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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 

Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has gathered major industry players together to share opinions, best practices and ongoing initiatives towards a common goal in preventing and significantly reducing marine pollution of all kinds.

In a first-of-its-kind roundtable discussion held in Singapore, the panels focused on plastic packaging delivered onboard ships including means of disposal and recycling plastic waste. The panel discussed in depth the need to create alliances in the industry to share best practices, standardisation of metrics for measuring plastics, establishment of industry standards by authorities and audit trails of plastic consumption.

Representatives from class society, ship agency and chandlers, engine manufacturer, marine chemicals, lubricants and equipment were present at the discussion. Key action plans were discussed with consensus from all panels. WSM plans to arrange the next roundtable discussion in the next six months to follow up on the action plan.

WSM enforced a new criterion in its vendor selection process earlier this year. Vendors supplying spare parts, stores and consumables will be required to demonstrate a viable plan to reduce plastic usage on the products delivered onboard WSM’s managed fleet.

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