Fourth Meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006

Progress against milestone 3.2020.1

International labour and human rights regulation related to onshore and offshore workers enters into force and is increasingly ratified

November 4, 2020

The fourth meeting of the Special Tripartite Committee (STC) of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) has been announced to take place at the ILO in Geneva from 19 to 23 April 2021.

Ahead of the meetings, the STC is accepting proposed amendments to the Code of the MLC, 2006, in accordance with Article XV of the Convention, deadline to be confirmed.

Read more and propose an amendment on the ILO website.


Alastair Fischbacher

Alastair Fischbacher


Co-Chair, Independent Trusteee

Alastair’s career started at sea. Qualifying as a Master Mariner he came ashore and worked in roles including cargo superintendent, chartering, coal marketing, mine acquisitions and rail and terminal operations before being responsible for the commercial and legal ownership frameworks and the construction and ongoing operation of a fleet of ships ranging from 70-205,000 deadweight bulk and specialist carriers of a value of around US$1 billion for Rio Tinto Marine.

With additional responsibility for sustainable development in Rio Tinto Marine, Alastair was the driving force in their founding membership of the SSI, joining the SSI board on its inauguration and has served since then, except for 2014-2016 when he was CEO of the SSI. He was also on the inaugural board of the World Ocean Council and was chair from 2013-2014. He was a director of RightShip Pty Limited, the dry and wet ship vetting company from 2008 and held the position of chairman from 2009 to 2013. He was also chair of the Sailors’ Society marine charity from 2014-2019. Alastair remains a member of the Lloyd’s Register Classing Committee and is President-elect of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.


Elizabeth Petit González

Elizabeth Petit González


Head of Communications

Elizabeth joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative in early 2020, where she is responsible for communications activities and the continued development of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative. Having developed a keen interest in sustainability throughout her studies in Denmark, Elizabeth is passionate about the private sector’s role in pushing forward the sustainability agenda, as well as the power of multi-stakeholder engagement to bring key players together and drive widespread change.

Originally from Venezuela, she has spent the majority of her life in parts of Latin America and Europe, graduating with an MSc in International Marketing and Management from Copenhagen Business School and working with partnerships and communications in the Copenhagen start-up world. She is now based in Malmö, Sweden.


Nicole Rencoret

Nicole Rencoret


Head of Partnerships & Development

Nicole is a facilitator of conversations, an engager of stakeholders and a believer in the power of partnerships.

Nicole joined the Sustainable Shipping Initiative Secretariat in September 2018 where she is responsible for strategic communications and thought leadership, stakeholder engagement and development for the SSI and Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative. She has specific expertise in sustainable development policy and strategy, organisational strategy and learning as well as multi-stakeholder initiatives.

An Australian/Chilean national, Nicole’s career has seen her live and work with the UN and other development-related organisations across the globe in Timor-Leste, Switzerland, Kenya, Niger, USA, Palestine, Haiti, Colombia, Fiji and Denmark (where she is currently based). She graduated with an MBA from Warwick Business School and also holds an MA in Professional Communication.


Jacob Sterling

Jacob Sterling


Head of Technical Innovation, Maersk

Jacob Sterling brings broad experience on decarbonisation and sustainability with 20+ years’ experience in the field, and from both NGO and private sector.

He is currently Head of Technical Innovation in A.P. Moller-Maersk, where the innovation mainly focuses on finding solutions to decarbonizing shipping to enable that Maersk achieve its ambition of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

He is serving as employee elected member to the Board of Directors of A.P. Moller-Maersk, and he is also a Delegate to the Assembly of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), and a member of the Board of Directors in NEPCon – an NGO with a strong focus on sustainability certification.

Jacob has worked in Maersk since 2009 and prior to his current role, he has had leading roles within product management and sustainability. Before joining Maersk, Jacob worked as Conservation Director in WWF World Wide Fund for Nature, and he holds a master’s degree in biology.


Marcio Moura

Marcio Moura


Global Logistics Director, Bunge

Marcio Valentim Moura has more than 25 years of experience in the agribusiness sector, leading teams in operations, trading, logistics and management. He joined Bunge in 2000 and in his current role as Global Logistics Director he leads planning and coordination of commodities supply chain, sales, and ocean freight demands on a global scale. Mr. Moura holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from Centro Universitario Lusiada and an Executive MBA in Supply Chain Management from ETH Zurich.


David Peel

David Peel


General Manager, RightShip

David Peel is General Manager, Europe, Middle East and Asia at RightShip. Since opening RightShip’s London office in 2007, David has significantly grown the European business expanding into new territories and now oversees eight vetting superintendents. Before joining RightShip, David was Deputy General Manager at Golar LNG. David has a strong background in maritime safety and quality with significant experience in Safety Management System recertification, tanker vetting, training and auditing, and conducting risk assessments of vessels and port authorities, and in March 2017 David was appointed as a Director at the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI).

David has consulted on ISO 9000, International Safety Management, safety and quality and related auditing services to a range of companies including P&I Clubs, industry associations and various ship owners. He began his career with the P&O General Cargo Division and has served as a First Mate and Master on offshore supply vessels and salvage tugs.


Simon Bennett

Simon Bennett


General Manager, Sustainable Development, The China Navigation Company

36 years ago, Simon Bennett joined Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) which provides marine support services to the global 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, Marketing Manager in Dubai, before he moved to his last but one job as General Director managing the contracts and operations of SPO’s three new icebreaking Platform Supply Vessels in the Russian Far East.

Since returning to the warmth of Singapore again twelve years ago, he now wears the hat of the GM for Sustainable Development for both SPO, and since late 2010 also for The China Navigation Company, the Swire group’s privately owned deep-sea container and bulk shipping company. Both SPO and CNCo have their Operational Headquarters in Singapore, and have responsibly recycled 12 ships in the past 5 years in China and India. Simon is on the Board of Trustees of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI), for which The China Navigation Company was both the founder member in Asia, and a member of the founding steering group of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI).


Katharine Palmer

Katharine Palmer


Global Sustainability Manager, Lloyd’s Register

Katharine Palmer qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science from the University of Leeds, UK and a MSc in Environmental Biogeochemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Katharine has 20 years experience in marine environment and the shipping industry and currently is the global head of sustainability for Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore business, providing advice and insight to a wide range of maritime stakeholders including regulators, ship owners and operators and trade associations on sustainability and environmental leading practice and future strategies.

Katharine is an established shipping industry influencer and thought leader in climate change, environment and sustainability and has held a number of positions on external industry bodies, currently Katharine is an Elected Trustee for the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and co-chairs the IMarEST technical leadership Board.


John Kornerup Bang

John Kornerup Bang


Independent Trustee

John Kornerup Bang is SVP, Sustainability Transformation at Stora Enso, responsible for driving leadership and growth using sustainability and climate change as levers. Before joining Stora Enso, John served 10 years as Director, Climate Change & Sustainability Strategy at Maersk and 10 years in WWF, where he worked on sustainable globalisation.

Over the years, John has served in a number of fiduciary roles related to sustainable development, notably as Board Member in Fair Trade Denmark, Board Member and Founder of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, and as advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Advisory Group on sustainable transportation.