The DAME - Design Award, the most significant marine equipment competition of its kind, will next week announce who of the 63 products nominated will be the 2018 winners.
Marine Busines writes that this year a total of 63 products from a field of 127 entries from 19 countries made it through to the final rounds of judging across the various categories.
Australia's entrants highlight the diverse nature of the award with Zhik competing in the clothing and crew accessories category with its Eco wetsuit which replaces traditional non-biodegradable oil-based neoprene with a sustainable plant-based alternative and recycled plastic while, at the other end of the product scale, VEEM will be presenting its VG260SD gyrostabiliser billed as the first unit capable of stabilising a 250 tonne vessel as a single gyro installation.
One of the more intriguing entrants is the MADS (marine anti drone system) developed by Martek Marine, a drone detection and defeat system capable of identifying approaching drones within a 5km range and setting up a 500m electronic exclusion zone to repel any flying intruders. The system is being offered to superyacht owners as protection against the threat of explosives or poison gas being delivered by drone, or even the intrusion of the dreaded paparazzi.
The DAME winners in each category and overall winner will be announced during the Breakfast Briefing in RAI Amsterdam on the opening day of the METSTRADE 2018 show from 13-15 November, 2018.
For 28 years, the DAME awards has focused attention on the art and science of design in all aspects, from styling, functionality and innovation, through to ease of implementation, practicality of use – and even packaging.
It is judged by a panel of top naval architects, boat, interior and industrial designers, plus user experts.