SAFETY4SEA announced the winners of the 2022 GREEN4SEA Virtual Awards on April 27th, recognizing industry’s outstanding practices for Sustainability, Clean Shipping, Initiative, Technology, Tanker Operator, Dry Bulk Operator and Personality.
The winners of the 2022 GREEN4SEA Virtual Awards are:
RightShip received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Sustainability Award for launching the Carbon Accounting Reporting Tool for monitoring, measuring & benchmarking shipping-related GHG emissions. The user is provided with GHG summary data visualization which analyzes vessel performance, aligning with the Sea Cargo Charter methodology. Other short-listed nominees of this categories were: ABS, American Hellenic Hull, Cyprus Open Maritime Exchange Platform (C.O.M.E) – Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry and Thome Group.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Mr. Gurpreet Singh, Chief Commercial Officer, RightShip said:
At RightShip, we are steering the maritime industry towards a sustainable future. Sustainability is one of RightShip’s 3 strategic pillars alongside social responsibility and safety. These complement our vision of a maritime industry causing zero harm along with our mission to be a trusted innovation partner, charting a safe sustainable and socially conscious way for the industry.
An effective corporate climate change strategy requires a detailed understanding of a company’s supply chain emissions. RightShip believes that if you can measure your emissions output, you can manage and reduce it! Therefore, RightShip launched its ‘Carbon Accounting Tool’ which enables operators to measure and report their emissions, particularly if they’re operating under the Sea Cargo Charter. The Carbon Accounting tool includes dynamic reporting based on emissions data and helping ship operators to track progress towards internal or industry wide emissions goals, whilst supporting the disclosure of emissions in line with industry reporting standards. RightShip’s expert team can calculate ship operators’ output and provide practical steps to reduce their environmental impact. Having the largest, most comprehensive database of vessel efficiency insights, once operators’ carbon output is calculated, RightShip team will guide them through the steps required to meet corporate social responsibility targets. RightShips’s Carbon Accounting Reporting Tool provides the ability to benchmark and track emissions per journey and over time, which can aid the development of a baseline of emissions and an overall carbon-emissions target. The Carbon Accounting tool ensures ship operators are rewarded for their carbon reduction measures.
Eyesea received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award for taking action to map global pollution and maritime hazards. Eyesea uses technology and the support of seafarers, ship owners, managers and maritime professionals to collect and process oceanic pollution data. Other short-listed nominees of this categories were: Cargo Owners for Zero Emission Vessels (coZEV), Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD), ZeroNorth and ZESTAs.
Mr. Steven Schootbrugge, CEO of ChartWorld stated:
The Eyesea team has grown quickly: it now consists of hundreds of dedicated companies, a thousand of even more dedicated seafarers and a large number of incredibly dedicated people giving their time and effort into solving the large and unfortunately growing problem.
Also, Capt. Mehmet Mazman, Master of Oldendorff commented:
As seafarers, our profession is to cross the ocean. So, seeing the pollution at the middle of ocean and report it, it’s easier for seafarers. This is why we should involve as many seafarers as we can in the Eyesea organization.
Launched in December 2020, Eyesea is a not-for-profit organization, that uses technology and the support of seafarers, ship owners, managers and maritime professionals to collect and process oceanic pollution data. The data is used to build detailed maps and charts available free of charge to all stakeholders, enabling them to take targeted clean-up action and make evidence-based policy decisions. The Eyesea app enables seafarers to collect and submit data on marine pollution by simply taking a photo and categorizing the pollution type. Images are then automatically GPS-tagged, anonymized, and vetted before being incorporated into a comprehensive database of pollution to enable Eyesea to create detailed oceanic maps and charts. Once maps of maritime pollution are available, Eyesea is able to use chart overlays to model the effects of current, wind, and tide on its movement and location. Ocean charts and pollution heat-maps allow Eyesea to identify what makes up maritime pollution, and where clean up efforts can have the greatest impact. Many organizations have become members of Eyesea, supporting company’s clean-up efforts. Member companies have been instrumental in getting the Eyesea App into the hands of seafarers and onto their ships, making a real change towards mapping pollution to protect the ocean.
Windward received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Initiative Award for its ‘Data for Decarbonization Program’ that creates large datasets gathered from maritime stakeholders to build AI models that will predict the carbon emissions of any vessel voyage, and support the optimization of the whole pre-fixture process. Other short-listed nominees of this categories were: The Ocean Cleanup, NanoVapor, METIS Cyberspace Technology and SADeepSea Technologies.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Mr. Ami Daniel, Co-Founder and CEO, Windward, said:
We are committed to work with our partners that have taken a step forward, shared data, expertise giving their time to build a real technological solution based on AI to measure and reduce shipping carbon’s emissions going forward. This is a goal that we cannot forget about.
Now that decarbonization is top of mind for all stakeholders and alternative fuels are still far from adoption, the bridge between action and inaction is data visibility, in the right context. This is something that can only come with collaboration and Windward’s Data for Decarbonization Program brings a key opportunity to the industry. Members of Windward’s Data for Decarbonization Program are able to validate their current decarbonization models and assumptions using Windward’s pool of global data and proprietary AI-insights. Through Windward’s Data for Decarbonization Program, members are able to engage with an expert community of thought leaders working towards a greener future. Shipowners are able to know how to optimize their fleet to reduce fuel consumption in a scalable way. Through one accessible platform for emissions performance, every shipper and freight forwarder can analyze, predict, and price their carbon footprint. By monitoring the vessels that enter national waters with accurate and actionable data, nations can not only manage emissions but provide incentives, like in the form of port dues, for less polluting vessels. Windward’s Data for Decarbonization Program is a key tool to solve decarbonization through collaboration offering many benefits to all maritime stakeholders.
BERG Propulsion received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Technology Award for its ‘Direct Drive Electric’ which accelerates drive into electric propulsion. Its integrated design, simplified installation and better efficiency address the pressing need to improve transition options to vessel electrification. Other short-listed nominees of this categories were: MAN Energy Solutions, Silverstream Technologies, Wärtsilä and WasteFuel.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Mr. Jonas Nyberg, Managing Director – West Berg Propulsion, said:
We believe that the Direct Drive Electric will have a big impact on the marine industry. We would like to thank all of our customers around the world for voting for us this solution that we believe will be very significant going forward in a marine industry that is focusing on environmental footprint, safety, and reliability.
Direct Drive Electric from BERG Propulsion makes a compelling case for the wider adoption of greener, higher efficiency electric propulsion technology. Its integrated design, simplified installation and better efficiency address the pressing need to improve transition options to vessel electrification. Direct Drive Electric demonstrates that ship sustainability and operating profitability are wholly compatible. It consolidates several of the systems that comprise a conventional electric propulsion power train to offer a robust and simplified configuration. Its use of proven permanent magnet motor technology achieves superior efficiency, reduced electrical losses and optimized flexibility. Energy savings can be in the excess of 5% compared to other electrical solutions, with equivalent fuel savings available. The integrated arrangement also simplifies installation, addressing a systems-complexity issue that has been acknowledged as a key factor in many shipowners’ resistance to electric propulsion. Direct Drive Electric also offers advantages for overall propulsion system design, with the removal of gears allowing a shorter shaft line, fewer bearings and a smaller engine room footprint.
Maran Tankers Management Inc. received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award for taking steps into changing the profile of their fleet with the latest order of dual fuel tankers. From 2016 to 2021, in total 19 energy efficient Eco VLCCs have been already delivered to the company while there are orders for more within 2023. Other short-listed nominees of this categories were: BW LPG, Hafnia Pte Ltd, Kyklades Maritime Corporation and Thome Group.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Mr. Mark Pearson, Managing Director, Maran Tankers Management Inc. said:
MTM embraces the energy transition and innovative solutions for zero carbon vessels. For this reason, we believe that dual fuelled vessels are a key step along the road to achieving this mission. Dual fuelled LNG powered VLCCs are a pragmatic solution for the next 15 to 20 years, until zero carbon technology reaches maturity and is ready for use on large tankers.
Maran Tankers Management Inc. (“MTM”) is the Oil Tanker Shipping unit of the Angelicoussis Group. MTM was established in 1992 to manage the Oil Tankers of Angelicoussis Group. Angelicoussis Group has a well established track record in shipping dating back to 1947. Maran Tankers provides crude transportation services for their customers with safety and operational excellence, minimal environmental impact and cost-effective management. The company operates with the highest standards of Safety Culture striving for zero accidents, oil spills, loss of process, lapses in security and reduction in permitted emissions. MTM focuses on continuous improvement by implementing efficient and cost-effective operational practices. Maran Tankers has taken significant steps into changing the profile of their fleet with orders of dual fuel tankers. From 2016 to 2021, in total 19 energy efficient Eco VLCCs have been already delivered to the company while there are orders for more within 2023. MTM is considered as the largest tanker operator in Greece with a strong history of embracing energy efficiency initiatives and paving the way towards sustainable shipping.
Norden received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award for being a founding signatory of the Sea Cargo Charter which establishes a common framework for reporting on shipping emissions, as well as a target to decrease of 2% in carbon emissions on an annual basis. Other short-listed nominees of this categories were: Eagle Bulk, Eastern Pacific Shipping, ESL Shipping and Marla Dry Bulk Shipmanagement Inc.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Mr. Henrik Røjel, Head of Fuel Efficiency and Decarbonisation, Norden, said:
The world is facing a climate crisis and at Norden we are proud to be at the forefront of the green transition in shipping. We have made a firm commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 and we’re now making tangible progress towards this goal, as we are also committed to reducing carbon from our operations below the Sea Cargo Charter trajectory.
NORDEN is a global leader in the dry cargo and product tanker segments, with offices in 11 locations worldwide. NORDEN has made decarbonisation a key focus area and continuously seeks to reduce emissions by improving the energy efficiency of its vessels. NORDEN is a founding signatory of the Sea Cargo Charter which establishes a common framework for reporting on shipping emissions. The company’s ambition is to always keep its carbon emissions within the trajectory set by Sea Cargo Charter. This equates to a decrease of 2% in carbon emissions on an annual basis. NORDEN is committed to helping their customers decarbonise their supply chains by bringing them transparency over the carbon emissions of each and every voyage and the tools to reduce emissions. The company is developing a number of greener shipping solutions ranged from using advanced analytics for increased vessel efficiency to carbon-neutral biofuel sailings. NORDEN has been at the forefront of testing alternative low-carbon fuel solutions such as biofuel. Achieving net-zero by 2050 requires a shift to new zero-carbon fuels and technologies in shipping. In this context, NORDEN is also working with Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.
Mr. Stamatis Bourboulis, General Manager, EURONAV SHIP MANAGEMENT (HELLAS) Ltd received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Personality Award, sponsored by ERMA FIRST, for striving for a more sustainable shipping, being at the helm of EURONAV since its inception in November 2005. Throughout his career, he has also worked in the chemical industry, ship building and ship repair shipyards in Greece, having significantly contributed in favor of green shipping practices.
On behalf of the sponsor, Ms. Eleni Polychronopoulou, Business Development, Director, ERMA FIRST & Executive Vice President, EPE stated:
Stamatis Bourboulis is a role model for the shipping industry. He has a rich knowledge and vast experience, gaining the respect and admiration of his peers for his leading skills and his contribution in the industry. Shipping needs more people like Stamatis.
Accepting the award, Mr Bourboulis said:
After starting my career in chemical industry, I had the chance to continue in the shipping industry for the next 27 years. What makes shipping so interesting is the continuous change and evolution in all aspects. Every day can bring new challenges, and I have many memories of successful and unsuccessful results. But now, I have realized how important it is to learn from the mistakes and the failures as well.
Stamatis Bourboulis has been General Manager of Euronav Ship Management (Hellas) Ltd. since its inception in November 2005. He was appointed to the Euronav Management Board on 1st of January, 2019. Furthermore, he is a member of the ESG & Climate Committee. Following his employment in a chemical factory, ship building and ship repair shipyards in Greece, he joined Ceres Hellenic Shipping Enterprises Ltd in October 1990 as Superintendent Engineer and dealt with various types of vessels. In 1997, he became Ship Manager for the Crude Oil Tankers and OBOs. In 2000, Stamatis Bourboulis undertook the position of Technical Manager for the Ceres fleet of Dry Bulk, Crude Oil, Chemical and LNG Carriers. He is a member of Intertanko Safety and Technical Committee (ISTEC), DNV and RINA Greek Technical Committee. He graduated from the National Technical University of Athens as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer in 1981.
Captain Rajesh Unni, Founder and CEO of Synergy Marine Group, received the 2022 GREEN4SEA Leadership Award, sponsored by MacGregor, for his outstanding contribution to the maritime industry and his innovative leadership, transforming Synergy into one of the world’s leading ship managers that paves the way towards a more sustainable future with a strong focus on crew wellbeing, digitalization and environmentally responsible policies
Accepting the award, Capt Unni said:
In the context of climate change, I believe that we all need to be leaders. But leadership is not about telling others what to do. In Synergy, it is about what we can do to cut emissions, sharing data, developing new products, and identifying best practices. In fact, climate change is not about leadership at all, it is about fellowship, because if we do not work together, we will not be able to save the planet.
Captain Rajesh Unni is the Founder and CEO of Synergy Marine Group. In a long and illustrious career, he is recognized as amongst the most influential personalities in the maritime industry globally. He is a Class 1 Master Mariner graduate from Mumbai’s LBS College of Advanced Maritime Studies and Research and has completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School. Captain Unni commanded tankers before returning ashore to serve with distinction in senior executive ship management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore. In 2006 he launched his own vessel ownership and management company. Now, with its diverse fleet totalling more than 400 vessels, Synergy is one of the world’s leading shipmanagers. Driven by a firm conviction that shipping must rapidly evolve from analogue to digital, Captain Unni is joint CEO of Alpha Ori Technologies (AOT) which he founded in 2017. He recently established AOT’s Centre of Innovation in Singapore which can remotely monitor, diagnose and control most operational aspects of digital vessels using AOT’s patented software, SMARTShip. Captain Unni sits on the Boards of the North P&I Association and the Asia-Pacific Advisory Committee for major classification societies and is a Governor at the Indian Institute of Management, Tiruchirappalli. Captain Unni is also a committed philanthropist. As well as being a trustee of the Cochin Cancer Society, he spearheads the Synergy Educational and Charitable Trust which focuses on alleviating poverty, eradicating hunger and empowering women and local communities in their efforts to build a better future.