The Excellence Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations in the industry. The programme provides a platform to recognize the people and companies that are driving change.

Our programme is designed to highlight excellence within the sector by looking at a range of corporate activities including deals, business projects and company initiatives, both internal and in the community.

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What is Innovation?

Innovation is the category with one of the widest scopes within the Excellence Awards as it looks at novel new approaches in every area, from the fruits of research and development to novel new business practices. What all the ranked entities have in common is the demonstration of new concepts not just within their own business but in the sector as a whole.

The category includes any projects that demonstrate an innovative approach to the market. The category crosses over with many of our other categories and can include new products, novel product features, new business practices, new marketing and sales strategies and more.


During the research period innovation has been seen in both the internal systems that make up the ships themselves and in those surrounding ports and other infrastructure. Whether it is optimising collision detection and fleet and risk management systems or delivering shore connection and shore power solutions the industry has seen a necessity to innovate.

The shipping industry has also felt the need to optimise and innovate its fuel and energy systems like many other industries due to global disruption and increased pressure to focus on renewable and alternative fuels. The companies ranked below have been hard at work delivering innovative and optimised fuel cell systems as well as energy systems focusing on fast charging as well as hybrid, renewable and alternative fuels.


The companies in this category have been working hard to deliver automation solutions such as AI-based marine machinery, robot systems for hull cleaning and optimisation platforms.

The companies in this category have been working to develop energy systems solutions such as renewable, hybrid and fast charging energy systems for ships.

The companies in this category have been working to deliver advanced fuel cell systems, integrating renewable energy, biofuels, LNG, hydrogen and liquified CO2 to create marine fuel cells as well as fuel cells meant for ports and harbours.

The companies in this category have been working on external systems such as optimising dredging, delivering innovative crane technologies and LNG solutions for harbours, as well as delivering shore connections and shore power solutions.

The companies in this category have been working to bring innovative internal systems to the industry such as wind propulsion, fleet, risk and collision detection management systems as well as hybrid propulsion solutions and compressed air systems.