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Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards – Archive

Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards – Archive

Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards 2016

The First International Windship Association Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards recognise pioneering projects and technological innovation in the development of wind propulsion for technically and commercially viable solutions for the shipping industry. The awards spotlight individuals and companies making a real difference in advancing wind propulsion as a low carbon, truly sustainable option for the world’s shipping fleet.

The 2016 awards ceremony will be held in the new A5 Green Propulsion Hall at SMM 2016 (Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology conference) in Hamburg from 6th-9th September 2016. Further Details

There are Four Categories in this year’s Awards:

  1. Wind Propulsion in Commercial Shipping – Innovation Award
    Nominations: Developers of innovative wind propulsion technology, commercial wind ship network building or business development in the field.
    Sponsored by
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  2. Wind Propulsion Technology User Award
    Nominations:Shipping companies that are championing the use of wind propulsion on their vessels through testing, prototype operation or commercial use.
    Sponsored by
  3. Wind Propulsion Research Award
    Nominations: Researchers, engineers, naval architects or academics for their contribution to the wind propulsion sector.
    Sponsored by
  1. Special Award : Lifetime Achievement Award (Award Ceremony – 6th Sept)
    Nominations: Outstanding figures in the wind propulsion sector over the past few decades.
    Sponsored by


We are very pleased to announce the Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards are open for voting. We would like to thank the judging panel for all of their work compiling this excellent shortlist of nominees listed below.  The panel included industry experts, wind propulsion specialists and academics (profiles below)

Voting is open until 15 August   – VOTE HERE

1. Wind Propulsion in Commercial Shipping – Innovation Award   INSB Logo_May16

Sponsored by International Naval Surveys Bureau – INSB Class, is an independent-non-governmental-Greek ship classification society working with the objective of safeguarding life, property and the marine environment. Headquartered in Piraeus since 1977, INSB Class belongs to the cluster of the leading Non-IACS societies with international presence in more than 50 countries. INSB Class main services include  Ship classification scheme including periodic surveys for maintenance of class,  Surveys & supervision on site for ships during construction, Engineering studies, plan approval & technical review & calculations service, Statutory surveys & certification,   ISM & ISPS systems assessment & certification, MLC 2006 assessments and verifications,   Technical interpretation and consultancy services,  Surveys of Damage, Modification or repairs.


  1. Oceanfoil
  2. E-ship1
  3. Smart Green Shipping Alliance
  4. Norsepower Oy Ltd
  5. S@IL project – Ecoliner
  6. UT Windchallenger


– Oceanfoil was formed in July 2012 to pursue the work carried out in the 1980s to develop a high-tech form of rigid sail to be installed on most types of merchant ships. The sail structure in question consists of up to three aircraft-type wings turned on their end and which encompass the aerodynamic qualities of an aircraft wing surface. These structures are generally known as “wingsails”

– Flettner-Rotors were developed, tested and implemented specifically for the E-Ship 1: supplementary wind-operated drives which have a direct impact on reducing the vessel’s fuel consumption. The E-Ship 1 has undergone an intensive utilisation and trial phase over the last five years, during which it has covered more than 320,000 nautical miles in commercial operation. The use of the Flettnerrotors allow for savings up to 15%. This can sometimes be considerably more in peak conditions; for instance, in a good wind the E-Ship 1 can travel at speeds of up to 12 knots only using the Flettner-Rotors. READ MORE…

Smart Green Shipping Alliance
– an award winning collaboration of SMEs, large corporations and academics. It was born out of B9 Shipping with the aim of commercialising wind propulsion and other innovations for the shipping sector. The SGSA has created a range of products that function both as individual solutions and as a whole system to stimulate the uptake of maritime renewables. These are FASTRIGS – technology to HARNESS THE WIND, TRADEWIND– data analysis tools to VALUE OF THE WINDand RE-Surge– financial products to CAPITALISE THE WIND

Estraden with two Rotor Sails from port - web
Norsepower Oy Ltd
– The Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor – a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. When the wind conditions are favourable, Norsepower Rotor Sails allow the main engines to be throttled back, saving fuel and reducing emissions while providing the power needed to maintain speed and voyage time. Rotor sails can be used with new vessels or they can be retrofitted easily to existing ships. Based on the successful sea trials on Bore’s Estraden, the technology has potential for fuel savings of up to 30%.

S@IL project – Ecoline
r  – The first Ecoliner design will be a multipurpose ship which can transport all kinds with four Dynarig type (square rigged) masts to power the ship under sail. The sails are fully automatic , operated from the bridge and always produce optimal power at a maximum inclination of 10 degrees. Backup auxiliary power comes from the diesel electric propeller propulsion system with energy generated by the propeller when the Ecoliner is under sail will be returned to the board net and so reduce fuel consumption.

UT Windchallenger –
The Wind Challenger Project which was started in 2009 by the University of Tokyo and the JIP includes NYK Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., Oshima Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., TADANO Ltd., ClassNK and TOKYO KEIKI INC.  The vessel is equipped with extraordinary large rigid sails (Height:50m, Breadth:20m, Thick:4m, Area:1,000m2) on the upper deck as a main propulsor which is made by advanced light material such as CFRP composite or Aluminum Alloy. This rigid sail whose horizontal section is crescent shape has a retractable steel spar and totally enclosed wing of composite material, and also has a vertically telescopic reefing and self-rotating mechanism to meet the wind velocity and direction. The four pieces of rigid sails (total sail area 4,000m2) are expected to generate forward thrust enough to drive 84,000DWT Bulk Carrier at the cruising speed of 14knot. The power management system between sails and a Diesel engine is also studied in order to save fuel consumption of the vessel at the hybrid operation mode.


2. Wind Propulsion Technology User Award       SSI_logo_blue

Sponsored by the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) –  an ambitious coalition of shipping leaders from around the world, that is taking practical steps to tackle some of the sector’s greatest opportunities and challenges. The group is working to achieve a vision of an industry in which sustainability equals success. The SSI ultimately aims to make sustainability mainstream within shipping – delivering the vision we have for a sustainable industry in 2040. We are a group of leaders across the whole shipping value chain from ship owners to customers.


1. Enercon – E-ship 1
2. Bore Shipping – Norsepower Rotors
3. Solar Sailor – Ocius Technology Ltd – the Rigid Opening Sail
4. Fair Transport – Traditional Sail Cargo


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Enercon – E-ship 1
– Flettner-Rotors were developed, tested and implemented specifically for the E-Ship 1: supplementary wind-operated drives which have a direct impact on reducing the vessel’s fuel consumption. The E-Ship 1 has undergone an intensive utilisation and trial phase over the last five years, during which it has covered more than 320,000 nautical miles in commercial operation. The use of the Flettnerrotors allow for savings up to 15%. This can sometimes be considerably more in peak conditions; for instance, in a good wind the E-Ship 1 can travel at speeds of up to 12 knots only using the Flettner-Rotors. READ MORE…

Bore Shipping – Norsepower Rotors –
The first Norsepower Rotor Sail was installed on the 9,700 DWT Ro-Ro carrier MS Estraden in the end of 2014. Owned by Bore, MS Estraden operates in a continuous service between the Netherlands and the UK, sailing through the North Sea’s windy corridors at speeds of 16 knots. Based on the evidence of the effect of the first Rotor Sail, Bore ordered a second installation; the first commercial order for a Flettner rotor in shipping.
Bore Shipping      Norsepower

Solar Sailor – Ocius Technology Ltd – the Rigid Opening Sail –
The first commercial boat, SolarSailor, was operated by Captain Cook Cruises for ten years from 2000- 2010. This prototype of future ferries, saving them 35% of fuel and operating on zero emissions in silent and electric mode. Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust Project (Hong Kong) constructed four commercial ferries to operate a service 14 hours a day, seven days a week The ferries run two routes of five and seven mile round trips with slow sectors at each end – in a 20-minute cycle with substantial fuel savings. Shanghai World Expo (China): After demonstration of the Sydney ferry to Suntech, a Wuxi-based solar panel company, in 2009 Ocius was awarded a contract to design, build and install a 12 -metre high SolarSail with software integration, on a 250 pax VIP river cruise boat vessel, ‘Suntech Guoshung’ for the World Expo in Shanghai. Unmanned Surface Vessels: Ocius has developed a new generation of drone vessels known as unmanned surface vessels (USVs) for industrial, defence and scientific organisations to survey and protect the world’s oceans.

Fair Transport – Traditional Sail Cargo –
For 7 years Fairtransport has been shipping cargo over the ocean by wind power alone. Fairtransport currently operates 2 sail cargo vessels; Tres Hombres and Nordlys. Tres hombres ship is an engineless Brigantine of 35m with a cargo capacity of 35 tonnes. Tres Hombres trades throughout the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. Nordlys is a Ketch rigged Brixham trawler of 25m and is possibly the world’s oldest cargo ship (1873) still in operation. Originally built as a fishing trawler, nowadays she is capable of shipping 30 tons and trades throughout European Coastal waters. Both the ships operational costs are financed through an innovative mixed model of revenue; from transporting cargo and from providing a sail training experience. The next step will see Fairtransport increase their fleet by building a 60m bespoke Clippership.


3. Wind Propulsion Research Award                      Norsepower-logoV2-TM

Sponsored by Norsepower Oy Ltd – developer of the Norsepower Rotor Sail Solution, a modernized version of the Flettner rotor – successfully trialled aboard the Bore’s MV Estraden, and now available to the shipping market.


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  1. Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) team READ MORE…
  2. S@IL project team READ MORE…
  3. University of South Pacific – Sustainable Sea Transport Programme READ MORE…
  4. University College London (UCL) – Energy Institute team READ MORE…
  5. Technical University Delft team READ MORE…
  6. University of Strathclyde team READ MORE…



Special Award : Lifetime Achievement Award         HSBA_RGB_zentr_2zeilig

Sponsored by Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) – the university of choice of the Hamburg business community. The MBA Shipping Programme is focused on Business Development in the Shipping industry and related industries with a programme that provides the students with the necessary knowledge, analytical skills and competences regarded as essential for extraordinary managerial performance in the maritime industry. High quality MBA courses for professionals from across the industry and around the world.


  1. Anton Flettner – Flettner Rotor
  2. Dr. Robert Dane – Ocius Technology Ltd – the Rigid Opening Sail
  3. Capt. Jacques Cousteau – Turbosail
  4. Wilhelm Proelss and Bernd Wagner – Windship Research & Dynarig.

NOTE: The voting for the special lifetime achievement award is restricted to IWSA members and associates. These votes should be sent directly by email to


Anton Flettner – Flettner Rotor
German inventor of the rotor ship, vessels propelled by revolving cylinders mounted vertically on the ships’  deck and harnessing the Magnuss effect to assist the vessel’s propulsion. Flettner saw two rotor vessels built in his lifetime, firstly the test vessel Buckau in 1924-5, followed by the Barbara in 1926. These vessels proved the principles involved in harnessing the wind using rotors and much later in the 21st century we see variations of these rotor designs used on Enercon’s  E-ship1, Bore’s M/V Estraden and soon to be tested on Fehn’s M/V Pollux.

Dr. Robert Dane – Ocius Technology Ltd – the Rigid Opening Sail

For twenty years, Dr Robert Dane, has been developing and commercializing wind and renewable energy propulsion technology The company now known as Ocius (Latin for ‘fleet’) has always been a first mover in the marine industry having built 6 hybrid solar commercial passenger electric ferries and is now building solar wind and wave powered Unmanned Surface Vessels for the Australian Navy.

Capt. Jacques Cousteau – Turbosail
In 1980, Captain Cousteau dreamed of creating a ship with a modern engine that would be powered, at least in part, by the wind, a clean, free, renewable energy source. The idea of using a hollow, rotating metal cylinder for propulsion had been tried and discarded decades before Cousteau and a team of engineers decided to revive and improve on it. Cousteau and his associates, Professor Lucien Malavard and Dr. Bertrand Charrier, used a fixed cylinder that looked like a smokestack and functioned like an airplane wing. A movable shutter and system of fan-drawn aspiration improved the efficiency of this new sail. Small-scale models tested in a wind tunnel functioned perfectly, and the Turbosail was born, followed in 1985 by the full size prototype Alcyone, 103ft long with two Turbosail rigs that sailed across the world for the next two decades.

Wilhelm Proelss and Bernd Wagner – Windship Research & Dynarig.


Wilhelm Proelss was the farsighted engineer to conceive an efficient and mechanised square sailing rig for commercial use according to the state of technology in the 1960s. Tests and speed predictions at IfS in Hamburg confirmed the superior performance of the DYNA-Rig over the traditional tall sailing rigs of the 1900s. Windship research was continued in Hamburg with the INDOSAIL-project to evaluate a variety of advanced Schooner rigs and to build and test a prototype cargo sailing ship of efficient performance and easy operation in the 1980s and -90s.

The results of these activities and further proposals confirm today that the use of modern wind propulsion (together with higher efficiency and better fuels) is an essential component of the road map to sustainable shipping and zero-emission. The technical prerequisites and a variety of components are close-to or readily available – we need just to start the practical implementation.


NOTE: The voting for the special lifetime achievement award is restricted to IWSA members and associates. These votes should be sent directly by email to

Shortlist selection: The decision by the panel of judges for shortlisting of the projects for the three main categories will be final and IWSA will have no influence upon that selection process. 

Final Voting: The voting and selection of the winning project in each of the three main categories is from an open online vote. IWSA will undertake promotional activities for the award but will have no undue influence upon that voting process. The announcement of the Award winners will be a final decision. IWSA and the Award sponsors will not be held liable for any losses or damages incurred by participation in this selection process and reserve all rights.


Short Listing Judges

All nominations will be assessed by our expert panel of guest short listing judges drawn from across the shipping industry, shipping research, wind propulsion specialists and the maritime media.

Alistair Fischbacher – Chief Executive, Sustainable Shipping Initiative
Catherine Austin – Editor – Shipping Efficiency Review (Fathom Maritime Intelligence)
Craig Eason – Deputy Editor, Lloyds List
Dimitris Argyos – Author of Wind Propulsion Report & Fleet Performance Supervisor at BG Group
Gary A. Mc Intyre – Technical Project Manager – Vessel Management, J.Lauritzen A/S
Gavin Lipsith – Editor, The Motorship
Jasper Faber (PhD) – CE Delft – Coordinator Aviation and Shipping
Katharine Palmer – Manager Environment & Sustainability, Lloyd’s Register Marine
Michael Traut (Dr.) – Tyndall Centre – Manchester University
Michael Vahs (Capt/Prof.) – Emden Leer University & Wind Propulsion Specialist
Nishatabbas Rehmatulla (Dr.) – Research Associate, UCL Energy Institute.
Orestis Schinas (Prof.) – Shipping & Ship Finance, Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA)
Osman Turan (Prof.)  – Director of Research Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering, University of Strathclyde
Peter Schenzle – Wind propulsion specialist, inventor of Indosail system & lecturer at Hamburg University of Technology
Pierre C Sames, (Dr.-Ing.) – Group Technology and Research Director, DNV GL AS
Sam Kimmins – Sustainability Consultant (Sustainable Transport specialist)
Sara Skold
-Clean Shipping Index and Sustainable Transport Consultant


Shortlist Judge Profiles

Alistair Fischbacher
Chief Executive, Sustainable Shipping Initiative

Alastair has, since 2014, been Chief Executive of The Sustainable Shipping Initiative, a coalition of leading companies in the shipping industry seeking to lead the industry to a sustainable future.  Prior to that Alastair was General Manager – Fleet Management for Rio Tinto where he was responsible for the building and operation of a fleet of seventeen large bulk carriers as well as sustainable development.  Alastair started his career as a deck cadet, is qualified as Master Mariner and holds an MBA.  He has worked in shipping and the mineral resources industries in a number of roles.  He is a member of the Lloyds Register Classing Committee and is chair of the Sailors Society, a Christian maritime charity focussed on seafarer welfare.  He has served on the boards of organisations such as Rightship (where he was chair for four years), the UK Chamber of Shipping and the World Ocean Council (chair from 2013-2014). He has also served on the UK committees of Class NK and DNV.

Catherine Austin
Executive Director, Fathom Maritime Intelligence

Catherine Austin owns and operates Fathom Maritime Intelligence as the Executive Director. Through this company Catherine principally drives the development of technical publications that support ship owners and operators to act upon their environmental impact and ship efficiency in addition to acting as an expert consultant on environmental matters. She also often acts as an expert contributor to research, policy and analysis within the low carbon development and maritime spheres collectively.

Catherine has been the editor of the quarterly trade news publication Ship Efficiency Review for the past 18 months and is responsible for the associated daily online news.

Previous to her joining Fathom Maritime Intelligence as a company director, Catherine held the role of Senior Operation Associate for the Carbon War Room’s Shipping Operation. Amongst the many projects that she coordinated during her two-year tenure in the role, she takes most pride from ferociously advancing the A-G ship efficiency index, as hosted on, driving its uptake and application by financial institutions, charterers and global ports.

Prior to her roles in the maritime industry, Catherine worked within the water and energy industries. She graduated from the University of Wales Swansea, School of Engineering with a Master of Research degree in Environmental Management and an undergraduate degree in Biology; she has a scientific research background complimented by a fervent passion for sustainability and low carbon innovation. Catherine is also a proud Ambassador for the Sailors Society.

Craig Eason
Deputy Editor, Lloyds List

Lloyd’s List is the oldest shipping trade news source in the world. It has been at the forefront of maritime journalism, reporting the trends, news and risks in merchant shipping since 1734.

Craig Eason is a former ship navigating officer with sea time on a number of different vessel types. He left the sea and became a qualified journalist in 1996, working on British radio and television before being engaged by business communication companies to help establish offices in Stockholm, Copenhagen and Canada.  In 2004 he began working for Informa, the parent group owning Lloyd’s List, and in 2007 was appointed marine technology editor for the newspaper, where he has been covering the developing challenges facing the shipping industry, one of which is environmental compliance.

In recent years Craig has also been back onboard vessels as a journalist and writer, submitting his experiences in a series of blogs, highlighting life onboard from a real seafarer’s point of view and observing the developments of a range of new technologies the industry has the challenge of adapting to. In 2014 Craig was appointed deputy editor with a remit to help build up Lloyd’s List as a dynamic media platform for the industry.

Dimitris Argyros
Fleet Performance Superintendent at BG Group

Currently supporting and facilitating the implementation of performance management strategies and technological interventions on BG’s LNG vessels providing fuel cost and environmental savings. Previously involved in wind-assisted propulsion studies and author of a relevant Lloyd’s Register publication.

Gary A. Mc Intyre,
Technical Project Manager – Vessel Management, J.Lauritzen A/S

Mr. Gary A. Mc Intyre is the Technical Project Manager at J.Lauritzen, in Denmark, where he is leading and managing the company’s global Projects. Mr. McIntyre has a strong business mindset and expertise within project management. He has a BSc. from the Southern University of Denmark in Mechanical Engineering with focus on Robotics  and an Executive MBA from Technical University of Denmark in Management of Technology, which has a focus on Leading Innovation, Strategic Growth and Leading & Managing Organizational Change.Throughout his career he has been involved in many different types of innovative international projects both in the maritime sector and other industries.

Mr. Mc Intyre is also on the Board for; Society for Health, Welfare and Technology at IDA (Danish Society of Engineers) since 2009. Through IDA he creates awareness and help drive the focus on the impact of innovative technologies and its possibilities within societal trends.

In his spare time Mr. Mc Intyre dedicate his time to coaching and activating kids through sports by arranging and participating in various camps. His philosophy has always been – through an innovative environment,  everyone can benefit in the most positive way in whatever they strive for.

Gavin Lipsith
Editor, The Motorship

Founded in 1920, The Motorship is the longest established magazine covering the propulsion, machinery and technology of deep sea-going merchant vessels. It also hosts the industry’s busiest daily news website, and runs two well-attended conferences: Propulsion & Emissions, now in its 38th year, and Gas Fuelled Ships. Gavin joined the title as editor in January 2015 from the aviation sector, where he edited and wrote for several publications.

Jasper Faber PhD
Coordinator aviation and shipping
CE Delft,
Oude Delft 180, 2611 HH  Delft – The Netherlands

Jasper Faber (1969) is co-ordinator of CE Delft’s work on maritime transport and manager economics. He has over ten years of experience in consulting policy makers and companies on sustainable maritime transport.  He combines a good understanding of technology, economics and operational issues with knowledge of policy making and strategy development. This allows him to effectively consult regulators, infrastructure providers, shipping companies, NGOs and other organisations on ways to improve sustainability.

Jasper has published over 25 public reports. He is currently lead the IMO study on fuel availability that will be an input to the decision on the date of implementation of the global sulphur cap for maritime transport. He was a lead author of the 3rd IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014 in which he wrote the chapter on emission projections.  He has published a report on the historical development of the design efficiency of ships that has been quoted in over 50 news media. He currently assists the European Commission on assessing the impacts of the MRV regulation.

Jasper has been a member of the German delegation to MEPC since 2008, focussing on greenhouse gas and energy efficiency issues and related policies. He was a member of the European Commission’s High Level Platform on reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships and has led the Impact Assessment of European policies to address greenhouse gas emissions of ships for the European Commission.

Jasper has developed the Environmental Ship Index (ESI) for the World Port Climate Initiative, advised Dutch ports on sustainability indicators and consulted the Panama Canal Authority on how to add value to the Green Route.

Jasper’s clients include the IMO, the European Commission, governments of Germany, Belgium, the UK and the Netherlands, shipping companies, ports, and NGOs. Jasper holds a PhD in economic history.

Katharine Palmer
Manager Environment & Sustainability, Lloyd’s Register Marine

Katharine Palmer qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds, UK and a MSc in Environmental Biogeochemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Katharine has 15 years experience in marine environment and the shipping industry and currently leads the Environment & Sustainability business for Lloyd’s Register Marine providing advice and consultancy to a wide range of marine stakeholders including regulators, ship owners and operators and trade associations on sustainability, environmental and energy efficiency leading practice and future environmental regulation strategies.

Katharine is an established industry expert in marine environmental issues and has held a number of positions on external industry bodies, currently Katharine is the rapporteur for the verification & accreditation for the ESSF Sub group,  an Elected Trustee for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and co-chairs the IMarEST technical leadership Board.

Dr. Michael Traut
Tyndall Centre – Manchester University

A physicist by training, Michael spent a few years at the Institute of Propulsion Technology, in the German Aerospace Centre. Becoming ever more interested in climate change, he moved on to the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester, to conduct research on quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from shipping, and on wind power technology as a mitigation option. He has been part of the EPSRC-funded research projects High Seas, Fleet Suite, and Shipping in Changing Climates. He has delivered consultancy work for various partners and is a co-author of the 3rd IMO GHG Study. Shipping and aviation, the global means of transporting goods and people, respectively —and and how to reconcile them with climate change mitigation targets and make them more sustainable— remain the focus of his work. In addition, he investigates wider questions about, and potential responses to climate change – as an active member of the diverse researcher community at the Tyndall Centre.

Michael Vahs
Prof. Captain, Ship Operation, Simulation
Hochschule Emden/Leer,
Maritime Department, Bergmannstr. 36, 26789 Leer, Germany

Michael Vahs, since 2000 appointed professor for ship operation and simulation at “Hochschule Emden-Leer” (University of applied Sciences) has graduated in Maritime Transport from Hamburg Polytechnic in 1989 and then undergone a career in the merchant marine on various types of ships up to the Captain’s position. After 3 years of studying “Maritime Education and Training” he was appointed as Maritime Lecturer and qualified for Professor’s appointment in 2000. At university his field of research has been strongly related to green shipping, in particular the development and operation of sail systems for cargo ships. Major R&D projects were SkySails, E-Ship 1, Wind Hybrid Coaster and Eco-Flettner.

Dr Nishatabbas Rehmatulla
Research Associate, UCL Energy Institute.

Nishat is a Research Associate at the UCL Energy Institute and is involved in the Shipping and Changing Climates project. He is responsible for managing the work package dealing with supply and demand interaction, investigating the implementation of energy efficiency measures and barriers to their uptake as well as policies to accelerate transition to a low carbon industry. He gained his PhD in Energy and Transport ‘Market failures and barriers affecting energy efficient operations in shipping’ from UCL in 2014. He has a BSc in Management and an MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance, both from Cass Business School, City University.

Dr-Eng Orestis Schinas
Professor of Shipping and Ship Finance, Head of the Maritime School – Hamburg School of Business Administration

Orestis is the Professor of Shipping & Ship Finance and Head of the Maritime Business School at the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA), since 2008. He has broad experience in the maritime and logistics industry and has provided his services to private and public entities in Europe and the GCC, as well as to international organizations. Orestis’ academic work focuses on the commercial and financial aspects of maritime ventures while he retains a keen interest on sustainable business development. His scientific contributions have been published in academic journals and books, while lately he published the ‘HSBA Handbook on Ship Finance’.

Professor Osman Turan
Marine Design, Operation and Human Factors | Director of Research
Department of Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine Engineering | University of Strathclyde

Peter Schenzle
Dipl.-Ing. Naval Architect, Ship Aero-Hydrodynamics

Peter Schenzle, German born Naval Architect educated at the Universities of Stuttgart,Hannover & Hamburg. His 40 years of experience in the shipping world have included extended periods as Scientist & Research Assistant in Hydrodynamics & Seakeeping at the Institutfür Schiffbau, University of Hamburg, over 25 years as Scientist & Research project manager specialising in Aero-Hydrodynamics and Propulsion at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HVSA) from 1978-2005.

He was also Research project manager to design and build a Modern Cargo Sailing Ship for the Indonesian-GermanR&D Project INDOSAIL1980 – 1995 resulting in the successful building, launch and operation of the SV Murata Jaya. Over the past 16 years he has also brought his wealth of experience to a new generation as an external lecturer of Sailing Ship Technology at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg and previously at ENSIETA; Brest, France.

Pierre C Sames, Dr.-Ing.
Group Technology and Research Director, DNV GL AS

Pierre C Samesholds the position of Group Technology and Research Director at DNV GL. He is responsible for managing the corporate strategic research and technology development projects. His previous experience includes research into hydrodynamic extreme loads, risk analysis, shipping emissions, LNG as ship fuel, rule development and regulatory affairs as well as innovation management. He joined GL in 1995 after studying naval architecture in Hamburg.

Sam Kimmins Msc

Sam Kimmins is a Sustainability Manager with 20 years’ experience translating industry-leading practice into commercial opportunity across the shipping, aviation, food, construction and NGO sectors.

For the past six years Sam has led companies to success across multiple sectors as Principal Sustainability Advisor atForum for the Future including for ABNAmro, BT, China Navigation, JSainsbury, Maersk, NZ Sustainable Business Council, UCL, and the Welsh Assembly Government.

While at Forum, Sam spearheaded the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, which recently won the Guardian Sustainable Business Award for innovative consultancy.  Sam spent two of these years embedded as an advisor for Air New Zealand, steering the development of apioneering sustainability strategy that won them recognition as Eco-Airline of the Year in 2015.  Seconded for eight months to Swire Pacific Offshore in Singapore, Sam implemented the global supplychain audit system for suppliers over £1m across the UK, Azerbaijan, Ivory Coast and Angola.

Previously, Sam spent 10 years developing and embedding sustainable design strategies while running BREEAM teams for major built environment projects at WSP and Beyond Green.  Clients included Bovis Lend Lease, B&Q, Savilles, Sir Robert McAlpine, Emirates Stadium and Heathrow Airport Terminal 5.

Sam has presented at more than 20 conferences including for WWF, Capital Link, BRE, and Ship Recycling Forum.  He won theCIOB Gold Award for The Green Building Handbook and has been quoted in Lloyds Register, the Guardian and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live.

He is currently non-executive director of the Ethical Consumer Research Association and advisor to the New Zealand Sustainable Business Council.  Sam holds an MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control from the University of Manchester and a BSc in Natural Environmental Science from Sheffield University.

With global experience in Singapore, Guatemala, Korea, Japan, New Zealand and Denmark, Sam currently lives in London where he can often be found teaching Lindyhop swing dance and blues harmonica.

Sara Skold – Clean Shipping Index and Sustainable Transport Consultant

UCL Energy Institute