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The International Windship Association (IWSA) has announced the shortlist for the second Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards, with public voting now open until 7 November.

The awards recognise pioneering projects, technological innovation and the development of wind propulsion as technically and commercially viable solutions within the shipping industry.

‘We are delighted to launch these awards which have attracted over 80 nominations. Those have then been whittled down to a shortlist for voting by 27 judges from across the shipping industry including wind propulsion experts, shipowners, naval architects and decarbonisation thought leaders,’ said Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary General.

‘Wind propulsion stands as a clear “good news” story for the shipping industry as a zero-emissions energy source, with technologies being rolled out today.’

There are four categories in this year’s awards open for public vote:

The Wind Propulsion Innovation Award for developers of innovative technology and installations is sponsored by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Seven companies are shortlisted: Anemoi, AYRO/VPLP, Norsepower, VALE SA, Windship Technology, WISAMO from Michelin and Wind Wings from BAR Technologies and Yara Marine Technologies.

The Wind Propulsion Technology User Award, sponsored by Thordon Bearings, will be presented to a company championing the use of wind propulsion through installing systems on ships.

The shortlist includes CMES-DCIS, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Scandlines, Rord Braren, VALE SA and Van Dam Shipping.

The Wind Propulsion Projects Award spotlights projects that are furthering the uptake of wind propulsion, tackling barriers or developing new technology and hybrid configurations.

This award is sponsored by Wärtsilä Marine Power and the shortlist includes: HHx-ESLA, Oceanbird, MOL’s Windhunter, the EU WASP project and the WiSP Joint Industry project. 

The Small Vessel Award is sponsored by MARIN  and the shortlist includes: Advanced Wing Systems, Blue Schooner Co, Ecoclipper, Grain de Sail, Project Cerulean and SAIL CARGO Inc.

To learn more about the projects and technologies and to register a vote, click here.

Three other categories will be voted on by IWSA membership with two research categories, the first being a Completed Research Award, with five research papers and reports by research teams from Europe, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the USA shortlisted.

This award is sponsored by The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), Kühne Logistics University (KLU) Hapag-Lloyd Center for Shipping and Global Logistics (CSGL), Dealfeng New Energy Technology and Econowind.

The Proposed Research Award has four proposals up for the vote and is sponsored by Green Marine, Norsepower and Yara Marine Technologies. The final award is for Outstanding Contribution to the Wind Propulsion Sector and the shortlisted candidates include: Bertrand Charrier, Diane Gilpin, Kazuyuki Ouchi, Lauren Eatwell, Marc Van Peteghem and Tuomas Riski.

A virtual awards ceremony will be held on 11 November at 0900-1030 (UK time), live from Glasgow.


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