Meet our Sponsors
Meet our Sponsors
We are immensely grateful to our sponsors who, through their sponsorship of the Maritime UK Solent Awards 2023, are displaying their commitment to our world-leading industry.
Clean Maritime Innovator
Vulcan Offshore Ltd was established to service the Offshore, Marine and Subsea industries, providing fabrication, welding and CNC machining services. Their mantra is safety, quality, efficiency which they strive to deliver on every project they undertake.
Vulcan Offshore has experience and a vast array of skills providing equipment used in renewable energy and subsea cable laying applications.
Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK’s leading ports group, with 21 ports handling around a quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade. Together with customers, ABP’s ports contribute £7.5 billion to the UK economy and support 119,000 jobs.
ABP Southampton operates the Port of Southampton and is the UK’s number one vehicle handling port, capable of processing 900,000 vehicles per year. As Europe’s leading turnaround cruise port, Southampton welcomes around two million passengers annually. The port is also home to the UK’s second-largest container terminal.
Solent Stevedores has been proudly operating as an award-winning family-run company for more than 20 years. With market-leading port services in cargo operations, dry bulk, fresh produce, cruise stevedoring, rail and container services, Solent Stevedores operates from 7 locations across the UK, Singapore, Northern France and Channel Islands.
At the Port of Southampton, where the majority of the company’s operations take place, the team specialises in the provision of cruise stevedoring services. Solent Stevedores is the UK’s leading cruise stevedoring partner, each year handling 1.9 million cruise passengers on 400 turnaround calls into the port, the Solent Rail Terminal has capacity for up to 180,000 containers and the team handles 1.2 million tonnes of Bulk every year.
Small Business Award
The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) plays a critical role within the region, convening local partnerships between businesses, local authorities and academia to determine economic priorities. They are committed to promoting sustainable economic growth to champion our region and ensure our communities can prosper, and have launched ambitious strategy for the region: Solent2050. Building on strong foundations, proven resilience and unique strengths, the Solent 2050 Strategy will shape the future of our region for the next generation and inspire the Solent to reach its full potential. The Solent LEP provides a single point of access to a variety of funding and support options for businesses in the Solent area.
Founded in 1861, and now celebrating over 160 years of service, Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight ferry company. Red Funnel operates 365 days a year with over 30,000 sailings between Southampton and the two Island terminals in East Cowes and West Cowes. Their talented team of over 500 colleagues and fleet of 7 vessels facilitate over 3 million passenger crossings per year. Red Funnel is committed being a champion for British Maritime and proudly won the Maritime 2050 Award in 2019 for our work supporting British shipbuilding. Their newly launched ESG strategy, Changing Tides, charts our course to achieving net zero by 2050, and remains one of our top priorities.
DP World Southampton is at the heart of Britain’s trading future, enabling customers to move goods and materials smoothly and efficiently in and out of the UK and across their supply chain. As part of DP World in the UK, we operate the UK’s most advanced logistics hubs; two deep water ports with freight rail terminals at Southampton and London Gateway, and a rapidly expanding logistics park on the doorstep of the capital. We believe in the UK market and have the ambition and the resources to boost growth, support businesses, create jobs and improve living standards.
CNS (Community Network Services) has been providing technology solutions exclusively in the Trade & Logistics sector since 1986. CNS is an HMRC approved CSP provider of inventory linked community systems for the UK’s ports and airports. CNS sits under the technology pillar of DP World and is producing technology under the wider CARGOES brand which encompasses all the group logistics technology products.
CNS is now delivering new digital trade solutions for post-Brexit UK/EU market: Travel Wallet, BEEMS, Safety and Security Declarations, Customs Declarations and Crossborder Management.
The Solent Cluster brings together private, public and non-governmental organisations who wish to collaborate to decarbonise the Solent region and beyond. Our members include international energy producers with proven expertise in CCS and hydrogen technology, global manufacturers and engineering companies, regional businesses and industries, energy providers, leading logistics and infrastructure operators, academic institutions and public sector organisations.
The Solent Cluster represents an incredible opportunity for local communities, the region, and the UK, and can affect real change in sustainable energy production and consumption. We will play a fundamental role in supporting the UK with its Net Zero ambitions.
Start-up of the Year
Lockheed Martin has operated in the UK for nearly 80 years. From its site in Havant, Lockheed Martin is part of the ecosystem that helps to support the Royal Navy. For decades it has had a central role in delivering and maintaining maritime systems, training and sustainment technologies to support a diverse set of missions in the air, on the sea’s surface, beneath the surface and on land.
From mail sorting technology to helping build the UK’s first commercial spaceport, Lockheed Martin’s innovations and partnerships help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges, contributing to the UK’s defence, security and prosperity.
The Royal Navy defends the United Kingdom by promoting our prosperity and projecting our influence at home and abroad, working with our allies every day.
As a modern and responsible employer, the Royal Navy embraces the future and is a driving force for investment in our people though skills and digitisation.
The Royal Navy’s ships, submarines, aircraft and people are deployed at sea and ready for anything – using the best technology and thinking innovatively so we remain ready to fight and win.
Apprentice of the Year
South Hampshire College Group (SHCG) is a large and newly merged college group, that brings together three Further Education colleges from Southampton, Eastleigh and Fareham to make one strong, responsive and ambitious organisation.
The mission of South Hampshire College Group is to enable all students, apprentices and our region’s businesses to be successful in their future through high-quality technical and professional education and training.
Large Business of the Year
The Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) is a multi-disciplinary research institute at the University of Southampton that brings together world class experts to address ocean challenges and develop innovative and sustainable solutions for harnessing the ocean’s potential.
Tapping into expertise that spans the ocean sciences, marine engineering, marine biology, coastal dynamics, and maritime law, among others, the SMMI generates new insights for businesses, governments, and organisations, educating the next generation of leaders and addressing challenges around the natural ocean environment and human use of the sea.