On 27 November, West Sea was awarded the “85 years of the Portuguese Engineers Order” trophy in the Naval Engineering category, awarded by the Naval Engineering Association of the Engineers Order.
The ceremony took place at the Convento do Beato in Lisbon, at the 85th anniversary gala of the Portuguese Engineers Order and distinguished West Sea for the “transversal stimulation of the Portuguese repair and shipbuilding industry”.
The trophy was handed to Pedro Duarte by the President of the Naval Engineering Association, Pedro Ponte.
“There could not be a more suitable place to deliver this award. For those who do not know, this place was called Tersénio, and it was here, where you are sitting, that the most evolved vessels of the world were built until King Manuel, in 1498, demanded that they would be built 200 metres away from here, in Ribeira das Naus. (…) Today the Naval Engineering Association decided to award West Sea precisely because it perpetuates the art of shipbuilding, of building good ships. (…) It is a privilege for all of us to perpetuate the art of building ships with companies like West Sea. (…) Congratulations on what you are building.”
Pedro Ponte, President of the National Naval Engineering Association
“I would like to thank all the Portuguese engineers who in Portugal and overseas ennoble this profession, and also congratulate all the winners. West Sea is very proud of this award, and it feels even more responsible for keeping alive shipbuilding and ship repair in Portugal. That is what we have done over the last seven years, and it is what we will continue to do in the future.”
Pedro Duarte, CEO of Martifer Group
In this gala, a total of 12 trophies were awarded, one in each category, aiming to distinguish the best projects, construction works or personalities in national engineering, whose selection is, as has been in the past, made by the Boards of the National Associations of each field.
Fotografia: Ordem dos Engenheiros