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The Trident Alliance formed, first members announced

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Trident Alliance, a shipping industry initiative for robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, has today been formally launched.

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 enforcement, to support this objective.

A growing group of companies
The Trident Alliance welcomes all shipping companies that subscribe to the above. The current membership list includes:

American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARC)
EUKOR Car Carriers Inc.
Höegh Autoliners
J. Lauritzen
Maersk
Rickmers-Linie
Stena
Torvald Klaveness
UECC
Unifeeder
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

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 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”, says Strevens.

Focus areas
There is no one way to bring enforcement about. In part this is because the reasons for good or poor enforcement will vary from country to country. As such the Trident Alliance will pursue a range of different solution strategies to bring about robust and transparent enforcement. This approach will be made possible by the different skills and resources of the different members in the alliance and the stakeholders it partners with.

The main focus will be on communication to raise awareness of the issue, supported by member companies’ transparency on compliance, as well as on initiatives to foster innovation in enforcement technology.

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 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. Also, responsible shipping companies are put at a disadvantage relative to those who are intentionally non‐compliant.

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