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Inaugural Maritime UK Awards to Be Held During Southampton Boat Show

21st August 2019
Among the finalists in the first ever Maritime UK Awards to be held during the Southampton Boat Show will be the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferry port. AFLOAT adds above is a DFDS ferry serving Calais/Dunkerque and cruiseship of Hapag Lloyd, Europa. Noting beyond the Strait of Dover is the coastline of France. Among the finalists in the first ever Maritime UK Awards to be held during the Southampton Boat Show will be the Port of Dover, the UK's busiest ferry port. AFLOAT adds above is a DFDS ferry serving Calais/Dunkerque and cruiseship of Hapag Lloyd, Europa. Noting beyond the Strait of Dover is the coastline of France. Photo: Port of Dover-twitter

Recently announced were the finalists for the inaugural Maritime UK Awards which will be held next month during the Southampton Boat Show.

According to the British Ports Association (BPA) the winners will be announced in front of 400 of the industry’s finest at a ceremony in Southampton on Thursday 19 September.

Included in the list of finalists are a number of UK ports among them Afloat adds the Port of Dover as previously reported.

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 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
• 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

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.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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