3rd GREEN4SEA Awards

The winners of this year’s GREEN4SEA Awards were announced at a prestigious ceremony which took place on Tuesday 6th of March, 2018 at the Yacht Club of Greece. The awards focus exclusively on initiatives and individuals who foster Environmental Excellence & Sustainable Shipping, following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote.

2018 GREEN4SEA Awards

2018 GREEN4SEA Port Award

Port of Singapore
For focusing on four key areas for port development: Safe and Secure Port, Efficient Port, Intelligent Port, and Clean and Sustainable Port. MPA Singapore continues encouraging the use of LNG as a marine fuel in Singapore and has made the use of MFM mandatory.

Mrs. Anthi Miliou, Business Development Manager Greece & Cyprus, Lloyd’s Register:

This award recognizes environmental excellence, exceeding standard performance. Along with MPA’s commitment to serve excellence, enhancing safety and security, Singapore has been proactive in advancing research and development in the maritime sector, and as well as technology and innovation.

Mrs. Farrah Mohd Fadil, First Secretary (Maritime), High Commission of the Republic of Singapore to the United Kingdom, MPA Singapore:

We are honored that the Port of Singapore has been recognized for excellence in the Port category. We are also pleased that our efforts in encouraging the use of LNG as a marine fuel in Singapore and for being the first in the world to make the use of Mass Flow Meters mandatory, did not go unnoticed. We have done well and will continue to do better in keeping our waters safe and secure, reinventing our port with new technologies for greater productivity and expanding into greater areas of sustainability.

2018 GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award

Project Forward
For promoting the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel , suggesting the design of a Kamsarmax size bulk carrier which reduces the cost of transportation at sea, modernizes the shipping industry and defines the new standard of vessel for IMO’s 2020 emission rules.

Mr. Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Managing Director, Orpheus Marine Transport:

Over the last 2 decades the industry has adopted regulations aimed at making shipping operations more environmental friendly, in other words more ‘clean’. The staggered reduction of sulphur content in fuels over a few years culminating with the 2020 IMO sulphur cap is a good example. LNG is widely used on shore around the world and is considered one of the ‘cleanest’ fuels. Its use as a marine fuel, although on the increase, is still very limited. This joint development project researching the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel, through its innovative Kamsarmax Bulk Carrier design, is successfully promoting ‘cleaner’ shipping.

Mr. Antonis Trakakis, Technical Manager, Arista Shipping, on behalf of the Project Forward:

Two years after its onset, Project Forward became a Joint Industry Project and from that time on, many engineers across Europe and other countries, offered their knowledge, support and expertise for reaching the targets set back in 2013. During the past 5 years we have covered a very long distance for reaching our goals, and now we are only one step away from the target to see the PF ships in the water. This award belongs to all those who supported this effort from day 1, and to all those who selected to embark on a long journey in unchartered waters where although the target was clear, there was absolutely no guarantee that it could ever be reached.

2018 GREEN4SEA Initiative Award

For preparing the ground for the introduction of cold ironing, electric bunkering and hybrid ships across the Eastern Mediterranean Sea corridor. The EU project involves three member states -Cyprus, Greece and Slovenia- forming a strong consortium, comprised by a team of experts.

Mrs. Claire Arabatzi, Marine Division Director, Nanophos:

It is NanoPhos’ strong and proven belief that ‘Initiative’ itself is a term strongly associated with inspiration, effort, team coordination, hard work and willingness for improvement towards excellence, innovation and effectiveness. Congratulations to the team of the Elemed Project, who have effectively focused on the idea of creating an alternative marine environment by introducing cold ironing, electric bunkering and the hybrid ships initially across Eastern Europe. The Elemed project is the result of a highly coordinated teamwork of experts, who share their dreams, knowledge and efforts towards a better marine world.

Mr. Panayiotis Mitrou, Technology & Innovation Manager, South Europe, Marine & Offshore, Piraeus Business Development, Lloyd’s Register, on behalf of Elemed:

Talking about Elemed, I would like to note that it all started with a lot of love and care. A team of enthusiasts we started building on the idea of the zero-emission ship and port, out of love for what we do and the need to excel and sustain our beloved sector irrespective of future environmental challenges. We are delivering today the first tools so that we could all build together our sustainable future. Our target is to develop a great port; the gate of Europe to the East that can plan its future on the principle of zero or minimum negative impact to the surrounding communities.

2018 GREEN4SEA Technology Award

Alfa Laval
For its USCG type-approved PureBallast 3.1 BWTS, which provide the same performance in fresh, brackish and marine water, including full-flow operation in IMO-regulated waters where the UV transmittance is as low as 42 percent.

Mr. Stavros Meidanis, DPA/CSO/S&Q Manager, Capital Ship Management:

As the shipping industry is increasingly focused on saving energy and protecting the environment, Alfa Laval is committed to those goals. Its products are involved in treating water, reducing carbon emissions and minimizing water and energy consumption. Having received a USCG Type Approval in December 2016 for the third generation of its BWTS, PureBallast, owners using this technology can now make a confidence choice.

Mr. Peter Sahlén, R&D Manager PureBallast, Alfa Laval:

This is a great honor for us as a company and a valued recognition from ship owners worldwide. The story of PureBallast began around the same time as the IMO BWMC. In 2006, the solution became the very first BWMS to enter the commercial market. Since then we have continued to pioneer and develop, and the solution we now offer the industry is the third generation of PureBallast. Like most successful products, PureBallast has had its development challenges. But real success is often defined by how challenges are overcome. Determination – and the commitment to helping our customers become more competitive – is really what signifies us.

2018 GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award

Prime Marine
For its various initiatives towards GHG emissions reductions, becoming the first shipping company globally that received from ABS the Assessment letter of a Monitoring Plan for Compliance with the EU MRV Regulation, prepared for vessel M/T Emerald Shiner.

Mr. Elias Kariambas, Director Global Ship Systems Center, ABS:

There can be no doubt that environmental issues are at the top of the shipping industry’s agenda as we are challenged to minimize the environmental impact of our global marine activities and to ensure sustainability for future generations. ABS considers its role to be at the center of the marine environmental arena and as the classification society who issued the EU MRV Assessment Compliance letter, ABS is particularly proud to present this award to Prime Marine.

Mr. Frantzeskos Kontos, Technical Manager – DPA, Prime Marine:

The close monitoring of the vessels’ performance and the continuous efforts of increasing the operational efficiency led us to install energy saving devices improving propeller efficiency in 16 vessels of our fleet. Also it led us to the of advanced painting scheme including silicon and to installation of online performance monitoring and ME diagnostic system onboard our vessels. All these contributed to develop our own MRV data monitoring and evaluating system.

2018 GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award

For its continuous efforts towards environmental compliance with the implementation of green shipping practices to reduce environmental footprint, strengthening its reputation for high quality new build supervision and ship management of dry bulk vessels.

Mrs. Athena Kanellatou, Managing Director, Macgregor:

The ocean’s health is in a critical state, as it has already absorbed more that 80% of the heat added to the climate systems and around one third of the CO2 emitted by humans. Congratulations to V. Ships worldwide that successfully demonstrates the know-how and the commitment to ensure that the adverse effects of all emissions and discharges are minimized.

Mr. Costas Kontes, General Manager, V.Ships Greece:

Across V.Group we have 1,000 vessels under technical and crew management with an active pool of 44,000 seafarers and 3,000 shore based colleagues. From our systems to our processes, safety governs our decision making and we are honored to be recognized for our green initiatives as well, since sustainability remains at the core of our attention. Both safety and environmental excellence will continue to be first and foremost in everything we do.

2018 GREEN4SEA Leadership Award

Dr. George Gratsos
For demonstrating innovative, initiative-driven leadership by holding various positions throughout his career impacting significantly the national and international shipping industry.

Capt. Dimitris Mattheou, Managing Director, Arcadia Ship Management:

With great pride and honour, I am pleased to present the Leadership Award to Dr. Gratsos who as a third-generation ship-owner, a Naval Architect and a shipping-minded individual, is dedicated to the growth and vitality of our maritime community. He is a passionate about a cause, works tirelessly for the greater good and inspires others to become involved and committed to the same cause towards safer shipping and environmental sustainability.

Dr. George Gratsos, Chairman, HELMEPA & Principal, Standard Bulk Transport Corp.:

My involvement in the public affairs of Greek shipping started in 1988. Having graduated from MIT with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering my main expertise was on technical matters and I joined the Technical Committees of the relevant associations I was elected to the Board of. Many unfortunate incidents at the time prompted legislative initiatives which needed to be analyzed and discussed in order to effectively deal with the problem at hand. With the signing of the Kyoto Protocol, interest moved to environmental matters, how shipping affects them and how we could do better. To do this we attempted to understand how all forms of emissions affected the environment of our habitat, and study the many and very complicated interactions involved.

About GREEN4SEA Awards
GREEN4SEA Awards are part of the GREEN4SEA Conference within the scope of fostering Excellence & Sustainable Shipping. The process to be employed is a combination of open nomination and vote. The award categories are:

GREEN4SEA Port Award
To be awarded to any port that demonstrated environmental excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity.

GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award
To be awarded to any organization that contributed towards cleaner shipping.

GREEN4SEA Initiative Award
To be awarded to any organization or association that sparked, realised, or significantly contributed with a specific initiative towards greener shipping.

GREEN4SEA Technology Award
To be awarded to any organization that provided a significant technological achievement or breakthrough or significant contribution in any aspect of environmental maritime activity.

GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award
To be awarded to any ship operator of oil or chemical tankers or gas carriers that demonstrated environmental excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity.

GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award
To be awarded to any ship operator of bulk carriers or general dry cargo vessels that demonstrated environmental excellence and performance above average in any aspect of maritime activity.

GREEN4SEA Personality Award
To be awarded to any individual person that provided industry influence and contributed towards greener and sustainable shipping.

GREEN4SEA Leadership Award
To be awarded to any individual person that provided industry leadership and contributed towards greener shipping throughout his/her career.

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 the welcome reception & award ceremony, the evening ahead of the GREEN4SEA Conference, in Athens.