Today’s opening ceremony at Nor-Shipping included presentations to the winners of the coveted Nor-Shipping Awards by Crown Prince Haakon. Each of the winners in the two ship award categories at Nor-Shipping 2017 were selected by the jury after considerable debate. With a diverse range of option selected by the jury members for the shortlist, comparing the attributes of different ship types was no easy task as all four in each category were outstanding for different reasons. For the Energy Efficiency Award, the judging panel chose Venture Joy, a 43,500dwt, geared Handysize bulker designed by Deltamarin for Hamburg Bulk Carriers, Germany. Malcolm Latarche, Chairman of the judging panel said that the jury members had been impressed by the fact that the ship had been designed from the outset with energy efficiency and environmental performance levels in mind while still managing to satisfy the needs of an “industry workhorse”. “Not only has this ship been assessed as meeting the highest EEDI requirements nine years ahead of time with a CO2 emission level 40% below the average for the Handysize fleet, but also is intended for further upgrades to her environmental protection measures that will reduce CO2 emissions by a further 20%”.
“The jury also felt that by fitting a dual-fuel ready engine to a vessel that will voyage the globe, it will add momentum to building a world-wide LNG bunkering infrastructure”, added Latarche.For the Next Generation Award, the jury selected the large hybrid plug in ferry currently known as Color Hybrid being built for Color Lines. Although not yet complete, the 30,000gt ro-pax ferry designed by Fosen Yard and being built by Ulstein Verft will be the world’s largest hybrid vessel. As with the winner of the other award, the jury felt that the ship had the ability to influence the design of many more types of vessels. “The impact of shipping emissions on health are seen as tarnishing the image of the whole industry” said Latarche. “By installing a hybrid propulsion system on this vessel, it will be able to enter ports without any emissions and much less noise than conventional vessels. That is something all vessel types can seek to emulate making this vessel an ideal candidate for the Next Generation Award”. “Even if ships only generate a small amount of excess power during operations having an energy storage system that can be topped up when alongside will allow them to enter and leave ports emission free and have some reserve for emergencies at sea”. Color Hybrid has other attributes including a waste heat recovery system and other energy saving measures that also featured in the jury’s decision making. Also honoured at the opening ceremony was Tuomas Riski, CEO of Norsepower, who was confirmed as winner of the Nor-Shipping Young Entrepreneur Award 2017 in April. Nor-Shipping’s Young Entrepreneur Award, a joint initiative with YoungShip, focuses on innovators, all of whom must be under 40, working to address critical industry issues. As such, Riski fits the bill, leading a company that has revitalised the Flettner Rotor first used almost a century ago. In its 21st century revival, the solution, suitable for both newbuilds and retrofitting, has the potential to deliver fuel and emissions savings of up to 20% in favourable wind conditions. Details of short-listed candidates were earlier released by Nor-Shipping but further details of all of the entrants in the three awards can be found in the latest issue of the ShipInsight Journal which is being distributed at the exhibition in Oslo