Wilhelmsen Ship Management takes up the fight against plastic

Singapore-headquartered Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM) has announced that it will be enforcing a new criteria in vendor selection that targets the use of plastic.

The shipmanager says that both existing and new vendors supplying spare parts, stores and consumables will need to demonstrate that they have a viable plan to reduce plastic usage on products delivered.

Carl Schou, president and CEO of Wilhelmsen Ship Management, said: “As a shipmanager, we are able to procure at economies of scale and at the same time we own the responsibility to create a sustainable world. We need to consume less plastics in every way we could.”

WSM has pledged support to the United Nations’s Sustainable Goals and is making efforts to reduce the use of plastics across its operations. It has also launched a #makingadifference campaign to urge its ship and shore staff to make changes to the way they consume plastics.

According to the United Nations, around 8m tonnes of plastic waste is dumped in the sea each year.

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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