The Efficiency Improvement Award recognises a product, system, process or policy that has been introduced (or substantially improved and relaunched) during the previous calendar year and has provided a permanent improvement in fuel efficiency, either on a specific ship or across a fleet.
Fuel efficiency improvements are no longer found only by optimising the fuel line, propulsion system or hull form – although new and improved design in these areas would make good candidates. On modern ships control and automation can have an equally important impact on fuel consumption. Increasing digitalisation offers further opportunities to drive fuel efficiency, as do crew training programmes and fleetwide benchmarking programmes.
Candidates are expected to provide a quantitative indication of fuel savings and enough detail about the project for judges to assess its effectiveness and originality.
Nominations for the 2019 Efficiency Improvement Award have now closed, details of those shortlisted will be announced shortly. The award will be presented to the winner at the Marine Propulsion Awards after Day 1 of the Sulphur Cap 2020 conference in Amsterdam on May 8th.