2018 European Commercial Marine Award Winners Announced

Worthy winners all...

Celebrating the outstanding individuals and innovative companies that comprise this vibrant and productive industry sector.

The 2018 European Commercial Marine Awards winners were announced at a packed ceremony on the first evening of Seawork.

The evening, sponsored by A-Plan Insurance, began with the announcement of the Innovation Showcase award winners including the overall ‘Spirit of Innovation’ Award which went to Landau. The judges were impressed by Landau’s ‘Lifecord’ which is the only ‘smart’ kill cord incorporating detection technology, designed to trigger audible and visual warning alarm should the ‘Lifecord’ not be connected to the pilot.

Further Innovations category awards went to Hull Vane B.V under the Vessel & Design construction for their Patrol vessel ‘RPA-8’, Topbond won Marine Civil Engineering & Construction for their project work on the expansion of London City Airport.

Barrus were awarded the ‘Marine Equipment, Electronics and Materials category for the Capsize PIRS® patented system for four stroke engines with Avon winning in the Diving & Underwater category for their ‘MCM100’ dive system.

The ECM Maritime Professional of the Year, sponsored by Webasto and presented by Webasto’s Marine Market Manager - Andy Edwards, went to James Walker of Walker Marine Design. The ECM Marine Sustainability award, presented by Malcolm Stewart, Managing Director -  A-Plan, was awarded to Torqeedo for the ECOCAT Zero-Emission Solar-Electric Passenger Ferry.

The ECM Lifetime Achievement award, presented by Andrew Webster CEO of organiser, Mercator Media Ltd, went to Stavros Lalizas of Lalizas.

Mr Lalizas was nominated for the award by Sandy Messaropoulou - Design Engineer at Lalizas, he commented, “Throughout his 36 years of career in manufacturing life jackets under the name of LALIZAS, he has shown outstanding vision towards the growth of the LALIZAS brand. A small local company located right next to the Port of Piraeus has grown over the years to become a worldwide organization with commercial presence in more than 129 countries.”

A new award, to celebrate the 21st edition of Seawork, was the Young Person’s Development Award which was presented to Robert Deakes - CQC/Bideford College. The award was presented by Andrew Webster- CEO of Mercator Media. Robert says that he intends to use the £850 bursary on a hot-air welding course, enabling him to help the development and prototyping of new safety equipment.

The prestigious Maritime Best Project Award, newly introduced for 2018, recognises the importance of marine civil projects and was awarded to Red7Marine for their work on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

The ECM Awards evening was sponsored by A-Plan Insurance, the Innovations Showcase was sponsored by British Marine and the awards for the event were kindly supplied by Laser Crystal.

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