From Shanghai shores to Brazilian beaches, World Oceans Day 2019 saw Wallenius Wilhelmsen employees and customers – including Komatsu – take part in 14 marine conservation events around the world. 

Environmental educational, aquatic clean-ups and Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s sustainable initiatives were the day’s three overarching themes.

Partnering with local zoos and environmental education organisations, employees and their families released sea turtles back into the ocean, acted as citizen scientists for the day, and learned about the impact of ocean pollution on the marine environment.

They also removed hundreds of kilograms of plastic and other debris from beaches and rivers in company-sponsored clean-ups.

Events took place in Australia, the US, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Malta, Oslo, South Korea, the UK and South Africa.

In Shanghai, China, volunteers took part in a beach clean-up, while in Baltimore, they learned about conservation efforts across the Chesapeake Bay watershed area. In Oslo, Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s CEO Craig Jasienski joined a group of employees and their families on a beach clean-up.

Roger Strevens, Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s VP, Global Sustainability, shared updates on the company’s three most important sustainability initiatives – the Trident Alliance, Ocean Exchange, and the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) – at the World Oceans Day event in Parsippany, New Jersey.

“At Wallenius Wilhelmsen, we put sustainability into action,” he said. “Our global efforts to mark World Oceans Day reflect that – and it’s great to see so many of our employees and customers getting involved. Protecting the ocean is a huge focus for us and we strive to reduce our impact on the marine environment every day.”