The winners of this year’s GREEN4SEA Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony which took place on Tuesday 6th of March, 2018 at the Yacht Club of Greece. The awards focus exclusively on initiatives and individuals who foster Environmental Excellence & Sustainable Shipping, following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote.
The winners of the 2018 GREEN4SEA Awards are:
V.Ships received the GREEN4SEA Dry Operator Award, sponsored by Macgregor, for its continuous efforts towards environmental compliance with the implementation of green shipping practices to reduce environmental footprint, strengthening its reputation for high quality new build supervision and ship management of dry bulk vessels. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Carisbrooke Shipping, Fednav, OOCL and Polaris Shipping.
Prime Marine received the GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award, sponsored by ABS, for its various initiatives towards GHG emissions reductions, becoming the first shipping company globally that received from ABS the Assessment letter of a Monitoring Plan for Compliance with the EU MRV Regulation, prepared for vessel M/T Emerald Shiner. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: AET Tankers, SCF Group, Teekay and Waterfront Shipping.
Alfa Laval received the GREEN4SEA Technology Award, sponsored by Capital Ship Management, for its USCG type-approved PureBallast 3.1 BWTS, which provide the same performance in fresh, brackish and marine water, including full-flow operation in IMO-regulated waters where the UV transmittance is as low as 42 percent. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Becker Marine Systems, Chelsea Technologies Group, GTT and Thordon Bearings.
MPA Singapore received the GREEN4SEA Port Award, sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, for focusing on four key areas for port development: Safe and Secure Port, Efficient Port, Intelligent Port, and Clean and Sustainable Port. MPA Singapore continues encouraging the use of LNG as a marine fuel in Singapore and has made the use of MFM mandatory. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Port of Gothenburg, Port of Piraeus, Port of Rotterdam and Port of Vancouver.
Project Forward received the GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award, sponsored by Orpheus Marine Transport, for promoting the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, suggesting the design of a Kamsarmax size bulk carrier which reduces the cost of transportation at sea, modernizes the shipping industry and defines the new standard of vessel for IMO’s 2020 emission rules. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: CMA CGM Group, Ecoslops, Green Ship of the Future and Vision of the Fjords.
Elemed Project received the GREEN4SEA Initiative Award, sponsored by Nanophos, for preparing the ground for the introduction of cold ironing, electric bunkering and hybrid ships across the Eastern Mediterranean Sea corridor. The EU project involves three member states -Cyprus, Greece and Slovenia- forming a strong consortium, comprised by a team of experts. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Ambition 1.5oC – Global Shipping ‘s Action Plan Summit, Bunkering at Sea, NAMEPA and WLPGA- World LPG Association.
Dr. George Gratsos, Chairman, HELMEPA & Principal, Standard Bulk Transport Corp. received the GREEN4SEA Leadership Award, sponsored by Arcadia Shipmanagement, for demonstrating innovative, initiative-driven leadership by holding various positions throughout his career impacting significantly the national and international shipping industry. Dr. George A. Gratsos is a shipowner and a senior member of a Greek shipping family established in 1902, holding a B.Sc. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from MIT(1965) and a Ph.D on Shipping Market Dynamics by the University of the Aegean (Highest Honors). He is Chairman of HELMEPA (Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association). Also, he is President of the Maritime Safety and Marine Environment Protection Committee of the UNION OF GREEK SHIPOWNERS (UGS), on the BoD of U.K. FREIGHT DEMURRAGE AND DEFENCE ASSOCIATION LTD (London) (the largest mutual legal cost insurer). He is also a member of many international shipping organizations and has lectured at universities in Greece and abroad.
Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2018 GREEN4SEA Awards at http://events.safety4sea.com/2018-green4sea-awards/