Nor-Shipping 2022 has announced that four nominations have been shortlisted for the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Award, following in the footsteps of previous winners including Boyan Slat, founder of Ocean Cleanup, and the Brim Explorer management team of Agnes Árnadóttir and Espen Larsen-Hakkebo. This time round André Risholm, Founder & CEO, Amon Maritime, Cristina Aleixendri, COO, Bound 4 Blue, Christiaan Nijst, Founder & Director, Value Maritime, and Maria Waagsnes, CEO, Norsjór will be contesting for the title. The winner will be revealed at Nor-Shipping’s Opening Ocean Leadership Conference on 10 January.
This year’s key contenders have a distinctly European flavour, with two companies from Norway and one each from Spain and the Netherlands. Value Maritime is the Dutch contender. Started four years ago by Maarten Lodewijks and Christiaan Nijst, the firm has engineered the Filtree System, an Exhaust Gas Cleaning System that filters sulphur as well as (ultra-fine) particular matter out of the exhaust, while ensuring the wash water used is filtered and neutralized before discharge.
Norsjór, formed in Norway last year, is a business aimed at cleaning ship hulls with an innovative solution that completely eliminates waste organisms, thereby protecting fragile marine environments. Spain’s Bound 4 Blue, meanwhile, is a start-up delivering automated wind-assisted propulsion systems, harnessing renewable energy as a turn-key solution for all shipowners and operators looking to decrease fuel consumption and emissions. Finally, Norway’s Amon Maritime develops zero-emission maritime projects based on its proprietary ammonia-powered concept designs. The firm, launched in 2019, has so far attracted approximately NOK 100million in development funding.
“It’s great to see how ambitious young teams demonstrate the capacity to approach existing challenges from new directions,” notes Per Martin Tanggaard, jury member and Nor-Shipping Director External Relations.
“The next generation are the ones that will eventually take the wheel of this industry, navigating the uncertain waters ahead. So, it’s imperative we support their ideas and help nurture their amazing talent. This award, in collaboration with YoungShip, is tailored to meet those aims. I very much look forward to finding out which worthy contender takes the overall title in Oslo in January.”
Nor-Shipping’s Ocean Solution Award and Next Generation Ship Award will also be presented at the Ocean Leadership Conference.
Nor-Shipping 2022 takes place across a series of venues in Oslo and Lillestrøm from 10-13 January.