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Aus state looks to win big at innovation awards

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Ocius Technology, one of the finalists, Bluebottle.

Winners of the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards will be unveiled on Wednesday at PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, with one state hopeful it will see success.

Winners of the Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards will be unveiled on Wednesday at PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, with one state hopeful it will see success.

NSW defence innovators are hopeful after they secured 10 out of 17 finalists positions for innovation awards, which recognise both defence and civil sector companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and maritime innovation, and offer $40,000 in cash prizes.


Awards will be provided across five categories; Defence Industry and Civil Industry National Innovation Awards, Defence Industry and Civil Industry SME Innovation Grants, and a Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry.

NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said the large representation of NSW finalists is a good sign as the state looks to build on its defence industry.

"It’s great to see a strong contingent of 10 NSW finalists in the running, including two finalists in the Young Innovator Scholarship Shortlist," the minister said.

"The NSW government's Defence and Industry Strategy aims to build the state's defence industry through opportunities for innovation, commercialisation and research."

Winners of the National Awards for Defence and Civil Innovation will be presented with trophies, while the winners of the Defence and Civil SME Innovation Grants will receive cheques for $10,000, as will the winner of the Young Innovator Scholarship.


PACIFIC 2017 chief executive Ian Honnery said the shortlisted finalists were 15 innovators from four states who have set out to be game-changers in the global markets they're tackling.

Shortlisted entries will also be promoted at the Maritime Innovation Awards Showcase in the PACIFIC 2017 exhibition halls, which will present the best of Australian innovation to a global audience of maritime professionals.

The finalists for the Innovation Awards are:

  • Abyss Solutions (NSW) – End-to-end condition assessment of underwater assets
  • Advanced Navigation (NSW) – Subsonus subsea navigation system
  • AMOG Technologies Pty Limited (VIC) – Longitudinally grooved suppression (LGS) technology
  • Artis Group (NSW) – Artis engineering platform
  • Columbus Group (WA) – 3D dynamic fluid/semi-solid pump
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre (VIC) – Microbiological corrosion control
  • Defence Materials Technology Centre and Partners (VIC) – High velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) coatings for marine applications
  • Nauti-Craft Pty Limited (WA) – Nauti-Craft marine suspension system (NCMSS)
  • Ocius Technology Pty Limited (NSW) – Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel
  • Prism Defence Pty Limited (SA) – HeliSAFE shipborne helicopter operations management system
  • Rojone Pty Limited (NSW) – RADHAZ Isolation unit
  • Ron Allum Deepsea Services (NSW) – Energy storage and distribution dystem (ESDS)
  • Ron Allum Deepsea Services (NSW) – Pressure tolerant brushless DC motors
  • Thales Australia (NSW) – Stingrae communications networking system for boarding parties
  • Woodside Energy Pty Limited (WA) – LNG-powered marine support vessel

Finalists for the Young Innovator Scholarship are:

  • Dr Peter Kabakov, Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and DMTC (NSW) – Development of single crystal piezoelectric ceramics for acoustic transducers
  • Mr Andrew Short, University of Wollongong , Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing (NSW) – Robotic inspection of submarine ballast tanks
Aus state looks to win big at innovation awards
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