Oceanco was pleased to sponsor the Fabien Cousteau Blue Award at the 25th Anniversary International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design and Leadership Awards ceremony. The Black Tie awards gala—the kick off to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show— was held on a balmy Florida evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on November 4th.


Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau and father of the award namesake Fabien, made a surprise appearance on stage with an impassioned speech about the legacy of his family’s work and the importance of preserving the world’s oceans.

After Cousteau’s words, Bas Swanink, Sales Manager at Oceanco presented this year’s award to the Living Oceans’ executive director, Captain Philip Renaud.

In the much the same spirit as Living Oceans’ educational outreach program, Oceanco has long been a proponent of raising awareness for the need to preserve the world’s oceans through research, education, and implementation of best practices. Oceanco is also proactive in encouraging environmental consciousness at every level of its build process and to informing and working with superyacht owners to create 21st century yachts that have the lowest impact possible on the world’s oceans and fragile coral reefs.