Award winning innovations

Award winners at Seawork 2016

Last night saw the Seawork Awards and Networking event take place at The Vestry, Southampton, where the winners were announced for the Spirit of Innovation Awards, Maritime Professional of the Year, and Maritime Sustainability Award.

Spirit of Innovation Awards
Located in Seawork's undercover exhibition area, the Spirit of Innovations Showcase at Seawork 2016, sponsored by URICA, displays the latest projects, products and vessels that are forging ahead in the industry to provide new solutions.

A Certificate of Commendation has been awarded to the winner of each category. In order to qualify, all entries must be new to the market in the past 12 months and provide a valuable insight into the latest in design, technology and applications


2016 winners

The overall winner of the Spirit of Innovation award 2016 is Duodrive for the innovative Duodrivetrain. Runners up were Punk Couplings for Punk Couplings Ltd.

Category winners included Punk Couplings, winner of the Marine Engineering category. The safety category winner was Spinlock for the Spinlock Lume-On.

The propulsion category was won by DuoDrive for DuoDriveTrain. Runners up were HamiltonJet for the JETanchor waterjet positioning system. Finally the electronics category winner was CA Clase for Lars Thrane LT-1000 Navigation Reference Unit. Runners up were C-Sense for the Tele-Pilot.

Maritime Professional of the Year
The Maritime Professional of the Year award 2016 celebrates exemplary individuals within the maritime sector. Congratulations go to all our shortlisted nominees for their hard work within the industry; Peter Weide of MarShip UK, Peter Eyre of Peter Eyre Marine Design and Nichole Kalil of ACR Electronics.

The Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 winner was John Haynes, Managing Director of Shock Mitigation Solutions. John was nominated by James Ellison, who commented “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. John provides professional end-user organisations, boat builders and equipment manufacturers with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how the sub IMO fast boat sector is rapidly changing worldwide. His subject matter expertise includes 30 years training, consultancy and strategic product development.”

Congratulations to John Haynes and all the runners-up.

Maritime Sustainability Award 2016
This year saw the introduction of the Maritime Sustainability Award, which is awarded to the company or organisation operating within the commercial marine and workboat sector, which demonstrates outstanding focus in its environmental and sustainability efforts.

The winner of this award was CWind, who, given their unique mix of workboats, with its large majority of resin composite vessels, offer considerable fuel savings. In an industry engaged in generating clean energy, CWind is keen to make a valuable contribution. The fuel efficiency is not coincidental, but was a design goal from the outset. This has allowed CWind to not only offer significant cost savings to its clients but has also lowered the overall carbon footprint of the company and the projects it has supported since launch.

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