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CSL’s MV Nukumi wins Vessel of the Year award at 2023 Marine Propulsion Decarbonisation Awards


The MV Nukumi of Canada Steamship Lines has been honoured as a “Vessel of the Year” at the 2023 Marine Propulsion Decarbonisation Awards. The award, which was presented in Amsterdam on September 26, acknowledges vessels that pioneer new standards in vessel optimization, maritime decarbonisation, and sustainability.

Purpose-designed for Windsor Salt, MV Nukumi is a diesel-electric self-unloading vessel, emphasizing an eco-friendly approach. The ship boasts multiple innovations aimed at minimizing GHGs, air pollutants, and its environmental impact as a whole. Notably, the vessel is equipped with diesel-electric tier 3 engines, a ballast water treatment system, a waste heat recovery system, and quieter machinery.

In terms of operations, MV Nukumi features a fully automated single-point loading system coupled with a state-of-the-art cargo handling mechanism. This eliminates vessel shifting during the loading process, paving the way for safer and more streamlined operations. Furthermore, its modern hull design and twin-fin diesel-electric propulsion grant the vessel exceptional manoeuvrability. This ensures faster transits through narrow channels, even at lower tides.

MV Nukumi isn’t new to accolades. In 2022, the ship was named the IBJ Bulk Ship of the Year and recognized as a Significant Ship of the Year by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects. Moreover, CSL’s engineering collaborator, EMS-Tech, earned the 2022 IBJ Award for the Best Ship Loading/Unloading System, for MV Nukumi’s advanced cargo handling system.

The Vessel of the Year award was presented to Jakob Hansen, CSL’s Senior Vice-President of Commercial and Transhipment, by Ossi Mettälä of NAPA Shipping Solutions during a gala dinner at the Maritime Decarbonisation, Europe Conference, hosted by Riviera Maritime Media.