2022 Australian Marine Industry Awards winners announced

ASMEX 2022, the flagship conference in Australia for the superyacht, marine export and commercial marine industry, announced the winners for the 2022 Australian Marine Industry Awards on 17th May.

The Australian Marine Industry Awards recognise and award the outstanding achievers across the three industry sectors at a gala dinner held at Southport Yacht Club. The awards commenced with pre-dinner drinks and canapes sponsored by Benetti Yachts on the Club’s recently opened Megayacht berth.

The Commercial Category offered two awards, with the first being ‘The 2022 Commercial Marine Project/Design or Manufacturer of the Year’, presented by Sydney City Marine to Spear Green Design for the Neville Bonner Bridge project over the Brisbane River.

Jeremy Spear, Spear Green Design.

‘The 2022 Commercial Marine Service Provider of the Year’, presented by Volvo Penta, was won by The Yard Brisbane, with the judges impressed by the facility’s ability to overcome challenges presented by COVID-19 and achieve greater efficiencies resulting in significantly lower costs while project values remained high, placing them in a better net position.

In the Superyacht segment, the most hotly contested category of the night, was ‘The Superyacht Industry Service Provider of the Year Award’, presented by Bank of Queensland - Business. The Boat Works was selected by judges for its impressive expansion over 2021, designing and marketing as a resort for boats.

Shane Subichin, general manager at The Boat Works, said, “The Service Award is a tribute to teamwork, owners, managers, staff and the vision of Tony Longhurst and his investment in the dedicated Superyacht facility.”

The Boat Works was also successful in winning ‘The 2022 Superyacht Industry Project/Design or Manufacturer of the Year Award’, presented by Echo Yachts. The outstanding submission detailed a significant project that involved installation of an upgraded stabilizer system on a 30-metre (98-foot) charter yacht, requiring a complex reinforcement of the vessel's hull.

Shane Subichin, The Boat Works.

Charmaine Webb, marketing manager at The Boat Works, said, “The Project Award is a nod to our ethos of collaboration with a positive approach, skilled people and a passion for this industry that are characteristic of every project undertaken at The Boat Works to ensure the customer gets the best experience every time.’’

‘The 2022 Australian Exporter of the Year’ award, presented by The Whiskey Project Group, went to Fliteboard. The award reflects an extraordinary success story which has seen an increase of 126% in export sales and export revenue growth from January to December 2021 compared to the previous year, representing more than a doubling of export business performance to AUD $38.6 million (c. €25.7 million).

Fliteboard was also voted the winner for a second year running for ‘The 2022 Marketing Strategy of the Year’ award, presented by Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. The award reflects Fliteboard’s innovative marketing strategies to promote eFoils globally.

Notably, Fliteboard held the first-ever 'Flite Cup', showcasing the performance side of the innovative product and hosted a community fundraiser that raised AUD $50,000 (c. €33,332) for two indigenous-led organisations while also making history, being the first-ever eFoil to cross the English Channel.

‘The 2022 Apprentice of the Year Award’ presented by TAFE Queensland rewards the winner with a return trip to the world's largest marine equipment trade show, METSTRADE in Amsterdam. This year’s proud recipient was Blake Frazer from Onboard Engineering.

The final award of the night, ‘The 2022 Marine Industry Champion’ was presented by Rivergate Marina & Shipyard to Wes Moxey from Riviera. Moxey joined Riviera in 1982 as a shipwright, just two years after the company was founded. His career quickly progressed, leading him to become CEO of Riviera in 1998.

Wes Moxey, Riviera.

Moxey also established Riviera's award-winning apprenticeship program, with Riviera currently training 107 apprentices on-site as the company works to meet global demand for its world-class motor yachts. Over many years, Moxey has become a champion of the industry by learning from the best, now imparting that knowledge freely to benefit the wider industry.

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