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Three newbuilds and one retrofit fight it out for Next Generation Ship Award at Nor-Shipping 2022

The prize, to be awarded at Nor-Shipping’s Ocean Leadership Conference at NOVA Spektrum on 4 April 2022, is always a highlight of ‘Your Arena for Ocean Solutions’, having previously been won by Color Line’s Color Hybrid in 2017 and Sovcomflot’s Gagarin Prospect in 2019. This year will see Höegh Autoliner’s Aurora, Havila Voyages’ Havila Capella, Sea-Cargo’s SC Connector, and Wallenius’ Sleipner design fight it out for the accolade.

Setting new standards

“It’s been a challenging year for the industry, and society in general,” comments Nor-Shipping Director Sidsel Norvik, “but the disruption has not slowed down the speed of innovation – and the depth of ambition – defining the maritime world at present. These four vessels are the embodiment of that drive, demonstrating breakthrough technology that has the potential to set new standards for owners and operators worldwide. There can only be one winner, but they should all be applauded.”

Sidsel Norvik, Director, Nor-Shipping

The award aims to shine a global spotlight on maritime innovation. It is open to any newbuild set to be delivered up to January 2025, or for conversions or retrofits completed since the last Nor-Shipping in 2019. Key criteria for assessment include energy efficiency, innovation, suitability and flexibility, technology utilisation, safety and security, and environmental sustainability, with an expert international jury deliberating over what Norvik calls “a hugely impressive” field of contenders.

Next wave innovations

However, four entries eventually stood out. Höegh Autoliners’ Aurora design will be the largest and greenest PCTC ever built, boasting DNV’s new ammonia and methanol ready notations. It will offer 60% lower CO2e emissions per nautical mile and car equivalent unit compared to a standard car carrier. Coastal cruise ferry Havila Capella (top photo) is set to be powered by battery and liquid natural gas, cutting CO2 emissions by around 25% and NOx emissions by 80–95%. The battery packs are the world’s largest on board a ship, with an output of 6.1MW.

Höegh Autoliners’ Aurora – the largest and greenest PCTC ever built.

The new Sleipner design from Wallenius has been conceived with a variety of smart solutions to reduce environmental impact. These include multi-fuel engines, batteries, a shore connection and a design that eliminates the need for ballast water.

Sleipner design from Wallenius

Last, but not least, the 1997 built SC Connector has been selected for a retrofit of two tiltable rotor sails and a battery pack energy storage system. As a result, the SC Connector has reduced its annual fuel consumption and emissions by up to 25%.

The SC Connector – with two tiltable rotor sails and a battery pack energy storage system.

Efficiency to the fore

Jury Chairman Malcolm Latarche says of the short list: “The discussions around selecting the final four candidates are always lively affairs and this year was no exception. There were so many worthy candidates, and it was good to see a high number of retrofit projects being put forward. With the IMO’s EEXI regulations on the horizon, most of the world fleet will need to improve their energy efficiency, so the efforts of pioneering operators like these should be celebrated.”

Nor-Shipping’s Young Entrepreneur Award and Ocean Solutions Award will also be presented at the Ocean Leadership Conference. Nor-Shipping 2022 takes place across a series of venues in Oslo and Lillestrøm from 4-7 April.

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