The Motorship award

The Motorship Award

What is The Motorship Award? 

The Motorship Award is designed to honour innovative low emissions vessels partnerships.

To acknowledge the importance of collaboration in solving industry-wide challenges, the award is open to partnership projects featuring at least two of the following:

  • shipowner
  • shipyard
  • class society
  • naval architect
  • equipment/fuel supplier
  • academic institution

The four shortlisted entrants will present their projects at The Motorship’s 45th Propulsion & Future Fuels Conference 2024, where the overall winner will be decided by a delegate vote.

The shortlist is drawn up through a combination of self-nominations and recommendations made by the event steering committee, which includes representatives from major shipowners, technology providers, class societies and shipowner organisations.

Contact the events team to enter or submit your nomination by calling +44 1329 825335 or emailing  

Who won the Motorship Award in 2023? 


Janne Pohjalainen, Global Product Line Manager, ABB DynafinTM , ABB Marine & Ports


During last year’s conference dinner the winner of the Motorship Award was revealed. This year’s finalists were:

Variable Compression Ratio (VCR) solution for X-DF engines
Marcel Ott, General Manager, Application Engineering, WinGD

Ultra low emission gas engine technology
Diego Delneri, General Manager, Systems & product performance, Wärtsilä

Technical aspects of ABB Dynafin™ propulsion concept
Janne Pohjalainen, Global Product Line Manager, ABB DynafinTM , ABB Marine & Ports

Franklin Stephen Karkada, Director Fleet Performance, MSC Shipmanagement
Stam Achillas, Head of Business Development & Sales, 2-Stroke Decarbonisation Solutions, Wartsila

The award nominations were chosen by Editor of The Motorship, Nick Edström, however it was the delegates at the conference, who voted their winner by individual voting after the conference.

Gavin Lipsith, hosted the short award ceremony before the conference dinner. With a very strong line up of speakers and presentations the votes were very close, however, the winner of The Motorship Award 2023 was Janne Pohjalainen, Global Product Line Manager, ABB DynafinTM , ABB Marine & Ports.

For images of the conference dinner and the Motorship Award, please visit the conference photo gallery or contact

We hope you are able to join us at next year’s event taking place from 19-21 November 2024, in Hamburg, with a networking conference dinner on 19th November 2024.