Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 received the award for representing a group of leading companies that have taken efforts through significant investments in research and analysis, funding and committing resources to comply with 2020 fuel requirements through the development and use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS). Other short-listed nominees for this category were: ABS, Ecoslops, Evac and Lean Marine.

Presenting the award Mrs. Aggeliki Theodosiou, Client Service Manager, SQE MARINE Group saidWe sometimes forget that shipping is about making (or saving) money and not regulations and it seems that many of the industry leaders we see among the membership ranks of Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 have solved this equation and answered the rhetorical question in favor of scrubbers..”

Accepting the award on behalf of CSA 2020 were Mrs. Charis Plakantonaki, Chief Strategy Officer, Star Bulk Carriers Corp. and Christopher Fee, General Manager, Environment and Sustainability, Fleet Management, Oldendorff Carriers. When accepting the award, Mrs Plakantonaki stated “CSA 2020 member, through the use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), are committed to making a substantial difference to the ports and ocean environments in which their ships operate and to promote global environmental progress- especially the goal of reducing the health impact from airborne sources, which is at the heart of the 2020 IMO regulation.”

In addition, Christopher Fee, General Manager – Environment and Sustainability, Oldendorff, commented “CSA 2020 aims to provide up to date information and data for exhaust gas cleaning systems, so as to better inform the industry, national and international authorities, Non-Government Organizations, and the public. EGCS significantly improves air quality, by reducing not only Sulphur oxides emissions, but also particulate matter, which are harmful to human health."

The Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) was formed on 27th September 2018 with a mission to provide information and research data to better inform industry and the wider public. CSA 2020 advocates the use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS) as a means for compliance toward the forthcoming global sulphur cap. CSA 2020 supports that by being able to continue to use HSFO, this will reduce the demand for LSFO, distillates such as MGO, MDO and hybrid fuels. Furthermore, the use of EGCS means that the members of CSA 2020 will continue to purchase their fuels to the existing standard ISO 8217. Therefore, those using EGCS can remain confident that the quality of the fuel which they purchase will be to the same standard as today. Mr. Ian Adams, who was formerly IBIA’s Chief Executive, is now the Executive Director of the CSA 2020. ‘’The economic benefits for EGCS are generated in the most part when the ship is sailing between ports. Concerns about the environmental impacts from open loop scrubbers should be replaced by greater understanding of their benefits’’ Mr. Ian Adams has stated.

CSA2020 attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. GREEN4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for green shipping excellence, technology, initiative, clean shipping practices, green ports and personalities that are leading the path toward a more sustainable future. Other winners of the 2019 GREEN4SEA Awards are: Blue Planet Shipping Ltd for the Dry Bulk Operator Award, Navigator Gas LLC for the Tanker Operator Award, MAN Energy Solutions for the Technology Award, International Windship Association (IWSA) for the Initiative Award, Port of Valencia for the Port Award, Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Atlantic Bulk Carriers for the Personality Award and Mr. George Tsavliris, CYMEPA for the Leadership Award.

Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2019 GREEEN4SEA Awards at https://events.safety4sea.com/2019-green4sea-awards/