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Wallenius Wilhelmsen supports ship recycling transparency platform

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen supports ship recycling transparency platform

Oslo, Norway, 10 December, 2018 – Today, the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative’s (SRTI) online platform for sharing information on shipping companies’ recycling policies and practices is launched. Having practiced responsible recycling for decades, Wallenius Wilhelmsen is proud to be a founding member of SRTI. Demanding transparency holds the shipping industry to account, raising the bar for current practice as well as creating fair competition among shipowners.

Shipowners will use the SRTI online platform to share information on their approaches to ship recycling across a set of comprehensive disclosure criteria. Customers and cargo owners, investors and financial stakeholders- as well as the broader public- will then be able to access and use this information to make informed decisions in regard to vessel recycling.

“The Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative empowers those who invest in or buy services from shipping companies to make informed decisions on vessel recycling. With the SRTI they can demand transparency, helping them ensure they do business with companies that recycle responsibly, rather than those who continue with practices that have horrifying human and environmental consequences. It is unthinkable that change won’t be driven with such knowledge. It also sends a clear signal to tonnage providers on the new normal,” says Craig Jasienski, President and CEO of Wallenius Wilhelmsen.

SRTI brings together leading shipowners, investors, banks, insurers, cargo owners and other key stakeholders from across the maritime industry. Its founding signatories include shipowners Wallenius Wilhelmsen, The China Navigation Company, Hapag Lloyd, A.P. Moeller-Maersk, NORDEN and Stolt Tankers; financial stakeholders GES, Nykredit and Standard Chartered Bank; classification society Lloyd’s Register; and NGO Forum for the Future.

Shipowners, ship recyclers and other stakeholders in the shipping value chain have different approaches to ship recycling ranging from the responsible to those with very negative social and environmental impacts.  Information on these approaches has generally not been readily available, which has hampered the ability of investors to make informed decisions to mitigate risks when using ships as collateral for loans or when seeking financing for shipbuilding.  Similiarly, it has made it difficult for cargo owners, who are under increasing pressure to take responsibility for their products’ entire supply chain, to ensure that they are not associated with carriers that do not recyle responsibly.

“Wallenius Wilhelmsen responsibly recycles vessels at craned berths and landing facilities which we pre-vet to ensure worker welfare and safety is front of mind, as well as to make certain materials are recycled and waste treated in an appropriate and traceable manner. We have a contracted representative on site to supervise the entire process, with the authority to stop work for safety, welfare or environmental reasons,” says Jasienski.

 The SRTI online platform will be launched today at www.shiprecyclingtransparency.org.

About Wallenius Wilhelmsen
The Wallenius Wilhelmsen group (OEX: WWL) is a market leader in RoRo shipping and vehicle logistics, transporting cars, trucks, rolling equipment and breakbulk around the world. The company operates around 130 vessels servicing 15 trade routes to six continents, and a global inland distribution network, 77 processing centres, and 13 marine terminals. The Wallenius Wilhelmsen group consist of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions, EUKOR and ARC. The group is headquartered in Oslo, Norway with 7.500 employees in 29 countries worldwide.
Read more at www.walleniuswilhelmsen.com

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry. One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in the SSI Vision and Roadmap.
Find out more at www.ssi2040.org.

For more information, please contact:

Anna Larsson, VP Corporate Communication                    
Tel: +47 484 06 919
Email: anna.larsson@walleniuswilhelmsen.com 

Roger Strevens, VP Sustainability
Tel: +47 410 43 864
Email: Roger.Strevens@walleniuswilhelmsen.com