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Exploratory meeting

14 May 2014

Trident Alliance, the shipping industry initiative which aims to promote the "robust" enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, will hold an exploratory meeting in Copenhagen on 28 May.

Trident Alliance, the shipping industry initiative which aims to promote the "robust" enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, will hold an exploratory meeting in Copenhagen on 28 May.

The Trident Allliance, which was introduced at the Economist's World Ocean Summit earlier this year, reports that it has "garnered significant interest from ship owners and operators around the world, as well as from other members of the ocean community". The plan is to formally establish the Trident Alliance at the meeting on 28 May, and also set out the terms of reference and formally define the objectives for the alliance.

According to a statement published on the website of ship owner Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (a support of the Alliance): "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."

Contact Roger Strevens, VP Environment for WWL, if you wish to participate in the 28 May meeting.

 

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