The Trident Alliance, a coalition of ship owners and operators working to ensure robust implementation of sulphur regulations, continues to grow with new members US-based corporation Cargill and Norwegian ferry operator Fjord Line.
More than 1 year and 8 months after the introduction of the 0.1% sulphur limit in the North America and European ECA zones, the implementation and enforcement of the regulations remain patchy and more ship owners and operators are joining in the work for more robust enforcement of sulphur regulations, according to Cargill.
The Trident Alliance was founded in 2014, with a focus on improving enforcement of sulphur regulations in ECA zones.
“We have seen an increased level of enforcement activity in several countries in Northern Europe, with some promising development in the area of airborne sensors which would enable monitoring of sulphur levels at sea and not just in port. Whilst these methods have exposed some sulphur-culprits, the legal framework in several countries appears not to be robust enough to bring them to justice,” Anna Larsson, Chair of the Trident Alliance, said.
“Even more concerning is the sea of question marks that remain around the introduction of the Global Sulphur Cap. A decision on the date of implementation is expected to take place this October, and it is imperative that the members of the IMO consider how to ensure effective and robust enforcement on the high seas,” Larsson added.