Crowley Maritime Corp. has become member of the Trident Alliance, a coalition of shipping owners and operators that share a common interest in enforcement of existing maritime sulphur regulations.
In joining, Crowley has signed a statement of commitment, certifying that the company agrees to comply with sulfur regulations and support the robust and transparent enforcement of these regulations.
According to Mike Roberts, Crowley’s senior vice president and general counsel, the decision makes sense on many levels.
“First and foremost, Crowley’s long-standing support for and compliance with the sulphur regulations has been demonstrated throughout the years in no small part because, as a leader in the maritime industry, it is the responsible thing to do for the environment. Second, Crowley supports the fair leveling of the ‘sulphur playing field’ for the benefit of all parties involved.”
“The threat of weak enforcement of sulphur regulations is escalating fast. Responsible industry is taking the initiative to mitigate this threat, serving the best interests of the environment and human health as well as creating a level playing field for business. By speaking with one, united voice we have the greatest chance to bring about change,” said Roger Strevens, Trident Alliance chairman.
In addition to enforcement of existing sulphur regulations, the Trident Alliance is also working to raise awareness of the issue, foster transparency around the operators’ sulfur compliance activities and develop initiatives to foster innovation in practicable enforcement technologies.
Membership is currently comprised of around 30 companies, including Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, Scorpio, Stena and others.