The European Commercial Marine Awards

Recognising the depth of excellence in commercial marine, European Commercial Marine Awards (the ECMAs) celebrate the outstanding individuals and innovative companies that comprise this vibrant and productive industry sector. In addition to the awards for Best Project, Professionalism, Sustainability, and Lifetime Achievement, the ECMAs incorporate the Innovations Showcase which attract entries from across Europe.

View the 2017 winners and Jury comments here

The awards ceremony is held on site at Seawork in the spectacular waterfront glass restaurant, overlooking the Seawork Marina in Mayflower Park. An important part of the annual Seawork show, the ECMAs attract over 400 attendees including exhibitors and their guests.

This prestigious event provides great opportunities for networking, making it a 'must do' social event in the diary for all Seawork exhibitors.

The Awards
The awards take place early on the opening evening of Seawork.  Following welcoming drinks and canapes, the first part of the evening sees the presentation of the coveted Innovation Showcase Awards with the overall winner being presented with the Spirit of Innovation award. The second part of the evening moves in to the European Commercial Marine awards themselves with the presentation of the new ECM Best Project Award, the ECM Maritime Professional of the Year Award, the ECM Maritime Sustainability Award, and culminating in the ECM Lifetime Achievement Award.

Innovation Showcase
The showcase of entries for the ECM Innovation Awards gives visitors the opportunity to see the latest in products, services, projects and vessels introduced to the market by Seawork exhibitors in the past 12 months.

2017 Spirit of Innovation award winner – Blueye Robotics from Norway – won the prestigious ECM award for the Blueye Pioneer, the deepest underwater consumer drone on the market that can dive to depths of 150 metres.

Co-founder & Chief Global Strategist of Blueye robotics, Christine Spiten, commented, “Winning the Innovation Award at Seawork really gave us some attention – both customers, job applicants and interested investors referred to the award! The Blueye Team is now preparing for mass production, going from prototype to the final version that will be shipped to customers in 2018”.

The Innovation Showcase is open for submissions from both Seawork exhibitors (free), and non-exhibitors (fee applies).

For more information see: Innovations Showcase 

Criteria for the European Commercial Marine awards:

The ECM Maritime Best Project Award is a new award category for 2018, presented to a company or organisation operating within the commercial marine and workboat sector, for challenges in marine civils or vessel operations.  The ECM awards jury makes the final decision from nominations received.

The ECM Maritime Professional of the Year award celebrates exemplary individuals within the commercial maritime sector.
Anyone can be nominated as long as they work for a Seawork Exhibitor. All that is required are 200 words detailing why you think the nominee is worthy of the award, plus a picture of them. The award is voted on by the public.

The ECM Maritime Sustainability Award is awarded to a company or organisation operating within the commercial marine and workboat sector, which demonstrates outstanding focus in its environmental and sustainability efforts. The ECM awards jury makes the final decision from nominations received

The ECM Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual operating within the commercial marine and workboat sector, who throughout their career has shown outstanding work and focus. A closely guarded secret – the award is announced and presented on the evening of the awards.

To nominate a person / company for any of these awards, please email:

Award title - please place the title of the award you are nominating for in the subject field

Nomination: please state your nomination and include your reason for why they have been chosen in the email text (at least 50 words)

Make sure you follow the awards on Twitter @seawork and Facebook @seaworkinternational - to keep track of nominations.

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