Welcome to the relaunch of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative newsletter!
This is the place to find news from the SSI community, our partners and the impact of our collective work along the journey to a sustainable shipping industry by 2040. You can expect to hear from us on a quarterly basis.
We've changed the newsletter's format to frame what we are doing against the six vision areas of the SSI Roadmap. Contributions and feedback welcome – please share these with us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve made a dent in the conversation on responsible ship recycling through the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative, with steady stream of articles shining the light on what can be done by shipowners, investors and cargo owners. Over the past few months we’ve also picked up the pace as we convene the debate on biofuels in shipping; stay tuned for interactive dialogue and debate over the coming months.
2019 marks the ninth anniversary since the creation of the SSI. Thanks to a strong membership and a growing community of sustainability partners across the maritime sector, we believe the SSI is moving industry goal posts and shaping a new narrative where sustainable shipping = success!
Vote for us! SSI has been shortlisted for the 2019 GREEN4SEA Initiative Award for driving progress on responsible ship recycling through transparency through the SRTI. Click here to vote by 22 Feb.
Proactively contributing to the responsible governance of the oceans
The biofouling of ships can have serious environmental consequences for marine diversity, including the introduction of invasive species. In November 2018 a new collaboration between GEF, UNDP and IMO was launched to address this. Read the press release and the 2011 IMO guidelines for biofouling management.
Earning the reputation of being a trusted and responsible partner in the communities where we live, work and operate
This short but incredibly moving film will wake you up to the potential of our oceans that will be harnessed through the Wartsila-led Sea20: An Oceanic Awakening launched last year.
Provide healthy, safe and secure work environments so that people want to work in shipping, where they can enjoy rewarding careers and achieve their full potential
Crewing strategies: Fluid vs. Stable? The Solent University’s Cross-Industry Conference: Manning Strategies and Teamwork conducted research on different crewing strategies, exploring the benefits and challenges of each approach. Read more about the Effective Crew Project and its research drawing on engagement with a diverse audience from the shipping industry along with other sectors such as aviation.
Transparency and accountability drive performance improvements and enable better, sustainable decision making
The Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) online platform went live nearly two months ago and is generating attention across and beyond the maritime sector. Find out what shipowners the China Navigation Company, Hapag-Lloyd, NORDEN, A.P. Moeller-Maersk, Stolt Tankers and Wallenius Wilhelmsen are doing in ship recycling. Already we have seen financial stakeholders such as pension funds MP Pension and PBU as well as cargo owners, such as truck and bus manufacturer Scania, sign up to the Initiative. Sign up to the SRTI here.
Turkey joins Belgium, Congo, Denmark, France, Norway and Panama to become the seventh State to ratify the Hong Kong Convention, representing more than 20% of world merchant shipping tonnage and 0.62% of the combined annual ship recycling volume of their merchant shipping tonnage.
Develop financial solutions that reward sustainable performance and enable large scale uptake of innovation, technology, design and operational efficiencies
Financial stakeholders are increasingly demonstrating their might when it comes to influencing shipping by way of their investment portfolios – for example, by excluding companies that use irresponsible ship recycling practices – as well as by developing new instruments such as the Poseidon Principles, a set of guidelines that aim at increasing the pressure for more sustainable and environmentally-friendly shipping practice.
Change to a diverse range of energy sources, using resources more efficiently and responsibly, and dramatically reducing greenhouse gas intensity
Simon Bennett of The China Navigation Company (SSI Member), Andrew Stephens and Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) at the Annual RSB meeting in December 2018. Credit: Simon Bennett
Following participation in the annual meeting last December, the SSI became a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) as part of its deep dive into biofuels as a potential alternative fuel for shipping. Our engagement in RSB provides valuable opportunities for learning from the experience of other sectors such as aviation, as well as follow the latest innovations and developments in the biomaterials space.
New year, new amendment on SOx. As we count down to Sulphur 2020 – when IMO regulation cutting sulphur oxide emissions enters into force – bunker delivery note amendments entered into force on 1 January 2019. Read more on the amendments here.
SSI Members Meetings
The next SSI members meeting will be held hosted by Oldendorff Carriers in Lubeck, Germany, with a diverse range of interactive sessions lined up to challenge SSI members. Among the topics the meeting will cover are the Poseidon Principles; biomaterials; human rights at sea; and fouling control. We’ll also discuss progress in the context of our working group on biofuels, as well as exchange updates and reflections on the SRTI. Decarbonisation will also feature prominently at the Lubeck meeting, with members sharing recent efforts focused on zero-emission vessels and carbon neutral shipping.
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is a multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together like- minded and leading organisations with shared goals and equal determination in improving the sustainability of the shipping industry in terms of social, environmental and economic impacts.