European Commercial Marine Awards launched at Seawork 2017

13 Jul 2017
The ECM Lifetime Achievement award, presented by Andrew Webster CEO of Mercator Media Ltd, sponsor of the ECMA’s went to the soon-to-retire Casper Vermeulen of Damen Shipyards

The ECM Lifetime Achievement award, presented by Andrew Webster CEO of Mercator Media Ltd, sponsor of the ECMA’s went to the soon-to-retire Casper Vermeulen of Damen Shipyards

The European Commercial Marine Awards (ECMAs) were launched on the opening evening of Seawork 2017. The ECMAs incorporated the Innovations Showcase, which this year attracted 41 entries from across Europe and was sponsored by Lloyds Register, with new awards for Professionalism, Sustainability, and Lifetime Achievement.

Recognising the depth of excellence in commercial marine, the ECMAs  celebrate the outstanding individuals and innovative companies that comprise this vibrant and productive industry sector. The awards ceremony was held on site at Seawork in the spectacular waterfront glass restaurant, overlooking the Seawork Marina in Mayflower Park, and attracted over 400 attendees including exhibitors and their guests.  

The publicly-voted ECM Maritime Professional of the Year, sponsored by GGTC and presented by Brian Maslen, went to Barry Sales of Cheetah Marine. The ECM Marine Sustainability award, presented by Max Wheeler of sponsor Travelers, was won by CarenEcolo for its mobile filtration unit.

The ECM Lifetime Achievement award, presented by Andrew Webster CEO of Mercator Media Ltd, sponsor of the ECMA’s went to the soon-to-retire Casper Vermeulen of Damen Shipyards.

Andrew Webster comments: “Casper is a very worthy winner of the Seawork European Commercial Marine Lifetime Achievement Award. For 20 years he has represented Damen Shipyards with integrity, selling more than 120 vessels into the UK and Eire, and for each of those 20 years he has attended Seawork. He will be greatly missed by all his colleagues and friends.”

The overall winner of the coveted Spirit of Innovation award was BlueEye Robotics for its Blue Eye Pioneer. The jury was impressed by the Blue Eye Pioneer’s control system which it felt helped set it apart from its competitors, and was unanimous in its excitement over the device’s money-saving potential, capability and ease of deployment. A Special Commendation went to Garmin Europe Ltd for its In Reach satellite communicators.

Further Innovations category awards went to MICAD s.r.l, Dynamic Load Monitoring Ltd, Tidal Anchors Ltd, Reygar and Survitec. MICAD’s CEO, Amedeo Migal commented on his company’s success, “We are delighted to be awarded the Spirit of Innovation Award, a significant endorsement for the pursuance of the project.”

View the full 2017 winners list and jury comments here