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Inaugural Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards announce winners

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  • Honouring the world’s finest engineers, innovations and products in the electric and hybrid marine arena in the first ever Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards
  • Caledonian Maritime Assets’ MV Hallaig scoops Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award
  • Imtech Marine, Cavotec, ABB and Scandlines senior chief engineer Carsten Johansen among winners, judged by panel of some of the world’s leading marine journalists, industry experts and academics
  • Presented live at Electric and Hybrid Marine World Expo, Amsterdam RAI, Thursday 26thJune

The winners of the first ever Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards have been announced at a ceremony hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo.

The inaugural Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, which took place today (26th June) in Amsterdam, champions the best in technology and design in the electric and hybrid marine sector, supported by associated publication Electric and Hybrid Marine Technology International magazine.

Of the five categories up for grabs, all were decided by a team of 24 international maritime journalists, marine industry experts and academics; Supplier of the Year, Innovation of the Year, Chief Engineer of the Year, Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year and Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year.

The ceremony saw wins for a number of innovation firsts, with the prestigious Electric & Hybrid Propulsion System of the Year award won by Caledonian Maritime Assets’ MV Hallaig diesel-electric ferry – the world’s first seagoing passenger and vehicle roll-on, roll-off hybrid ferry, designed following a US$31m Scottish Government investment. This diesel-electric hybrid vessel beat off competition from 10 other nominees, including the former diesel-electric-powered Prinsesse Benedikte by Scandlines; the world’s largest hybrid passenger ferry, and PlanetSolar’s MS Tûranor catamaran, the first exclusively solar-powered vessel to travel the world.

ABB picked up the award for Propulsion System Manufacturer of the Year, in a field featuring some of the biggest names in the sector, including Wärtsilä, Rolls-Royce Marine and GE Power Conversion. ABB was awarded the most points from the judges after the company ended 2013 with record revenues of nearly US$42bn and signed six contracts worth US$180m for cruise liner orders of its Azipod propulsion equipment. The company was also given credit for its Onboard DC Grid propulsion system, which itself won an innovation award at the Offshore Technology Conference.

Imtech Marine scooped the Supplier of the Year award, having been shortlisted for achieving increased revenues, its innovative projects throughout the year, and order intake amounting to US$661m during 2013 – higher than its revenue for the previous year. The company was also recognised for its innovative hybrid propulsion system as used inside the MV Hallaig diesel-electric ferry, which made fuel savings of 38%; higher than the expected 20%.

More than a dozen of the industry’s finest were featured in the Chief Engineer of the Year category, but it was Carsten Johansen, senior chief engineer at Scandlines who landed the award. Recognised for his impressive work on the Prinsesse Benedikte, Johansen was the overall integrator of a revolutionary new hybrid drive system. The project saw Johansen bring together technologies by Siemens, Corvus Energy, Kongsberg, Lloyd’s Register and ABB with Scandlines, and bring the vessel to a successful project end in record time.

The final award, for Innovation of the Year, went to Cavotec for its world-first integrated automated mooring and shore power system, which moors and connects ferries to electrical power to charge a vessel’s batteries. Set to be installed at the Lavik and Oppedal passenger ferry berths, in the Norwegian fjords, by mid-2014, it will then be used in another world first: a fully battery-powered, catamaran-hulled ferry, run by Norwegian ferry operator, Norled.

John Thornton, assistant editor at Electric and Hybrid Marine Technology International magazine and co-chairman of the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards, said: “The Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards has been designed to discover who makes the best technologies and systems in what is unquestionably a pioneering and innovative sector within the marine industry. Upon reflection of yesterday’s ceremony, I think we have done exactly that. The feedback I’ve had from the jury panel is that their decisions were not easily made. The depth of quality of the nominees shortlisted immensely impressed each of the 24 judges, which fills me with confidence for when the Awards return in 2015.”

The ceremony was hosted at Electric & Hybrid Marine World Expo 2014, the only exhibition and conference to showcase emerging efficient propulsion technologies and manufacturers. With visitors, exhibitors and speakers including ship owners and operators, boat builders’ engine manufacturers, naval architects and military fleet operators, the three-day event provided a truly unique opportunity to witness the best this industry has to offer.

To see the shortlist in full and for more information about those selected and to see the list of judges click here

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