Nominations now open for 2018 Boat Builder Awards

The nomination process has started for the 2018 IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards. The number of award categories has increased from eight to 10 this year.

The headline sponsor for this year’s event is Raymarine. Category sponsors are Wells Fargo, Dometic, Fusion, Lumishore, Marine Resources, Side-Power, Ultraflex, UCINA, with Viking Recruitment sponsoring the after dinner drinks.

The IBI-METSTRADE Boat Builder Awards are jointly organized by METSTRADE, and International Boat Industry magazine (IBI). The awards are organized by RAI Amsterdam in association with ICOMIA (International Council of Marine Industry Associations).

New this year is the Rising Star Award, which will recognize an individual up to the age of 35 who has had a major impact on the boatbuilding business they work for.

This category highlights the critical importance of careers and skills development in the global marine industry and provides another way for industry companies to praise emerging talent.

Entering a nomination is free via the improved website, which offers explanations of each category. Nominations can be made by individuals or companies on their own behalf, or by any other industry professional.

“We want the whole industry to ensure that the very best of the best is celebrated at the Boat Builder Awards,” said IBI Editor and Judges Chairman Ed Slack. “Nomination is straightforward and we have added more detail this year to ensure that applicants know what we are seeking for each category. We’ve also opened up the option for supplying more information, so that our international panel of judges receives all of the background for each entry and fully understands the merits of each nomination.”

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