Winners of Maritime UK Solent Awards announced


The very best of the Solent’s world-class maritime sector were honoured last Friday at the Maritime UK Solent Awards 2022 in Southampton. The awards were organised by Maritime UK Solent and took place at the end of Maritime UK Week on October 14, celebrating success, creativity and innovation in the Solent’s maritime sector.

The winners of the inaugural awards were announced at a glittering ceremony at the Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour Hotel. In attendance were 250 maritime experts and industry leaders who gathered to show their commitment to the future of the sector. They were welcomed by the Lord Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Jacqui Rayment.

The winners of the awards were:
– International Trade Award, sponsored by Solent Freeport – Chartwell Marine
– Diversity Champion Award, sponsored by the Royal Navy – SERCO Maritime
– Innovation Award, sponsored by Portsmouth International Port – Datum Electronics Ltd
– Clean Maritime Innovator Award, sponsored by Wightlink – Ecomar Propulsion
– Clean Maritime Business Award, sponsored by Red Funnel – Portsmouth International Port
– Employer of the Year Award, supported by Colva – Datum Electronics Ltd
– Start-up of the Year Award, sponsored by Get Set Solent – Vulcan Offshore
– Future Skills Award, sponsored by ABP – Seabot Maritime
– Business of the Year Award, sponsored by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership – Chartwell Marine
– Apprentice of the Year Award, sponsored by City of Portsmouth College – Devorne Gibson, Royal Navy
– Employee of the Year Award – Nell Clare, Red Funnel
– Maritime Hero Award, sponsored by Solent Stevedores – Chris Sturgeon

Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chair of Maritime UK Solent, said: “It has been an honour to provide a platform for such prestigious organisations in the Solent maritime sector, acknowledging and celebrating such incredible talent and skill in the industry. Warm congratulations go to each of our winners and runners-up. We’re already looking ahead to build on the success of these awards and announce details of next year’s event in the coming weeks.”

At the start of the week, Maritime UK had launched a report entitled Programme for Government setting out the national maritime sector’s policy objectives for the new Prime Minister and Ministers, having been developed jointly with Maritime UK’s member associations. The Maritime UK Programme for Government sets out over forty policy recommendations across five key priority areas: Environment, Regional Growth, Competitiveness, People and Innovation.

The umbrella body says it has already briefed Ministers and Shadow Ministers holding key portfolios on the policy proposals at both the Conservative and Labour Party conferences held in Birmingham and Liverpool respectively. Politicians briefed include Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, Science Minister Nus Ghani and Shadow Maritime Minister Mike Kane.