Metstrade moves awards to opening night

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The 2018 Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement, in association with Raymarine, will move from Wednesday evening to Tuesday night, November 13. The event at Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum will finish the show’s opening day.

The fourth edition of the awards, which are organized by International Boat Industry magazine and Metstrade organizer RAI Amsterdam, will also introduce two new honors. The first will celebrate young talent in the industry and superyachts will get their own category.

“This year we will take the proceedings to another level, building on the success of this globally recognized celebration of the importance of boat builders by expanding the number of awards,” said group director maritime for Metstrade, Irene Dros, in a statement. “We’ve also taken the opportunity to create a Metstrade Super Tuesday with the show commencing with the always well-attended DAME Awards and Breakfast Briefing in the morning and culminating with the stars of the Boat Builder Awards at Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum. This will also enable us to place more focus on Boat Builder Award winners throughout the remaining show days in a special feature area, located within the InnovationLAB.

For 2018, the number of award categories will increase from eight to 10, including the Rising Star award that will recognize an individual up to the age of 35 who has had a major impact on the boatbuilding business. The awards will also enhance its focus on the need for close working relationships between shipyards and their partners by introducing a Collaborative Solution category. Sponsored by Lumishore, this award will focus on a superyacht builder and its supply chain partner for vessels longer than 79 feet.

Speaking of sponsors, Wells Fargo is a new one for 2018 and will back the International Distributor of Dealer Development award.

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