Next Generation Ship Award

With a focus on innovation, the Next Generation Ship Award honors the most promising design for ships that will be at sea in the coming decade.

The award will be handed out in front of a prominent industry audience at the Nor-Shipping Opening Ceremony in Oslo. All nominees will be presented in Nor-Shipping and ShipInsight channels, and the four shortlisted nominees will be publicly honored for their innovative ship design at Nor-Shipping 2021.

How to nominate
Nominations for 2021 will open soon! Nominations can be made by anyone within the international maritime community. You can nominate more than one candidate, using separate forms.




The Next Generation Ship Award is open to vessels delivered or which have undergone retrofit  or major conversion of new technologies since the 2019 Nor-Shipping Exhibition or scheduled for delivery within three years of the 2021 event.

The new Next Generation Ship Award is awarded to the ship project demonstrating the greatest advances and innovation in design. The design is assessed with respect to energy efficiency, innovation, suitability and flexibility, technology utilisation, safety and security and environmental sustainability.

Since innovative efficient designs often emerge through active collaboration between companies, collaborators may jointly apply.

The Jury will consider all aspects of each ship entered taking into account cost effectiveness / life cycle cost perspective of new and innovative features. With regard to sustainability, the impact on the environment will be considered as will vessel versatility ensuring employment under a wide range of market conditions. Where pioneering new technologies are incorporated into the design or construction of a ship, these will be assessed for their contribution to the overall efficiency of the vessel.

In recognition of the fact that ships are required to be commercially viable, all factors will be considered and no single factor will determine the winner. All ship types will be given equal consideration, regardless of size or segment.


Next Generation Ship Award winner 2019 and nominees 

Next Generation Ship Award winner 2017 and nominees


Jury details
The jury consist of dedicated professionals representing a diversity of segments and geographical presence, inlcuding representetives from the Award Partner and Award Media Partner.

The jury’s chairman is Malcolm Latarche, an industry expert and freelance maritime journalist, who has led this jury since 2013.

The Next Generation Ship Award jury
• Jan Kvålsvold, Director, Global Business Development, DNV GL
• Kuba Szysmanski, Secretary General , Intermanager
• Paul Gunton, Technical Editor, ShipInsight
• Karen Algaard, Director Operations and Strategy, Nor-Shipping
• Siv Remøy-Vangen, Managing Director, Maritime Bergen
• Erik Giercksky, Head, Sustainable Ocean Business, UN Global Compact
• Anders Valland, Research Manager, SINTEF Ocean

Award President Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO, DNV GL
Jury Chairman
Malcolm Latarche
Award Project Manager Kent Kristiansen

Award Partner

Award Media Partner

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