Mersey Maritime reveals awards shortlist

Shortlist for the eighth Mersey Maritime Industry Awards is revealed with people in the sector able to vote for the winners from early October. Tony McDonough reports

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All the winners of the 7th Annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2021


Mersey Maritime has revealed the shortlist for its eighth Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs).

It says this year’s awards will be its biggest to date. There are 39 finalists and the winners will be determined by the sector itself with an industry voting platform opening in early October. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Liverpool on Thursday, November 10, at Liverpool Cathedral.

What has now become the UK’s leading maritime awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of the £5bn industry’s most outstanding companies and individuals. The theme this year is Our Time is Now. It puts a focus on the bright future that lies ahead for the industry.

This year the awards have 16 sponsors including four diamond sponsors. They are BAE Systems Chevron, Kays Medical and Liverpool John Moores University. 16 judges from across the maritime industry reviewed and assessed all entries which were then compiled into a shortlist.

The judging process for this year’s awards has evolved once again with Mersey Maritime introducing ‘silent’ judges that acted as a solo judge. They independently review and score their allocated applications, without any input from the other judges.

On Monday, October 10, Mersey Maritime will be launching its industry voting platform. This will give local, national, and international industry members the opportunity to vote for the winners.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive at Mersey Maritime, said: “The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards are particularly important in 2022 coming as they do, exactly on our 20th Anniversary.

“On every occasion over the last eight years, we have worked tirelessly to make them the best in the country, if not Europe. I am supremely confident they will be the most exceptional showcase yet for our incredible maritime industry in this, its most important of heartlands.

READ MORE: Mersey maritime sector now worth £5bn a year

“The standard of entries this year is the highest we have seen. Our judges certainly had a tough job in working to draw up the final list. This will now proceed to our industry-wide vote.

“Everyone who submitted an entry can be incredibly proud of their work. It was really encouraging to see the depth of the activity that is going on within our sector which we know to be growing further and contributing substantially to the regional economy.

“I would like to thank our expert panel of judges for their work and indeed our generous sponsors without the support of whom this most high-profile demonstration of the might of the Mersey Maritime industry simply wouldn’t be possible. Congratulations to all the finalists and good luck in the next stage of the process.”

Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2022 finalists:


Best newcomer sponsored by Brookes Bell

  • Liverpool City Region Freeport
  • Robok
  • SEP Hydrographic


Business of the Year sponsored by OPS Wind

  • D Morgan
  • Maersk
  • Royal HaskoningDHV


Diversity & Inclusion Award sponsored by Chevron

  • Liverpool Seafarers Centre
  • Maersk DE&I
  • National Oceanography Centre


Employer of the Year sponsored by Kays Medical

  • Hill Dickinson
  • Liverpool Boat Charter
  • Maersk


Environmental, Social & Governance Award sponsored by Wirral Waters 

  • Bibby Marine
  • Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR)
  • Royal HaskoningDHV


Global Performance Award sponsored by BAE Systems 

  • Hill Dickinson
  • Nautilus International
  • Polaris Media Management


Logistics Solution of the Year sponsored by Carmet Tug

  • Kays Logistics
  • Robok


Maritime 2050 sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University

  • Expleo
  • HiLo Maritime Risk Management
  • Royal HaskoningDHV


Moving on the Mersey Award sponsored by Royal HaskoningDHV

  • Briggs Marine
  • Cruise Liverpool
  • SEP Hydrographic


Outstanding SME of the Year sponsored by Denholm Logistics 

  • Seacon
  • The Engineering College
  • Walker Engineering


Regional Deal of the Year sponsored by Fort Recruitment 

  • Brabners
  • Marine Specialised Technology
  • Nautilus International


Rising Star Award sponsored by the Royal Navy

  • Cruise Liverpool – Melissa Carragher
  • Marine Specialised Technology – Andrew Davies
  • Stone Marine Shipcare – Charlotte McCarthy


Technology & Innovation Award sponsored by MTC 

  • Coltraco Ultrasonics
  • Expleo
  • Real Sphere Eco World

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