Mersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseysideMersey Maritime - A driving force for the maritime industry on merseyside


By Annette Parker

The finalists of the 2017 Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIAs) have been announced.

The winners will be revealed at a prestigious black tie dinner that will have a Ministerial presence and promises to bring together the best of the maritime industry right across the Maritime, Logistics and Energy spectrum in the region.

The MMIAs are organised by sector representative body Mersey Maritime and the Awards recognise the excellence and diversity that exists across all sectors of the maritime industry in the North West.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, Chief Executive, Mersey Maritime, said: “The number and quality of entries for the 2017 MMIAs has risen for the third consecutive year, which will make for an exciting awards evening when the winners are announced on 9th March. The response from companies operating in the maritime and related industries  here in the UK’s North West proves without doubt that ‘Liverpool is back’- the theme we have chosen for this year’s awards.“

He added: “This year we have moved the MMIAs to Liverpool Football Club, a much larger venue with a view out towards Liverpool2 – the new deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool – to try and meet demand but we are still running a waiting list for places. It’s a measure of the sector’s confidence that we are once again at absolute capacity for this eagerly anticipated annual event.”

The finalists are:

Best Newcomer Award (Sponsored by Brookes Bell Group)
– Complete Training Solutions
– Fort Recruitment
– MAS Consultants

Rising Star Award  (Sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University)
– John-James Gallagher, Royal HaskoningDHV
– Lauren Kemp, Beech Group
– Matt Costello, James Fisher Marine Services

Engineering Company of the Year Award (Sponsored by RSM UK)
– DT Engineering NW Ltd
– Heap & Partners

Innovation Award (Sponsored by Peel Ports Group)
– Geo Data Systems Ltd
– Immersive Interactive
– Warrant Group

Freight and Logistics Award (Sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport)
– 156 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps
– MDS Transmodal
– Quality Freight Group

Maritime Professional Services Award (Sponsored by Tilney)
– DGB Solicitors
– MDS Transmodal
– Hill Dickinson LLP

Global Reach Award (Sponsored by NatWest)
– Knowles
– Royal HaskoningDHV
– RS Clare

Micro Business of the Year (Sponsored by the Manufacturing Technology Centre)
– Immersive Interactive
– LEK Lubrication
– PJ Environmental

Positive Impact Award (Sponsored by Glenville Walker & Partners)
– Liverpool Cruise Terminal
– Liverpool John Lennon Airport
– Liverpool Seafarers Centre

The Jim Teasdale Award for Maritime Ambassador (Sponsored by Beech Group)
A judges’ award will be announced on the night.

SME of the Year  (Sponsored by James Fisher Marine Services)
– Beech Group
– Eldapoint
– Complete Training Solutions

Business of the Year   (Sponsored by Stream Marine Training)
– Peel Ports Group
– Royal HaskoningDHV
– Seatruck Ferries

There will be a ‘Meet The Finalists’ reception for the judges and the nominees on Thursday 9th February.

The winners will be announced at a black tie Awards Dinner four weeks later on 9th March at Liverpool Football Club.
Diamond sponsors of the event are Beech Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Peel Ports Group and Stream Marine Training.


About A.Parker
MERSEY MARITIME Mersey Maritime is the representative body for the Maritime Sector and related industry sectors operating across the UK's Liverpool City Region, bringing together over 1250 businesses whose activities contribute some £3.47bn - or 13% - to the region's GDP. The cluster is the broadest and largest outside of London, reflecting Liverpool's long history as a maritime mercantile city. As a city region that has maritime embedded in its DNA, Mersey Maritime is working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University to address an agenda centred on skills, innovation, R&D and business support that will help facilitate further growth and job creation. The organisation is co-located with LJMU at the Maritime Knowledge Hub in Birkenhead, Wirral (UK).


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