CNCo vessels recognised for environmental stewardship at 2019 Blue Circle Awards
CNCo is one of the recipients of this year's Blue Circle Awards, organised by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Alex Pattison, Country Manager – North America, Neil Carraher, Commercial Manager, Swire Shipping North America, and Frank Leigh-Spencer, Port Captain, Swire Bulk North America, attended the Port of Vancouver reception on 4th June and Neil accepted the award on behalf of CNCo.
The Blue Circle Awards recognise marine carriers and terminal operators that excel in environmental stewardship and attain the highest participation rates in the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority's Energy Action Initiative and EcoAction Programme. This acknowledges our work on our vessels in meeting voluntary environmental best practices that reduce emissions and underwater noise, obtaining third-party environmental designations and using cleaner fuels and technologies.
The Energy Action Initiative is a joint programme with B.C. Hydro that helps terminal operators and other port tenants enhance their energy conservation practices and save costs.
The EcoAction Programme recognises vessels with positive environmental practices in fuel, energy and technology management, by offering them discounted harbour due rates according to the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. 12 of our vessels have achieved Silver-level and three are at Bronze-level, qualifying us for some discounted rates, which will help reduce some of our operational costs.
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Neil Carraher (middle), Commercial Manager, Swire Shipping North America, accepting the 2018 Blue Circle Award on behalf of CNCo.
Simon Bennett, GM SD, recognised as one of the top sustainability leaders in Eco-Business's A-List
Simon Bennett, GM SD, was recognised as one of the top leaders in sustainability in the Asia Pacific region at Eco-Business's "A-List" event held in Singapore in November 2019.
A strong advocate of sustainable shipping, Simon has been championing SD programmes in Swire including purchasing virgin Atlantic rainforests in Paraguay to offset SPO's carbon footprint, recycling of vessels in a sustainable way, and investing in the education of today's youth.
Simon sits on the Board of Trustees of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative. He is also a member of the founding steering group of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative which provides a platform for shipowners to share data on their ship recycling process across a set of disclosure criteria and allows buyers and sellers to make informed decisions on vessel recycling.
He is also on the Singapore Management University Maritime Business Operations Track Advisory Council, a Director of the Singapore Environment Council. He also sits on the British Chamber Of Commerce (Singapore) Committees for their Sustainability and Responsibility, Transport and Logistics, and Diversity & Inclusion business groups.
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Simon Bennett, GM SD, CNCo and Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO), receiving his award from Camilla Fenning, Head, South East Asia Climate and Energy Network, British High Commission, Singapore.