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Industry leaders meet for Mersey Maritime Industry Award judging

By Mersey Maritime

Leaders from across the UK’s maritime sector met in Liverpool to discuss the applications for the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2019 (MMIA19).

The 1st round of judging for MMIA19 has taken place, with representatives from, Peel Ports, Western Union, Beech Group, Cruise Liverpool, MTC, Lloyds List, Carlbom Shipping, University of Southampton, Maritime UK, Stellamar and Isle of Man Ship Registry meeting to discuss all the applications received. Together the judges read and debated all the applications in their given categories, with a view to submitting their final scores and announcing the finalists in the New Year.

‘Rising Stars’

The Rising Star Award shines a spotlight on the extraordinary work of young employees from the maritime industry. Nominees came from a variety sectors, professions and levels of experience but all demonstrated ingenuity, drive and passion for the industry.

Judges from Peel Ports, Offshore Painting Services and Western Union (Business Solutions) met with all Rising Star nominees for informal interviews as part of the first round of judging, aiming to assess them against the applications submitted on their behalf.

Pictured: Graham Smith (Western Union), Gary Hodgson (Peel Ports) and Paul Jones (Offshore Painting Services).

Graham Smith, Head of Partnerships for Western Union, and Rising Star Judge said, “I was so impressed by all the nominees we interviewed. Each had carved their own path into the industry and had a clear idea of where they wanted to be in the future.

It’s certainly going to hard to pick a winner!”

Industry Vote

For the first time many of the categories will be opened up to an industry vote to determine the winners, forming the 2nd round of judging.

Speaking earlier this year, Mersey Maritime CEO Chris Shirling-Rooke commented that “the industry vote is all about creating even more opportunities to showcase the fantastic innovation, growth and positive impacts happening across the Northern Powerhouse.

We want everyone to feel involved in championing our region. There is already a great sense of comradery at the awards evening and we hope to shine a spotlight on this throughout the voting process.”

The finalists will be announced on Tuesday 8th January at Mersey Maritime’s Face-2-Face event. More information about the awards and judges are available here.

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Industry leaders meet for Mersey Maritime Industry Award judging