News from our Members and Partners

12 June 2019

Deadline for companies to enter for the Maritime UK Awards 2019 is TOMORROW

A brand-new, national awards programme celebrating the breadth of the UK’s £37.4bn maritime sector has been launched by Maritime UK.

The Maritime UK Awards will be the first truly national maritime awards in the UK, organised by industry, for the benefit of industry. They will be open to companies from across the whole maritime sector, embracing the shipping, ports, services, engineering, and leisure marine industries.

In a unique twist, the awards evenings will be held in a different UK maritime region each year. The first awards ceremony will take place in the Solent, where the maritime sector represents a significant 20 per cent of the economy, supports 120,000 jobs and facilitates trade worth £77.5bn.

Harry Theochari, Maritime UK Chair, said:

“We are excited about this inaugural event that will not only shine a spotlight on the most exciting and dynamic activity across our sector, but will also champion each of our great maritime regions by rotating each year. We are delighted to hold the inaugural awards in Southampton during the city’s international boat show, Britain’s biggest festival of boating.”

The Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), who are the key partnership body behind developing a Solent Maritime cluster with Maritime UK, is organising the event on 19 September.

The awards, set to be launched today at Maritime UK’s National Council meeting in London, are open to businesses and organisations of all sizes. The categories mirror themes in the Government’s recently-published strategy for the sector, Maritime 2050. They are:

  • Diversity Award
  • Innovation Award
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Award
  • Sustainability Award
  • Coastal Powerhouse Award
  • International Trade Award
  • Employer of the Year Award
  • Start-up of the Year Award
  • The David Dingle Award for Collaboration
  • Rising Star Award
  • Business of the Year Award
  • 2050 Award

The Maritime UK Awards will be judged by a panel of internationally recognised maritime leaders and will take place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel Southampton Grand Harbour. More information is available here




Maritime UK brings together the UK’s shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries to promote the sector, influence government and drive growth. Supporting close to 1 million jobs and contributing around £40bn to our economy, maritime is responsible for facilitating 95% of our international trade, totaling £500bn per year. The UK offers cutting-edge maritime technology, high-quality design & manufacturing, unparalleled expertise in services and major investment opportunities. w: