Baird Maritime / Work Boat World
Best of 2020 Awards

Message from our co-founder Neil Baird

In many respects, even discounting the effects of the global coronavirus pandemic, 2020 was a very interesting year. In the maritime industry and, especially with respect to new vessels, it has been even more so.

Despite the viral disruption, it has been a very creative and productive year for naval architects, ship builders and their suppliers globally, particularly in the work, fishing, passenger and maritime security sectors. Indeed, www.bairdmaritime.com reviewed more (and more varied) ships and boats in 2020 than in any previous year.

Importantly, the innovation shown in their design and fit out and the quality of construction and finishing, generally, have been both unprecedented and very impressive.

It has been a very good year for the wider industry in the wider world. Obviously, certain sectors such as offshore service vessels have had a bad year but, even there, there have been exceptions to the overall trend. To some extent, oil and gas OSVs have been compensated for by the fast expanding wind OSV market to the degree that it is now looking “toppy” and over invested. Nevertheless, even allowing for the possibly dodgy economics of the sector, it has produced some first rate and very imaginative vessels.

Tugs, passenger vessels, dredgers and maritime security vessels have ploughed on relentlessly with well over 100 such craft being reviewed here during the year. Almost every one that we have reviewed has been impressive. So much so, in fact, that it has been very difficult to decide which ones really stand out sufficiently to be awarded “Best”.

As always, we try to make our awards on the basis of a combination of quality, innovation, reliability, utility, economy, sustainability and style. That is never easy but, after very careful consideration and discussion, the decisions have been made. We have been making these awards for more than thirty years and rarely get them wrong but we will always be interested in comments or criticisms from our readers.

The fundamental idea of awards such as these is to highlight and reward excellence and to publicise it. We also want to give our readers the benefit of the ideas and innovation that the awards recognise. We trust you will be inspired by what you read and will start ordering some excellent new ships and boats for your fleets.

List of Vessels

All the vessels in all categories from around the world that we reviewed in this awards period.

Selection Criteria

How we decide on the award-winning vessels and equipment/service suppliers in each category 

THE WINNERS:

Winners will be announced day by day over the course of the event

Best Emergency RIB -  6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Best Emergency RIB:

6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Marine Specialised Technology, UK

Best Disaster Response Vessel:

Tamashio II

Kiso Shipbuilding, Japan

Tamashio II - Best Disaster Response Vessel

Best Multi-Purpose Workboat – Zodiak II and Planeta I

Best Multi-Purpose Workboat:

Zodiak II and Planeta I

Remontowa Shipbuilding, member of Remontowa Holding, Poland

Best Crab Boat - Aodh Na Mara

Best Crab Boat:

Aodh Na Mara

Macduff Ship Design, UK

Best Lobster Boat:

Force of Nature

Southerly Designs and Dongara Marine, Australia
Best Lobster Boat –  Force of Nature

Atlantic - Best Longliner

Best Longliner:

Atlantic

Skipsteknisk, Norway / Tersan Shipyard, Turkey

Best Factory Ship

Barentsevo More

Skipsteknisk, Norway

Best Multi-Purpose Fishing Boat - Cape Arkona

Best Multi-Purpose Fishing Boat:

Cape Arkona

Skipskompetanse and Baatbygg, Norway

Best Small Fish Farm Support Vessel:

Grieg 04

Flugga Boats, United Kingdom
Grieg 04 - Best Small Fish Farm Support Vessel (Photo: Scott Welding and Fabrication)

Best Offshore Fish Farm – Havfarm 1

Best Offshore Fish Farm:

Havfarm 1

NSK Ship Design, Norway

Best Feed Barge:

San Hamana

Crisp Bros. and Haywards, Australia

Best Feed Barge – San Hamana

Best Fish Handling System Supplier – Cflow Fish Handling (Photo: Cflow/Staale Wattø/Strand Rederi)

Best Fish Handling System Supplier:

Cflow Fish Handling, Norway

Best Line Supplier:

Fiskevegn, Norway

Best Line Supplier – Fiskevegn (Photo: Fiskevegn official Facebook page)

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Best RIB Patrol Boat:

57782

One2Three Naval Architects and PFG Group, Australia

Best Disaster Response Vessel:

Tamashio II

Kiso Shipbuilding, Japan

Tamashio II - Best Disaster Response Vessel

Best Emergency RIB -  6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Best Emergency RIB:

6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Marine Specialised Technology, UK

Best Transport Vessel:

Inkanyamba

Incat Crowther, Australia
Best Transport Vessel - Inkanyamba

Marell 15-metre interceptor - Best Interceptor

Best Interceptor:

15-metre Interceptor Demonstrator

Marell Boats, Sweden

Best Medium Patrol Boat:

Sabah

Camarc Design, UK
Sabah 1(1)

Best Large Patrol Boat  - Gabriela Silang

Best Large Patrol Boat:

Gabriela Silang

OCEA, France

 

Best OSV – DSV – Belov Amaralina (Photo: Dilson Neto / MarineTraffic.com)

Best OSV – Dive Support Vessel:

Belov Amaralina and Belov Humaita

Robert Allan Ltd, Canada

Best OSV – Crewboat:

Ventus Formosa

BMT, UK
VENTUS_FORMOSA

Best Electric Ferry – Rygerelektra

Best Electric Ferry:

Rygerelektra

Brødrene Aa, Norway

Best Tourist RIB

Osprey

Naiad, New Zealand / Yamba Welding and Engineering, Australia
Best Tourist RIB – Osprey

Best Small Ferry – Tricia

Best Small Ferry:

Tricia

Southerly Designs and Dongara Marine, Australia

Best Medium Ferry:

Zanzibar 1

CoCo Yachts, the Netherlands
Best Medium Ferry - Zanzibar 1

Best River Ferry - Riva Express 4

Best River Ferry:

Riva Express 4

Chao Phraya Express Boat Company, Thailand / Asimar Shipyard, Thailand

Best Small Ro-Pax:

Nairana

Incat Crowther, Australia
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Best Medium Ro-Pax – Hjellestad

Best Medium Ro-Pax:

Hjellestad

LMG Marin, Norway

Best Large Tourist Vessel:

Ocean Explorer

One2Three Naval Architects and Commercial Marine Australia/Wildcat Marine, Australia
Best Large Tourist Vessel – Ocean Explorer (Photo: Guy Obren/MarineTraffic.com)

Best Ship Delivery Service - International Maritime Services (Photo: IMS)

Best Ship Delivery Service:

International Maritime Services, Australia

Best Small Pilot Boat:

13-Metre Pilot Boat

Colnago Marine
Best Small Pilot Boat – Colnago Marine 13-metre Pilot Boat

Best Large Pilot Boat - Mira

Best Large Pilot Boat:

Mira

Camarc Designs, UK / NG Shipyards, Netherlands

Best Oil Spill Response Boat:

Maia

Baltic Workboats, Estonia
Best Oil Spill Response Boat - Maia

Best Multi-Purpose Workboat – Zodiak II and Planeta I

Best Multi-Purpose Workboat:

Zodiak II and Planeta I

Remontowa Shipbuilding, member of Remontowa Holding, Poland

Best Multi-Purpose Workboat – Zodiak II and Planeta I

Best Multi-Purpose Workboat:

Zodiak II and Planeta I

Remontowa Shipbuilding, member of Remontowa Holding, Poland

Best Disaster Response Vessel:

Tamashio II

Kiso Shipbuilding, Japan

Tamashio II - Best Disaster Response Vessel

Best Tourist RIB

Osprey

Naiad, New Zealand / Yamba Welding and Engineering, Australia
Best Tourist RIB – Osprey

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Best RIB Patrol Boat:

57782

One2Three Naval Architects and PFG Group, Australia

Best Small Fish Farm Support Vessel:

Grieg 04

Flugga Boats, United Kingdom
Grieg 04 - Best Small Fish Farm Support Vessel (Photo: Scott Welding and Fabrication)

Best Emergency RIB -  6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Best Emergency RIB:

6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Marine Specialised Technology, UK

Best Lighting Supplier:

Hella marine, New Zealand

Hella Marine - Best Lighting Supplier (Photo: Hella Marine)

Best Small Pilot Boat:

13-Metre Pilot Boat

Colnago Marine
Best Small Pilot Boat – Colnago Marine 13-metre Pilot Boat

Best Large Pilot Boat - Mira

Best Large Pilot Boat:

Mira

Camarc Designs, UK / NG Shipyards, Netherlands

Best Tourist RIB

Osprey

Naiad, New Zealand / Yamba Welding and Engineering, Australia
Best Tourist RIB – Osprey

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Best RIB Patrol Boat:

57782

One2Three Naval Architects and PFG Group, Australia

Best Small Fish Farm Support Vessel:

Grieg 04

Flugga Boats, United Kingdom
Grieg 04 - Best Small Fish Farm Support Vessel (Photo: Scott Welding and Fabrication)

Best Emergency RIB -  6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Best Emergency RIB:

6.7-metre Disaster Response Landing Craft

Marine Specialised Technology, UK

Best Electric Outboard Supplier:

Torqeedo, Germany

Best Electric Outboard Motor Supplier – Torqeedo (A pair of Torqeedo 10kW electric outboards fitted on the French hydrographic boat Cassiopée)

Volvo Penta - Best Small Diesel Engine Supplier (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Best Small Diesel Engine Supplier:

Volvo Penta, Sweden

Best Lighting Supplier:

Hella marine, New Zealand

Hella Marine - Best Lighting Supplier (Photo: Hella Marine)

Best Compact Tug - Yalova 3

Best Compact Tug:

Yalova 3

Sanmar Shipyard, Turkey

Best Large Escort Tug:

Yong Gang Xiao Tuo 60

Robert Allan Ltd, Canada
Best Large Escort Tug – Yong Gang Xiao Tuo 60

Best Small Escort Tug – A. Thomas Higgins

Best Small Escort Tug:

A. Thomas Higgins

Robert Allan Ltd, Canada

Best Small Harbour Tug:

Bogacay XXXVIII

Sanmar Shipyards, Turkey
Best Small Harbour Tug - Bogacay XXXVIII

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Best Ocean Tug:

VB Guardian

Piriou, France / Piriou Vietnam

Best Naval Tug:

Rainier

Robert Allan Ltd, Canada
Best Naval Tug – Rainier (Photo: MarineTraffic.com)

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Best Towing Winch Supplier:

DMT Marine Equipment, Romania

Best Compact Cargo Vessel - Captain Ben Moore

Best Compact Cargo Vessel:

Captain Ben Moore

Incat Crowther, Australia

Best Landing Craft:

Terror

Incat Crowther, Australia / Coastal Workboats, UK
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Best Multi-Purpose Workboat – Zodiak II and Planeta I

Best Multi-Purpose Workboat:

Zodiak II and Planeta I

Remontowa Shipbuilding, member of Remontowa Holding, Poland

Best Classification Service:

Bureau Veritas, France

Best Classification Service – Bureau Veritas (Photo: Bureau Veritas)

Best Gearbox Supplier – ZF Group (Photo: ZFMarinePropulsion.com)

Best Gearbox Supplier:

ZF Group, Germany

Best Electric Outboard Supplier:

Torqeedo, Germany

Best Electric Outboard Motor Supplier – Torqeedo (A pair of Torqeedo 10kW electric outboards fitted on the French hydrographic boat Cassiopée)

Volvo Penta - Best Small Diesel Engine Supplier (Photo: Volvo Penta)

Best Small Diesel Engine Supplier:

Volvo Penta, Sweden

Best Side Thruster Supplier:

Veth Propulsion, Netherlands

Best Side Thruster Supplier - Veth Propulsion (Photo: Veth)

Best Propeller Supplier – VEEM (Photo: VEEM)

Best Propeller Supplier:

VEEM, Australia

Best Monitoring System Supplier – Marinelec Technologies

Best Monitoring System Supplier

Marinelec, France

Best Motion Controls Supplier:

Humphree, Sweden

Best Motion Controls Supplier – Humphree (Humphree interceptor installation on a Ray Hunt-designed pilot boat - Photo: Humphree USA)

Best Ship Delivery Service - International Maritime Services (Photo: IMS)

Best Ship Delivery Service:

International Maritime Services, Australia

Best Lighting Supplier:

Hella marine, New Zealand

Hella Marine - Best Lighting Supplier (Photo: Hella Marine)