Around fourteen new members have joined Trident Alliance, the shipping industry initiative for robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations.

The latest members are Hapag-Lloyd, DFDS, Ionic Shipping, Euro Marine Logistics, Marinvest, Grieg Star, Wijnne Barends, Seatrade, Spliethoff, Transfennica, Biglift, Ultrabulk and Ultragas.

With these new entries, representing countries including Chile, Greece, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Belgium, Trident Alliance’s membership has reached 31.

Trident Alliance chairman Roger Strevens said: "We are just a few weeks away from what will be a sea-change in the regulatory landscape for shipping, namely the introduction of the 0.1% sulphur limits in ECA zones on 1 January 2015.

"We welcome recent statements from the US Coast Guard and EPA…showing they will be stepping-up enforcement activities to ensure compliance."

"It is reassuring to witness that so many companies want to make sure the new regulations are implemented in a way that ensures the intended environmental benefits, as well as a level playing field."

The companies have signed a Statement of Commitment agreeing to support the robust and transparent enforcement of sulphur regulations and to comply with the rules.

The US Coast Guard and EPA will also take a coordinate approach to the new requirements.

"We welcome recent statements from the US Coast Guard and EPA, acknowledging their important role in maintaining a level playing field, as well as showing they will be stepping-up enforcement activities to ensure compliance," Strevens added.

"The announced combination of checking bunker delivery notes, fuel oil sampling and in-the-field screening should be effective."