The Orcelle Award supports clean-tech entrepreneurs aimed at making shipping and logistics more sustainable. The winner of the USD 100'000 award is selected from a carefully vetted shortlist by the delegates participating in The Ocean Exchange annual event.

Since 2012, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) is partnering with The Ocean Exchange to extend the reach of the Orcelle Award, facilitating the leap of ideas and innovations across industries. The Ocean Exchange unites international organizations across multiple disciplines and boundaries to distribute and adopt solutions that positively impact oceans and ocean life. In 2014, the Ocean Exchange's competition generated applications from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

The Orcelle Award aims to support innovative solutions for zero-emissions maritime transport and logistics that holds promise of future commercial viability.

Winners of the Orcelle Award are clean tech entrepreneurs working on alternative energy sources and energy efficient technologies for commercial ocean vessels, and marine terminal & processing facilities. This focus reflects WWL's own research and development into the E/S Orcelle, a zero-emissions concept vessel, and the Castor Green Terminal, a zero-emissions terminal and cargo processing centre.

Winners receive a USD 100'000 award, as well as access to and support from the WWL groups resources and competence to further develop their product and business.

The awards build upon the vision of the E/S Orcelle, WWL's visionary "zero emissions" car carrier concept which carries no ballast water on board. Unveiled at the World Expo 2005 in Japan, the E/S Orcelle concept vessel is designed to use only renewable energy sources, including the sun, wind and waves as well as fuel cell technology, to meet all its propulsion and onboard power requirements.

In 2011, after successfully launching the Castor Green Terminal, a design for a zero-emissions marine terminal and cargo processing facility, WWL expanded the scope of the Orcelle Grants to include clean-tech innovations for marine terminals and processing facilities.