As vaccines against COVID-19 roll out around the globe, the shipping world is preparing for a return to some semblance of normality. That means that exhibitions and conferences will once again be back on the agenda with Nor-Shipping rescheduled to January 2022 being among the first to be able to go ahead.
Having decided that the original June 2021 date was just a little too early, Nor-Shipping took the decision to move the event to run from January 10 to 13 2022 at the beginning of this year. As a consequence, the window for entry into the Nor-Shipping Awards has been extended.
Nor-Shipping is therefore sending out a new call for entries to the awards from around the globe. The extended window means that there are around six months left to make an entry. The deadlines and criteria for the awards can be found at the Nor-Shipping website www.nor-shipping.com/nor-shipping-awards/
Although there may be around six months still to go to the deadline, early entries are encouraged because of the amount of work needed for the preliminaries involved in checking and preparing entries ready for the juries to consider later in the year.
The Ocean Solutions Award
This year, the organisers have added a new award category to the Next Generation Ship and Young Entrepreneur awards.
The Ocean Solutions Award is open to Nor-Shipping participants only (ranging from exhibitors to presenters and conference speakers. It covers a wide range of possibilities and is open to a service, design, concept, or equipment item in the area of either Ocean Sustainability, Logistics or Operation.
At each previous Nor-Shipping exhibition there have been a large number of potential entrants among the exhibitors and speakers showcasing new ideas and concepts that unfortunately did not fit the criteria for the two existing awards.
“Nor-Shipping’s exhibitors and participants define the cutting edge – it’s at Nor-Shipping where we see the very latest solutions capable of accelerating development and setting the future course of this industry. We want to recognise that, celebrating the players brave enough to take positive #ACTION and think differently, while highlighting their break-through solutions. This new award has a key role to play.”, comments Karen Algaard, Director, Nor-Shipping,
With so many companies prepared to pick up the gauntlet of moving shipping forward in all areas of sustainability and after a period when shipping has struggled at times to cope with the impact of the pandemic on logistic services and the effect on crew welfare there must be many participants who must fancy their chances of some greater recognition.
It is for entrants to decide if their project or product fits the criteria but there is the proviso that the service, design, concept, or equipment item must either be currently available or near to commercialisation.
At a recent virtual meeting of the jury members, there was a lot of excitement about the type of entries and some lively debate over how the jury will decide on the eventual winner.
The Next Generation Ship Award
Deciding the winners of the two existing awards is also eagerly anticipated by the juries involved.
With shipping preparing for what could be the most rapid changes in ship equipment and design for generations – maybe even in the whole history of shipping – there must be a multitude of candidates despite the somewhat subdued levels of shipbuilding in recent years.
The winning entry for the Next Generation Ship Award need not incorporate every possible technology but will need to satisfy the criteria for the award. It is a fact that most ships being built will be using fossil fuels for quite some considerable time but that will not disqualify any vessel from being considered because such ships can also run on synthetic and biofuels which could be considered carbon neutral.
Furthermore, the winning vessel may not even be a newbuilding but an existing ship that has undergone major conversion or retrofit to improve performance.
To qualify for the Next Generation Ship Award newbuilds should be scheduled for delivery within three years of Nor-Shipping 2022, while retrofits and conversions must be undertaken since the last biennial event in 2019. Of course any vessel delivered between June 2019 and January 2022 is eligible for entry. Collaborations between companies are welcomed, while all ship types are given equal consideration, regardless of size or segment.
The Young Entrepreneur Award
Nor-Shipping 2022 will be the fifth time for the Young Entrepreneur Award and is open to nominees in all industry segments, it honours an under 40-year-old professional who has founded a successful company that addresses challenges or solutions in a new way. In a rapidly changing world, facing huge challenges, but also great ocean opportunities, this award has never been more relevant. The award process will be managed by YoungShip International, the fast-growing international non-profit organization for young professionals in shipping.
“YEA is designed to maximise exposure for young businesses, connecting them with the collaborators, investors and industry contacts that can help them transform potential into success. Nor-Shipping is the place for them to access a unique network,” comments, Per Martin Tanggaard, Director, Nor-Shipping.
Each of the three Nor-Shipping 2022 awards initiatives complements the event’s overall theme of showcasing those taking positive #ACTION within the ocean space. All the winners will be announced on 10 January. To access a nomination form for any of the initiatives please click here.