SAFETY4SEA, in collaboration with SHIPPINGInsight, is pleased to announce that Viswa Lab has received the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Innovation Award, sponsored by SQEMARINE, at a gala dinner and award ceremony which successfully concluded on May 29th at Megaron Athens, The Banqueting Hall, the evening on day one of the inaugural Hellenic American Maritime Forum, in Athens.
Viswa Lab received the award for launching the first-ever horizontal scrubber in the market. Horizontal scrubbers weigh half or even less as compared to vertical scrubbers. The vessel actually saves in not having to carry this extra weight all through its lifetime. As explained, horizontal scrubbers consume less energy than conventional vertical scrubbers. The laboratory is also in the early stages of developing a “desulfurization” process to clean up heavy bunker fuel still sold on the market.
Presenting the award Mrs. Aggeliki Theodosiou, Client Service Manager, SQE MARINE said:
It is no coincidence that Viswa Lab is renowned as a ‘problem solving lab’ since it is in company’s DNA to make a difference and bring value through excellence in service, support and with integrity in all dealings.
Accepting the award on behalf of Viswa Lab, Dr. Khorshed Alam, Chief Operating Officer, stated:
This award is the recognition of our innovative everyday effort. Whatever we do, be it fuel testing or scrubbers, this is really in our sort of everyday culture, so this innovation award is the recognition of what we have achieved so far and I am really grateful.
Viswa Lab has a worldwide reputation as a ‘Problem Solving Lab’ and ranks #2 globally in bunker fuel testing. Viswa Lab is one of the only three IMO approved labs for testing. Also, the lab has been successfully accredited by ISO 17025 & ISO 17020. Viswa Lab currently serves over 8,500 ships and 650 customers. The lab returns the analysis results on the same day it receives the samples. Viswa Lab has a global presence with four labs in US, Singapore, UK and UAE. For European customers, it has an Administrative office and warehouse in Antwerp.
The first Hellenic American Maritime Awards were announced on the sidelines of the inaugural Hellenic American Maritime Forum (HAMF) for which SAFETY4SEA and SHIPPINGInsight collaborated to provide an environment where shipowners and managers can voice their concerns and needs while finding solutions and collaborations. This unique event, which was held on 29-30 May 2019, in Athens, brought together the Hellenic American Maritime Stakeholders to discuss, network and exchange views and ideas towards a safe, smart, green, optimized, innovative and sustainable shipping industry.
Other winners of the 2019 HAMF Awards are: Star Bulk Carriers Corp. for the Dry Bulk Operator Award, Panama Maritime Authority for the Maritime Centre Award, Wärtsilä for the Investment in Shipping Award, US Coast Guard for the Guardians of Industry Award, Mrs. Angeliki Frangou, Chairwoman & CEO, Navios Group, for the Visionary Award, Mr. Nicky A. Pappadakis, Past Chairman of Intercargo, for the Maritime Advocate Award and Adm. (USCG Ret) Thad William Allen for the Lifetime Achievement Award.