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14 November 2017

SMI's Chief Executive, John C Murray, wins the prestigious Maritime Fellowship Award!

The best in maritime journalism, literature, and filmmaking has been celebrated at the Maritime Media Awards 2017. Amongst the winners was SMI's Chief Executive, John Murray, who was awarded the prestigious Maritime Fellowship Award.

The Maritime Fellowship Award is the Maritime Foundation’s highest honour and is given to individuals who have made a truly outstanding contribution to stimulating positive engagement in maritime issues in a manner that has special or cumulative value.

JCM awarded the Maritime Fellowship award by First Sea LordJohn was awarded for his consistent leadership delivering maritime industries back into national prominence. 

In accepting the award John Murray said:

“I am deeply honoured to have received this award.  This recognition is testament to the excellent team we have at SMI which has worked tirelessly to promote and support UK companies in maritime engineering.  Furthermore, over the last two years the whole of the maritime sector has come together and collaborated, at an unprecedented level, a common agenda which has galvanised government to work with industry on a maritime strategy to provide a substantial economic benefit for the UK as a whole”.

John continued:

“The role of the Maritime Foundation in promoting awareness of the UK’s dependence upon the sea has been an important component of this renewal of interest by policymakers”.

The Awards were presented by The First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB ADC.

He said:

“It’s wonderful to see the Maritime Media Awards continue to embrace new forms of media and the full breadth of our nation’s maritime interests.

“In just about every field – from ship brokering to ocean science – Britain remains at the centre of the maritime world. Meanwhile, with the impending arrival of the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers, a new era has begun for the Royal Navy. Together, there is a huge opportunity for the UK to strengthen our nation’s security and prosperity, and to demonstrate international leadership.

“I'd like to congratulate our prize winners, together with all those nominated. We are truly fortunate to have so many diverse, creative and persuasive communicators to spread this message of maritime opportunity far and wide.”

 

Details of winners are:

Maritime Fellowship Awards

The Maritime Foundation’s highest honour to individuals who have made a truly outstanding contribution to stimulating positive engagement in maritime issues in a manner that has special or cumulative value, were awarded to:

Mr John C Murray, Chief Executive, the Society of Marine Industries for his consistent leadership delivering maritime industries back into national prominence. 

Mr Iain Ballantyne, Editor, Warship International for his unique role documenting the changing capabilities in navies throughout the world and for analysing the consequences for naval strategy.

The Judges’ Special Award

For an outstanding contribution to raising maritime awareness:

Sky News Science Team for their Ocean Rescue Campaign for their superbly conducted campaign, initiated by their illuminating and disturbing documentary A Plastic Tide sending out a powerful message re-enforced by dedicated news, that the oceans are in peril from plastic pollution.

The Mountbatten Award for best maritime literary contribution

Winner: ‘Exeter a Cruiser of the Medium Size’ – an original and outstanding account of naval endurance during the battle of the River Plate (Navy Books)

The Donald Gosling Award for best Television or Film contribution

Winner: ‘Vanishing Sail’ produced by Indian Creek Films for an outstandingly beautiful and timeless film about a replica inter-island vessel trading in the West Indies that deserves the widest possible audience.

The First Sea Lords Digital Media Award for the Best Use of Digital and Social Media

Winner: British Antarctic Survey An exemplary web site which illustrates brilliantly the potential for the engaging application of digital media

The Desmond Wettern Award for best maritime journalistic contribution

Winner: Miranda Johnson of The Economist for her dedicated work exposing the impact of humanity’s destructive behaviour upon the marine environment involving illegal fishing, pollution and global warming, demonstrating the need for more effective ocean governance.

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