THE Port of Barrow has won the prestigious Port of the Year Award at this year’s 10th annual UK Ports Conference.
One of a number of categories at the awards ceremony in London, the Port of the Year Award was open to all ports and terminals across the UK that could demonstrate both optimum operational performance and outstanding customer service in the last 12 months.
Two Associated British Ports sites – Barrow and Southampton, made the final shortlist with the Port of Barrow ultimately scooping first prize.
The Port of Barrow was recognised largely due to its successful community engagement campaign, which was organised to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017 and saw awareness about its economic contribution and bright future increase among the local community.
This is a great example of how a port really engages with its community and successfully celebrates its heritage
Presenting the award, Craig Huntbatch from engineering consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, said: “The hard work and dedication of personal time of Port of Barrow’s staff to organise the street parade demonstrates pride in their work place.
“This is a great example of how a port really engages with its community and successfully celebrates its heritage while at the same time setting a positive outlook for the future.”
Carl Bevan, ABP Divisional Port Manager, North West Coast, said: “We were delighted that our efforts to create a memorable 150th anniversary campaign have been recognised by the wider maritime industry.
“This success wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work put in by all of our colleagues at the Barrow port office, who have raised awareness of the cultural and economic importance of the port for the Cumbrian community. It is great to see their efforts being recognised.”
Source: www.nwemail.co.uk, 30 May 2018