2016 Superyacht Design Symposium and ShowBoats Design Awards Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Tai Ping

About House of Tai Ping

Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 14 showrooms across Europe, Asia and North America, the House of Tai Ping covers every sphere of the residential and hospitality markets.

Each of our six distinctive brands – Tai Ping Carpets, Edward Fields, La Manufacture Cogolin, Vicara, 1956 by Tai Ping and Carpets Inter – create bespoke rugs and textile floor coverings designed and customized to the unique vision of our clientele.

We have won international renown with our innovation and expertise steeped in a rich history, a celebrated archive, unparalleled design and service to the world’s most discerning clientele.

Our Values

House of Tai Ping extends our cultural legacy into the present, continuing an exceptional tradition of craft and dedication to innovation in every facet of carpet design and manufacturing. This spirit of excellence is evident in each of our products and every aspect of our customers’ experience.

Our foundational values of craft, respect, preservation and collaboration are further expressed by our substantial investment in environmentally sustainable practices and in our commitment to positive workforce development at the heart of our corporate planning.

Our Services

Our expert design and sales teams closely oversee the entire process of creation, advising our clients at every step from conception to installation, in order to ensure an efficient, satisfying collaboration and the most successful end product.


Silver Sponsors


Blohm+Voss has built many of the most innovative, complex and iconic superyachts ever launched. Founded in Hamburg in 1877, the shipyard has an unrivaled history of top quality shipbuilding and their portfolio represents what is widely regarded as the very pinnacle of superyacht design, engineering and construction. Their obsession with quality has been passed down from father to son to grandson. They are proud ambassadors for the ‘Made in Germany ’ label and believe that only the exceptional is permissible. No exceptions.

The shipyard is focused on two distinct types of construction projects; semi and fully custom. The BV80 semi-custom superyacht offers all the benefits of a proven engineering platform along with a high degree of flexibility ensuring a completely personalised layout and interior coupled with a fast build time and competitive price. Fully custom projects offer a highly individual and fully bespoke option for clients who are unwilling to compromise on any aspect of the design.

Blohm+Voss Yachts: Beautifully Engineered.



This service and support is delivered via an ethos that is rooted in a determination to understand what our clients need, to shape and tailor the service and then allow our clients to go about their business unhindered and with confidence. MAST is a leading maritime security company with a strong international presence and the ability to provide round the clock security support in complex and dangerous environments.

MAST is without doubt one of the pioneers in the maritime security industry, having been at the heart of development of the legal and operational standards that now allow clients to engage security services in the marine sector with confidence. The business also has its foundations in supporting the super yacht sector and this continues to be a key part of the business today.

MAST has consistently demonstrated its professionalism in delivering a complex service for its clients time and time again.

The shareholders, directors and staff are a key part of the trusted culture of MAST where integrity is vital, particularly in such a sensitive area of business.

Whilst MAST’s service is about the delivery of security this is always done in the context of respect for human rights and the environment in which we work.

MAST yacht security is a specialist division of Maritime Asset Security and Training (MAST) Ltd a market leading security organisation that provides specialist global security services for the maritime community. 

MAST has offices in the United Kingdom, Oman, Sri Lanka, United States, and Singapore.

MAST specialises in providing innovative solutions to a wide range of security issues and offers a range of services including armed protection teams for commercial ships and yachts and also a technical division that designs and installs security systems.

The Company also has a strong track record in contingency response and hijack negotiation support, maritime safety and security training and crisis management.



World renowned shipbuilder Oceanco has once again confirmed its sponsorship of the Young Designer of the Year Award 2016 in conjunction with Boat International Media.

Oceanco specializes in building sophisticated custom yachts from 80 to 140 meters in length. Offering a highly personal service to clients, Oceanco applies innovative design and technology to create game-changing yachts that respect the vision of both the owner and the designer. Oceanco is positioned with state of the art yacht-building facilities in the Netherlands complemented by a design, sales and marketing office in Monaco. All of Oceanco’s yachts built since 2007 have the distinction of appearing in “The World’s Top 100 Yachts” list; the 82m ALFA NERO, the 85.5m SEVEN SEAS and 91.5m EQUANIMITY, to name only a few.

Several superyachts are currently under construction and concept design plans are moving forward for a number of large custom private yachts in the 80-120m range. Continuous research and development is wrapped around the constant search for new shapes, materials and technologies. Oceanco is conscious of the environmental impact of building, owning and operating a superyacht.

Winning this prestigious award is an important milestone in the career of student and trainee designers. Their fresh interpretation of the ultimate luxury in yachting and lifestyle onboard often offers an original look at standard requirements and new trends. At Oceanco, we follow new design talent with great interest and are pleased to be able to encourage and celebrate the vision of young designers.



The first of its kind worldwide, Centtrip is a Global Currency Account and multi-currency prepaid MasterCard® card giving customers access to buy currency direct from the live markets, spread and commission free, to send and spend worldwide. The account is managed online, via a smartphone app or over the phone.

Free of conventional charges and with fair and transparent fees up front, Centtrip was officially launched in 2015 by currency market pioneers Tony North and Brian Jamieson to continually embrace, challenge and lead positive change in the global currency market and financial technology space.

Specifically serving the needs of affluent individuals and companies with a commitment to international payments and travel expenditure, Centtrip provides a single view global currency account with authentic 0% live market rates. The rate Centtrip gets is the rate given to you.

Centtrip charge a maximum of 0.5% to load the account and an annual account fee of just £10 with one prepaid MasterCard card issued. Additional cards are available subject to a maximum £10 annual fee per card.

Secure payments are made worldwide in most international currencies via the SWIFT network. Payments above £2,000 are free of charge and for a fixed fee of £10 for lesser payments.

The MasterCard prepaid card holds 14 currencies simultaneously. With higher card balances and spend limits, it is free to use worldwide at over 35 million locations. A fixed fee of £1.60 is charged for international withdrawals at 2.1 million ATMs.


Fincantieri Yachts

Fincantieri Yachts focuses on engineering and producing high-tech premium luxury yachts with size above 70m. The recent deliveries of mega-yachts Serene (134m) and Ocean Victory (140m) and a portfolio of more than thirty exclusive projects place Fincantieri Yachts as a reference player of the top-of-the-range luxury yachts market.

Construction is carried out at the shipyard of Muggiano (La Spezia), a high tech shipyard specializing in the build of complex vessels, including mega yachts, naval surface vessels and submarines.

Fincantieri Yachts is part of Fincantieri Group, one of the world’s largest shipbuilding groups and number one by diversification and innovation. It is world leader in cruise ship design and construction and a reference player in all high-tech shipbuilding industry’s sectors, from naval to offshore vessels, from high complex special vessels and ferries to mega-yachts, ship repair and conversions, system and components production and after-sales services.

Headquartered in Trieste (Italy), Fincantieri has built more than 7,000 vessels in over 230 years of maritime history. With almost 21,000 employees, of whom approximately 7,700 in Italy, 21 shipyards in 4 continents, today Fincantieri is the western leading shipbuilder. It has all the major cruise operators among its clients, the Italian and the U.S. Navy, in addition to several foreign navies, and it is partner of some of the main European defense companies within supranational programmes.


Kymeta Panasonic

Kymeta and Panasonic has partnered to bring a flat panel, high speed satellite communication solution, to the super yacht industry. Kymeta's flat panel satellite antennas,enable designers and ship yards alike, to offer owners modern communication solutions without the unsightly domes. Allied to Panasonic's global high speed network, with connectivity for Internet and live TV, it represents the next generation of service and content delivery for owners, guests and crew. Prototypes are currently in test on vessels and commercial availability is expected in mid 2017.




Couach Yachts |  37 m |  12 guests |  €3,500,000


Heesen Yachts |  55 m |  12 guests |  €26,000,000


Azimut |  34.4 m |  12 guests |  $11,500,000