Shortlist announced for inaugural Motorship Award

Four projects will present for the chance to win the inaugural Motorship Award Four projects will present for the chance to win the inaugural Motorship Award

Four emission-cutting projects spanning LNG fuel, hybridisation, energy recovery and emulsion fuels have been shortlisted for the first Motorship Award.

The shortlist will go on to present their projects to delegates at The Motorship’s Propulsion and Future Fuels Conference, to be held at Hamburg’s Riverside Empire Hotel on 14-16 November. The winner will be decided by a vote among delegates.

The shortlisted nominees are:

  • Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine: Evolution of a hybrid multipurpose vessel for the Norwegian Maritime Administration’s coastal operations;
  • Tecnoveritas: Bringing a proven water in fuel (WIF) emulsion technology from land-based operations to the marine market;
  • WE Tech: Deploying variable frequency drives and permanent magnet shaft generators improving efficiency and flexibility of powering on Baltic tankers and bulk carriers;
  • WinGD, Wärtsilä and GTT: Design of the propulsion and fuel gas system for nine LNG-fuelled ultra-large container ships ordered by CMA CGM last year.

The nominees were whittled down from several worthy entries. The selection committee included Poul Woodall, director of environment and sustainability, DFDS; Stefan Bülow, executive board director, BIMCO and former managing director, Hamburg Bulk Carriers; Reetta Kaila, sales manager, fuel gas supply systems, Wärtsilä; Lars Robert Pedersen, deputy secretary general, BIMCO; Martin Kroger, managing director, VDR (German shipowner’s association); and Gavin Lipsith, editor, The Motorship.

“The four selected projects represent technically viable and scalable solutions to some of the emissions challenges facing shipping today,” said Lipsith. “I look forward to welcoming the shortlisted nominees in Hamburg, where Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference delegates will have the chance to vote for the project they believe has the potential to have the biggest impact on reducing shipping emissions.”

A project that did not make the list but was highly commended by the committee was a battery-driven lifeboat designed by Norsafe in partnership with DNV GL and the Norwegian Maritime Administration. While acknowledging the virtues of the project – particularly the maintenance-free design, fast starting and remote monitoring capability – the committee noted that limited use of lifeboats meant that overall emissions savings would not be as significant as some of the other projects.

For your chance to vote for the project you believe can help the industry meet its emissions-cutting objectives, book your place at The Motorship Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference. For more information visit:


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