Virtual Edition of Metstrade Boat Builder Awards Announced for 2020

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Metstrade is holding a virtual edition of the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement in 2020, in conjunction with International Boating Industry.

The event, which are sponsored by Raymarine, will be held virtually Dec. 10 from 4 to 5 p.m. CET with five key awards.

“The 2020 Boat Builder Awards…will necessarily be in a different format,” said Metstrade director Niels Klarenbeek in a statement, “but given the situation we all find ourselves in, we think its role, to mark the unique efforts of our industry in these challenging times, is more important than ever.”

There will be two new awards for 2020.

The first, sponsored by Kohler, will recognize exceptional commercial achievement in an unprecedented year. This award is for boatbuilders or shipyards that have implemented strategies or protocols that not only protected their business and team but also enabled them to emerge strongly from lockdown.

The second (sponsored by Fusion) is the community support initiative — that award will go to a boatbuilder or shipyard that showed “great social awareness by channeling resources, expertise or manufacturing capabilities to aid wider community Covid-19 crisis support.”

Organizers have also retained the three regular awards — the Environmental Initiative (sponsored by Confindustria Nautica), Rising Star Award (sponsored by Lumishore), and the Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Side-Power).

The nominations portal is now open here.

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