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Mersey Maritime Members Scoop National Maritime UK Awards

By Mersey Maritime

Mersey Maritime members have demonstrated the strength of the maritime industry in the Liverpool City Region once again with strong representation at the Second Maritime UK Awards which took place in Plymouth on Thursday 12 November 2020.

Held for the first time in September 2019, the Maritime UK Awards are run by industry for the benefit of industry. From a judging panel of internationally recognised maritime leaders, to an awards evening at The Box in Plymouth, the awards process is a unique and impactful way to showcase maritime related businesses and celebrate a thriving sector, worth £46.1bn to the UK economy.

Mersey Maritime members were finalists in the following categories:

  • Maritime Professional of the Year Award: Mark Whitworth, Peel Ports
  • Employer of the Year Award: Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Business of the Year Award: Peel Ports
  • Maritime 2050 Award: Royal HaskoningDHV & Peel Ports
  • Start-up of the Year Award: Tapiit Live
  • International Trade Award: Virsec (formerly Virtual Training Centre) & Hill Dickinson LLP
  • Coastal Powerhouse Award: PD Ports

In addition to this array of finalists, one of Mersey Maritime’s key strategic partners, Western Union Business Solutions, sponsored the ‘International Trade Award’ category.

Winners were announced at the event, following a series of presentations and videos. Mersey Maritime is absolutely delighted to offer its congratulations to:

  • Tapiit Live for winning the Start-up of the Year Award
  • Virsec for winning the International Trade Award

Commenting, Chief Executive, Chris Shirling-Rooke said:

“At the inaugural Maritime UK Awards last year, we were proud to win the Coastal Powerhouse Award which recognised Mersey Maritime’s role as the leading regional cluster organisation in the United Kingdom. But our strength and our success only happens because of the members we represent and our role in championing their work at a local, national and international level. It is absolutely fantastic to see so many of our member businesses, each one of them touched by the unprecedented difficulties, uncertainty and pressure that the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on them, rise to the challenge of the last year and come out on top. From ports to professional services, the depth and reach the sector in our region is on show for all to see.

“The Liverpool City Region has once again shown why our £4bn maritime industry, which supports so many thousands of jobs and contributes so much to the regional economy really is a coastal powerhouse! We are proud of the achievements, resilience and hard work that each and every one of our member businesses is engaged in and which has been recognised in the success of our finalists. And we offer our massive congratulations to two of our best companies, Tapiit Live and Virsec who were winners in the Start-up of the Year and International Trade categories respectively. What a fantastic celebration of their work which comes as no surprise to our team.

“In just a few months’ time we will launch the annual Mersey Maritime Industry Awards, #MMIA21. This will be another opportunity to recognise and celebrate the maritime industry with a more regional focus on our own area. We look forward to doing so and hope all those who took part in the Maritime UK Awards will send their applications our way once again too!”

For more information on the whole Maritime UK event, visit:  


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Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the Liverpool City Region. We work with businesses of all sizes and in all locations to develop strong, market-responsive supply chains and promote Liverpool’s maritime industry as a world class Centre of Excellence.


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Mersey Maritime Members Scoop National Maritime UK Awards