CEMT Award for Outstanding Contribution to the European Maritime Industry

Scope

The CEMT Award is presented annually in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the success of the European maritime industry  made by an individual,  company or organisations

Such contribution may be technological, political or economic, and may have been made over a period of time or by the introduction of a product or service.

Nominations

Nominations may be made by any member of the member societies of CEMT.  Companies or organisations should have an European origin or have significant operations in Europe.


2016 Award

René Berkvens (Chief Executive Officer of the Damen Shipyards Group)

"in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the success of the European maritime industry through his leadership of Damen Shipyards Group

2016 CEMT AwardSince 2006, René Berkvens has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Damen Shipyards Group with overall responsibility for its operation. During this time the Group has doubled its turnover and acquired 15 companies in shiprepair, newbuilding and engineering.

However, whilst Damen Shipyards Group’s commercial success is a measure of his achievement, equally so is the research and development which has become a key part of the Group’s success, enabling the innovation which is that key to success in the maritime industry.  Damen Shipyards Group’s willingness under  his leadership to explore and adopt new technologies has been notable. 

But the Award is not just a recognition of René Berkvens’s contribution to Damen Shipyards Group’s success.  The Group’s readiness to disseminate the results of its research among European maritime sectors and its willingness to give professional experience to students and young engineers from different countries has contributed to the success of the European maritime industry.

No doubt that René Berkvens would say that the success of Damen Shipyards Group and his contribution to the European maritime industry is due to the efforts of many people in the Group.  But those people have been encouraged and motivated by his leadership. In the unanimous opinion of the Council of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies,  René Berkvens has made a significant contribution to not only the success of the Damen Shipyards Group, but also the European maritime industry, and is indeed is a worthy recipient of the CEMT Award.

The Award was presented by Trevor Blakeley, Chairman of the Confederation of European Maritime Technology Societies.


Recipients of the CEMT Award

2015

Dr Ingrid Marie Vincent Andersen  (Head of Center at DTU Maritime, DTU Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark) 

 

and

Dr Marie Lützen (Associate Professor, Institute of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark)

"in recognition of their significant contribution to the development of opportunities in Marine Engineering education for the Danish and European maritime industries, and to the formation of maritime centers at leading Danish universities."

The Structural Analysis Department of DCNS

"in recognition of its contribution over many years to the development and the validation of numerical methods for the simulation of fluid-structure interaction problems, with particular application to naval shipbuilding.  


2014

Lanfranco Benedetti (INSEAN)

in recognition of both his research work and his membership of maritime organisations, where he has sought to achieve greater co-operation between the stakeholders of the maritime industry.

Professor Lech Kobyliński (Gdansk University of Technology)

in recognition of his outstanding work over sixty years in the fields of high speed craft, ship manoeuvrability, ship stability and safety.


2013

Dr Dr Claus Daniel Simonsen  (Division for Marine Technology, Force Technology)

and

The Research Department of the Marine Division of Bureau Veritas

in recognition of their outstanding research in the field of hydrodynamics.


2012

Professor Carlos A P Guedes Soares (Head of Dept of Naval Architecture & Marine Eng,  Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon)


in recognition of hisoutstanding personal contribution over many years to the furthering and dissemination of knowledge in maritime technology, through hisresearch work and through hisactivities as chairman and organiser of international maritime conferences.


2011

Professor Antonio Fiorentini  (Director of the Department of Ship Engineering and Teacher at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Naples "Federico II")


in recognition of his outstanding contribution over many years to both maritime research and the formation of the naval architects and marine engineers of the future


2010

Professor Terndrup Pedersen (Professor in shipbuilding at the Technical University of Denmark)


in recognition of his outstanding contribution over many years, both to the Danish and European maritime industries, and to the formation of the naval architects of the future


2009

Alan Gavin ( Marine Director, Lloyd's Register of Shipping)


in recognition of his significant contribution to the improvement of both European and international marine safety


2007

José Esteban Pérez (Past President of Spanish Association of Naval Architects and Marine and Ocean Engineers)


in recognition of his outstanding contribution over many years, both to the Spanish and European shipbuilding industry, and to the formation of the naval architects of the future.


2006

Dr Corrado Antonini (Chairman of Fincantieri)


in recognition of his significant contribution to the European shipbuilding industry through the leadership which he has given to the industry by his long involvement with the Community of European Shipyards' Association and other organisations.

Pierre-Armand Thomas (Vice-Président Technologie et Innovation)


in recognition of his significant contribution to the European offshore industry over many years, particularly through the development of new technology which he has pioneered.


2005

Professor Jerzy Wojciech Doerffer (Emeritus Professor, Technical University of Gdansk)


in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished service and contribution to the European maritime industry through his academic work