Trident Alliance: Still a long way to go in terms of sulfur

Carriers are far from out of the woods in terms of compliance with the new sulfur regulations, says Roger Strevens, chairman of the Trident Alliance. It is too soon to rejoice, in spite of a German report indicating minimal cheating.

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It is far too soon to call of the concerns about whether the world’'s shipowners will comply with the the sulfur regulations that came into force at the beginning of the year in North Europe and off the coasts of North America, says Roger Strevens. He is the initiator and chairman of the major environmental collaboration, the Trident Alliance, which is fighting for more robust sulfur enforcement and whose members include large carriers such as Maersk Line, Scorpio and Torvald Klaveness.

Even though a German study recently showed that a majority of ships sailing on the river Elbe in Germany - on the stretch between the North Sea and Hamburg, which is subject to the ECA requirements – were in compliance with the 0.1 percent sulfur emission limit, it is too early for the industry to rest on its laurels.

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