1st SMART4SEA Awards

SAFETY4SEA announced the winners of the inaugural SMART4SEA Awards for 2017 at a prestigious awards ceremony during the 2017 SMART4SEA Conference which successfully concluded on Tuesday 31st of January 2017 in Eugenides Foundation Athens attracting 460 delegates from 15 countries representing a total of 240 organizations.

2017 SMART4SEA Awards


2017 SMART4SEA Excellence Award

For its high-speed satellite broadband service, Fleet Xpress, which changes crew lives onboard through greater connectivity with family& friends, video on-demand, social media, online training, telemedicine and measures to shift the administrative burden back to shore.

Mrs. Athina Vezyri, Chairman of SRH Marine Electronics:

Inmarsat is the leader and pioneer of mobile satellite communications and has been powering global connectivity for more than three decades. Being a close partner of Inmarsat the last few years, I honestly have a full picture and experience of its dynamics, capabilities and vision. I am excited for cooperating with Inmarsat for what is able to offer nowadays in the maritime sector but I am most excited to see what its plans are for tomorrow.

Mr. Drew Brandy, Senior Vice President Market Strategy, Inmarsat:

Securing the 2017 SMART4SEA Excellence Award 2017 rewards the hard work that went into the years of ground-breaking innovative development leading up to the commercial launch of the Inmarsat Fleet Xpress in 2016, and a commitment from over 7,500 vessels to use the service. Fleet Xpress brings high-speed data, seamless global mobility and continuous connectivity to shipping that deliver greater operational efficiencies. SAFETY4SEA voters include some of shipping’s largest ship owners and managers. It is an honor to emerge victorious from such a strong field and a very high quality shortlist, including acknowledged technical innovators in shipping.


2017 SMART4SEA Innovation Award

Monalisa 2 – STM Validation
For introducing smart solutions for sharing information data resulting in efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport in the EU while at the same time reducing administrative burdens.

Mrs. Helen Polychronopoulou, President of HEMEXPO:

On behalf of HEMEXPO, the group of Hellenic Marine Equipment Manufacturers & Exporters, bringing together organizations sharing a common innovative vision towards safer shipping it is my pleasure today to present the winner of the first SMART4SEA Innovation Award selected from a short list of distinguished nominees. Given the current and future availability of broadband satellite communication, Sea Traffic Management is of vital importance for enhanced operational safety where data sharing is essential. Sincere congratulations to MONALISA 2.0 project which has succeeded in keeping updated various stakeholders by assuring both transparency and safety at sea traffic. Fore and foremost, this EU project has innovated in proving that through cooperation everything can happen. Now that industry moves forward to a smarter era a collaborative approach in sea traffic management, is imperative.

Mr. Ulf Siwe, Communications Manager, Monalisa 2 – STM Validation:

We are grateful to all those voted in inaugural SMART4SEA Awards. Their participation is always essential for rewarding industry’s innovations, such as this EU project. Monalisa 2 – STM Validation has been rewarded among other distinguished short-listed nominees for its unique approach in data sharing for enhanced maritime safety. Nowadays, that smart shipping has caused a revolution in the way ships are navigating; we cannot imagine living in a world without information. This project successfully provides real-time information resulting in transparency and operational efficiency.


2017 SMART4SEA Technology Award

For introducing smart solutions for sharing information data resulting in efficient, safe and environmentally friendly maritime transport in the EU while at the same time reducing administrative burdens.

Mr. Howard Hughes, Chief Technology Officer, Tototheo Group:

We are authorized representatives for most of the major hardware suppliers and manufacturers worldwide. Furthermore we have established partnerships worldwide with trusted partners through which we are able to provide a timely service and deliveries of any desired brand. With this, we are proud sponsors for the SMART4SEA Technology award. It gives Tototheo, and myself, great pleasure in presenting this award to Transas.

Mr. Frank Coles, Chief Executive Officer, Transas:

We are honored to win the SMART4SEA Technology Award. THESIS is a flexible data resource as it allows for data to be shared or kept private. The user can adopt all or only one part of the eco environment. In creating these solutions, Transas will unite the global maritime stakeholders in the future of e-Navigation and operations.


About SMART4SEA Awards
SMART4SEA Awards are part of the SMART4SEA Conference within the scope of fostering Smart & Sustainable Shipping. The process to be employed is a combination of open nomination and vote. The award categories are:

SMART4SEA Excellence Award
To be awarded to any organization that demonstrated technological excellence and performance above average in any aspect of smart maritime activity.

SMART4SEA Innovation Award
To be awarded to any organization that sparked, realised, or significantly contributed in any innovation fostering smart shipping.

SMART4SEA Technology Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant achievement in technology or breakthrough or significant contribution in any aspect of smart maritime activity.

Notification procedure is initiated few months ahead of the event with an open invitation to the industry stakeholders to propose nominations online via relevant form at dedicated awards page. Shortlisted nominees are announced within a week after nomination submission is concluded and open vote to declare the winner of each category is available for a period of three months through relevant application at dedicated awards page. Winners are announced during awards ceremony at the completion of the SMART4SEA conference.