Initial corporate and association Founding Members of the World Ocean Council include: ExxonMobil, Rio Tinto, the International Chamber of Shipping, RightShip, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), Twin Dolphins, Transocean, the Ocean Education, Technology and Science Partnership, Golder Associates, TORM AS, Nautilus Minerals, Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Holman Fenwick Willan and Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
“Given the importance of the world’s oceans to the global environment and the global economy, the World Ocean Council will serve a critical function in bringing together industry leaders in ocean stewardship,” said Sherri Stuewer, vice president of environmental policy and planning for ExxonMobil. “We look forward to being a part of this collaborative alliance.”
Adrian Rose, Vice President of QHSE at Transocean added â€œOur Corporate Responsibility is based around a common goal of no harm to our people or to the environment in which we work. Our 140 drilling installations are located in most of the worldâ€™s major oceans and therefore ocean stewardship is important to our company and our people. We believe the WOC provides a unique opportunity to engage with other ocean industry representatives to share best practices and lessons learned on how we can all use our ocean resources more responsibly.â€
“Rio Tinto’s product and environmental responsibilities go beyond the gates of our operations to the gates of our customers – which often includes stewarding large tonnages of products across many miles of ocean. We see our founding membership of WOC as helping with our efforts on product stewardship and, just as importantly, as an opportunity to contribute with like-minded partners towards ensuring the long-term health of our oceans,” emphasized Elaine J Dorward-King, Global Head, Health, Safety and Environment at Rio Tinto.
Mr. Spyros Polemis, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, said that â€œThe World Ocean Council creates an unprecedented opportunity for shipping, the most environmentally friendly mode of transport, to work with other ocean industries to share knowledge and develop joint approaches and leadership to safeguarding the oceans, a goal of the industry for many years.â€
According to Mr. Clay Maitland, NAMEPA Chairman, â€œThe World Ocean Council is developing a committed and collective effort from all ocean industry sectors to promote balanced sustainable development of the seas, and we call on other responsible ocean industry leaders to join in this unprecedented alliance that is vital to the future of our industries and the ocean itself.â€
Pietro Jarre, VP Business Development at Golder Associates said, â€œGolder provides services to clients all over the world who rely on ocean resources. As a global company committed to engineering earthâ€™s development and preserving earthâ€™s integrity, we are proud to join the World Ocean Council and expand our work with our clients and other industries to create sustainable solutions that will preserve the worldâ€™s oceans for the use and enjoyment of future generations.â€
â€œAs a world leading classification society â€“ itself established as a foundation in 1864 – DNVâ€™s purpose is to â€œsafeguard life, property and the environment. With human activities related to a sustainable use of the world oceans at core of DNVâ€™s business it is natural for us to join forces with others under an umbrella such as the World Ocean Council,â€ says DNV Vice President for External Relations, Ketil Djønne.