Sustainability central to shortlist success in Maritime UK awards

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Associated British Ports (ABP) has been shortlisted in the third Maritime UK Awards, which celebrate the best in the UK’s £40bn maritime sector. Sustainability is at the heart of the three awards for which ABP is shortlisted: Clean Operator, Innovation and Coastal Powerhouse.

ABP’s application for Maritime UK’s Clean Operator award highlighted the investment in low emissions infrastructure and equipment, plus renewable energy generation technologies, which have enabled it to reduce its own carbon emissions by over 35% since 2014.

For ABP’s presentation for Maritime UK’s Coastal Powerhouse award, Lowestoft Eastern Energy Facility (LEEF) was showcased; ABP’s £25 million development to support the Offshore Wind industry and speed the UK’s progress to net zero, while providing a positive economic impact to the region.

ABP’s submission for Maritime UK’s Innovation award included ABP’s investment in a shore power facility for cruise ships at Southampton, and the creation of the new Horizon Cruise Terminal. The terminal harnesses solar energy to generate more energy than it uses on a day-to-day basis, as well as featuring a lighting control system that uses daylight harvesting to adjust or even turn off lighting, depending on the natural light in the building.

Marina Wyatt, ABP’s Chief Financial Officer said: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for three of these prestigious awards, which recognise ABP’s work and investment in innovation, infrastructure and sustainability measures across our ports.”

Sarah Kenny, Chair of Maritime UK said: “We were absolutely blown away by the number and quality of submissions this year. Organisations and individuals across the breadth of the maritime sector are making significant progress toward our shared Maritime 2050 ambitions, and this is certainly an exciting time to be in the maritime sector.

“Maritime is a sector that is now being recognised as critical to the country’s prosperity, sustainability, resilience and future.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone that entered the awards, and in particular, our finalists, who the judges really feel are leading our sector forward.”

The Maritime UK Awards recognise the very best of the UK’s maritime sector, and are organised by industry, for the benefit of the industry. For the second time, the Department for Transport’s Clean Maritime Awards are to be awarded as part of the ceremony.

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