SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards on Clean Shipping, Energy Transition, Technology, Initiative and Ship Design that have showcased excellence and innovation within the maritime industry towards a greener and more sustainable shipping.
he global drive to reduce carbon emissions, the use of cleaner fuels, and the need to use cutting-edge digital technology for better performance and efficiency are all causing significant changes in the sector. In the quest for a greener future, it is critical to recognise organizations that lead the way and make a substantial contribution.
The awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony which successfully concluded on November the 8th, on the sidelines of EUROPORT, the leading international exhibition taking place in Rotterdam, November 7-10, 2023.
The winners of the 2023 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards are:
Jotun A/S received the 2023 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Clean Shipping Award for its HullKeeper which is a unique programme and progressive solution that enables optimized hull performance regardless of the applied coating through hull condition monitoring. Other short-listed nominees were: Aquametro Oil & Marine AG, Chugoku Paints BV, ERMA FIRST, Marichem Marigases Worldwide Services and PPG Coatings Europe BV.
Designed by Jotun’s hull performance expert team, HullKeeper is a unique programme and progressive solution. It enables optimised hull performance regardless of the applied coating through hull condition monitoring. With HullKeeper, ship operators can take full control of their operations with active hull condition monitoring, fouling risk alerts, inspections and advisory services. HullKeeper Monitoring keeps track of the many variables that affect hull performance. The HullKeeper Program offers underwater hull inspections with an ROV which effectively provides eyes under water. HullKeeper helps ship operators to identify potential fouling problems long before they start to slow their vessels down.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Torgeir Bringeland, Marketing Manager, Jotun A/S, said:
The HullKeeper program is grounded in Jotun’s proprietary fouling risk algorithm, supported by data from different sources to make fouling control and efficiency more predictable. By providing insight into issues as they occur, ship operators can take planned corrective actions. And as more data and information accumulate, best practices can be identified and implemented across the whole fleet.
SKF received the 2023 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Energy Transition Award for its SKF Marine Condition Monitoring Solutions that optimize ship’s operation with condition-based maintenance. Other short-listed nominees were: Auramarine, Goltens Green Technologies b.v., Panasia and VAF Instruments B.V.
SKF Marine Condition Monitoring Kit and the Marine Condition Monitoring Route Kit are two key solutions toward condition-based maintenance to optimize ship operations. The SKI Marine Condition Monitoring Kit is able to understand the results of vibration data measurements and locate the source of the fault in the machinery. The marine-specific software is preconfigured to convert the measured data into an easy-to-understand color-coded result. The SKF Marine Condition Monitoring Route Kit transfers the collected ship data via the SKF Enlight Centre communication platform to the SKF One Global Cloud. The data then are analysed by the SKF Remote Diagnostic Centre (RDC) team to support the ship’s engineer. SKF’s solutions simplify maintenance, reduce maintenance costs and are designed to be easily set-up and operated.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Anders Welin, Global Condition Monitoring Expert, SKF Marine, said:
One essential factor in the energy transition is optimization of energy efficiency. Monitoring the performance and health status of machinery plays a significant role in achieving this optimization. This is why SKF places great emphasis on developing technologies in this area
Wärtsilä received the 2023 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Technology Award for its Fit4Fuels, an innovative and patented engine combustion technology platform that enables main engines to operate on clean-burning future fuels. Other short-listed nominees were: Artemis Technologies, Dredge Yard, PortXchange and RWO.
Wärtsilä Fit4Fuels is an innovative and patented engine combustion technology platform. It enables the fast and cost-effective conversion of two-stroke main engines to operate on clean-burning future fuels, a major step towards decarbonization. The retrofit conversion will initially enable operation with currently available LNG fuel, most im-portantly with negligible methane slip from the engine. The modular design of this concept provides a platform that will be further developed to allow for the adoption of alternative green fuels or fuel blends. A world-first feature of the concept is the cryogenic fuel supply system, which together with a revo-lutionary injection system, provides flexible and optimised operational performance. The conversion solution is aimed at vessels operating with two-stroke, electronically controlled engines.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Nanda Sangram Kishore, GM Product Management & Engineering, Wärtsilä, said:
Wärtsilä has taken a leading position in the development and delivery of technologies that will accelerate the realisation of our industry’s decarbonisation ambitions. This solution is one of the many examples of our capabilities and commitment.
Nanda Sangram Kishore further noted: ”Its flexibility means that the first step towards adopting the use of future fuels can be taken now knowing that the investment will not become obsolete. The benefits, both economic and environmental, are significant. Demonstration of this technology will be done on a large container vessel that had its engine upgraded with Fit4Power during the summer this year as a first step towards efficiency improvement.’’
Shell Western LNG B.V. received the 2023 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Initiative Award for investing in LNG bunkering, completing more than 1,000 LNG bunkering operations. Other short- listed nominees were: Accelleron Industries, MAN Energy Solutions, OSM Thome and Rolls-Royce Solutions GmbH.
Shell has the largest portfolio of LNG bunker vessels today. The company has significantly invested in LNG for its long-term charter fleet and has completed more than 1,000 LNG bunkering operations. Vessels using LNG as a fuel are cost competitive over their lifecycle and typically require less maintenance than those running on conventional fuels. LNG produces virtually zero SOx, 90% less PM, and 85% less NOx when compared to HFO. Shell is aiming to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner and believes LNG is the first essential step for decarbonisation of the maritime sector. Shell believes decarbonisation of hard to abate sectors like Shipping is complex and there is a need to accelerate the journeys to net-zero emissions for the sector.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Didier Daems, Marine LNG Business Development Manager, Shell Western LNG B.V., said:
Our development of LNG bunkering infrastructure is our commitment to finding practical solutions. Offering up to 23% greenhouse gas reduction, LNG can help the shipping industry meet compliance up to 2035.
”LNG is not just a short-term fix. With bio-LNG produced from bio-waste feedstock and e-LNG produced from green hydrogen, shipping companies can potentially rely on their LNG powered fleet to get all the way net zero by 2050. ‘’, Didier Daems also said.
Foreship Ltd received the 2023 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Ship Design Award for participating in the design of a 15kTEU ammonia-powered container vessel, which has received an Approval In Principal (AiP) from ABS. Other short- listed nominees were: ABB, C-Job Naval Architects, Damen Shipyards and Nordic Innovation.
With more than 80 employees, located in eight offices worldwide, the Foreship team has provided concept and project design and consultation for some of the industry’s highest profile newbuildings. Foreship is part of a leading consortium, comprising of Seaspan Corporation, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping and American Bureau of Shipping, for the design of a 15kTEU ammonia-powered container vessel. The novel ship design is based on a container vessel targeted to operate on global trade routes, enabling the potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions. This ammonia container ship design demonstrates that ammonia-fuelled vessels are an achievable solution for decarbonizing the maritime industry. Foreship has completed more than 1,200 conversion projects, including project management services, to turn clients’ ideas into reality. Foreship team includes Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, with expertise in working with clients, shipyards, contractors and marine equipment suppliers.
Accepting the award on behalf of the winner, Jan-Erik Räsänen, Chief Technology Officer, Foreship Ltd said: ‘
During this project, the team was confronted with numerous unique challenges in incorporating ammonia as a ship fuel – challenges that required innovation and attention to detail. We carefully assessed that the ship design, risks, and safety concepts were in compliance with industry-leading ammonia guidelines, rules, and industry best practices. As a result, the project was awarded an Approval in Principle from the American Bureau of Shipping Classification Society.
After a successful partnership in 2019, SAFETY4SEA & Europort once again this year joined forces to present a total of 15 Awards at special events during the exhibition days.
The winners were those who attracted the most votes by the end of a voting period which was held online during a three-month period. The process included a combination of open nomination and voting which provided a unique opportunity for all nominees to get acknowledged for the hard and good work they put into their projects and initiatives, worth to be awarded.
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Europort, organized in the world port city of Rotterdam, is the international maritime meeting place for innovative technology and complex shipbuilding. Europort has a strong focus on ‘high-tech’ ships such as dredging vessels, naval vessels, workboats, inland navigation vessels, offshore support vessels and super yachts. With 25,000 professional visitors and over 1,00 exhibiting companies Europort belongs to the world’s largest maritime meeting & knowledge sharing B2B platforms. In the past decades, Europort has grown into one of the world’s largest maritime B2B knowledge and meeting places. In 2023, Europort will celebrate its 41st edition.
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Explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2023 SAFETY4SEA – EUROPORT Awards at https://europort.safety4sea.com/