METS 2015: Two overall winners named for 2015 DAME Award


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The Spinlock Lume-On and Humphree Electric Stabilizing Fin and Interceptor System were selected as overall winners of the 25th annual Design Award METS (DAME), presented Tuesday morning at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This marks the first time in the award’s history that two overall winners have been selected.

Spinlock’s Lume-On is a tiny LED light that attached underneath the bladder of any lifejacket, using the outer shell as a diffuser and turning the entire device into a glowing light.

Humphree’s Electric Stabilizer Fin and Interceptor System rotates 360 degrees to combat anchor walking, while its failsafe fin attachment design preserves integrity in case of hull strike.

A total of 51 products were nominated to go forward for final judging by the DAME jury, out of 108 entries from 92 companies, representing 24 nationalities.

Seven category winners were also announced:

  • Marine Electronics And Marine Related Software: Simrad HALO Pulse Compression Radar
  • Interior Equipment, Furnishings, Materials And Electrical Fittings Used In Cabins: Waeco CRX-805
  • Marina Equipment, Boatyard Equipment And Boat Construction Tools And Materials: Tru-Design Load-Bearing Collar
  • Deck Equipment, Sails And Rigging: Nauti-Boy Marine Multi-functional Inflatable Platforms
  • Clothing And Crew Accessories: Henri Lloyd Flex 3D Jacket
  • Lifesaving And Safety Equipment: Spinlock Lume-On
  • Machinery, Propulsion, Mechanical And Electrical Systems And Fittings: Humphree Electric Stabilizing Fin and Interceptor System

The DAME winners were announced during the Breakfast Briefing on the opening day of the 2015 METSTRADE show, which runs through Thursday at the Amsterdam RAI Convention Centre.

Bill Dixon, chairman of the DAME Awards jury, said the process of judging entries this year was challenging. “In several of the categories we found many well-designed items to consider, with prices ranging from just a few euros through to high-priced specialist equipment,” he said. “The range of contenders provoked different responses from each member of our highly experienced jury, whose professional knowledge spans everything from naval architecture, interior design, end-user application and boat manufacturing to industrial design. We eventually reached a consensus, but only after a great deal of discussion!”

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