It is a great honour to be awarded the title of Ship of the Year 2014.
Today the Faroese Maritime Authority named Norröna Ship of the Year 2014. The whole Smyril Line team is immensely proud. It is a great honour to be awarded the title of Ship of the Year 2014.
In its announcement the Faroese Maritime Authority writes:
‘The Faroese Maritime Authority can reveal that it has awarded the Ship of the Year 2014 title to Norröna. Second place went to M/V Tananger and M/V Haukur placed third. Once a year the Faroese Maritime Authority presents this award to ships flying the Faroese flag, which excel at complying with the most stringent standards of maintenance and operation.
The Faroese Maritime Authority announces the Ship of the Year award at the beginning of every year based on how ships performed in the foregoing year. One of the criteria for the award, and this sets Norröna apart from the first and second runners up, is the results of inspections. Norröna passed a higher number of inspections with no faults than any other vessel. All inspections are carried out under the Paris MoU. The Authority identifies the best performing ship by reviewing inspections finding no faults, which are then tallied and weighted by complexity. Other criteria taken into account include whether any faults are found on board during vessel surveys, as well as the state of ship class documentation submitted for vessel licensing.
Captains shoulder great responsibility. A captain’s duties extend to keeping a keen eye on all vessel documentation, including crew documentation. Captains must also ensure that their ship is always ready to receive marine surveyors.
Ship owners, maritime authorities and charterers require that the captain and crew of cargo ships meet very stringent standards and compliance is enforced through rigorous on board inspections. This means that there are great demands on those working in the maritime sector today. The main purpose of the guidance and support offered by flag state authorities to crews, as well as vessel management on land, is to guarantee that ships operate and sail safely. This contributes to fostering respect for the Faroese flag at sea and in foreign ports.
The Faroese Maritime Authority has in recent years circulated reminders of how to comply with regulations and best practices in the sector. The Authority focuses on encouraging vessels to take the necessary steps to ensure that they get through international inspections without any faults or observations. This is crucial for safeguarding respect for the Faroese flag and undoubtedly also of great importance for companies wishing to compete among the best on the market.’