The Trident Alliance announces first members
The Trident Alliance, a shipping industry initiative for robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, has today been formally launched, Wallenius said in its press release. The Trident Alliance is a coalition of ship 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 en forcement, to support this objective.
The current member ship list includes :
American Roll - on Roll - off Carrier (ARC)
EUKOR Car Carriers Inc.
H ö egh Autoliners
J . Lauritzen
Rickmers - Linie
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics
The member company CEO’s have each signed a Statement of Commitment, in which they commit to supporting robust and transparent enfor cement of sulphur regulations as well as to comply with said regulations. Several 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.
Roger Strevens, VP Environment of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has been elected Chairman of The Trident Alliance . “ Robust enforcement of sulphur regulation is needed for health and the environment and, from the perspective of maintaining a level playing field , it is a business imperative . Already during its formation the Trident Alliance has raised awareness of the current shortcomings of enforcement and related consequences , particularly in the European ECA . Now our work starts in earnest ” , say s Strevens.
The Trident Alliance will be a coalition of ship 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 work 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.