News: Maritime UK Award Winners Announced in Hull

By: Rosy Staines

Engagement & Marketing Executive


Maritime UK Patron HRH The Princess Royal joined industry colleagues and government partners to celebrate the best of the UK's maritime sector at last night's Maritime UK Awards in Hull.

Four hundred maritime business personnel gathered for the ceremony hosted by Maritime UK at the Hilton Double Tree in Hull. Maritime UK Awards celebrate organisations and individuals from across the spectrum of the sector worth over £116bn to the UK economy and supporting over 1 million jobs and recognise the fantastic progress in support of Maritime 2050. 

Fourteen awards were given out during the ceremony, with speeches given by Maritime UK Chair Robin Mortimer and Reception Sponsor DFDS.

Since the launch of Maritime 2050, which set out the government's vision and ambitions for the sector's future, the award categories are designed to mirror its themes.

The winners, selected by a judging panel of internationally recognised maritime leaders, were:

·       Shoreham Port – Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award sponsored by Stena Line & Port of Aberdeen

·       Artemis Technologies –Innovation Award sponsored by the Port of London Authority

·       Silverstream Technologies - Clean Maritime Innovator Award sponsored by Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

·       Datum Electronics Ltd - Clean Maritime Enabler sponsored by the Lloyd's Register

·       Peel Ports - Clean Maritime Operator sponsored by the Associated British Ports (ABP)

·       RNLI Lifeboats - Coastal Powerhouse Award sponsored by Bibby Marine

·       Hill Dickinson - International Trade Award supported by the Department for Business & Trade

·       Associated British Ports (ABP) - Employer of the Year Award sponsored by Forth Ports

·       GT Green Technologies - Start-up of the Year Award sponsored by Safetytech Accelerator

·       City College Plymouth - Future Skills Award sponsored by Trinity House 

·       Babcock LGE - Business of the Year Award sponsored by UK Shipping Concierge

·       Associated British Ports - Maritime 2050 Award, supported by the Department of Transport

·       Eleni Bougioukou - Rising Star Award sponsored by the Royal Navy

·       Molvipa Takhiansok - Bevis Minter Award sponsored by Nautilus International 

Associated British Ports ABP were Diamond Sponsors for the 2023 Awards. 

Of the celebration of maritime innovation, Baroness Vere, Minister for Maritime said:

“The Maritime UK Awards are a celebration of a thriving, ambitious and talented sector and I’d like to congratulate all the nominees and winners.

“It’s great to see the awards taking place in Hull – a city steeped in a rich maritime heritage – and to see the categories reflect the themes of our landmark Maritime 2050 strategy.”

Ben Murray, CEO of Maritime UK, said:

"Congratulations to all the outstanding winners, as well as the nominees who were shortlisted by our judges. Through their innovative and sustainable practices, these organisations play a pivotal role in ensuring that the UK remains a leading force in the maritime industry, both in terms of competitiveness and sustainability.

"It was a pleasure to witness the energy and passion at the awards ceremony, and I'm grateful to all our judges and sponsors for making it a resounding success. Our sector is experiencing a surge of progress and momentum. I'm confident that with continued collaboration and dedication, we can build on our recent achievements and create an even brighter future for the UK maritime industry."

Hull was selected as the host city due to its rich maritime heritage spanning 800 years and its exceptional maritime offering. Hull's compelling maritime narrative includes being one of the UK's largest ports, the fourth largest trading estuary in Northern Europe and a substantial focus on the offshore renewable energy sector.

The awards ceremony is held in a different region each year to showcase the maritime sector's strength across the UK. 

The awards followed the first Maritime 2050 Innovation Forum held locally in Hull.

Maritime UK's Charity Partner for the awards was The Seafarers' Charity.