4th GREEN4SEA Awards

The winners across the eight smart shipping categories who walked with a GREEN4SEA Award were announced at a prestigious ceremony which took place on Tuesday 12th of March, 2019 at the Yacht Club of Greece, Piraeus. The awards focus exclusively on initiatives and individuals who foster Environmental Excellence & Sustainable Shipping, following a combination of open nomination and audience-vote.

2019 GREEN4SEA Awards

GREEN4SEA Port Award

Port of Valencia
For becoming the first port in Europe to use hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations by supporting H2Ports; a pilot project which focuses on using renewable energy with the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station.

Mr. Michael Kelly, Deputy Managing Director and Director Market Development, World LPGA:

The Port of Valencia is the first port in Europe to use hydrogen energy to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. By supporting the H2Ports pilot initiative which focuses on using renewable energy with the installation of a mobile hydrogen supply station, the Port of Valencia has ensured that its cargo operations reduce their negative environmental impact.

Mr. Francesc Sánchez, General Manager, Port Authority of Valencia:

The H2Ports project is part of the Port Authority of Valencia’s energy strategy for a “zero emissions” model within the port activities. This project will soon be followed by others aiming to implement renewable energies and new storage technologies in ports. These initiatives show our firm commitment to energy transition and sustainability of port activities. The implementation of all ‘green’ initiatives has already resulted in a reduction of 17% in GHG while the cargo handled has grown by 24%.

GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award

Clean Shipping Alliance 2020
For representing a group of leading companies that have taken efforts through significant investments in research and analysis, funding and committing resources to comply with 2020 fuel requirements through the development and use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS).

Mrs. Aggeliki Theodosiou, Client Service Manager, SQE MARINE Group:

We sometimes forget that shipping is about making (or saving) money and not regulations and it seems that many of the industry leaders we see among the membership ranks of Clean Shipping Alliance 2020 have solved this equation and answered the rhetorical question in favor of scrubbers.

Mrs. Charis Plakantonaki, Chief Strategy Officer, Star Bulk Carriers Corp. on behalf of CSA 2020:

CSA 2020 member, through the use of Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (EGCS), are committed to making a substantial difference to the ports and ocean environments in which their ships operate and to promote global environmental progress- especially the goal of reducing the health impact from airborne sources, which is at the heart of the 2020 IMO regulation.

Mr. Christopher Fee, General Manager – Environment and Sustainability, Oldendorff on behalf of CSA 2020:

CSA 2020 aims to provide up to date information and data for exhaust gas cleaning systems, so as to better inform the industry, national and international authorities, Non-Government Organizations, and the public. EGCS significantly improves air quality, by reducing not only Sulphur oxides emissions, but also particulate matter, which are harmful to human health.

GREEN4SEA Initiative Award

For taking many initiatives for introducing modern wind propulsion as a clean solution for ships. Recently, the first installations of wind propulsion devices by Viking Lines and Maersk Tankers have begun to operate on vessels, showing the great importance and potential wind propulsion is given by the shipping industry.

Mr. Stavros Meidanis, DPA/CSO, Safety & Quality Manager, Capital Ship Management:

Wind propulsion technology for ships will steadily begin in March 2020 and is estimated to adapt around 3,700 to 10,700 systems until 2030 including both retrofits, installations in newbuildings.

Mr. Gavin Allwright, Secretary General, IWSA:

We all face the immense challenge of rapidly decarbonising shipping and technology that can deliver 5-20%, possibly 30% fuel savings as retrofit options and 30% upwards for new optimised vessels can’t be ignored – the issue is not why, but when and how we will install wind solutions. Inspiring ideas are only as good as their delivery and that is what IWSA is all about.

GREEN4SEA Technology Award

MAN Energy Solutions
For its LPG fuelled ME-LGIP 2-stroke MAN B&W engines for propulsion of merchant ships. The engine is also able to burn the liquid parts in the volatile organic compounds (VOC) and can be retrofitted on approx. 3,000 of MAN B&W ME-C engines already in operation.

Mr. John Lycouris, CEO, Dorian LPG (SA) LLC:

The alternative fuels and the engines developed for them provide a cleaner solution to the marine industry into the next decade, and as we move towards a future with more carbon-neutral fuels, MAN-ES has plans to power the vessels with the development of an ammonia engine, a close derivative of the LGIP engine. Overall, there is a strategic and technological transformation at MAN-ES which reflects their vision and their evolution from the past to the future and towards increased sustainability.

Mr. René Sejer Laursen, Promotion Manager, MAN Energy Solutions:

It’s a great honor to receive the technology award. Shipowners have been pushing us for the last ten years and of course as a company developing LPG for the future we decided to develop. Using LPG is for us a good fuel to be used to build up infrastructure. This is why we use LPG as a good future fuel. LNG could work as a strategic fuel for the first 10-15 years.

GREEN4SEA Tanker Operator Award

Navigator Gas LLC
For setting a pioneering direction toward greener shipping with the decision to burn ethane. Navigator Aurora, equipped with a dual fuel (HFO/LNG) burning engine when delivered in August 2016, became the first ship that was successfully converted to a dual fuel (HFO/Ethane) engine in August 2018.

Mr. Andreas Zontanos, Partner, ArgoNavis:

Nowadays that our industry faces so many green legislative challenges, companies such as the Navigator Gas, set the example for reducing the environmental footprint and contributing to a Safe, Green and sustainable shipping. The company has taken many other green initiatives, becoming early adopters of new technologies and practices in order to progress beyond compliance.

Mr. Paul Flaherty, Director, Fleet and Technical Operations, Navigator Gas:

In addition to full compliance with all rules and legislative requirements, we seek to create an environment that empowers our ship and shore-based staff to be innovative and continually seek to improve all that we do to reduced waste, emissions and our environmental footprint wherever we operate. The shipping industry can overcome all the challenges we face if we work together to innovate and develop the required technologies to reduce our environmental impact.

GREEN4SEA Dry Bulk Operator Award

Blue Planet Shipping Ltd
For its commitment to environmental protection, putting sustainability policies into action. The company manages the world’s first bulk carrier, MV Afros, equipped with a Flettner Rotor System for Wind Assisted Propulsion based on the Magnus Effect.

Mr. Dimitris Mitrou, Business Development Director – South Europe, V.Ships:

Blue Planet has achieved to grow remarkably, always however, maintaining a low profile and demonstrating exceptional professionalism through its successful management and qualified personnel. Blue Plant has consistently invested in ‘green’ initiatives and undoubtedly demonstrates qualitative, sustainable development. In this regard, the cooperation with Anemoi Marine for the installation of the Flettner Rotors system onboard is a real proof that environmental awareness can be correlated to economic sense.

Mrs. Marianthe Patrona, Managing Director, Blue Planet Shipping Ltd:

One of our key goals is to ensure that our Company culture and operations towards safety, quality and the environment is supported throughout our organization. Both on board our vessels and through our shore based personnel we are constantly creating awareness and ensuring that we are always adhering to best practices, whether it is the provision of our services or the reduction of our carbon footprint, zero plastic waste, re-cycling and so on.

GREEN4SEA Personality Award

Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd
For contributing to the Hellenic Shipping Industry on various technical and environmental aspects. Mr. Zachariadis has contributed to the development of several well-known regulations, such as GBS, PSPC, FSA, and the prevention of others (e.g. double hull bulk carriers). Furthermore, he has written numerous technical guides, papers and articles and has received global recognition for promoting Greek Shipping internationally.

Mr. Vassilios Kroustallis, Vice-President Europe, ABS:

It is such an honor to be presenting tonight’s GREEN4SEA Personality Award to a true industry visionary from a business renowned for its laser like focus on safety and respect for the environment. A business that routinely exceeds regulatory requirements for environmental procedures and equipment, establishing its own benchmark for quality.

Mr. Panos Zachariadis, Technical Director, Atlantic Bulk Carriers Management Ltd:

When you love what you do, you will be good at it. In addition, in order to be successful in any job, you have to continuously be educated on the latest developments and, why not, offer your own opinion. As such, I love shipping and I have always had the curiosity to be on top of upcoming regulations and read other people’s studies that may affect our industry in the future. I feel it is part of my job, firstly for myself, to know what’s going on in the industry and also let others know my opinion on shipping topics, with the aim to alert them of possible problems ahead, wrong regulations being discussed, and so on.

GREEN4SEA Leadership Award

Mr. George Tsavliris, CYMEPA
For his leadership role within CYMEPA and other national and international Associations. Mr. George Tsavliris is a Principal at ‘Tsavliris Salvage Group’ and represents the business on both a commercial and environmental basis internationally. He holds the position of Past Chairman of INTERMEPA and Chairman of CYMEPA. Also, he is Board Member of ECSA, Board Member of The Yacht Club of Greece, Board Member of Friends of Hellas Liberty Association and the Jubilee Sailing Trust in the UK and Honorary Chairman of the Tsavliris Cultural Foundation.

Capt. Dimitris Mattheou, CEO, Arcadia Shipmanagement Co. Ltd.:

Leadership is about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact in force implementation and getting results with plan; influence is about spreading the knowledge you have for your work and inspiration reflects to actions oriented to excellence. However, I believe that a supreme quality for leadership is integrity and quality of being honest and having strong moral rights and George is gifted with all these features.

Mr. George Tsavliris, Chairman, CYMEPA:

To be considered a leader, the first prerequisite is to recognize the deficiencies, your weaknesses and to have the ability and the stamina to share those ingredients with the others around. Many times, in my career I had to define logic and go against the system. Leadership is a funny term. What is leadership without team? As Benjamin Graham said: Every day when I wake up, I want to achieve three things to that day: I want to do something foolish, I want to do something creative and I want to do something generous.

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.