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Port of Tyne has been named as one of the best in the UK Maritime sector after being shortlisted in the Maritime UK Awards 2020.

The Port, in North East England, has been shortlisted in two categories: Clean Maritime Operator and Clean Maritime Enabler after impressing industry judges with its contribution to the transition to zero emissions, and its work to support green innovation in the UK Maritime sector.

Matt Beeton, Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Tyne, said: “I’m delighted that the Port of Tyne is shortlisted in recognition of our Clean Energy initiatives. Sustainability is very close to our hearts, and Clean Energy is absolutely central to our Tyne 2050 strategy. Our vision is to be recognised as the safest, most environmentally focused port in the UK with an intentionally ambitious strategy fully aligned to the Government’s UK Maritime 2050 Strategy. Being named as a finalist in two Clean Maritime categories is testament to the work we are already doing to achieve that vision.”

Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK, said: “We’re delighted to announce the finalists for the Maritime UK Awards 2020. Across all fourteen categories we can see some genuinely world-beating products, services, and operators. I’m particularly pleased to see some fantastic projects being showcased in the new Clean Maritime categories. Given the importance the sector places on getting to net-zero, it is important that we celebrate the progress made on that journey and connect people together so that they can achieve more than on their own. These awards help do just that. The quality of entries this year is testament to the strength and commitment of our maritime sector to be world-class despite the most challenging of circumstances.”

Maritime Minister, Robert Courts MP, said: “The 2020 Maritime UK Awards will be an important opportunity for the maritime sector to come together to celebrate its achievements, as well as its significant contribution to the UK’s Covid-19 response. I am delighted that this year’s event includes the DfT’s Clean Maritime Awards, highlighting how our world-leading sector is helping achieve our net-zero and emissions reduction targets.”

The winners of the Maritime UK Awards 2020 will be announced at a live-streamed event from Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City on 12 November 2020 from 5pm.

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