“The Seahorse Journalist Awards are the single biggest event of their kind for the maritime and logistics trade press,” says Anna Larsson, global head of sustainability at WWL, who presented the award on December 8. “As part of being an environmental frontrunner, we want to encourage good, critical environmental journalism, and this is a great way to do so.”

Each year in early December, journalists specialising in the maritime, freight transport and supply chain industries gather in London. Once again, the Seahorse Awards proved highly popular, with entries from more than 70 journalists from across the globe.

Nadkarni and co-author Shorten received the award for their article “Green Screen: The complexities surrounding environmentally acceptable lubricants call for a high level of vigilance from ship owners and operators”.

“ ‘Green Screen’ is a topical, well-researched article that is educational, useful and very accessible,” Larsson says. “Nadkarni and Shorten do an excellent job of taking the reader through the complexities surrounding the choice of environmentally acceptable lubricants, explaining everything from the details of the regulation itself to what to watch out for when it comes to product claims.”

Nadkarni says it’s great to have industry recognition of their efforts at The Marine Professional

“Sometimes we journalists can feel like we are writing into a void,” she says. “I'm particularly pleased that there is attention being paid to articles looking at the environmental impact of the maritime world. I think that this will be a growing consideration in the years to come.”

Larsson adds,“With a constantly developing framework of legislation and growing engagement in environmental matters both within and outside the industry, journalists have an important role to play in highlighting, educating and spreading best practices. Nadkarni and Shorten set a great example of that.”