ECMA Maritime Professional of the Year 2018

ECMA Maritime Professional of the Year 2018 - James Walker of Walker Marine Design

James started Walker Marine Design Limited back in 2014, and since its incorporation has successfully delivered the complete design packages for over 15 commercial new build projects, ranging from Wind Farm Support Vessels, Cargo Vessels and Steel Multicats.

And the winner is........

The ECM Maritime Professional of the Year 2018, sponsored by Webasto and presented by Webasto’s Marine Market Manager - Andy Edwards, went to James Walker of Walker Marine Design.

James started Walker Marine Design Limited back in 2014, and since its incorporation has successfully delivered the complete design packages for over 15 commercial new build projects, ranging from Wind Farm Support Vessels, Cargo Vessels and Steel Multicats. For a young family man, James’s achievements are inspiring and something to be proud of.

A short history

The first award was in 2014 when Luke Webster was the worthy recipient. Luke was based in Germany as project manager for the global logistics firm PM Shipping. Nominated by Patricia Prado of Blue Sky Brokers, he was commended for his efficiency, hard work and resourcefulness. He helped Patricia to develop her business by providing excellent service and competitive prices for her transport requests

In 2015 a stalwart of the maritime training industry received the honour. Ann Hornigold of 54 North Maritime Training was recognised for excellence in maritime safety training, initially in the fishing industry and latterly in the workboat industry. The award topped off a great couple of years for Anne; she was awarded an MBE in June 2014, for Services to Education.

It was no surprise that John Haynes, Managing Director of Shock Mitigation, was the winner in 2016.  He was nominated by James Ellison who said, “John Haynes is a thought leader in the high-speed craft, shock mitigation and hybrid marine power sectors with a unique ability to engage and create momentum globally. John has a passion for these sectors, rooted in his own maritime background. He has a genuine vision of improving people’s lives on boats. His work with over 100 organisations is testament to this”.

“His knowledge & passion for all things marine are second to none” - these were the nominating words for the man who took the award in 2017. It’s said that Cheetah Marine’s Barry Sales has an input which spans the entire build process and more than that “he is always at the end of the phone offering advice and suggestions following delivery”.

It was as much for his voluntary work that Barry took the coveted prize, he’s dedicated considerable time and effort to the WetWheels Foundation, a charity founded by Geoff Holt to get disabled people out on the water.

So, who will be accepting the award for Maritime Professional of the Year in 2019? It's never too early to start thinking about it.

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