SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce that Kongsberg Maritime has received the 2018 SMART4SEA Energy Efficiency Award at the prestigious 2018 SMART4SEA Awards Ceremony which successfully concluded on January the 30th, the evening ahead of the SMART4SEA Conference, at Yacht Club of Greece in Athens.
Kongsberg Maritime received the SMART4SEA Energy Efficiency Award, sponsored by OCEANKING for its Vessel Performance System (VPS) which addresses engine optimization, speed profile, optimal trim, speed and rpm/pitch to reduce operating costs. The system is installed and proven successful on a variety of ship types. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: BMT Smart, Eniram, Marorka, Propulsion Analytics.
Presenting the award Mr. Panos Yannoulis, President, Oceanking said: “Being always at the forefront of technology, KONGSBERG MARITIME has developed innovative technologies, like the Vessel Performance System (VPS), for which the company is awarded the SAFETY 4 SEA Energy Efficiency Award.It is worth mentioning that, KONGSBERG MARITIME is one of the promoters of upcoming disruptive technologies such as digitalization, which will lead to the so called autonomous ship operation in the not so far future.”
Accepting the award Mr. Leif Kristian Weum, Managing Director, Kongsberg Maritime Hellas, stated: “Thank you to the SMART4SEA organization and thank you everybody for acknowledging our work in the area of energy efficiency at sea. Digitalization is transforming the Maritime Industry. Digitalization continues to intensify and within Kongsberg Maritime a major part of our research and developing funds are spent within this sector.”
“Perhaps the most visible energy efficiency project we have right now is with Norwegian Crop Nutrition Company, YARA International. YARA has teamed up with Kongsberg Maritime to build the world’s first autonomous and zero-emission vessel. Called YARA Birkeland, this state-of-the-art new ship shall be 100 % electric and will perform fully autonomous operations from 2020. Even the port infrastructure will be 100% electric and because she will operate in southern Norway, the batteries will be charged using clean hydro energy!At Kongsberg Maritime we are excited to be part of this, and to have our work reflected by winning this Smart4Sea Energy Efficiency Award.”
Kongsberg Maritime is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen (KONGSBERG). KONGSBERG is an international technology corporation that delivers advanced and reliable solutions that improve safety, security and performance in complex operations and during extreme conditions. The Group is a customer focused organization with a worldwide performance culture, delivering systems for dynamic positioning and navigation, marine automation, handling systems, safety management, cargo handling, subsea survey and construction, maritime training, satellite positioning, and autonomous solutions.
Kongsberg Maritime attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. SMART4SEA Conference & Awards within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for Excellence, Innovation and Technology. Other winners of the 2018 SMART4SEA Awards were: Chart Co for the E-Navigation Award, Tototheo Maritime for Connectivity Award, Steamship Mutual for the Cyber Security Award, Be Cyber Aware At Sea for the Training Award, Rolls Royce Marine for the Technology Award Giampiero Soncini for the Personality Award and Frank Coles for the Leadership Award.
Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2018 SMART4SEA Awards at awards’ dedicated webpage at https://www.safety4sea.com/2018-smart4sea-awards/