Heyerdahl Award

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The Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award was established in 1999 by the explorer and scientist Thor Heyerdahl (1914–2002) and the Norwegian Shipowners' Association. The prize recognizes candidates from the shipping industry that have made an outstanding contribution to the environment. To qualify for the award, candidates must have demonstrated exceptional technical innovation and environmental work in correspondence with Thor Heyerdahl’s spirit for the conservation of the marine environment.[1]

Since the first award in 2001, five winners have received the prize; the Green Award Foundation (2001), the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) (2003), NYK Line (2005), Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (2007) and Farstad Shipping (2009)

Eligible candidates are legal entities, organisations and individuals worldwide. Government agencies cannot receive the prize. All proposals are considered by an expert committee and the prize for 2011 will be presented to the winner at the NSA Annual Conference to be held in October/November 2011 in Oslo, Norway.

Among previous committee members are Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet statesman, as well as several established names from the shipping industry.

Anyone can nominate candidates to The Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award, but most nominations come from academia, science, government, NGO’s and the maritime industry. It is possible to submit nominations online at www.heyerdahlaward.com.

The Thor Heyerdahl Environmental Award is additionally supported by Guard, Skuld, Det Norske Veritas and Trade Winds.


  1. "The Thor Heyerdahl International Maritime Environmental Award". Retrieved 2011-07-11.