17 April 2013: The World Ocean Council (WOC) will continue to advance the effectiveness of the “Arctic Business Leadership Council” at a special Arctic session at the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013), being held next week in Washington, D.C.

In a related development, the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF) recently joined the WOC. ITOPF is particularly interested to link with WOC’s work to catalyze circumpolar, multi-industry collaboration on responsible Arctic use.

Dr. Karen Purnell, ITOPF Managing Director stated, “ITOPF is a not-for-profit organization established by the world’s shipowners to promote an effective response to marine spills of oil, chemicals and other hazardous substances, which fits well with the WOC mission to create cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration on marine environmental challenges”.

“While our remit is global, we are especially interested to engage with leadership companies through the WOC to further progress an ‘Arctic Business Leadership Council’ in order to help ensure the safe and responsible activities in the Arctic”, she added.

The SOS 2013 Arctic session will build on the WOC “Arctic Business Leadership Council” workshop that brought together more than 30 representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, mining, marine science/technology and other industries. WOC also organized these companies’ participation in the Arctic Council’s first ever “Informal Business Dialogue” convened by its Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG)*.

At the SOS 2013, companies will further explore how to mobilize multi-sectoral leadership and collaboration among responsible companies on the future of the Arctic. Key discussion issues will include collecting and sharing Arctic data, a topic consistent with the WOC Smart Ocean/Smart Industries program.

*The “Arctic Business Leadership Council” workshop and “Informal Business Dialogue” took place 16-17 September 2012 in Reykjavik.

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About the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013)

The SOS 2013 (22-24 April, 2013, Washington, D.C.) is the only international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. The theme of SOS 2013 is “Oceans 2050 – The Ocean Business Community and Sustainable Seas”. This event brings together a wide range of ocean industries, including: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), mining, ports, dredging, cables, pipelines, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others.