“I also hope the alliance can help put a greener shipping industry on the global agenda.”

Initially introduced at the Economist's World Ocean Summit earlier this year, the Trident Alliance initiative has garnered significant interest from ship owners and operators around the world, as well as from other members of the ocean community.

 In recent years, significant steps have been taken to implement regulations that limit sulphur emissions in shipping. While necessary, these regulations pose a significant cost and compliance challenge to the shipping industry. If the regulations are robustly implemented then compliance will follow and competition will not be distorted. However, when enforcement is weak it can be tempting for some to cut corners on compliance. Regulations will therefore not have the intended effect of protecting the environment and human health. Also, responsible shipping companies are put at a disadvantage relative to those who are intentionally non-compliant.

 WWL has long been highly engaged in the public debate around sulphur regulations, and has raised the issues the current lack of enforcement presents in several forums. In his talks with shipping companies, regulators, ports and environmental organisations, Vice President Environment for WWL Roger Strevens found widespread support for robust enforcement, including from the EU's Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard and the Danish Minister for the Environment, Kirsten Brosbøl.

“I absolutely believe that this will make a difference, when several major carriers join forces to call for increased control of shipping in national and international waters,” Brosbøl says. “I also hope the alliance can help put a greener shipping industry on the global agenda.”