The Color Line plug-in hybrid vessel, to be built at Ulstein Verft, has been shortlisted for the Next Generation Ship Award. With a focus on innovation, the Next Generation Ship Award honours the most promising design for ships that will be at sea in the coming decade.
The Award will be presented on 30 May at the Nor-Shipping opening ceremony. According to the jury, the nominated projects are pushing our industry forward to a greener, more profitable and more environmentally responsible future. The award will be handed out by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon.
The Next Generation Award shortlist comprises container feeder ship designs developed by Danish naval architects Knud E Hansen, LNG-ready product/chemical tanker design FKAB 7990, Color Lines’ large hybrid plug-in ferry vessel, and the conversion of two existing diesel powered ferries, Tycho Brahe and Aurora, to all electric operation.
“Our awards are designed to promote the people and projects that are tackling some of the most pressing issues and demands our industry faces,” comments Nor-Shipping Director Birgit Liodden.
“Each of the short-listed projects demonstrate the innovation and ambition that is at the heart of shipping today, paving the way for a more sustainable future tomorrow.”
In 2015, the award went to the ULSTEIN X-STERN, a design feature that reduces acceleration, pitch and heave, improves comfort and safety, and widens the operational window.
The Next Generation Ship Award is awarded to the ship project demonstrating the greatest advances and innovation in design. The design is assessed with respect to energy efficiency, innovation, suitability and flexibility, technology utilization, safety and security and environmental sustainability. All ship types will be given equal consideration, regardless of size or segment.
Since innovative efficient designs often emerge through active collaboration between companies, collaborators may jointly apply. Eligible projects are those that are contracted but not delivered or are likely to be contracted and built within the next 10 years.