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IBIA joins forces with carriers' sulfur alliance

Trident Alliance, a shipping coalition calling for proper enforcement of sulfur regulations, has entered a strategic partnership with the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA). After legislation was passed one year ago, there are still major gaps in the regulation, say critics.

There have been widespread concern in recent years regarding the international sulfur regulation and, in particular, the impending global rules. The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) has now joined forces with the industry's concerned parties. IBIA has entered into a strategic partnership with the carrier association Trident Alliance, which is campaigning for better enforcement of the recent rules while also criticizing the current efforts to implement global requirements, which will not enter into force until 2020 or 2025. Many shortcomings, to say the least, write both organizations in a press release.

"At the moment, it is proposed that the flag states will be responsible for enforcing the global cap. We foresee problems with this approach and believe that there needs to be more clarity about the legal framework and the areas of jurisdiction. IBIA will be working with the Trident Alliance to highlight our points of concern with the regulatory authorities and to find a realistic and enforceable solution for both industry and the environment,"  says Robin Meech, who was recently appointed Chairman of IBIA.

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