At a gala held at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male' Sunday evening, winners of Maleives Boating Awards 2018 were announced in 27 categories. They include:
Liveaboard Operator of the Year: Voyages Maldives
Liveaboard Brand of the Year: Carpe Diem Maldives
Bunkering and Fuel Supplier of the Year: The Hawks Pvt Ltd
Best Liveabaord Yacht Built: Leo Safari
Best Surf Safari: Horizon 2
Most Preferred Marine Equipment Supplier of the Year: Deep Blue Marine
Most Preferred Marine Paint of the Year: International Marine Paint, Seagull Marine
Most Preferred Marine Engine of the Year (Outboard): Yamaha, Alia Investments
Most Preferred Marine Engine of the Year (Main Engine): Yanmar, MTCC
Most Preferred Marine Generator of the Year: Sole Diesel
Best Dive Safari: Sachika
Best Fishing Safari: Dolphin 1, Blue K Safari Maldives
Best Crew Team: Marselia Star
Captain of the Year: Mohamed Naseer, Horizon 3
Dive Guide of the Year: Fathuhulla Mohamed, Dune Maldives
Surf Guide of the Year: Ahmed Mauroof, The Perfect Travel Group
Best Boat Design: Scubaspa Ying
Best Production (Fibreglass, 5-26ft): Conquero, Guarantee Fibreglass Fabrication
Best Production (Fibreglass, 27-40ft): AS Coast Craft, Al Shaali Marine Maldives
Best Production (Fibreglass, 26-40m): Dive Craft Cruiser 53, Mac Board Yard
Marine Engineering Service Provider of the Year: VAM Co.
Dockyard/Slipway of the Year: Al Shaali Marine Maldives
Best Liveaboard Yacht Builder: Waterline Maldives
Liveaboard Travel Agent/Tour Operator of the Year: Maldives Holiday Collections
Most Preferred Insurance Provider of the Year: Allied Insurance
Special Award for Contributions to the Marine Industry: Maldives Marine Expo
Boating Personality of the Year: Ismail Hameed
An initiative of Liveaboard Association of Maldives (LAM), Maldives Boating Awards recognise the strength of the boating industry and the services rendered by the service providers. The annual awards are presented in 27 categories across various sectors and standards.
The gala was officiated by economic minister Fayyaz Ismail. Several other ministers and top government officials as well as industry leaders also attended the ceremony.
Now in its fourth year, the awards aim to encourage and raise service standards within the Maldivian boating industry.