELVY INTERNATIONAL MARINE & HEAVY HAULAGE LTD
A lifeline for lifeboats
The specialised side of my business
improved when Bill Green of Green
Marine Ltd, a pioneer in carbon fibre
boats, asked me to start transporting
racing yachts for his company in
addition to boats for the RNLI. The
method we used proved so successful
with the RNLI that it is still in use
today. The new generation of lifeboats
kept us busy for many years, and I
personally transported all 47 of the
largest all-weather lifeboats – the size
of just over two supermarket lorries
running side by side. With the police
escort, we created quite a spectacle
driving along the narrow streets
ofLymington.
The transporting of lifeboats remains
an important part of my business today
after over 30 years, and we are often
found transporting relief boats around
the UK. It is also rewarding to have
helped so many lifeboat communities
return their old, often man-powered
lifeboats to their old stations for
restoration and preservation in
amuseum.
Changes in legislation
It took until the early 2000s for police
authorities to allow licensed hauliers
to escort abnormal loads. Today,
it is a useful part of my transport
business, and I have six abnormal load
escort vehicles for my own loads, as
well as many other hauliers, being
ideally situated on the Hampshire–
Dorsetborder.
We are frustrated by the fact that
highway agencies are not consistent in
informing us of roadworks in advance,
and in spite of often being encouraged
to move large loads at night in order
to limit congestion on the roads, we
often find major motorways closed
off, restricting our passage. We also
find that many designated wide-load
lay-bys on county boundaries are
nowobsolete.
Royal appointment
We are also contracted to transport
many of the varied craft for the
navy. In 2012, we were contracted
to transport naval picket boats from
Dartmouth to the River Thames in
London for Her Majesty The Queen’s
diamond jubilee pageant.
We were also honoured to be asked
to transport the royal row-boat
Gloriana from the boat builders
to Isleworth Quay on the Thames
for her initial launch. This was
not our first royal appointment
as we had previously transported
Queen Victoria’s steam pinnace, RY
Osborne, the first royal yacht to be
steampowered.
Our past informs our present
I continue to use in-house forms
of training drawing on my years of
experience rather than any formal
qualifications, instead relying on the
practical aspect of the trade. In the
past I employed a young man with
Tyne-class lifeboat,
transported by an Elvy
vehicle
I continue to
use in-house
forms of
training
drawing on my
years of
experience
rather than
any formal
qualifications,
instead relying
on the practical
aspect of the
trade
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no driving licence – today he is an
excellent driver.
I have always found it better to have
faith in the younger generations,
and we depend on an excellent local
driver training school to ensure our
employees pass both their theory and
driving tests. I also engage the services
of an ex-Hampshire constabulary
police driving instructor for my escort
drivers, who now all have heavy
vehiclelicences.
Our future
We are all concerned about the
environment and our future, and at
present we are being encouraged
to update vehicles for more friendly
emissions; however, I do question
some of the facts. For example, we are
currently using engines with twice the
horsepower that use twice the amount
of diesel to do the same amount
ofwork.
By the time this report is published,
I will be 68 and will have been
in business for nearly 50 years. I
have now handed over the day-
to-day running to my co-director
Mark “Percy” Brown. I worry about
the future with more and more
administrative work to do and
escalating overheads like workplace
pensions, corporation and other taxes
and regulations.
Hopefully, by the time this report
is published, with individuals and
businesses alike losing faith in our
political system, the uncertainty of
Brexit will be resolved. The percentage
of foreign transport we undertook
used to be 75 per cent of our turnover,
and today it stands at just five per
cent. We are quoting for jobs which
we do not know if we can take on and
after applying for foreign road permits
and not getting any of the quota at
£10 each.
Today we still flourish as a very small
but highly specialised company;
although the marine trade and boat
building have been put under terrible
strain by cheaper foreign imports, it is
reassuring to know we still have quality
tradesmen in this country that require
our service.
It is reassuring
to know we
still have
quality
tradesmen in
this country
that require
our service
The Elvy float at the Lord
Mayor’s Show, 2015

This article was sponsored by Elvy International Marine & Heavy Haulage Ltd. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development