At a full-day meeting on May 28, hosted by Maersk Maritime Technology and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) in Copenhagen, representatives from a dozen shipping companies, including some of the world’s largest, negotiated the basis for the new Trident Alliance.
Establishing the framework At the meeting, the companies agreed that the Trident Alliance will be a coalition of shipping 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, collaborating on initiatives that support this objective.
The company representatives agreed to the Trident Alliance Principles and Terms of Reference and to work towards the vision of a shipping industry with effective enforcement of sulphur regulations to ensure their intended effect is reached and eliminate the risk of distortion to the competitive landscape.
The representatives will now present this basis to their respective companies and within a couple of weeks ensure the necessary anchoring and executive commitment. With that, the Trident Alliance will be formally established and the list of founding members will be announced.
High-level support In advance of the meeting, the initiative received encouragement and support from the EU's Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, along with the Danish Minister for the Environment, Kirsten Brosbol.
"The meeting in Copenhagen was highly constructive and we all agree that the Trident Alliance is the right way to handle this challenge. The public support and attention we received really added urgency and focused the discussion. None of us want to see this evolve into a coffee club; this is an initiative that will get the work done," says Roger Strevens, VP Environment of WWL.
More about the Trident Alliance The Trident Alliance will be a coalition of shipping 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 stakeholder groups, who share the interest in robust enforcement, to collaborate on specific initiatives that support this objective.
Over the past years, significant steps have been taken to implement regulations to limit sulphur emissions from shipping. Whilst necessary, these regulations pose a significant cost and compliance challenge to the shipping industry. If the regulations are robustly implemented then compliance is the norm and competition is not distorted. However, when enforcement is weak a temptation is created to cut corners on compliance. The result is that regulations will not have the intended effect of protecting the environment and human health. Also, responsible shipping companies are at a disadvantage relative to those who are intentionally non-compliant.
Media Contact Roger Strevens, VP Environment Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Tel +47 410 43 864 Twitter: @RogerStrevens
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