Carly was nominated for Melting Away, a feature that examined demand for multipurpose, heavylift and breakbulk vessel transits of the Northern Sea Route (NSR).

Originally proposed as a time and cost saving route from Asia to Europe, interest in the NSR has been affected by the lower oil price and logistical challenges for shippers and carriers.

While oil prices have remained low, the operational challenges that these vessels face have remained, requiring not just expertise in ice class operations but specialised crew and partners to navigate what remains a highly risky shipping route.

In their commendation, the judges praised this well-written and researched piece which presented an original perspective on the NSR, combining commercial and technical perspectives.

Anna Larsson, Head of Sustainability at WWL, said: “Carly has talked to a wide range of stakeholders and her reasoning shows a good understanding and critical eye with regard to source evaluation. It covers not only shipping but also oil exploration, and takes a truly international view.”

An unusual feature was the commissioning of original research Copenhagen Business School’s maritime division examining the economics of ice-reinforced multipurpose vessels compared to conventional transits via the Suez Canal.

Using data from Drewry Shipping Consultants, the researchers found that the navigation season on the NSR is too short for investments in ice-class MPVs to be economically viable until at least 2029.

David Hamlen, Head of Automotive Accounts, WWL UK, presented Carly with her award at the Seahorse Christmas Party in London on December 7.

The article appeared in Breakbulk magazine's issue 2, 2016. To read the story, click here.