Why The Shipping Sector Must Be Sustainable to be Successful

Simon Bennett, General Manager – Sustainable Development, The China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd | Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : July 25, 2017

Time : 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $0.00

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Hosted by the Supply Chain, Transportation & Logistics Committee


Our vision as a founder member of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative is to work to achieve this by 2040. The SSI “Vision 2040” Road Map has many inputs, outputs and outcomes; some within our power to change, some that may require transparent leadership to demonstrate that sustainability adds value to our bottom lines.


Issues include such as:


  • The Shipping sector doing its part to reduce its GHG footprint in accordance with the UNFCCC Paris Agreement (the shipping and aviation sectors are explicitly excluded from this formally);
  • Providing safe, healthy and secure work environments so that people want to work in shipping, where they can enjoy rewarding careers and achieve their full potential; 
  • Earning the reputation of being a trusted and responsible partner in the communities where we live, work and operate; 
  • Developing financial solutions that reward sustainable performance and enable large-scale uptake of innovation, technology, design and operational efficiencies; 
  • Transparency and accountability drive performance improvements and enable better, sustainable business decision-making; 
  • Proactively contributing to the responsible governance of the oceans.


This talk will particularly highlight supply chain / GHG footprint issues in our sector’s journey (but can include any such others as are of interest to AmCham members, given sufficient prior warning to the speaker).



About the Speaker

Simon Bennett

General Manager – Sustainable Development

The China Navigation Co. Pte. Ltd | Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd

Simon started his career at sea in 1974 at age 17 as a Navigating Officer Cadet with the Union Castle Line/Clan Line. After a 3 year sabbatical from 1978 to 1981 to take a degree at UEA in Norwich, where he read Environmental Science (majoring in Meteorology and Oceanography and minoring in Marine and Coastal Management / Environmental Hazards) and graduated with a 2:1, he resumed his seagoing career. 32 years ago he joined Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO); the arm of the HK based Swire Pacific Limited group that provides marine support services to the offshore oil and gas exploration and production industry.

Following several voyages as Master, he came ashore in 1991, working as HSE and Country Manager in Brunei, HSE Manager with Swire Production Testers working with their rig-based Early Production Systems for Maersk in Qatar and Shell in Iran and Thailand, Project Manager in Singapore and Marketing Manager in Dubai, before he moved to his last but one job as General Manager operating three of SPO’s state of the art new icebreaking platform supply vessels in Sakhalin in the Russian Far East.

Since returning to the warmth of Singapore again eight ago, he now wears two hats: GM for Sustainable Development for SPO and since late 2010 doubling up this role when he was appointed to the same position for The China Navigation Company, the Swire group’s privately owned deep-sea container and bulk shipping company, after its move to Singapore. Both SPO and CNCo have their Operational Headquarters here in Singapore under the MPA MSI-AIS initiative.

Simon has been a Member of the Nautical Institute since 1976, serving on its Council from 1989 to 1994, and was in the Royal Naval Reserve until his permanent move to the Far East, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander and being conferred the Reserve Decoration.


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