News: Finalists announced for 2022 Maritime UK Awards


  • 32 different companies shortlisted for third annual Maritime UK Awards
  • RTS Scotland award-winning broadcaster, Jennifer Reoch, to host the ceremony
  • International Trade Secretary to provide the keynote address
  • The Seafarers’ Charity chosen as Charity Partner

Maritime UK is today announcing the 32 finalists for the third annual Maritime UK Awards. The winners, across 14 different categories, will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony hosted by award-winning broadcaster, Jennifer Reoch, at the Glasgow Science Centre on 10 March.

The awards, which will be given to individuals as well as businesses, charities, colleges and universities, focus on a wide range of areas including business growth, innovation, sustainability and diversity. They recognise the very best of the UK’s maritime sector, organised by industry, for the benefit of the industry. For the second time, the Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Awards are to be awarded as part of the ceremony.

Maritime UK is also announcing that the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, will be joining the ceremony in Glasgow next month. The Seafarers’ Charity has been chosen as the Charity Partner for the 2022 awards.

Highly respected experts from a variety of businesses and government departments were involved in the judging panel. The maritime sector is one of the UK’s biggest industries, adding £46.1bn to the economy every year, and supporting 1.1 million jobs.

With the UK government having launched its first long-term strategy for the sector, Maritime 2050, the award categories mirror its themes. In June 2021, Maritime UK published a stocktake of progress in implementing the strategy, with demonstrable progress being made across the board. The 2022 awards will shine a light on many of the projects being delivered in response to Maritime 2050.

The past twelve months have seen significant activity for the maritime sector, whether on Freeports, the National Shipbuilding Strategy, Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, London International Shipping Week, COP26 or at October's Budget and Spending Review, where the Chancellor announced reforms to Tonnage Tax. The awards are therefore a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the growing number of world-leading projects helping to ensure the UK's position as the most innovative, competitive, and sustainable maritime centre by the middle of this century.

Finalists across each category will be profiled in the coming days ahead of the 10 March awards ceremony.

Sarah Kenny, Chair of Maritime UK, said:

“We’re delighted to announce the finalists for the Maritime UK Awards 2022. We were absolutely blown away by the number and quality of submissions this year. Organisations and individuals across the breadth of the maritime sector are making significant progress toward our shared Maritime 2050 ambitions, and this is certainly an exciting time to be in the maritime sector.

“Maritime is a sector that is now being recognised as critical to the country’s prosperity, sustainability, resilience and future. We’re a sector that makes a significant contribution to each and every part of the United Kingdom, and Glasgow is no exception. In Glasgow and Scotland as a whole, we have an incredibly compelling maritime proposition as the UK’s second-largest cluster. It offers Europe’s largest ship management cluster, world class naval ship design, build and support, globally recognised support to offshore energy operations, world-class nautical training and maritime universities and academics.

“Congratulations to everyone that entered the awards, and in particular to our finalists. I look forward to celebrating our tremendous maritime sector in Glasgow!”

The finalists in each of the categories are:

Diversity Champion - Sponsored by the Royal Navy

  • Ecomar
  • Serco
  • Tile Cross Academy

Innovation Award - Sponsored by Malin Group

  • Jebb Smith
  • Babcock LGE
  • Associated British Ports (Southampton Port)

Apprentice of the Year - Sponsored by Artemis Technologies

  • Mersey Maritime
  • BAE Systems
  • Cavendish Nuclear

Clean Maritime Innovator - Sponsored by Associated British Ports

  • Silverstream
  • Artemis Technologies
  • CMB.Tech

Clean Maritime Operator - Sponsored by the Port of London Authority

  • Wightlink Ferry
  • Plymouth Boat Trips
  • Associated British Ports

Clean Maritime Enabler - Sponsored by the University of Strathclyde

  • Dales Marine
  • Carisbrooke
  • Solent LEP

International Trade - Supported by the Department for International Trade

  • Actisense
  • CyberOwl
  • Babcock LGE

Coastal Powerhouse Award - Sponsored by the National Shipbuilding Office

  • Associated British Ports (Port of Lowestoft)
  • Solent LEP
  • Port of Cromarty Firth

Future Skills - Sponsored by Trinity House

  • Orkney College Maritime Studies Dept. University of the Highlands and Islands.
  • Cowes Enterprise College
  • City College Plymouth

Start-up of the Year Award - Sponsored by City of Glasgow College

  • Onboard Maritime
  • Shakey Robotics Innovators Ltd
  • Falcon Tenders Limited

Employer of the Year - Sponsored by BAE Systems

  • Shoreham Port
  • Port of Cromarty Firth
  • Frazer-Nash Consultancy

Business of the Year - Sponsored by Aberdeen Harbour Board

  • Babcock LGE
  • PD Ports
  • Expleo

Bevis Minter Award - Sponsored by Nautilus International

  • Andrew Robertson
  • Gabriel Verne
  • Gytis Kontrimas 
  • Terence Jones 

    Maritime 2050 Award - Sponsored by the Department for Transport

    • SEA-KIT International
    • Artemis Technologies
    • Peel Ports

    Any surplus generated from the awards will be ploughed back into Maritime UK’s cross-sector initiatives like Diversity in Maritime, the Careers & Outreach Programme or Regional Cluster Development Programme. Maritime UK is hugely grateful to its sponsors for enabling delivery of this national celebration of all things maritime.

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    Learn more about the Maritime UK Awards