Trident Alliance, the shipping industry initiative for fair competition through robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, explores solution initiatives and welcomes five new members.
Since its inception in July, the Trident Alliance has engaged in a number of industry conferences, working groups and media interviews to realize its objective of raising awareness around the lack of enforcement of sulphur regulations and the risk to human health, the environment and fair competition that this entails.
Among others, the Trident Alliance has contributed in the European Community Shipowners' Association's Sulphur Working Group and the World Shipping Council Environmental Affairs Advisory Committee. For a list of all up-coming engagements, see http://www.tridentalliance.org/events/ .
Exploring Solution Strategies
The Trident Alliance has also started exploring solution strategies that can facilitate more robust enforcement of sulphur regulations. At a recent meeting, Trident Alliance members presented research and discussed solutions including:
• Handheld sulphur content instruments for fast and accurate measurement of sulphur levels in ships’ fuel
• Satellite controlled drones for carrying compliance measuring sensors
• Automated reporting of fuel line temperature as indicator of whether a vessel is running on HFO or MGO
Roger Strevens, Chairman, says: “The Trident Alliance has been contacted by several organisations and entrepreneurs, and members have taken initiatives to explore a range of different paths for facilitating measurement of sulphur emissions. It’s early days, and the outcomes are not certain, but these are important steps to support technology development.”
A growing group of companies
The Trident Alliance is happy to welcome five new members:
• Nordic Tankers
• Ardmore Shipping Corporation
This brings membership to a total of 17 companies, representing approximately 7% of the industry’s global bunker consumption. 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 more 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.