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22.06.2023

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards RAI Amsterdam 2023

A diverse range of energy solutions will be required to reduce emissions on the decarbonisation journey for marine.

Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were announced at RAI Amsterdam on 20 June 2023 during Electric & Hybrid Marine Expo. The awards featured an expanded array of categories to recognize the scope of innovation and achievement across the maritime sector over the last 12 months.

It is interesting to see how the technology and innovations are evolving with 100% Battery-Electric and ICE Hybrid concepts now blending with Hydrogen solutions.

The awards, coordinated by Electric & Hybrid Marine Technology International magazine, were officiated by a panel of international industry experts.

Now comprising 9 categories, the Electric & Hybrid Marine Awards were a celebration of recent advances in marine propulsion technology and progress toward a greener and more sustainable industry.

To recognize the increasingly prominent role of sustainability in the maritime sector, the new-look awards featured 3 categories focused on environmental development.

Hydro Impulse took the award for ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR – PROPULSION SYSTEM DESIGN category for its groundbreaking impeller system.

The team behind Norled’s MF Hydra was recognized for the development of the world’s first liquid hydrogen-powered ferry in the ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR – VESSEL DESIGN category. A project that showcases the power of collaborative development, MF Hydra benefited from expertise of a host of companies from across the marine industry including Ballard Power Systems and SEAM.

The award for ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR – INDUSTRY CONTRIBUTION was taken home by the SWIM consortium. A collaboration between Enviu, Zepp.solutions and Flying Fish. The consortium launched its hydrogen-electric SWIM watertaxi in the Port of Rotterdam. The vessel has led to the development of the country’s first permanent hydrogen-refueling station for boats.

The CONCEPT VESSEL DESIGN OF THE YEAR award was won by Ulstein for its Thor concept - a 149m 3R (Replenishment, Research, Rescue) design featuring a thorium molten salt reactor to generate vast amounts of clean, safe electricity. This enables the vessel to operate as a mobile power/charging station for a new generation of battery-driven cruise ships.

The NEW PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR category was a closely fought one, with the jury opting for Molabo’s plug-and-play drive system as the winner. Jurors pointed to a number of key factors of the Molabo system, including safety, ease of installation and the role of plug-and-play solutions in reducing system costs.

In the VESSEL CHARGING INNOVATION OF THE YEAR category, Vard was declared the winner for its Ocean Charger technology.

Shore-Link won this year’s award for PORTS AND HARBOR INNOVATION OF THE YEAR impressing the jury with its self-propelled cruise shore power solution.

With hydrogen technology continuing to grow and develop across the marine sector, Genevos took home the 2023 award for HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR.

The final award of 2023 was for the MARINE INDUSTRY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR. Out of a shortlist of well-established names, Leclanché took the top spot in a category that saw judges asked to consider suppliers working to enable, facilitate, promote and champion decarbonization across the marine industry.

With these new categories the expanded 2023 awards highlight work taking place across the maritime industry. Reflecting the scope of achievement taking place in R&D centres, design studios and laboratories around the world.

Congratulations to all the innovations - the winners AND everyone who entered - keep up the good work!

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