The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievementis is jointly organised by Superyacht Business' sister title IBI and METSTRADE and recognises and rewards the outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams within a number of key areas in the global leisure boatbuilding industry.

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The nominations for the second Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, in association with Raymarine, have been announced, with 22 companies in the running to pick up an award.

The Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievementis jointly organised by Superyacht Business‘ sistr title IBI and METSTRADE and recognises and rewards the outstanding business achievements of individuals and teams within a number of key areas in the global leisure boatbuilding industry.

This year’s event has been hotly contested across eight award categories with close to 100 nominations received. Winners and honourable mentions will be announced at a gala dinner on the evening of Wednesday, November 16 at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

Between 250 and 300 guests are expected to attend the event held under the glittering dome of the museum’s central courtyard.

The shortlist

Retail Marketing Initiative

Ferretti Group
Sea Ray
Quicksilver

Boat Builder International Distributor/Dealer Development
Axopar
Larson Boat Group
Galeon

Boat Builder & Equipment Manufacturer Collaborative Solution
Lewmar/NV Equipment/Beneteau
Amer Yachts/Volvo Penta
Azimut Benetti/Rolls Royce

Innovative Onboard Design Solution
Ferretti Yachts
MasterCraft
Malibu Boats

Innovation in a Production Process
Axopar
Azimut Yachts
Vripack

Environmental Initiative Award
Alerion Yachts
Blue Gas Inc
SES Europe

Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme
Berthon
Sunseeker International
Pendennis

The evening culminates with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented last year to Paolo Vitelli, founder and chairman of Azimut Benetti.

“The event promises to be even bigger and better than last year,” comments IBI publishing director Nick Hopkinson. “The standard of entries continues to impress and in some cases the judging panel found picking an outright winner tough. That said, winners have been chosen for what looks set to be a memorable night.”

METSTRADE manager maritime Irene Dros adds: “It feels only fitting that as the industry emerges from some tough years that we can celebrate those individuals and companies positively transforming the way the marine business operates. We look forward to honouring their best practices, innovations and can-do spirit.”

Headline sponsor for the event is Raymarine. Category sponsors are Ultraflex, Fusion, Saltwater Stone, Lumishore, Kohler, Marine Resources, Dometic, Scott Bader and Side-Power.

For more information or to obtain tickets to the gala dinner, visit the Boat Builder Awards website.