Marine conservation takes centre stage at Southampton

Fri Sep 14 2018, 10:27 AM

Call for environmental pioneers

Sunseeker has unveiled its first ‘Blue’ exhibition space on the opening day of The Southampton Boat Show. With marine conservation the theme for this year’s 50th anniversary show, Sunseeker will be highlighting the topical issue with an immersive experience that will demonstrate the importance of protecting our seas and oceans for future generations.

The new stand layout includes an exhibition in conjunction with Sunseeker’s long-term charity partner The Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE), a charity dedicated to creating more marine reserves around the world. The UK boatbuilder recently launched its ‘Project Menorca’ to establish a conservation programme on the Balearic island.

The war on plastic in our seas has brought environmental issues front and centre for our industry and IBI is keen to help raise the profile of environmental initiatives across our industry. In 2016 IBI added the Environmental Initiative category award, this year sponsored by the Italian trade federation UCINA, to our annual Boat Builder Awards, held in association with Raymarine and organised jointly by IBI and METSTRADE. We’re now on the hunt for this year’s environmental pioneer:

“Sunseeker is one high profile example of a boatbuilder doing their bit to help sustain the environment, but also the future well-being of our industry,” says IBI editor and chair of the Boat Builder Award judges, Ed Slack. “But the battle goes beyond the water, into the yards and facilities of boatbuilders around the world. Last year the judges were wowed by Campion Marine’s extensive use of environmentally friendly hull moulding materials, drastically reducing the harmful footprint of boat production. We want to hear from others that are doing their bit.”

The deadline for nominations (September 21) is fast approaching. Visit and use the easy and free online nomination tool to register your company’s involvement.

All winners of the Boat Builder Awards 2018 will be announced on Tuesday 13 November 2018 at the prestigious Awards Gala Dinner during METSTRADE 2018 in the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam.

To buy tickets or for more information about the other Award categories visit