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UK Ports Awards

Ports and all who work in and with them have undoubtedly been the unsung heroes of both the pandemic and the increased red tape enforced on them by Brexit. 

At UK Ports, we regularly engage with Harbour Masters throughout the UK. For those who may not be aware of what these dedicated professionals do, Harbour Masters are those who are responsible for the planning and execution of all the relevant marine operations at their port. This includes vessel traffic management services, managing where vessels should be moored within the harbour, ensuring timely pilotage services are available, conservancy and almost every other marine-related operation within their port of responsibility. 

To this end, UK Ports felt that having supported the UK’s ports for over 20 years, it was timely to recognise the incredible work that Harbour Masters undertake day-in, day-out, often without recognition. For this reason, we have instituted the “National Harbour Masters Awards 2022”, which will be held in the National Maritime Museum in London on the 25th November.

Over 200 harbour masters have been nominated, and the UK Ports awards panel led By Sir Steven Jervis , Bill Anderson , Aaron Driver and Ed Moss, together with luminaries from other trade associations and professional marine and ports bodies will adjudicate.

Traditional voting will also be accepted here on the website, (see events tab), where you can vote for the harbour master of your choice.

All the nominees are invited to submit a resumé of achievements and any supporting information they wish to share to - please note that only a short summary of circa 300-400 words or less is required for the main achievement resumé. 

Those nominating a harbour master are kindly requested to send a very brief outline of their connection to the harbour master. 

Entries are scored using the following scoring criteria. Finalists The finalists are decided by the shortlisting panel. 

There will be between 3 and 6 finalists per category depending on the number and quality of entries.

Finalists are scored based on an assessment of the written entry and a presentation to decide the category winners. 

Scoring The written entry is judged online and is worth 50% of the final score.

The presentation judged at the finals is worth 50% of the final score then combining the scores awarded by the judges for the written entry and the presentation. For categories with 3 finalists there will be only a gold winner. 

For categories with 4 or more finalists, there will be a gold winner and a silver winner. For categories with 5 or more finalists, there will be a gold winner, a silver winner and a bronze winner. 

There will be an Award for the overall winner for the UK Ports Habour Master of the Year Awards 2022, which is the entry with the highest score. 

The Ports Manager of The Year Award , The Marine Pilot of the Year and the Various Sustainability of the Year category are additional to the overall winner Award. 

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