September 7, 2016 – The Trident Alliance, a coalition of ship owners and operators working to ensure robust implementation of sulphur regulations, continues to grow with new members Cargill and Fjord Line.
More than 1 year and 8 months after the introduction of the 0.1% sulphur limit in the North America and European ECA zones, the implementation and enforcement of the regulations remain patchy and more ship owners and operators are joining in the work for more robust enforcement of sulphur regulations.
Cargill is one of the world's largest privately-owned companies, providing food, agricultural, risk management, financial, and industrial products and services around the globe. Cargill charters and operates a global fleet of 500 dry-bulk vessels and approximately 60 tankers.
“At Cargill, efficient operations has always been part of our business and we are committed to creating a more sustainable shipping industry. As part of the Trident Alliance, we are pleased to charter vessels that comply with maritime sulphur regulations to reduce our environmental impact and increase efficiency,” says Jan Dieleman, president of Cargill’s Ocean Transportation.
Fjord Line is a ferry and cargo shipping company with 600 employees who operate between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The company operates completely within the European ECA zone, and today have two vessels running on LNG.
“Fjord Line has been a pioneer with our green innovative strategy by using LNG on our two Cruise and cargo vessels. Joining Trident Alliance we support that all shipping companies shall comply with the new environmental regulations and common actions against those who may not comply to secure a fair competitive business,” says Morten Larsen, CTO of Fjord Line.
The Trident Alliance was founded in 2014, with a focus on improving enforcement of sulphur regulations in ECA zones.
“We have seen an increased level of enforcement activity in several countries in Northern Europe, with some promising development in the area of airborne sensors which would enable monitoring of sulphur levels at sea and not just in port. Whilst these methods have exposed some sulphur-culprits, the legal framework in several countries appears not to be robust enough to bring them to justice,” says Anna Larsson, Chair of the Trident Alliance.
“Even more concerning is the sea of question marks that remain around the introduction of the Global Sulphur Cap. A decision on the date of implementation is expected to take place this October, and it is imperative that the members of the IMO consider how to ensure effective and robust enforcement on the high seas.”
More about the Trident Alliance
The Trident Alliance (www.tridentalliance.org) is a coalition of ship owners and operators who share a common interest in robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation as a means to ensure fair competition and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about. The Trident Alliance partners with other stakeholder groups, who share the interest in robust enforcement, to work on specific initiatives that support this objective.
The organisations focus is on communication to raise awareness of the issue, supported by compliance transparency measures, as well as on initiatives to foster innovation in enforcement technology.
The Trident Alliance Members: American RORO Carrier, Ardmore Shipping Corporation, Biglift, Cargill, Crowley, DFDS, EUKOR, Euro Marine Logistics, Fjord Line, Flinter, Grieg Star, Hamburg Sud, Hapag-Lloyd, Höegh Autoliners, Intermarine, Ionic Shipping, J. Lauritzen, Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, Marinvest, Nordic Tankers, Rickmers Linie, Scandlines, Scorpio, Seatrade, Solvang, Spliethoff, Stena, Torvald Klaveness, Transfennica, UECC, Ultrabulk, Ultragas, Ultratank, Unifeeder, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics and Wijnne Barends.
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