From now on, vendors supplying spare parts, stores and consumables will be required to demonstrate that they have a viable plan to reduce plastic usage on the products delivered to the company.

This will apply to all existing and new vendors, WSM noted.

As a ship manager, 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,

...says Carl Schou, President and CEO of Wilhelmsen Ship Management.

WSM has pledged support to UNDP’s Sustainable Goals and is making changes in both business practices and lifestyle to reduce the use of plastics.

WSM has earlier launched the #makingadifference campaign for both ship and shore staff to urge everyone to make lifestyle changes and say no to plastics.

Research suggests that approximately 5.2 trillion pieces of plastics are circulating in the oceans and plastic is responsible for the deaths of over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals yearly.

To address the issue, IMO's MEPC 74 meeting this week is expected to develop the terms of reference for a study on marine-plastic litter from ships and to develop a regulatory framework matrix to identify all international regulatory instruments and best practices associated with the issue of marine plastic litter from ships.