This year’s Boat Builder Awards for Enterprise Accomplishment, jointly arranged by IBI and METSTRADE and held in affiliation with Raymarine, noticed Leon Slikkers honoured for Life span Achievement, Elan Yachts’ Marko Škrbin named as this year’s Mounting Star and boatbuilding corporations and their offer chain associates praised for achievement in innovation, collaboration, sustainability and marketing and advertising.
The seventh edition of the Boat Builder Awards received additional than 100 nominations this calendar year, with 21 businesses from 11 nations named as finalists, from which 7 winners and five Honourable Mentions have been named. The awards ceremony was held nowadays, Wednesday 17 November, below the very carefully managed COVID-19 protocol of RAI Amsterdam within METSTRADE.
The Retail Internet marketing Initiative category, sponsored by Kohler, was won by Princess Yachts for the Princess Yachts Collection. This builder encompassed social media, substantial top quality television and digital functions that opened large access to each and every stage of the company’s operations, enormously expanding audience arrive at. Ferretti Group received an Honorable Point out for its bold electronic advertising marketing campaign positioning yachts as non-public islands, totally free from constraints.
The Innovative Onboard Layout Solution category, sponsored by Fusion, saw a near discussion over all four entries that resulted in a joint earn for the progress produced to mainstream application by Candela Technological know-how’s C-7 and C-8 electric hydrofoils and the brilliantly conceived design of Sunseeker International’s 65 Activity Yacht SkyHelm.
Every year the entry industry in the Environmental Initiative category, sponsored by Confindustria Nautica, gets stronger and 2021 was no exception. Best honors went to Sunreef Yachts for the Sunreef 80 Eco, praised for pushing boundaries in featuring emission-free luxurious cruising on an attractively designed yacht. An Honorable Point out was given to Brunswick Corporation for its amazing zero-waste to landfill initiatives.
No fewer than 14 corporations had been represented in the 5 entries shortlisted for the Collaborative Answer amongst Boat or Superyacht Builder and its Source Chain Partner category, sponsored by Ultraflex. The cohesive iterative development work demonstrated by Extra Catamarans, Torqeedo and ZF to build and boost the Excess 15 hybrid energy procedure won the day. Honorable Mentions were being awarded to Azimut Benetti Team, Mive Eco and Hug Engineering for their integrated SCR exhaust system Benetti Yachts, Siemens Methods and MAN for the B.Yond hybrid electricity program and emission reduction and Evo Yachts by Blu Emme Yachts and Besenzoni for the Blu Emme Evo V8’s deck machines.
The judges ended up unanimous in the conclusion to name Marko Škrbin as this year’s Mounting Star, sponsored by Lumishore. Marko was praised for his transformative operate at Elan Yachts during a speedy ascent by way of the ranks and appointment as the company’s youngest ever Maritime division Director.
It was a similarly common decision to name 93-12 months-aged founder of Slickcraft, S2, Tiara and Pursuit, Leon Slikkers, as the Lifetime Achievement Award winner. These current at the award ceremony had been specified a taste of Leon’s remarkable 75-12 months vocation with its laser aim on layout, innovation, and high-quality, correct up to his current retirement. He joins an extraordinary and growing Boat Builder Awards corridor of fame.
IBI Editor and chair of the Boat Builder Awards judges, Ed Slack, commented: “The incredibly demanding situations of the previous 18 months have noticed boatbuilders and their supply chains swing fast from shut down to entirely dedicated production. In spite of the huge workload of that on your own, this edition of the Boat Builder Awards noticed evidence of managed progress on the industry’s essential priorities, from environment, accessibility and innovation to expertise recognition and development. Leon Slikkers’ relentless pursuit of the excellent boat all through his three-quarters of a century of development is a drive in frequent with a great deal of what we noticed in the entries this year.
“We also owe specific thanks in 2021 to those people who manufactured the Boat Builder Awards transpire this year, from the sponsors to the nominees. It is not been the least complicated time for any one as we have variously transitioned in and out of restrictions about the environment. It is crucial to constantly recognise achievement within just boat and superyacht builders and their source chains and we glimpse forward to an even more powerful set of nominations in 2022 as the marketplace continues to expand off the confront of the latest acceptance wave.”