IWSA Tuesday announced that nominations for the inaugural Wind Propulsion Awards are now open.
The International Windship Association (IWSA) Tuesday announced that nominations for the inaugural Wind Propulsion Awards, which are intended to recognise technological innovation and development of wind propulsion as a viable solution for the shipping industry, are now open.
"These awards will spotlight individuals and companies making a tangible difference in advancing wind propulsion as a low carbon, truly sustainable option for the world’s shipping fleet," stated IWSA, noting that the ceremony will be held at the Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology conference in Hamburg from September 6 to 9, 2016.
IWSA says that, for the four days of the conference, it has a scheduled program of over 20 wind propulsion presentations, seminars, and networking events, including the awards.
The awards feature four categories including, the Wind Propulsion in Commercial Shipping - Innovation Award, the Wind Propulsion Technology User Award, the Wind Propulsion Research Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gavin Allwright, Secretary, IWSA
It is critically important to raise the profile of the commercial application of wind in shipping
"Wind propulsion solutions are the vital component in helping the shipping industry to reach ever tighter efficiency and emissions targets," said Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary.
"It is critically important to raise the profile of the commercial application of wind in shipping and the Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards is one way that we can help achieve that."
Nominations for these awards will be accepted until June 7, with shortlisted finalists for each award category set to be announced later that month.
More details on how to make a nomination can be found at http://wind-ship.org/en/innovation_awards_2016/
In April, Allwright said that the shipping industry is "behind the curve" in utilising renewable energy solutions, adding that the installation of wind technology devices on commercial ships can provide "significant" fuel and emission saving opportunities.