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SPEAKER SERIES: Captain Simon Bennett, General Manager of Sustainable Development at Swire Pacific Offshore

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Join NEIA and Captain Simon Bennett, General Manager of Sustainable Development at Swire Pacific Offshore, for a session that will will provide an overview of Swire Pacific Offshore’s sustainability program, carbon sequestration, rainforest protection, endangered species management, public accountability, corporate funding of environmental programs, and how Swire’s commitment to the environment enhances economic performance.

Where: The Green Room, NEIA’s Board Room at 90 O’Leary Ave
When: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: FREE!

This session is open to businesses of all sectors! Our Speaker Series events are free but, as always, we will be accepting donations at the door to the Charlie Riggs and Cathy Macdonald Riggs Memorial Award established by AMEC Environment & Infrastructure.

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About Captain Simon Bennett

Twenty nine years ago Simon joined Swire Pacific Offshore. For the past 5 years he has been General Manager for Sustainable Development based in Singapore, and has been dual-hatted, performing the same role for the group’s deep sea container and bulk shipping company China Navigation Company, since its move from Hong Kong to Singapore 2.5 years ago.

He went to sea as a deck cadet with Clan Line / Union Castle in 1974 (incidentally included time on the M.V. Nina Bowater running newsprint from Corner Brook down to Washington D.C) and, after gaining command in SPO 21 years ago, has worked ashore in various locations as HSE Manager, Marketing Manager, Project Manager and as General Manager established the company’s new office and operations in Sakhalin in the Russian Far East, to manage 3 Ice-breaking Platform Supply Vessels.

Simon holds an upper second class honours degree in Environmental Science (majoring in meteorology and oceanography) from the University of East Anglia and a Diploma in Safety Management issued by the British Safety Council. He has been a Member of the Nautical Institute since 1976, serving on its Council from 1989 to 1994, and in the Royal Naval Reserve, reaching the rank of Lt. Cdr., before his permanent move to the Far East necessitated withdrawal/retirement from both.

He has given a number of guest lectures to NUS and SMU on the subjects of “Sustainability in the Real Business World” and Governance and Ethics in the past few years and was a member of final judging panel for CDL-Singapore Compact “Young CSR Leaders Award” in 2011.

In July 1989, Sir Adrian Swire issued the following letter to employees of the Swire Group:

“As a Group we should always seek to be ahead of legislation rather than reacting to it: that even if the environmentally ‘clean’ way of doing something is more expensive and therefore on the face of it uneconomic, we should always, regardless of mandatory legislation, have a close look at the overall feasibility of adopting such a practice, both from the point of view of general public good and enlightened self-interest.”

Captain Bennett, who is tasked with delivering on Sir Arian’s commitment, will provide an overview of Swire Pacific Offshore’s sustainability program, carbon sequestration, rainforest protection, endangered species management, public accountability, corporate funding of environmental programs, and how Swire’s commitment to the environment enhances economic performance.


About Swire Pacific Offshore

Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) is a trusted name in the offshore marine industry. Established since 1975, we are a leading service provider to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a global presence.

SPO owns and operates more than 80 offshore support vessels, with some vessels on order to be delivered by the end of 2015. SPO’s fleet is modern with an average age of 7.8 years. A majority of the fleet is equipped with dynamic positioning systems (DP1 or DP2). Type of vessels owned includes Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels, Platform Supply Vessels (PSV), Ice-breaking Supply Vessels (IBSV), Anchor Handling Tugs (AHT), Seismic Survey Vessels and other specialised work boats. SPO is capable of supporting a wide range of offshore activities, from drilling, exploration, pipe-lay, subsea construction, seabed survey to windfarm installation. For more information about our vessels, see fleet profile.

Headquartered in Singapore, with regional controlling offices in Brazil, Australia, Cameroon and the United Arab Emirates, and agent offices in various localities, SPO is well poised to operate vessels in every major oil exploration region outside of North America. Expansion in capabilities to other complementary services like seismic survey, emergency response to oil spillage, salvage and deepwater recovery operations enables SPO to become a one-stop solution to meet clients’ diverse needs.

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