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Over 150 industry experts from across the globe gathered at the Sustainable Shipping Awards in London on Wednesday evening to celebrate those companies who have made a significant difference in helping to reduce the carbon footprint of shipping.
The event, opened by MP Paul Clark, Parliament Under Secretary of State for Transport, was the first awards of its kind to be held by the Petromedia Group, owners of SustainableShipping.com.
BBC environmental analyst Roger Harrabin, who compered the evening, gave a hard-hitting speech on the urgent need for the industry to act on reducing emissions.
"Since 1990 global shipping emissions have risen by 85% and international shipping now emits 870 million tonnes of CO2 each year - more than the UK's entire economy," Harrabin said.
He added, however, that the evening highlighted the efforts of those who were helping the industry make a difference.
"The global shipping community has reached a tipping point and the commitment to change is beginning to gather pace," added Matthew Cape, CEO of Petromedia Group.
"Green initiatives provide a wealth of opportunity for the maritime industry and have the potential to make shipping operations leaner, more efficient and more robust. I hope that these awards offer compelling recognition of the outstanding progress already being made, while serving as a reminder of the hard work that still has to be done," Cape stated.
The winners, decided by an impressive group of internationally respected industry figures, were as follows:
Ocean Environmental Protection - Alfa Laval and Wallenius Water
Clean Air - Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles
Environmental Awareness in Shipping - Dr Andre Stochniol
Environmental Technology of the Year - Skysails
Sustainable Shipping Operator of the Year - A.P. Moller-Maersk
Green Shipping Initiative of the Year - Green Ship of the Future