There are 14 categories and we hope that the awards will allow your company, charity or organisation to take stock of your performance and gain the recognition that you deserve. Organisations can submit an entry to more than one category. Good luck!

Applications close on 22nd April 2024.

Bevis Minter Award (Sponsored by Nautilus International

The Bevis Minter Award, which honours officer trainees who show great determination and overcome significant challenges in pursuit of a maritime career, was established by Nautilus in memory of Bevis Minter, a former Nautilus Council Chairman who was a passionate advocate of British seafaring skills. Bev - who was a Port of London Authority marine pilot died in office with the award being established in 1996 to formally recognise the hard work and dedication of officer trainees.

Nominations for the Bevis Minter Award can be made by any training establishment based in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland that delivers approved officer trainee training programmes leading to the award of a Certificate of Competency. Eligible nominees must be currently, or have been within the last 12 months, an officer trainee in a scheme of training leading to an award of a Certificate of Competency.

Apply for Bevis Minter Award HERE.

Business of the Year Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University)

The Business of the Year Award honours excellence, innovation, and exceptional achievements in the maritime industry. This prestigious accolade is presented to a company who can showcase outstanding business performance, strategic vision, and a dedicated commitment to advancing the maritime sector in the United Kingdom.

Apply for Business of the Year HERE.

Clean Maritime Operator (Sponsored by Artemis Technologies)

The Clean Maritime Operator award recognises maritime companies pioneering efforts to transition their UK operations towards zero emissions. This award celebrates organisations across the maritime sector, encompassing shipping, ports, engineering, professional services, and leisure marine. The recipient exemplifies proactive measures towards sustainability, leading the industry in reducing environmental footprint and fostering a more sustainable maritime sector.

Apply for Clean Maritime Operator HERE.

Coastal Powerhouse Award (Supported by Department for Transport)

The Coastal Powerhouse Award celebrates maritime businesses, charities, organisations, or groups of any size, who demonstrate exceptional leadership as catalysts for growth within coastal communities. Through values, passion, and visionary initiatives, recipients are transforming their communities into Coastal Powerhouses. This award celebrates and acknowledges their significant contributions, bringing well-deserved recognition to their endeavours.

Apply for Coastal Powerhouse Award HERE.

Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award (Sponsored by Stena Line)

The Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award welcomes applicants from maritime businesses, charities, or organisations of any size who can showcase a genuine dedication to diversity and inclusion. Winners exhibit tangible efforts in cultivating a diverse workforce, including collaborations with other entities to exchange best practices. This award celebrates their commitment to fostering an inclusive environment within the maritime sector.

Apply for Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award HERE.

Employer of the Year Award (Sponsored by Harland and Wolff )

The Employer of The Year Award celebrates maritime businesses, charities, or organisations of all sizes that foster stimulating and supportive work environments that prioritise employee welfare. This award recognises high staff satisfaction levels and a motivated, cohesive workforce, recipients demonstrate a genuine commitment to personal and professional development, employee satisfaction, and innovative HR initiatives. This award honours their dedication to creating engaging and supportive workplaces within the maritime sector.

Apply for Employer of the Year Award HERE.

Future Skills Award (Sponsored by Trinity House)

Open to all maritime business, charity or organisations, this award recognises those that have made a tangible contribution to meeting the future skills needs of the sector. The winner will be able to evidence pioneering activity across education, training or apprenticeship development, to help match available skills to the emerging and future requirements of the industry. This could be on a micro level, within a region or across the whole country.

Apply for Future Skills Award HERE.

Technology and Innovation Award (Sponsored by Port of London)

Open to any business, charity, organisation or research institution from across the maritime sector, the winner will be able to demonstrate an exceptional commitment to technology and innovation. Nominated organisations will evidence how they have solved or overcome a particular challenge related to maritime through developing and deploying a new innovative product or service. 

Apply for Technology and Innovation Award HERE.

International Trade Award 

The International Trade award aims to recognise a maritime business of any size that is actively involved in international trade. Applicants will be able to demonstrate a significant increase to their importing and exporting activity or how they have attracted significant Foreign Direct Investment. This can be evidenced through increased revenue and job creation. 

Apply for International Trade Award HERE.

Maritime Ambassador (Sponsored by Expleo)

The Maritime Ambassador Award recognises an outstanding individual who has distinguished themselves as an exemplary advocate for the maritime industry. This prestigious accolade celebrates a person who has demonstrated unwavering commitment, passion, and dedication to promoting and advancing the maritime sector. 

This category is not open for submissions, the winner is picked by our judges. 

Rising Star Award (Sponsored by the Royal Navy)

This award is open to maritime apprentices, ratings, graduates, and young maritime professionals. Nominations will be made by the employer or tutor and will demonstrate distance travelled by the individual, the skills learned and the impact this individual has had on the organisation and wider maritime sector. This category is for all  apprentices, ratings, graduates and young maritime professionals employed in the sector, regardless of which pathway they are following, and does not have to be a traditional marine or maritime framework. This award is for people up to the age of 30. 

Apply for Rising Star Award HERE.

Maritime UK Woman of the Year (Sponsored by WISTA UK)

This award aims to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements and contributions of a remarkable woman in the maritime industry. This prestigious accolade recognises an individual who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and dedication, serving as an inspiration to others while making significant strides for women within the maritime sector.

This category is not open for submissions, the winner is picked by WISTA UK. 

SME of the year

This award is open to businesses that have been established for more than two years, with up to 250 employees. They will demonstrate an ability to grow or a strong potential to do so. The business must have a clear understanding of the market in which it operates and its future development within that marketplace, together with sound and measurable business practices. 

Apply for SME of the Year HERE.

Start-up of the Year Award (Sponsored by Safetytech Accelerator

To be eligible for this award, entrants must:

  • Have started to trade no earlier than three years from the date of entry.

  • Be ‘independently owned’. This is defined as a business that is substantially owned by its founders and/or a group of independent investors, is not quoted on the stock market or any other stock market; and is not a subsidiary or associated company of another business.

  • Be UK based.

The company must have a clear understanding of the market in which it operates and its future development within that marketplace, together with sound and measurable business practices.

Apply for Start-up of the Year HERE.

For every category, the judges are looking for a great business, organisation, charity and individual. Those with excellent potential and delivery will always rank more highly in the final reckoning. This will be based on revenue growth, profitability, and major-client wins. The Maritime UK awards celebrate the very best that the UK maritime sector has to offer. Those applying should focus on how they stand apart from the rest. 

Maritime UK is committed to a transparent and fair voting system following the awards the judging will be made publicly available.