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Marlan’s Director of Research Dr Cai Bird nominated for ‘Rising Star’ at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2020

The Marlan team are delighted that their Director of Research, Dr Cai Bird has been shortlisted by the industry as one of three finalists in the ‘Rising Star’ category of the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2020 taking place on Friday 6 March. This follows them receiving the prestigious Mersey Maritime Innovation award back in 2018.

Marlan are proud of the work Cai has done over the 7 years that he has been working with them. They funded his PhD project which he completed in 2015 at the University of Liverpool to validate a new method of monitoring intertidal areas using their marine radar installations.



Since then, Cai has published numerous academic papers to help widen the knowledge and use of remote sensing technologies in the maritime and coastal management industry. Cai has written ground-breaking algorithms and software to more deeply understand the dynamic coastal areas that are so important to our society and economy.

Cai has continued to work with colleagues in research organisations including the National Oceanography Centre, involving projects such as the successful WireWall Project which sought to use a unique wire-based technology to measure wave overtopping. The WireWall Project, by Dr. Jenny Brown, was awarded the positive impact award last year.


The Mersey Maritime Industry Awards serve as an important acknowledgement of the excellent contributions that many companies and organisations make within the Merseyside area. Marlan are honoured to be shortlisted alongside their colleagues from the University of Liverpool and LJMU, who have been nominated for the ‘Environmental Impact’ category. This application is focused on the LCEI PhD program and the Marlan team have thoroughly enjoyed working with and providing financial support for their 2 PhD students, Sam Godfrey and Phil Knight through the LCEI program.

Industry voting

The finalists are now listed on the Mersey Maritime website and will soon invite industry colleagues to vote on who they believe should be awarded each category. All industry professionals are encouraged to take part in this process, as it is incredibly useful for all members working in the industry to see the fantastic work and achievements taking place across the many diverse sectors.

Please join the Marlan team in wishing all participants the best of luck as they look forward to celebrating another great year at the awards evening on 6 March, St George’s Hall, Liverpool.

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