United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration

United for Wildlife is a collaborative effort by seven international conservation organisations to tackle illegal wildlife trade. The organisations were brought together by HRH the Duke of Cambridge through his work with the Royal Foundation.

In March 2016 the Sustainable Shipping Initiative became one of the founding signatories to the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration, which outlines the steps necessary to close shipping routes to traffickers in the illegal wildlife trade. The Declaration is an agreement that seeks to combat the IWT from within the shipping industry itself, and now has over 80 signatories.

Alastair Fischbacher, CEO of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative at the time the SSI signed the declaration, said:

“The Declaration is a welcome and necessary step in the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. The SSI wholeheartedly supports its aims, and it is an example of how shipping can take ownership and responsibility for improving wider areas of sustainability, working together and helping other transportation and conservation industries, along with local communities, to make a substantial difference on important global issues, such as the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking.”

Zero tolerance policy

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative will never knowingly enable or facilitate activities pertaining to the illegal wildlife trade. The SSI promote the same zero tolerance to the illegal wildlife trade amongst our membership.

For more information on the work of United for Wildlife visit  https://www.unitedforwildlife.org

To see the current signatories to the Buckingham Palace Declaration click here Declaration Signatories 

Oldendorff Joins the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

Oldendorff Carriers GmbH & Co. KG Joins Sustainable Shipping Initiative


Oldendorff joins high profile leadership group working to create a more sustainable maritime industry


LONDON – 30 May 2018 - The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today announced that the dry bulk shipowner and operator Oldendorff Carriers has become a member.

Oldendorff joins other SSI members, including ABN-Amro, AkzoNobel, Bunge, China Navigation, IMC Shipping, Lloyd’s Register, Louis Dreyfus, Maersk, Priya Blue, Rightship and Wartsila, who are working together with NGOs Forum for the Future and WWF to help create a more environmentally sustainable maritime industry by 2040.

Oldendorff Carriers usually has around 700 bulk carriers under operation at any one time. Since 2014, they have invested in around 60 ‘eco’ newbuildings, which have been delivered from China, Korea and Japan. They feature low fuel consumption and significantly reduced emissions compared with older ships. Most long-term time chartered ships are also ‘eco’ type ships.

Scott Jones, Director of Communications at Oldendorff, said:  “Oldendorff Carriers is pleased to join the distinguished members of the SSI to share ideas and find a profitable and practical way forward on sustainability in the shipping industry. We found the SSI an excellent forum to address shipping specific sustainability issues, with like-minded companies.”

Tom Holmer, General Manager of SSI, said: “Oldendorff are a great addition to the SSI, providing the perspective of a large bulk operator into the deliberations about sustainability and long-term thinking on the maritime industry. The sharing of ideas and best practice across different organisations is a critical part of our journey towards reducing greenhouse gases, developing new technology and becoming more transparent and accountable. Oldendorff’s input into these issues makes them a very welcome addition to our membership.”



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 ship yards, 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 its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.



About Oldendorff Carriers:

Oldendorff Carriers is a privately owned dry bulk shipowner and operator, headquartered in Germany. The company operates a modern fleet of about 700 bulk carriers ranging from Handysize (35,000 tdw) to Newcastlemax (210,000 tdw). Each year, Oldendorff carries about 320 million tons of bulk and unitised cargo around the world and performs about 14,000 port calls in 125 countries.

Oldendorff Carriers has eight transhipment operations around the world, which allow its clients to use bigger ships on long haul routes, resulting in reduced emissions and freight savings.



For more details please contact:
Tom Holmer
E: tom.holmer@ssi2040.org
T: +44 207 324 3626  M: +44 7807 311852

Oldendorff Carriers Gmbh
Scott Jones
E: Scott.Jones@oldendorff.com
T: +49 451 1500 512
+49 173 241 56 56

SSI General Manager Tom Holmer Reflects on Shipping Ambition 1.5C Summit

The shipping industry took a positive step forward towards a decarbonised future at the landmark Shipping Ambition 1.5°C summit in Bonn last week, which ran alongside the UNFCCC COP23 climate conference. The SSI was present as one of the key advisers to the summit, with SSI members Lloyd’s Register and RightShip as co-organisers, as well as 150 other ambitious, commercially-savvy leaders, strategists, and entrepreneurs from the shipping industry; all contributing to the debate to develop a draft Action Plan to map out how shipping can contribute to its fair share of GHG reductions, and decarbonise as quickly as possible.

Converting aspirations to action is critical and the summit identified areas where real progress can be made right now. Two key themes emerged for me; the importance of developing a “coalition of the willing” and transparency.

The “coalition of the willing” consists of those companies and organisations who are driving for higher standards now, and getting ahead of regulation. There is already a very broad coalition within the industry, committed to cross-stakeholder engagement, and it is incumbent on each of us to persuade others to join. There is acknowledgement that we need to develop more global forums based on focused working groups, including an Asia advocacy group. And there will also be enhanced collaboration between think-tanks and NGOs to provide the best use of resources, such as research and intelligence on a global basis, including in developing countries to share ideas, learnings and drive change.

Data emission transparency is a major challenge and has always held back by commercial considerations. The EU’s Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and the IMO’s system which come into force in 2018 and 2019 respectively will go some way to providing ship operators with the information they need to make informed choices about their vessel selection. Shipping Ambition will take this further and define transparency and drive the adoption of that transparency in relation to emissions and operational data.

GHG emissions reduction has always been a critical part of the SSI’s Roadmap for developing a sustainable shipping industry. The enthusiasm for change at Bonn was genuinely uplifting and provides further encouragement and incentive for us all to work together for a better future.

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative hosts 3rd annual Roundtable on Sustainable Ship Recycling

SSI driving and mediating meaningful debate with key industry stakeholders to progress sustainable ship recycling

London – 1st March 2017 – The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, announced that it is holding its 3rd annual Roundtable on Sustainable Ship Recycling in Singapore today.

The roundtable event will be attended by key industry stakeholders, including members of the SSI, as well as an increased number of delegates from NGOs, industry bodies, class societies, regulatory bodies and ship owners. In addition to those who attended last year, invitations have been extended to recycling yards in China, Turkey and the USA, which are certified as compliant with the Hong Kong Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships (HKC).

Led by the SSI, delegates will discuss and debate the complex challenges and barriers facing the industry in its pursuit of sustainable ship recycling, and crucially, how they can be overcome. The SSI has a working group dedicated to improving the health, safety and environmental standards currently associated with ship recycling, and goals for their improvement are a key element of the SSI’s Roadmap for sustainability, launched in 2016.

The SSI’s work on sustainable ship recycling also compliments the aims of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a key focus of the SSI moving forwards. The related goals include Goal 14, to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources, and Goal 8, to ensure decent work for all.

Ian Petty, General Manager, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, said:

“This is the SSI’s third roundtable dedicated to making progress in achieving sustainable ship recycling, and building on the outcomes accomplished at our previous events. This year, we have more attendees than ever, from a wider range of organisations relevant to the issue of sustainable ship recycling, and we look forward to making further progress in driving change and overcoming the complex barriers and challenges.”

The roundtable, held under the Chatham House rule, will focus on how further improvements can be made at and around ship recycling facilities (SRF) in critical areas such as health, safety, social conditions and governance, beyond the basic compliance with the Hong Kong Convention. The delegates will also discuss how the progress and improvements that have been made to date can be standardised and sustainably maintained over the long-term.

Since the last Roundtable, held in Dubai last March, the HKC has moved closer to being formally ratified, with Denmark and Panama both agreeing to sign the convention, and India announcing its intention to do the same in 2017. In addition, an increased number of yards have received Statements of Compliance with the HKC, with more yards working towards the same goal. While this shift demonstrates the progression that has been made within the industry, more work needs to be done to further improve the safety, environmental and social conditions associated with ship recycling.

Ian Petty concluded:

“Despite the progress that has been made, ship recycling remains an incredibly complex issue with differing opinions on how and where developments should be made.  It is therefore vital that we create a forum where these important discussions can be held, and where the SSI and its members can actively work with key stakeholders to drive progress in an area that is so integral to delivering a sustainable shipping industry by 2040.”


Notes to Editor

About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative
The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an ambitious coalition of shipping leaders from around the world that is taking practical steps to tackle some of the sector’s greatest opportunities and challenges. The group is working to achieve a vision of an industry in which sustainability equals success.

It is the first time the shipping industry has joined forces on such a cooperative global scale to tackle big sustainability issues. The ultimate goal is to show that collaborative action is possible, and to mobilise support across the industry, demonstrating that shipping can contribute to – and thrive in – a sustainable future.

The cross-industry SSI has members from a number of companies representing ship owners and charterers, shipbuilders, engineers and service providers, banking and classification societies. Member companies include ABN AMRO, AkzoNobel, Bunge, Cargill, China Navigation Company, IMC, Lloyd’s Register, Maersk Line, U-Ming Marine Transport Corporation and Wärtsilä.

In September 2013 the SSI became an independent charity. The SSI was initially facilitated by global sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.

About the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals officially entered into force in January 2016. They encourage industry to play a vital role in achieving the specified targets, and in light of this the SSI is taking a position that the shipping industry can help deliver specific targets. In doing so the SSI is ensuring that its work going forward not only meets its own vision for a sustainable shipping industry by 2040, but also contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

For further information, please contact:

Nick Blythe

BLUE Communications

T: + 44 (0) 7917 138 723

E: nick@blue-comms.com

SSI Nominated for the GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award 2017

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative is excited to be a shortlisted nominee for the GREEN4SEA Clean Shipping Award 2017.

The Clean Shipping category is for organisations that are contributing towards cleaner shipping. The SSI nomination has been for our Vision for 2040 towards a sustainable shipping industry by setting priorities and aspirations clearly via its ‘Roadmap’ and ‘Case for Action’ initiatives.

The voting for these awards ends on the 24th March, please show your support for our work towards greater sustainability by voting for us at http://www.green4sea.com/2017-green4sea-awards/ .