AlfaWall Oceanbird and Cristina Aleixendri Munoz scoop Nor-Shipping awards


In addition to Swedish/Danish tanker operator Terntank’s previously report4d win of the coveted Next Generation Ship Award, wind power pioneer AlfaWall Oceanbird and Bound4Blue Co-founder and COO Cristina Aleixendri Munoz also scooped awards at the 29th Nor-Shipping this week.

Expert judging panels described the competition for the accolades as “fiercer than ever”, reflecting on the “dynamic, ambitious and innovative state of an industry in transition.”

AlfaWall Oceanbird, a joint venture between Alfa Laval and Wallenius, took the second ever Ocean Solutions Award, which is open to Nor-Shipping participants and exhibitors, for the Oceanbird folding wing sail. This innovative wind concept, which has more in common with airplane wings than traditional sails, has the potential to transform the viability of wind power for large, deep-sea vessels.

Shifting the spotlight to individual talent, Cristina Aleixendri Munoz (pictured, right), of Spain’s Bound4Blue, was the proud recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award, held in partnership with YoungShip International. This prize, given to emerging industry stars under the age of 40, recognized her pivotal role in bringing the firm’s automated turnkey wind solution to market.

“The Nor-Shipping awards are always a focal point for those interested in identifying the projects, innovations and talents set to define the future of this industry,” comments Sidsel Norvik, Director, Nor-Shipping.

“From what the judges tell us, this year’s competing fields were both large and very high quality, leaving our experts with some tough decisions, and very heated debates. I’d like to wish all three the warmest congratulations on their wins. It’ll be fascinating to see the impact they can have in the years to come.”