Shipping companies form “Trident Alliance” to ensure compliance with new sulphur-in-fuel regulations

The Trident Alliance press release, 7th July 2014 states: “The Trident Alliance is a coalition of ship owners and operators who share a common interest in robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about. The Alliance will partner with other groups who share its interest in robust enforcement, to support this objective.

A growing group of companies The Trident Alliance welcomes all shipping companies that subscribe to the above. The current membership list includes:

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC)
EUKOR Car Carriers Inc.
Höegh Autoliners
J. Lauritzen
Maersk
Rickmers-Linie
Stena
Torvald Klaveness
UECC
Unifeeder
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

The member company CEO’s have each signed a Statement of Commitment, in which they commit to supporting robust and transparent enforcement of sulphur regulations as well as to comply with said regulations. Several companies are in the process of joining, and will be announced as their Statements of Commitment are filed. Membership will remain open to all shipping companies that wish to join.

Roger Strevens, VP Environment of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has been elected Chairman of The Trident Alliance. “Robust enforcement of sulphur regulation is needed for health and the environment and, from the perspective of maintaining a level playing field, it is a business imperative. Already during its formation the Trident Alliance has raised awareness of the current shortcomings of enforcement and related consequences, particularly in the European ECA. Now our work starts in earnest”, says Strevens.

There is no one way to bring enforcement about. In part this is because the reasons for good or poor enforcement will vary from country to country. As such the Trident Alliance will pursue a range of different solution strategies to bring about robust and transparent enforcement. This approach will be made possible by the different skills and resources of the different members in the alliance and the stakeholders it partners with.

The main focus will be on communication to raise awareness of the issue, supported by member companies’ transparency on compliance, as well as on initiatives to foster innovation in enforcement technology.

Marinet editor’s note: The group’s stated aim is to maintain a level playing field in the shipping sector by making sure all companies comply with the EU’s 0.1% limit applying from 2015.

Source: Trident Alliance Press Release, 7th July 2014, www.2wglobal.com/media/media/press-releases/the-trident-alliance-formed/#.U8Be_2dOXcs

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