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Clean Marine Award

A new EU award scheme for low-emission shipping


The inaugural Clean Marine Awards were presented by Environment Commissioner Margot Wallstrom during the Environmental Awards ceremony in Brussels on 1 June 2004.  Click here to see pictures from the ceremony, and read on for details of the winners, nominees and other applicants.


Ship operators category

Winner: Reederei Rord Braren for their three ultra-clean ships


This German company demonstrate comprehensively how they have led the way in developing criteria for high environmental performance in shipping, and building three exemplary vessels which exceed even these criteria.  The MS Cellus (pictured) emits 90% less NOx and 80% less SO2 than standard ships, and despite of the usual fuel penalty for operating NOx abatement technology, still manages a slight reduction in CO2.  Air pollution is only one of a raft of criteria, including those relating to social aspects (crew training and pay), effluent emissions (bilge water separation), and the use of tin-free antifouling paints.  Credit is also due to Finnish shippers Stora Enso who use the vessel.


Bijlsma (& Knutsen) for their unique new Liquified Natural Gas tanker with two separate engines, one running on boil-off of its own LNG cargo, the other on diesel

Other entries:

Birka Line – using low sulphur fuel and SCR technology to reduce NOx
Korsnas – energy-saving propellor reducing fuel consumption by 4.5%
Knutsen – vapour emissions recovery during tanker fuel loading
Norden – low sulphur, low NOx and tracking environmental impacts
Silja – low NOx and using low sulphur fuel since the early 1990s
Stelmar Tankers – certified ISO 14001, meeting IMO NOx standards
Thenamaris – controlling smoke and vapour emissions from tankers
Thila – using vegetable oil fuel and energy-efficient engine control
Viking Line –using low-sulphur fuel and HAM technology to reduce NOx


Shippers category

Winner: SCA Transforest AB for their low-emission logistics policy 

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This Swedish freight logistics company demonstrates well how they consider the environmental impacts throughout the transport chain.  They have invested in emissions reduction for 3 vessels they operate on long-term lease –through catalytic reduction they have reduced nitrogen oxides by 1500 tonnes per annum, and through the use 1% sulphur fuel they have reduce sulphur dioxide by 1000 tonnes per annum.  They have maximized loads by seeking return cargoes (in two thirds of cases different from the outgoing journey) and increasing capacity, by lengthening the vessels.  By doing this they have been able to reduce fuel consumption per tonne carried, and therefore emissions, by 15%.

Nominee: Volvo & Wallenius Wilhelmsen for their collaboration to ensure high capacity and low emissions from their global fleet of car-carriers. 


Port / authorities category

Winner: Port of Gothenburg for the provision of shore-side electricityship

The Port of Gothenburg show how ports can provide infrastructure for ships to reduce their environmental impact while docked in ports.  Connection to shore-side electricity allows ro-ro ships to switch off engines while in port, reducing air emissions from marine fuel combustion, and noise emissions from engine turnover.  Emissions reductions are currently 80 tonnes NOx per annum, 60 tonnes SO2 and 2 tonnes “solid matter” (ie primary particles and soot).  The source of the shore-side electricity is wind power.

Nominee: the Port of Stockholm for their policy of environmentally differentiated port dues, giving fee rebates to ships which use low sulphur fuel and nitrogen oxide reduction technologies

Other entries:

Port of Gothenburg - vapour emission recovery equipment for tankers
New Hansa - 11 Baltic Sea ports working together to reduce emissions

All files are in pdf format (30K~1.3M)


Announced in the European Commission’s Communication on an EU strategy to reduce atmospheric emissions from seagoing ships - COM(2002)595 - and welcomed by the Council and Parliament in their 2003 Conclusions and Resolution on the strategy.

Objective to give positive publicity for environmentally responsible shipping, specifically low-emission initiatives, and to disseminate best practice.  Awards have no pecuniary value. 

Managed by the European Commission, in collaboration with EU shipping, port and shippers organizations and an environmental NGO:




European                 Shippers




European Federation for
Transport & the Environment


Jury chaired by Rolf Saether, former President of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and founder of the Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award.  5 jury members – one each nominated by ECSA, ESC, ESPO, T&E and the Commission.

Presentations on a biannual basis from 2004, by the Environment Commissioner, at a high profile event in Brussels.  The first awards will be made on 1 June 2004 at an Environmental Awards ceremony during Green Week.


Awards available in three categories:

1. EU ship operator which has a policy or procedure of low-emission operation beyond regulatory requirements (eg EU-based or EU-flagged shipping company).  Examples could include:

- Continuous operation on low sulphur marine fuels

- Installation and continuous use of NOx reduction technology (SCR, HAM)

- Installation and use of vapour emission recovery equipment or procedures

2. EU shipper which has a policy or practice of using low-emission ships to transport their goods (eg EU-based manufacturing or retail company).  Examples could include:

- A logistics policy which favours low-emission shipping over more polluting transport modes

- Specifying low fuel sulphur and/or use of emissions abatement technology in charter parties

3. EU authority which has a policy or procedure to facilitate low-emission shipping or shore-side activity in port (eg EU-based port, local or national authority). Examples could include:

- Installation and promotion of shore-side electricity or vapour emission recovery in port

- Introduction of differentiated charges favouring low-emission ships (eg port or fairway dues)

- Speed reduction policies

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