Published: Wednesday, 18 May 2016

2016’s marine export and superyacht industry champions were announced on May 17 at an awards ceremony in Australia’s Sanctuary Cove. 

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(Photos: AIMEX)

The Australian Marine Industry recognised business excellence in the industry at the annual Marine Export, Superyacht and Commercial Marine Awards at a gala presentation dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Sanctuary Cove.

For the second year in a row, luxury boat manufacturer Riviera took the Exporter of the Year Award along with the Export Marketing Strategy Award for its continued growth and sharp marketing strategies. 

“Even with the introduction of four new awards to recognise the commercial sector of the Australian Marine Industry, this year saw the highest number of entries in the awards’ 17-year history,” Australian Marine Exports (AIMEX) CEO Maryanne Edwards says.

Edwards says that the entries were of such high calibre this year that several High Commendations were awarded - Palm Products for innovation in manufacturing export products and Joy Weston Crew Pacific International as a Service Provider to the Marine Export Sector. 

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“We were honoured to be recognised by our peers,” says Matthew Johnston of Muir Windlasses, which was awarded Large Exporter of the Year. “This comes down to the loyalty of our Australian clients, and their ongoing support of us."

Jeremy Spear of Spear Green Designs was recognised for his contribution to the commercial marine sector by being named the Inaugural Industry Champion for the Commercial Sector.

“We’re honoured to receive this award, it’s great for our staff and contractors to be recognised for their exceptional work in this way,” says Steve Fisher of Superyacht Service winner Rivergate Marina. 

Donna and Richard Morris were recognised as the 2016 Superyacht Industry Champions and the Amor Brothers, Carl and Grant, of Aqualuma were named the Industry Champions for the Marine Export Sector.

Alistair Murray of Ronstan, MC of the evening and a global personality, was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Other winners include:
Best Commercial Innovation: Aquatruck
Best Marine Export Performance for a Medium Exporter: Hydrive Engineering Pty Ltd
Best Marine Export Innovation: Life Cell Marine Safety
Best Commercial Manufacturer: Marine Engineering Consultants
Best Marine Export Performance for a Large Exporter: Muir Winches Australia
Business of the year - Superyacht Service Provider: Rivergate Marina and Shipyard
Best Marine Industry Export Marketing Strategy: Riviera Australia        
Business of the year - Superyacht Manufacturer: Silver Yachts
Best Commercial Service Provider: Spear Green Design
Best Marine Export Performance for a Small Exporter: Vaarzon-Morel Solicitors