We continue to provide environmental education to our seagoing employees through the Safety Awareness Courses by including a module on energy efficiency awareness containing in-depth explanation of a Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP), reporting and other measures.
CNCo provides computer-based training on the optimum use of the SEEMP to all Ship Managers and seagoing employees. This training is available on all our vessels. Our extensive Seagull Training collection has various environmental awareness modules which our seagoing employees can use to improve their knowledge. In addition to this training, monthly Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) meetings are held on all CNCo vessels, at which relevant environmental topics are raised and discussed.
For our shore-based employees in Singapore, we have various educational events to broaden their understanding of the environmental challenges. Our aim is also to help them become more environmentally conscious in their daily lives. We invite prominent speakers to present on various environmental topics during Lunchtime Takeaway seminars. We also organise and build in educational components for our volunteering events which include beach clean-up exercises, mangrove planting, farming etc.
for more information on the circular economy
On 11th July, we invited Marialine Verdickt, Founder of Circlewerkz and country organiser of Circular Economy Club (Singapore), to share her expertise on the Circular Economy. We wanted to learn how we could make the difference by going Circular.
The industrial system has always been "take, make and waste" which is known as a linear economy. It assumes that there are always resources to make a product, and there is always a place to dispose of it. However, we are running out of resources to meet our demands and space for the 2.12 billion tonnes of waste generated every year. 99% of what is bought is trashed within six months. From production to disposal, each product is accelerating climate change. Clearly, a linear economy is not a sustainable system. "The Circular Economy model is not new. An increasing number of existing and new organisations have been coming up with ways to manufacture products economically and sustainably, using the concept of the Circular Economy. This was particularly so in the fashion and technology industries," said Marialine.
Photo - top of page: Marialine Verdickt, Founder of Circlewerkz and country organiser of Circular Economy Club (Singapore), shares her expertise on the circular economy
According to the World Wildlife Fund, nearly 100 million sharks are killed each year and the fins of around 73 million of them end up in soup. Globally, the trade of shark meat is growing, even though fin demand is decreasing.
As part of the Lunchtime Takeaway sessions that are co-organised by the Sustainable Development and SPO's Corporate Communications teams, we invited Kathy Xu, Founder of The Dorsal Effect, to share about her shark conservation efforts with our CNCo and SPO colleagues in Singapore on 19th September 2019. The Dorsal Effect seeks to provide alternative livelihoods to fishermen in Indonesia and by so doing, avoid overfishing. Kathy founded The Dorsal Effect to promote a change in attitude towards sharks, and offer viable, sustainable, and profitable alternatives to shark hunting.
In reality, ending the shark trade by discouraging fishermen from hunting them is not a viable solution. To them, this is their livelihood and key source of income. As such, she came up with a business model of eco-tourism – The Marine Conservation Programme, where she engages some of the fishermen in Lombok, Indonesia to become tour and snorkelling guides for tourists. They can potentially earn more in a day through these eco-tours as compared to shark hunts which may or may not be profitable at times.
Interesting facts and statistics about sharks: