The award Ship of the Year 2020 goes to a type of vessel where Norway is a world leader in both technology and design, said Minister of Fisheries and Seafood Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen when he handed out the prestigious award in Bergen wednesday.
“The wellboat fleet continues advancing, and this year’s winner shows that there is a focus on lower emissions and increased safety,” said Ingebrigtsen, who praised the founder of the shipping company Rostein, Odd Einar Sandøy, as one of the industry’s pioneers.
The wellboat “Ro Vision” was ordered by Rostein AS, designed by Skipskompetanse AS and built by Larsnes Mek. Verksted AS.
“We have operated with wellboats for 32 years, and in those years have built 25 new-builds. It has been an adventurous development for us. Topping this by first being nominated, and then winning, is absolutely fantastic,” said Sandøy.
This year’s Ship of the Year has a hybrid propulsion solution and is equipped with the latest technology for this type of ship, said jury leader Gustav-Erik Blaalid, editor-in-chief of Skipsrevyen.
“Ro Vision” will be the standard for the company’s new-builds. Later, it may be relevant to refit existing vessels in accordance with this standard. Thus, the total environmental benefit will be great, said Blaalid. At the same time, the award is a great recognition for the wellboat industry, which has produced Norwegian ship technology and design to become a world leader, he adds.
“For us at the yard, this is incredibly nice. It shows that our employees build world-class boats! We have had a very good collaboration with Rostein for more than 11 years. But if it was great to be nominated, then it is even more fun to win,” said Larsnes Mek chief executive Jarle Gunnarstein.
Per Jørgen Silden, general manager of Skipskompetanse AS, said: “It is a great recognition for us that a vessel we have designed wins this award. I personally think it was high time that a wellboat was nominated. “Ro Vision” shows what great development there has been in the wellboat industry.”
Ship of the year is the industry’s most prestigious professional jury award for Norwegian ship technology and innovation. The prize is awarded annually to a Norwegian-built ship at a Norwegian shipyard.
Skipsrevyen’s readers nominate the candidates for the award and a jury of professionals makes the selection. Skipsrevyen’s partners for Ship of the Year are NME (Norwegian Maritime Exporters, NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association, Norwegian Industry, Maritime Bergen, Norwegian Shipyards and the Maritime Forum.
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