October 3 - The Trident Alliance - a shipping industry initiative for the enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations - has welcomed five new members - Scorpio, Flinter, Solvang, Nordic Tankers and Ardmore Shipping Corporation.

Since its formation in July 2014, the Trident Alliance has engaged in a number of industry conferences, working groups and media interviews raise awareness surrounding the lack of enforcement of sulphur regulations and the risk to human health, the environment and fair competition that this entails.

The Trident Alliance has also started considering strategies that can help to facilitate robust enforcement of sulphur regulations. Thus far ideas have included: handheld sulphur content instruments for measurement of sulphur levels in ships' fuel; satellite controlled drones for carrying compliance measuring sensors; and automated reporting of fuel line temperature as an indicator of whether a vessel is running on HFO or MGO fuel. 

"The Trident Alliance has been contacted by several organisations and entrepreneurs, and our members have explored a range of different paths for facilitating measurement of sulphur emissions," said Roger Strevens, chairman. "It's early days, and the outcomes are not certain, but these are important steps to support technology development."