The shortlist is out for the first ever Maritime UK Awards – and Nautilus is proud to be sponsoring one of the categories.
The awards celebrate all kinds of good practice in the UK maritime industry, from exemplary people-management to innovation. They will be given to individuals as well as to businesses, charities, colleges and universities.
Nautilus International’s sponsored category is the Future Skills Award. ‘This is something very close to our hearts at Nautilus,’ said the Union’s head of strategy Debbie Cavaldoro. ‘Our members are highly aware that automation is starting to bring changes to their jobs, and we want to do everything we can to support initiatives that are preparing seafarers for the years ahead.’
Experts from a variety of organisations and UK government departments made up the judging panel for the 12 awards. Competition judge Iain Lower, head of naval staff at the Royal Navy, commented: ‘The standard of entrants surpassed our wildest expectations both in terms of quality and numbers. More than anything it shows the UK maritime sector, which adds £37.4bn to the UK economy and supports just under one million jobs, is bursting with energy and innovation and is proud of its achievements.’
Harry Theochari, chair of Maritime UK, added: ‘Throughout this process we’ve discovered world-class British products, services and initiatives that we didn’t previously have on our radar. That’s the real prize from these awards.’
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Southampton’s Leonardo Royal Hotel on Thursday 19 September, during the Southampton International Boat Show.
See the full shortlist.