Red Funnel Ferries has been awarded the ‘Maritime 2050 Award’ at the Maritime UK Awards.

A ceremony at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, Southampton Grand Harbour took place last night (Thursday).

The award is sponsored by the Department for Transport and recognises Red Funnel’s contribution to supporting the British shipbuilding industry and championing the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 strategy, which seeks to maintain and strengthen the UK’s position as a global maritime leader.

In addition to supporting UK shipbuilding, Red Funnel is helping to keep maintenance jobs within the UK. In April 2019, the company signed a three-year agreement with A&P Falmouth to service its vehicle ferries for routine maintenance.

Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel said,

“We are extremely delighted to receive this prestigious award as we continue to do our part to support the British maritime industry. We believe in the UK Government’s Maritime 2050 vision of keeping the UK as a leading, global maritime nation, so we’re particularly honoured to receive this accolade.

“Supporting the UK maritime economy is strongly embedded in the present-day ethos of Red Funnel, has been since we were founded back in 1861 and will continue to guide our actions in the future as we look to embrace new technologies towards a greener future.”

The award was presented by Nusrat Ghani, Maritime Minister at the Department for Transport and was accepted by Red Funnel’s Chief Financial Officer, Graham Barnetson.