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