Talk about difficult jobs. The juries for this year’s Energy Efficiency and Next Generation Awards have had their work cut out – reviewing a sizable competing pack of industry leading vessels, across a board range of segments, in their quest to pick worthy winners.
In the end they’ve decided upon two shortlists, each consisting of four very different projects, with the final presentations to be made on 30 May at the Nor-Shipping opening ceremony.
Nor-Shipping’s Energy Efficiency and Next Generation Ship Awards recognise the projects – and the people driving them – that are pushing our industry forward to a greener, more profitable and more environmentally responsible future. With a significant amount of prestige on the line, the competition is always fierce, and this year is no exception.
According to respected maritime journalist Malcolm Latarche, who co-ordinated the jury deliberations, the diversity of the entrants was both refreshing and challenging.
“The entries for both awards covered a diverse range of ship types which, while welcome as representing the appeal of being recognised as a winner of the awards, always makes the judges’ task harder as they must compare very different merits of the ship types.
“Highlighting this diversity, the four vessels chosen for the shortlist of the Energy Efficiency Award included a LNG carrier, a bulk carrier, a cruise ship and a ro-pax ferry, while the Next Generation Award shortlist comprised a container vessel concept, an IMO II type chemical/product tanker, and two quite different ferry types.”
The shortlisted ships
The Energy Efficiency Award shortlist is made up of Oasis class cruise ship Harmony of the Seas, LNG/Hybrid ro-pax ferry Seaspan Swift, LNG carrier Seri Camellia, and Handysize bulker Venture Joy.
The Next Generation Award shortlist comprises container feeder ship designs developed by Danish naval architects Knud E Hansen, LNG-ready product/chemical tanker design FKAB 7990, Color Lines’ large hybrid plug-in ferry vessel, and the conversion of two existing diesel powered ferries, Tycho Brahe and Aurora, to all electric operation.
Focused on the future
The eventual winners will join the already announced recipient of this year’s Nor-Shipping Young Entrepreneur Award, Tuomas Riski.
Riski, CEO of Norsepower, leads a company that has developed a spinning wind-powered cylinder (a Flettner rotor) to harness wind energy and propel ships.
“All of our awards are designed to promote the people and projects that are tackling some of the most pressing issues and demands our industry faces,” comments Nor-Shipping Director Birgit Liodden.
“Each of these short-listed projects demonstrate the innovation and ambition that is at the heart of shipping today, paving the way for a more sustainable future tomorrow. We can’t wait to reveal the final winners on the first day of Nor-Shipping 2017.”
Learn more: Nor-Shipping Awards 2017