Navigator Gas LLC received the award for setting a pioneering direction toward greener shipping with the decision to burn ethane. Navigator Aurora, equipped with a dual fuel (HFO/LNG) burning engine when delivered in August 2016, became the first ship that was successfully converted to a dual fuel (HFO/Ethane) engine in August 2018. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: EXMAR, Hellespont Group, Odfjell Group and Thenamaris.

Presenting the award Mr. Andreas Zontanos, Partner, Argo Navis said “Nowadays that our industry faces so many green legislative challenges, companies such as the Navigator Gas, set the example for reducing the environmental footprint and contributing to a Safe, Green and Sustainable shipping. The company has taken many other green initiatives, becoming early adopters of new technologies and practices in order to progress beyond compliance.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Navigator Gas, Mr. Paul Flaherty, Director, Fleet and Technical Operations, stated “In addition to full compliance with all rules and legislative requirements, we seek to create an environment that empowers our ship and shore-based staff to be innovative and continually seek to improve all that we do to reduced waste, emissions and our environmental footprint wherever we operate. The shipping industry can overcome all the challenges we face if we work together to innovate and develop the required technologies to reduce our environmental impact.”

Navigator Gas commits to many initiatives in order to reduce waste, emissions and their environmental footprint across their operations. The company strives to be early adopters of new technologies and green practices, to get ahead of the compliance curve. In this regard, the company not only has fitted Navigator Gas vessels with LNG and Ethane fuelled main engines but also with BWTS and other equipment to reduce fuel and lub oil consumption and minimize emissions. In particular, Navigator Gas LLC has set a pioneering direction toward greener shipping with the decision to burn ethane; Navigator Aurora became the first ship that was fitted with Ethane fuelled main engine.  Navigator Aurora was initially equipped with a dual fuel (HFO/LNG) burning engine when delivered in August 2016. After two years, in August 2018, the vessel was successfully converted to a dual fuel (HFO/Ethane) engine. From 2020, the company has decided to comply with the Sulphur cap requirement by using gas fuelled engines where it is economic to do so, or by using compliant Low Sulphur Fuels.  Navigator Gas has also partnered with MAN, DNV and two other shipping companies on a project to develop Ammonia as a fuel.

Navigator Gas LLC 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, MAN Energy Solutions for the Technology Award, International Windship Association (IWSA) for the Initiative Award, Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 (CSA 2020) for the Clean Shipping 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/