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Hudson Shipping Joins Trident Alliance

U.S.-based Hudson Shipping Lines became a member of the Trident Alliance as part of the company’s ongoing ‘green’ initiatives.

“The shipping industry has a tremendous opportunity to improve its impact upon the world with the IMO 2020 sulphur cap. Hudson believes it has a responsibility to encourage companies and countries to comply with both the letter and also the spirit of the sulphur rules,” said Avi Eilon, Company President.

Hudson previously said it would not charter or use vessels with open or closed loop exhaust scrubbers installed following the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap on January 1, 2020.

The company’s membership in the Trident Alliance is part of its efforts to ensure that the shipping industry lives up to the standards set by the global sulphur cap. The Trident Alliance’s core mission of ensuring adequate enforcement of sulphur regulations is a necessary foundation for this goal, the company explained.

Hudson will work with and within the Trident Alliance to ensure robust enforcement of all maritime sulphur regulations and develop new technologies to monitor ships’ compliance with the regulations.

The company believes that the current form of sulphur regulations contains “a major loophole that is being abused by irresponsible shipowners to allow the continued use of high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO).”

While Hudson intends to work with the Trident Alliance on enforcement of sulphur regulations, the company said it would be supporting organizations that lobby countries, customers, producers and ports to ban exhaust gas scrubber systems, and encourage shipowners and the banks and financiers who finance their operation to cease their use and installation.