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Shippax Award 2020

Shippax Award 2020

Winners of the Shippax Award 2020

Now in their 25th year, the idea behind Shippax Awards is to honour trendsetters and, while this has always been ship-specific, this year for the first time, a company has been awarded too. In the opinion of the impartial jury, it has gone to great lengths to improve its environmental footprint.
The awarded ships were all delivered between 1 January and 31 December 2019. The ferry industry has been at the forefront in shipping in implementing green technologies, something very much in evidence in the list of awarded ships. The jury has gained first-hand experience of all the ships through a combination of onboard inspections, GA-plan examinations, and other relevant data providing relevant information about the candidate vessels.

The announcement and hand-over of the annual Shippax Awards typically takes place in conjunction with the Shippax Ferry Conference. As we all know, COVID-19 saw this year’s conference – to have been held on board PEARL SEAWAYS between 30 September-2 October – postponed to 16-18 June 2021, where we are looking forward to hand over the awards to the winners together with the 2021 awards. The names of the winners are never communicated beforehand but as this is a special year, we decided not to keep them secret any longer and are glad that we can now present their names and citations.


COLOR HYBRID © George Giannakis

COLOR HYBRID © George Giannakis

Shippax Technology Award

Shippax Interior Design Award

Operator: Color Line

Shipyard: Ulstein Verft

Naval Architect: Fosen Design

Interior Architect: Kinnison Design

The world’s largest plug-in hybrid ferry, COLOR HYBIRD’s 4.7MWh battery pack allows for up to 60 minutes of emissions-free manoeuvring and sailing at speeds of 0-12 knots. In addition to mitigating emissions, noise is equally reduced when sailing on battery power in and out of port, particularly the port of Sandefjord which is located 3.2 nautical miles inland from the Oslofjord. The batteries are charged with environmentally friendly power from shore in Sandefjord, taking just one hour to charge them. Yet another green credential of COLOR HYBRID is the ship’s heat recovery system, collecting otherwise wasted hot water from the exhaust gas economizers and engine cooling systems in thermos-type insulated tanks used to heat crew cabins and public rooms as well as providing warm water.

The ship’s interior design represents a radical step forward in ferry travel between Norway and Sweden, the interiors boasting the best Nordic and international standards in terms of comfort, style and facilities with attention to detail. The exterior has also been very carefully designed with spacious and pleasant external decks and a harmonious overall appearance.


STENA ESTRID © Maritime Photographic

STENA ESTRID © Maritime Photographic

Shippax Ferry Concept Award

Operator: Stena Line

Shipyard: CMI Jinling Weihai Shipyard

Concept: Stena RoRo

Naval Architect: Deltamarin

Interior Architect: Figura

STENA ESTRID represents the first in a series of nine ultra-flexible ro-pax ferries that can uniquely be employed on a wide variety of both short- and long-distance routes inside and outside of the Stena Line network. Inspired by other flexible ferry designs which had established themselves as the ro-pax of choice for many ferry operators, the concept was developed in-house by Stena RoRo in close cooperation with Stena Line.

Rather than route-specific, tailor-made tonnage, Stena Line believes that a standard one-size-fits-all design is both commercially and operationally the most viable way forward.

A combination of a good balance between vehicle and passenger intake and the adaptability of the passenger decks for overnight or day routes make the design attractive for almost any kind of route. As befits a Stena ferry, the E-Flexer is futureproofed for lengthening, LNG propulsion, and scrubber installation.

Separating passenger vehicles from freight is yet another positive feature, with passengers having direct access to the forward accommodation without the need to climb stairs. Stena has called on long-term partner Figura to design the ship’s crisp and contemporary interior.


ZHONG HUA FU XING © Huanghai Shipbuilding

ZHONG HUA FU XING © Huanghai Shipbuilding

Shippax Ferry Concept Award

Operator: Bohai Ferry

Shipyard: Huanghai Shipbuilding

Naval Architects: SDARI

Built by the most experienced ro-pax shipbuilder in China for Bohai Ferry, the leading operator of domestic ro-pax services in China, ZHONG HUA FU XING represents another big step forward in terms of comfort and style.

Fulfilling the IMO’s Safe Return to Port (SRtP) rules, ZHONG HUA FU XING combines a high freight intake of 3,070 lanemetres on three decks – the highest so far for Chinese domestic trade – with high-quality passenger facilities aimed at an increasingly demanding clientele.

The ship’s 461 cabins come in different categories, the majority of outside cabins boasting bay windows and the top-end VIP suites featuring balconies.


HERJOLFUR © Tryggvi Sigurdsson

HERJOLFUR © Tryggvi Sigurdsson

Shippax Small Ferry Design Award

Operator: Vegagerdin

Shipyard: CRIST

Naval Architects: JJohannesson APS and Polarkonsult

Excellent manoeuvring and seakeeping are key characteristics of the design of this full-electric ferry which operates a lifeline service in extremely challenging open-sea conditions with enormous swells and cross currents The sea area around the port of Landeyjahöfn is notorious for its combination of shallow water and heavy following seas.

Initially designed as a hybrid-electric ferry with battery power to be used for manoeuvring purposes only, it was decided mid-way through construction to upgrade to full-electric operation, making use of rapid charging systems in port which get their green electricity from Iceland’s hydroelectric and geothermal power plants.

The 3MWh battery pack is the first to be used on an open-sea ferry route rather than on a short-distance shuttle ferry operating in sheltered waters.


OLYMPIA DREAM SETO © Richard Seville

OLYMPIA DREAM SETO © Richard Seville

Shippax Onboard Experience Award

Operator: Ryobi Ferry

Shipyard: Fujiwara Shipbuilding

Interior Architect: Eiji Mitooka

The OLYMPIA DREAM SETO brings an entirely new mini cruise concept to Japan’s Inland Sea attracting day-trippers to the island of Shodoshima by providing an innovative end-to-end product. The vessel, christened ODS for short, is themed overall around the Chuggington cartoon railway television series, and provides a high design standard internally, with a coffee shop-style catering outlet and European-style children’s play area. It is outside, however, where the vessel really excels. The entire external decks are designed as a playground for both children and adults alike, featuring cabanas, a giant deck-to-deck slide, and a remarkable miniature Chuggington railway, offering rides for younger guests.


CRUISE ROMA © Marc Ottini

CRUISE ROMA © Marc Ottini

Shippax Conversion Award

Operator: Grimaldi Lines

Shipyard: Fincantieri

Ship lengthening has proven to be a relatively quick and cost-effective solution to increase capacity at fairly short notice whilst at the same time reducing emissions per transported unit as fuel consumption hardly increases when compared to the pre-lengthening level.

In the case of CRUISE ROMA, the freight capacity has soared by almost 22 per cent through the addition of a 28.8-metre midbody section. Grimaldi Lines has also cleverly added two battery rooms on either side of the extended lower hold, these being located within the otherwise void space within the B/5 double skin.

Charged by the PTO shaft generator, the 5.5MWh battery system – the largest so far supplied to any ship – allows CRUISE ROMA to run for up to four hours emissions-free in the ports of Civitavecchia and Barcelona, being Grimaldi Lines’ ‘zero emissions in port solution’ in locations where ships cannot be connected to the local grid to eliminate emissions from the auxiliary engines.

The time spent in drydock was also used to completely overhaul the engines, improving their efficiency, and to install exhaust gas scrubbers.




Shippax Ro-Ro Technology Award

Operator: DFDS

Shipyard: Jinling Shipyard

Naval Architects: OSK-ShipTech and KNUD E. HANSEN

The EPHESUS SEAWAYS is the first of a class of six five-deck mega-sized ro-ro ships for short-sea services which successfully combine a very high 6,695-lanemetre capacity with good economy, low emissions and excellent cargo handling arrangements which guarantee fast handling in port.




Shippax Environmental Stewardship Award

Operator: Baleària

Providing a clear and consistent low-carbon leadership for the ferry sector by introducing two new LNG-powered vessels and also by committing to transform six ro-pax ferries in their existing fleet to cleaner LNG power, Baleària soon will have the largest number of LNG-powered ro-pax ferries in the world.  In addition, an LNG-powered high-speed ro-pax catamaran is on order.

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