The finalists for the inaugural Maritime UK Awards were announced yesterday and included in the list are a number of UK ports.
The winners will be announced in front of 400 of the industry’s finest at a ceremony in Southampton on Thursday 19 September, during the Southampton International Boat Show. The awards focus on a wide range of areas including business growth, innovation, sustainability, diversity, education and the future.
The finalists from the ports sector are as follows:
Port of Tyne for the 2050 Award – awarded to businesses that are taking steps to capitalise upon the opportunities presented within the Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy launched earlier this year
Port of Cromarty Firth for the Coastal Powerhouse Award – awarded to those organisations that have proven themselves as a driver or catalyst for growth within a coastal community
Port of Dover for the International Trade Award – awarded to businesses that are actively involved in international trade and have significantly increased their import/export activity or attracted Foreign Direct Investment
Port of Cromarty Firth, Port of Dover and Associated British Ports for the Sustainability Award – awarded to organisations that demonstrate exceptional true commitment to sustainability
British Ports Association members Royal Haskoning and Hill Dickinson are also both finalists for the Employer of the Year Award.
Commenting on yesterday’s announcement, Sara Walsh, Corporate Services Manager at the British Ports Association said:
We are delighted to see a number of UK ports being shortlisted in the first ever Maritime UK Awards. The ports industry plays a vital role in our economy, facilitating over 95% off the UK’s international trade. As demonstrated by the number of ports who are finalists for the Awards, the sector provides important hubs of regional and nationally significant economic activity and employment, often in areas of deprivation.
To see all three finalists of the Sustainability Award being ports (Port of Cromarty Firth, Port of Dover and Associated British Ports) is a testament to the UK ports sector and what we have achieved to deliver a true commitment to improve sustainability. We are continuing to advise on how Government can work with industry to deliver further improvements and we are committed to supporting sustainability and decarbonisation, having produced our first Sustainability Charter last year.
We look forward to attending the Maritime UK Awards next month and wish all finalists the very best of luck!
Sea News, August 14