For the third year in a row, Mersey Maritime will once again allow the whole maritime industry the opportunity to vote in its annual awards which are set to take place at Liverpool Football Club on Friday 17 September 2021. In bringing back its voting platform, first used in 2019, winners in each category will be determined by a combination of an expert judging panel and the wider input of the industry.
Past experience has shown that the voting platform can have a decisive effect with some 1500 votes being cast ahead of the awards ceremony in March 2020. With voting opening on Wednesday 28th July 2021, a similar level of interest is expected and encouraged! The platform will close to votes at midday on Monday 23rd August 2021.
The voting rules are as follows:
- Participants will be required to provide their name, company and valid company email address.
- Participants are only eligible to vote once for each award category.
- Participants are not permitted to vote for their own company, colleagues or organisation (these votes will be excluded from the final scores.)
All categories will be determined by this combination of the phase one judges’ scores and the phase two industry votes, other than the ‘Maritime Ambassador of the Year’ category which is determined by the industry judging panel only.
Once the industry vote closes, all entries will be reviewed and adjudicated to ensure that the rules have been adhered to.
Commenting, Head of Commercial at Mersey Maritime, Ruth Wood, said:
“This approach of a combined expert judging panel and industry wide vote has really proven to be popular in recent years. These awards are very much for the industry and it feels only right that we give as many people as possible an opportunity to have their say on the ultimate winners.
“We’ve had an incredibly strong line up of entries and finalists this year which is absolutely fantastic. After a year of unprecedented challenge, the maritime sector has shown itself to be truly resilient and fully committed to helping ensure our country got through the Covid-19 challenge, not forgetting the additional impact of our leaving the European Union that had to be managed. The brilliant talent, innovation and strength of our sector in the North West and beyond is there for all to see in those who have made it through to the next stage of the process.
“The theme of this year’s awards is Building Back Better. We want to capitalise on the enthusiasm and drive of our fantastic industry to propel the sector forward in the months ahead. There’s no better way to do this than through our industry awards. We hope many hundreds of people will engage in this voting process and we wish all finalists the very best of luck.”