Mon, 06 Oct 2014

Taking one for the team!
We won!

The award that “recognises a project, concept or technology which has the demonstrable potential to improve the efficiency of an aspect of ship operations along with evidence of real uptake and growth potential.”

At last week’s Ship Efficiency conference the Award ceremony took place at the end of two days of conference and networking.

We stood alongside an illustrious line up of finalists from Wartsila, Cousteau and Eco-Marine Power. We were judged by shipping industry leaders from the International Chamber of Shipping, Lloyds List, Clarkson’s, ABS and ship owner representatives BIMCO.

It’s a real honour to have been recognised as the ‘One to Watch’ by such a distinguished panel of judges from such a short list of finalists.

The B9 Shipping project is about collaboration and the whole system approach we pioneer is only made possible by drawing on expert knowledge from across the spectrum. Its all about the team.

Large corporate businesses like Rolls-Royce, P&O and Tata Steel share technical knowledge and vision to help accelerate progress. Lloyds Register provides invaluable support on the most effective ways to rapidly enable new design solutions. Cutting edge innovation from offshore yacht racing is brought to the project by Humphreys Yacht Design long experienced in leading first-principle design solutions on many great international projects. We draw on academic work from the ‘Low Carbon Shipping Project’ and ‘Shipping in Changing Climates’ and our model testing was at the University of Southampton’s Wolfson Unit. We’ve had support from the Met Office to help quantify the value of wind at sea and the National Composite Centre advise us on lightweighting and novel materials. Tomorrow’s Company input on how to structure the collaboration to ensure it is resilient and future-proof whilst PwC and Reed Smith help us pull together the financial, legal and commercial threads.

Redesigning old systems for an uncertain future presents very real challenges on many levels. Our alliance benefits from a collective vision and a common purpose. Once you put predictable renewable energy and a commitment to designing in the circular economy at the heart of a new system you begin to realise the long-term benefits. This, in turn, makes it possible to find the way to address the challenges.

Watch this space.

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