Kate Cornhill, from category sponsors ABP Southampton, presenting the Future Skills Award to Gordon Meadows from Seabot Maritime, at the Maritime UK Solent Awards 2022

Celebrate World Ocean Day by showcasing your maritime work at regional awards

It’s not too late for the region’s maritime organisations to enter this year’s Maritime UK Solent Awards to showcase their success to a wider audience. In honour of World Oceans Day, the deadline for applying has been extended by an extra week up to 12 June at midnight. NB This date has now been extended to the 17 July.

The prestigious black-tie Awards event, to be held on 5 October, promises to be a celebration of the brilliance in the Solent’s maritime cluster and will provide participating organisations with a boost to reach the next level. This week, in the run up to World Oceans Day (8 June) Maritime UK Solent have decided to extend their awards entry submission deadline to allow even more Solent maritime organisations to take part and to enjoy the benefits of networking and access to new market opportunities.

Maritime UK Solent, Managing Director, Stuart Baker urges maritime business leaders and entrepreneurs to take part in the prestigious Awards, in which 13 winners from across the Solent region will be announced. Categories available to apply for range from International Partner of the Year to Diversity Champion and Net Zero Navigator.

He said: “Winning a Maritime UK Solent Award is not just about recognition and prestige, it’s about recognising maritime business success in the region, the measures being taken to ensure a future skillset and the sector’s real commitment to global sustainability. We’ve also seen our local winners go on to replicate that success on that national stage at the Maritime UK Awards.

“World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8 June, shining a spotlight on the efforts everybody can make to preserve our wonderful, shared asset for generations to come. Never has it been more necessary to celebrate our world’s oceans and raise awareness of the ways people can, and are, helping to care for it.

“The Maritime UK Solent Awards is an evening that allows businesses to thank their employees, to engage with other organisations, to celebrate the year’s achievements and look forward to new opportunities. Don’t miss out, apply today.”

Last year’s winners have been extolling the virtues of being part of the Awards and the positive impact that they’ve had on business, staff morale and new ventures. Seabot Maritime won the Future Skills Award last year and have seen big benefits throughout the company since their win.

Gordon Meadow, CEO and Founder, told us, “Winning the Maritime UK Solent future skills Award was one of the highlights of our year in 2022, it provided a significant boost to our organisation’s brand, employee morale, and industry standing, plus provided opportunities for the organisation to network with other leaders and experts in the industry, leading to collaborations and partnerships that can benefit the organisation in the long run.”

Ecomar Propulsion won the Clean Maritime Innovator Award last year for their work in zero emission marine propulsion. Being recognised for their innovative and sustainability focused work has given the company and its employees a real boost.

Chief Operating Officer Anthony Bennett told us, “Being selected as the Winner of the Maritime UK Solent Awards Clean Maritime Innovator, recognised the hard work and dedication of the passionate engineers in Fareham, producing clean electric propulsion systems which will radically reduce polluting emissions and, improve the marine environment.”

For more information about the Maritime UK Solent Awards, a full list of categories and how to apply, visit our Awards information page.

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