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USP wins International Shipping Industry Award

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Senior Research Fellow at the School of Marine Studies, Dr Peter Nuttal with Consultant Ms Alison Newel.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) scooped a major International Shipping Industry Award, during the Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

The ‘Wind Propulsion Research Award’, which was sponsored by Norsepower, was won by USP’s Sustainable Sea Transport Research Programme, in recognition of their work in highlighting opportunities for wind-ships as a means of creating greater resilience in small island communities – the people facing immediate risks from climate change.

The award was part of the International Windship Association (IWSA) Wind Propulsion Innovation Awards, which were created to honour the pioneers of technological innovation in wind propulsion striving to support the shipping industry to decarbonise whilst maintaining commercial and operational performance.

Over 4000 votes were casted in the inaugural IWSA Wind Propulsion Awards.

Award sponsor, Norsepower, acknowledged the critical role academia plays in advancing commercial solutions.

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.

Director of USP Research Office, Dr Jito Vanualailai, congratulated the team saying 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.

“This is a very successful example of close co-operation with one of our member countries and networking with credible partners to assist our member countries in a crucial area, and where USP is seen as undertaking some cutting edge, innovative work,” he noted.

Vice-Chancellor and President of USP, Professor Rajesh Chandra said this win speaks volumes of USP’s commitment to research excellence in the region and to finding innovative solutions to the region’s major problems. I am especially proud of the ground-breaking nature of this research towards sustainable marine transportation.

“USP’s reputation continues to improve regionally and internationally,” he noted.

IWSA Secretary General, Mr Gavin Allwright congratulated the wind-ship pioneers, who participated in this inaugural Award programme.

“It is gratifying to know that such good progress is being made and that both the industry and wider public appreciate the potential from this renewable energy,” Mr Allwright said.

The Sustainable Sea Transport 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.

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