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March 29, 2010

World Ocean Council to hold Sustainable Ocean Summit

Business leaders from a mixed bag of ocean related industries are signing up as founding members of the World Ocean Council. It describes itself as "an unprecedented international, cross-sectoral leadership alliance on stewardship of the seas."

They are asking other companies and industries to participate at a Sustainable Ocean Summit, being held in Belfast, N. Ireland, June 15-17.

The initial corporate and association founding members of the 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.

"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."

"The 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," says Spyros Polemis, Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping

According to Clay Maitland, NAMEPA Chairman, "The 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."

The Belfast summit in June will bring ocean industries together to develop working groups on shared marine environmental concerns.


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