On Friday - 8th September the 2017 AIMS Awards for Excellence were celebrated at the prestigious Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf in Sydney.

The night was a happy event and delegates came from all over Australia and overseas to attend the awards.

There were 6 awards that reflect different sectors of the industry and it was pleasing to see nominations from specialist areas said Susan Hull CEO. It shows that the awards are making their mark and that surveyors are branching out into new areas and markets. The nominations for this award were outstanding and it was hard to pick a winner so it was decided to give out two awards in this area.

The Mike Bozier award this year was won by Michael Squires who has done so much for the maritime industry and the marine surveyor sector. Mike was extensively involved in evolving the Australian Transport Safety Bureau into one of the world leaders in the field of incident investigation and was also involved in the introduction of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Casualty Investigation Code. Mike also gives of his time to the Nautical Institute and the AIMS in a wide range of capacities. It was very fitting that he took out this year's award said Jeanine Drummond - Harbour Master Sydney who presented the award.

Other Award winners were

Excellence in a marine survey practice - Plumley Pearson and White - Queensland

Excellence in a marine survey specialist area or field - John Eaton - Backload Marine Services Western Australia and

Craig Harrison from Argonautica in Victoria

Excellence in Techonology and or Marine Surveyor Services - Louis Koutelas for Cargo Max USB Pro 3 - New South Wales

Student Achievement Award was presented to Pania Smogavec - Queensland

President's Rising Star was awarded to Joel Maybury from Gibson Minto Aiton in NSW.

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