The International Windship Association (IWSA) has been named as a finalist for the Ship Efficiency Awards 2015, hosted by Lloyd’s Register and taking place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, straight after Ship Efficiency: The Event 2015.
The event is held in association with Inmarsat and takes place on 8th to 9th September during London International Shipping Week (LISW15).
After much consideration by the awards panel of judges, the International Windship Association (IWSA) was selected to become one of the five finalists for the Initiative of the Year award.
The International Windship Association facilitates and promotes wind propulsion for commercial shipping worldwide and brings together all parties in the development of a windship sector to shape industry and government attitudes and policies.
The objectives of IWSA include: Network – create a clear sectoral approach, grouping like-minded organisations and individuals that can share ideas, skills, as well as technical and market information for the development of commercial wind-ships; Promote – promote the economic value of wind propulsion to the industry; Incubate – assist in securing funding streams, project collaboration, grant applications, research and the pooling of resources; Educate – act as a central information hub for the wind propulsion sector, ship owners and operators, shipyards, ports, governments, equipment producers, the media, NGOs, and the general public; Facilitate – initiate the establishment of common approaches/criteria for all stages of wind propulsion projects, advise stakeholders and lobby legislative bodies on policies, activities, funding and incentives required to retrofit existing ships and build new commercial wind-ships.
The second annual Ship Efficiency Awards, hosted by Lloyd’s Register and organised by Fathom, will recognise and celebrate the organisations and individuals within the maritime sector that excel in efficient operations, implement fresh thinking offer proven efficiency benefits and technological innovation.
Gavin Allwright, IWSA Secretary, said: “We are honoured to be selected as a finalist in the ‘Initiative of the Year’ category alongside these other worthy initiatives. This has been a big year for the association and the development of wind propulsion in general and being selected as a finalist will encourage us to redouble our efforts in the future. We would like to thank the team at Fathom, Lloyds Register and all of the sponsors and organisations that support the awards.”
The winner of the Initiative of the Year award will be announced at the Ship Efficiency Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 9th September, straight after Ship Efficiency: The Event.