Mersey Maritime announces finalists in industry awards

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The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region.

The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

Chris Shirling-Rooke (pictured), Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime, said: “The number and quality of entries for the 2017 MMIAs has risen for the third consecutive year, which will make for an exciting awards evening when the winners are announced on 9th March. The response from companies operating in the maritime and related industries  here in the UK’s North West proves without doubt that ‘Liverpool is back’- the theme we have chosen for this year’s awards.“

He added: “This year we have moved the MMIAs to Liverpool Football Club, a much larger venue with a view out towards Liverpool2 – the new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool – to try and meet demand but we are still running a waiting list for places. It’s a measure of the sector’s confidence that we are once again at absolute capacity for this eagerly anticipated annual event.”

The finalists are:

Best Newcomer Award (sponsored by Brookes Bell Group): Complete Training Solutions; Fort Recruitment; MAS Consultants.

Rising Star Award (sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University):  John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV; Lauren Kemp, Beech Group; Matt Costello, James Fisher Marine Services.

Engineering Company of the Year Award (sponsored by RSM UK): DT Engineering, Heap & Partners; ITCL.

Innovation Award (sponsored by Peel Ports Group): Geo Data Services; Immersive Interactive; Warrant Group.

Freight and Logistics Award (sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport):156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps; MDS Transmodal; Quality Freight Group.

Maritime Professional Services Award (sponsored by Tilney): DGB Solicitors; MDS Transmodal; Hill Dickinson.

Global Reach Award 2017 (sponsored by NatWest): Knowles; Royal HaskoningDHV; RS Clare.

Micro Business of the Year (sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre): Immersive Interactive; LEK Lubrication; PJ Environmental.

Positive Impact Award (sponsored by Claus Walker & Partners): Liverpool Cruise Terminal; Liverpool John Lennon Airport; Liverpool Seafarers Centre.

The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador  (sponsored by Beech Group): A judges’ choice award and will be announced on the night.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SME of the Year (sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services): Beech Group; Eldapoint; Complete Training Solutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Business of the Year (sponsored by Stream Marine Training): Peel Ports Group; Royal Haskoning DHV; Seatruck Ferries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        There will be a ‘Meet The Finalists’ reception for the judges and the nominees on Thursday 9th February.

The winners will be announced at a black tie Awards Dinner four weeks later on 9th March at Liverpool Football Club.

Diamond sponsors of the event are Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training.