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Top awards for BAE and Port

October 11, 2023

The winners of the Maritime UK Solent Awards 2023 have been announced at a stylish ceremony held in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  BAE and Portsmouth International Port were top winners.

BAE won the Global Trade, Future Skills, Large Business of the Year Awards, and their employee Jamie Bamforth won the coveted Apprentice of the Year Award.

Portsmouth International Port not only celebrated winning the Net Zero Navigator Award but also opened its new passenger terminal on the same day.

Ian Palacio, Business Development Director at Portsmouth International Port, said:

“We’ve worked hard in the last couple of years to develop our Net Zero initiative and we’re very proud to have been recognised at the Awards. Prior to these Awards this evening, we had the inaugural opening of our passenger terminal annex that will be producing more energy than it will use.

“The event tonight recognises what everyone in our industry is trying to do to be the best that we can. The maritime industry in the South is the leader in the whole of the United Kingdom and probably Europe.”

The 2023 winners are:

  • Global Trade Award – BAE Systems Maritime Services
  • International Partner of the Year – Robosys Automation
  • Diversity Champion Award – Maritime & Coastguard Agency
  • Technology Game-Changer Award – Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd
  • Clean Maritime Innovator Award – ABP
  • Net Zero Navigator Award – Portsmouth International Port
  • Employer of the Year Award – Carnival UK
  • Start-up of the Year Award – Just Be Maritime Ltd
  • Future Skills Award – BAE Systems
  • Large Business of the Year – BAE Systems Maritime Services
  • Small Business of the Year Award – NASH Maritime Ltd
  • Apprentice of the Year Award – Jamie Bamforth, BAE Systems Maritime Services
  • Maritime Legacy Award – Rachel Kitley

Anne-Marie Mountifield, Chair of Maritime UK Solent, said:

“The Maritime UK Solent Awards celebrate the very best this incredible regional sector has to offer. This year has been exceptionally successful for the maritime organisations that we are proud to champion, and we saw our truly globally leading talent honoured at our inspiring Awards ceremony in Portsmouth.

“It has been a privilege for Maritime UK Solent to provide a platform for these prestigious maritime organisations, acknowledging and celebrating remarkable achievements and the incredible talent in the Solent cluster. Congratulations go to each of our brilliant winners and the finalists of this year’s Awards.”

This year the Awards attracted even more applicants for the 13 categories, with a 20% rise in applications; plus there was a marked increase in the number of guests attending the ceremony.


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