SAFETY4SEA is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards on energy efficiency, clean shipping, technology, ship operator and initiative that have showcased excellence and innovation within the maritime industry towards a greener and more sustainable shipping. The awards were presented at a prestigious ceremony which successfully concluded on November the 6th, on the sidelines of EUROPORT, the leading international exhibition that took place in Rotterdam, November 5-8, 2019.
The winners of the first GREEN4SEA – EUROPORT Awards are:
Jotun received the Energy Efficiency Award for supplying paints and coatings that have been specially developed for unique conditions. These paint systems and products aim to protect surfaces in the shipping market. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Bakker Sliedrecht, DNV GL, Hempel, Renolit-Maritime and We4Sea.
Port of Rotterdam received the Clean Shipping Award for its commitment to combating climate change and its willingness to play a leading role in the global energy transition. The reduction of CO2 emissions and efficient use of raw and residual materials are important tasks for the Port. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Intertek ShipCare, Polyeco Group, Samskip and Solberg.
Wärtsilä received the Technology Award for its efforts to promote LNG as a marine fuel. Wärtsilä has launched an LNG Fuel Finder service to allow shipowners and charterers to register their interest in using LNG. In addition, the company has provided various LNG systems throughout the shipping market. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: Danfoss Marine, Envirocleanse, Hydrex Underwater Technology, MAN Energy Solutions and Thordon Bearings Inc.
DFDS received the Ship Operator Award for installing scrubbers on its freight ferries used in the Mediterranean. The investment aims to ensure compliance with the 2020 sulphur cap. DFDS based this investment decision on the 2015 scrubber strategy for the transition to the 0.1% sulphur content limit. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: ESL Shipping, Hamburg Sud, Hurtigruten and NYK Group Europe.
ESPO received the Initiative Award for its Port Environmental Review System (PERS), the only port sector specific environmental management standard which gives ports clear objectives to aim for. A PERS certification is valid for a period of 2 years. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: BEMA, Green Award, IHMA, Maritime LNG platform and SEA20.
In light of these awards, EUROPORT has partnered with SAFETY4SEA to stage a series of special awards concentrating on four specific themes: digital shipping; environmental protection; safety at sea and maritime careers. The winners are 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. In particular, the awards were open to organisations and individuals participating in EUROPORT as exhibitors or partners, or which are based, or operating with an office in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden or United Kingdom.