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USP in top 6 international shipping industry award

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Senior Research Fellow at the School of Marine Studies Dr Peter Nuttal with Consultant at the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, Ms Alison Newel.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) been selected as one of the top six finalists around the worldfor a major international shipping industry award, sponsored by Norsepower, which will be awarded at the Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology conferencein Hamburg, Germany from 6 to 9 September 2016.

Being nominated under the “Wind Propulsion Research Award” category, USP is in a stiff competition against leading European universities like, Maritime Research Institute - Netherlands, S@IL project team, University College London – Energy Institute, Technical University Delft - Netherlands, and  University of Strathclyde - Scotland.

Led by Senior Research Fellow at USP’s School of Marine Studies, Dr Peter Nuttall, the Sustainable Sea Transport Research Programme has for the past four (4) years advanced the cause for low carbon shipping, focusing on particular challenges of the South Pacific Large Ocean Developing States taking a multi-disciplinary approach.

This multi-disciplinary Research Programme established under USP's Strategic Research Themes (SRT) has been working to support Pacific countries tackle the challenges of shipping at both local and international levels and is working closely with the Marshall Islands Government to develop the first ever "whole of country" transition to low carbon transport starting with shipping through the Micronesian Sustainable Transport Centre as a model for roll out to the rest of the region.

The Director of Research, Dr Jito Vanualailai, congratulated the USP team and said that the project was an excellent example of USP’s focused and Pacific-centric research that was meant to positively impact the livelihoods of Pacific islanders. 

Members of the public are encouraged to vote for USP by clicking on the link select the “vote here” option, under the “Wind Propulsion Research Award” category.

Voting closes on 15 August 2016 and is open to anyone.

This news item was published on 5 Aug 2016 12:33:54 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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