Special edition for Boat Builder Awards at 2020 Metstrade

AMSTERDAM – The Boat Builders Awards at the 2020 Metstrade Show will be a  special, one-off edition to salute the way boat makers coped with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards evening will be a scaled down version to meet  COVID-19 health and safety concerns. International Boat Industry and Metstrade said the awards will be presented at a special two-and-a-half hour ceremony and networking event at Amsterdam’s RAI events complex on the evening of Nov. 17, Metstrade opening day.

IBI Editor and Chair of the BBA judging panel, Ed Slack, says “we felt this year’s awards was the perfect opportunity to highlight the heroic work undertaken by many of our boatbuilders and their employees in keeping the industry moving forward in these uncertain times.”

Of the 5 awards, 2 spotlight the global boating sector’s response to the COVID-19 crisis in these categories:

Exceptional Commercial Achievement in an Unprecedented Year. This award is for builders that have implemented strategies or protocols that not only protected their business and team but also enabled them to emerge strongly from lockdown.

— Community Support Initiative. This award is for a builder and its employees who showed great social awareness by channeling resources, expertise or manufacturing capabilities to aid wider community COVID-19 crisis support.

Organizers have retained 3 regular awards that focus specifically on the industry’s priorities of people, skills and the environment. They are:

— Environmental Initiative. This award recognizes boatbuilders that have maintained their focus on sustainability amid other challenges. Examples include reducing the environmental impact of production processes or of boats and yachts, recycling initiatives and support of environmental campaigns.

— Rising Star Award. Nominees must be 35 or younger, working for a boatbuilder and have a growing impact on any aspect of their business, from design and production, to management, buying and any other boatbuilding discipline. The 2019 winner was Dominator Yachts’ Angela Pernsteiner and Riviera’s Kyle Davison.

— Lifetime Achievement Award is for nominees that have made a significant impact on the boatbuilding businesses they have associated with in their careers. Past winners  include Azimut’s Paolo Vitelli; Sunseeker founder Robert Braithwaite CBE; David King, founder of Princess Yachts and Groupe Beneteau’s  Annette Roux.

The evening starts at 6pm with welcome drinks, followed by a 30-minute award event in the RAI’s Forum conference room and networking reception. The event ends at 8.30pm.

If you wish to make a nomination, send a ‘tip’ or suggestion to the judges at https://bbaentry.co.uk, explaining which category the nomination is for and why.