Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 - John Haynes

Mon, 04 July 2016

The Seawork Maritime Professional of the Year award celebrates exemplary individuals within the maritime sector. The Maritime Professional of the Year 2016 winner is SSA member John Haynes, managing director of UK company Shock Mitigation who sponsored the SSA drinks reception at Seawork.

He was nominated by James Ellison, who said, ‘John Haynes is a thought leader in the high speed craft, shock mitigation and hybrid marine power sectors with a unique ability to engage and create momentum globally. John has a passion for these sectors, rooted in his own maritime background. He has a genuine vision of improving people’s lives on boats. His work with over 100 organisations is testament to this.’

James Ellison added, ‘John provides professional end-user organisations, boat builders and equipment manufacturers with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how the sub IMO fast boat sector is rapidly changing worldwide. His subject matter expertise includes 30 years training, consultancy and strategic product development. He is also the founder of the RIB and High Speed Craft Directory that brings together boats, equipment and technology for the professional sector.’

He has chaired technical conferences ranging from ‘The Future Of Wind Farm Support Vessels’ to ‘Fast Interception and Riverine Operations’. He has written numerous papers on future requirements and new technology. He is known for organising workshops with high level panel discussions to help solve industry issues. In 2015 he set up a working group to assist the MCA create a Marine Guidance Note for lithium-ion and energy storage on vessels. His hybrid concept ‘The Hour Of Power’, combining diesel - battery - electric, has the potential to reduce fuel consumption and emissions for vessels worldwide.

Commenting as the votes came in Jonathan Young of Scot Seats said, ‘John is a well deserving winner of the award, over the past few years he has put so much of his time into specialist areas of the marine industry whether it be in training people on the risks of repeated shocks at sea to pushing the development of hybrid power. It is most definitely not just work for John, it his is passion.’ Russell Marmon, Endurance & Offshore PWC Racing champion added, ‘John is a more than worthy winner being a pioneer of new innovations and committed to see his goals through to the end for the benefit of many.’ Julian Morgan of KPM Marine had the final word, ‘Reagan was the great communicator, Clinton was the great explainer, John is both of these with vision. This is a well deserved award.’

Shock Mitigation

Shock Mitigation brings together specialist training, consultancy, market analysis, communication and online resources that link manufacturers and international decision makers. The company provides marine organisations, boat builders and equipment manufacturers with relevant subject matter expertise plus an independent overview of how this sector is rapidly changing.

The objective is to communicate clear information to all levels of international audience. For OEM boat builders and equipment manufacturers, Shock Mitigation addresses specific product development requirements regarding high speed craft, marine and special projects. The aim is to work with new and experienced clients to develop products, new technologies and processes relevant to the end user.

Shock Mitigation expertise is used to increase efficiency and improve the overall approach to crew safety and the operational performance of boats and equipment. Knowledge is shaped by experience and understanding the factors that are driving the changes for employers and operators in the marine sector worldwide. Shock Mitigation workshops are based on building networks and accelerating knowledge transfer for the sub IMO / sub 24 metre professional sector. See

Seawork International 2016

Seawork 2016 was held at the new waterside location Mayflower Park in Southampton UK from 14 to 16 June. Seawork’s move to Mayflower Park has significantly increased the capacity for on water exhibitors.

On water demonstrations are a vital part of Seawork and exhibitors were kept busy with a stream of potential customers ready to assess the performance of their craft. A variety of vessels regularly slipped from the marina to utilise the fast demonstration area on Southampton Water.

Since 1998 Seawork has delivered a unique on-shore and on-water trade exhibition. Seawork is Europe’s largest commercial marine exhibition with conference and awards attracting 7,500 industry professionals, 10,000 products and services plus over 70 vessels.

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