Industry elite join global SSI taskforce

15 Dec 2010

An ambitious global taskforce charting a course to a sustainable future for the shipping industry received a major boost today with the announcement of six elite new members.

The sustainable shipping initiative (SSI) has been joined by charter fleet operator Cargill, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, Rio Tinto Marine, RSA, one of the world’s top four marine insurers, Greek tanker operator Tsakos Energy Navigation and Wärtsilä, one of the world’s top providers of shipping solutions and equipment.

The new members join SSI founders ABN Amro, BP Shipping, Gearbulk, Lloyd’s Register and Maersk Line, which are working with Forum for the Future and the WWF. “The sustainable shipping initiative has set out to transform an industry which plays an essential role in global trade and affects the lives of billions of people,” said Jonathon Porritt, founder director of Forum for the Future. “The growing number of elite international companies coming on board shows that industry leaders understand sustainability is crucial to their future success.”

“The quality of these new members is a testimonial to the growing importance of promoting sustainable shipping, both to the industry and to society at large,” said Tom Boardley, marine director, Lloyd’s Register. “Their addition will deepen the expertise of the group as we look for solutions that will help the industry to improve its business performance, while at the same time lessening our collective carbon footprint.”

The SSI will focus on the strategic megatrends which will profoundly affect the industry, including: climate change and new weather patterns; oil shortages and carbon taxes; changing markets and cargoes; labour standards and skills shortage; piracy and marine governance; new ship designs and other technological developments. It will help participants to prepare for, influence, and take advantage of these trends, and play a leading role in shaping the future of the industry.

Members, drawn from throughout the sector, will explore how best to react to these megatrends and prepare a case for action as a resource for the entire industry. This will set the agenda for creating a vision of a sustainable shipping industry and a plan to create a step change in its social, environmental and economic sustainability.

“The shipping industry is a global community that currently supports 90% of the world’s international physical trade,” said G. J. van den Akker, president, Cargill Ocean Transportation. “In a world of finite resources, we recognise that the vitality and conservation of our natural resources is extremely important. We look forward to working with our industry partners to help tackle key challenges which our industry will face in the journey towards creating a sustainable shipping industry.”

CEOs and board-level representatives will launch this case for action at a members’ summit in 2011, chaired by Porritt. The ultimate goal is to mobilise support across the industry for an action plan, which may include technical and engineering initiatives, policy proposals, development programmes for industry leaders and marketing and communications plans.

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