Coltraco Ultrasonic’s Portascanner® WATERTIGHT PRO up for major award

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Coltraco Ultrasonics has been shortlisted for a second major industry award in the space of just two months.

Following shortlisting recognition in the British Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Awards 2022 for the ‘world first’ globally unique Portascanner® AIRTIGHT 520, Coltraco Ultrasonics’ Portascanner® WATERTIGHT PRO is now also under consideration for a major accolade at the Mersey Maritime Industry Awards (MMIA22).

The MMIA22 is the UK’s largest maritime awards ceremony and celebrates the achievements of the industry’s most outstanding companies and individuals.

Judges from across the maritime industry have reviewed and assessed all entries which were then compiled into a shortlist of 39 finalists. The Portascanner® WATERTIGHT PRO is one of three finalists in the Technology and Innovation award category.

This hand-held ultrasonic instrument enables marine engineers to locate and quantify leak-sites in watertight compartment multiple cable transit areas at sea, and from this to calculate the water flow rate through them in the event of compartment flooding. 

In its development, Coltraco Ultrasonics have worked with the Royal Navy to undertake a programme over several years of enhancing the general standard of watertight integrity, implementing new testing and maintenance regimes.

Dr Carl Stephen Patrick Hunter OBE, chairman of Coltraco Ultrasonics, said: “We operate in hugely competitive and contested markets and therefore every day we must challenge ourselves to be better and faster. The only way we can succeed is through the rigorous application of science and technology and so becoming a finalist in these most prestigious of maritime awards is most gratifying. It’s a true testament to the inventive and hardworking team we have.

“Following two uncertain years in which we have had to become more resilient and to diversify in order to progress and prosper, this has become a most remarkable year. We were awarded our second Queen’s Award for International Trade in April and are now further delighted to have been shortlisted for two further awards from leading industry organisations.”

The judging process for this year’s awards includes ‘silent’ judges acting as a solo judge, who independently review and score their allocated applications, without any input from the other judges.

Mersey Maritime will then launch their industry voting platform on October 10th which will give local, national, and international industry members the opportunity to vote for the final winners which will be announced at the awards dinner in Liverpool on Thursday 10th November 2022.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive at Mersey Maritime, said: “The standard of entries this year is the highest we have seen, and our judges certainly had a tough job in working to draw up the final list which will now proceed to our industry wide vote.

“Everyone who submitted an entry can be incredibly proud of their work; it was really encouraging to see the depth of the activity that is going on within our sector which we know to be growing further and contributing substantially to the regional economy.”

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