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


Independent Trustee (Co-Chair)

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.


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.


David Peel

David Peel


Independent Trustee

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


Independent Trustee

39 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.

Returning to the warmth of Singapore in 2008, he wore the hat of the GM for Sustainable Development for both SPO (sold in 2022), and since late 2010 also for The China Navigation Company (renamed Swire Shipping in 2021), the Swire group’s privately owned deep-sea container and bulk shipping company (the latter split out as a separate company within the Swire group: Swire Bulk, in 2022). SPO, Swire Shipping and Swire Bulk all had/have their Operational Headquarters in Singapore, and have responsibly recycled 18 ships in the past 5 years in both China and India.

Simon retired, after more than 38 years with the Swire group marine companies at the end of Oct 2022, but has been retained as a Sustainability Adviser covering many of the legacy, but non-decarbonisation, areas of sustainability. He has been on the Board of Trustees of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative, for which Swire Shipping was both the founding member in Asia, and was a founding member of the steering group of the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI). He is also on the board of the World Ocean Council, a member of the BIMCO ESG group, and working with the Singapore Standards Organisation as the Singapore Shipping Association representative to develop an environmental standard.


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.


Guy Campbell

Guy Campbell


Independent Trustee (Chair)

A dry cargo specialist, Guy Campbell became a Baltic Exchange member in 1991 having commenced his career as a shipbroker at JE Hyde & Co. He joined Koch Industries in 1997, spending 10 years as a Chartering Manager and eventually as Director, Ocean Freight for Koch Carbon LLC. After a further six years as Dry Cargo Managing Director at the world’s largest shipping service provider Clarksons, Guy joined The China Navigation Co Pte Ltd, now Swire Bulk Pte Ltd, the deep sea ship owning and operating arm of the Swire Group where he was General Manager (Atlantic) until becoming a full time Arbitrator. His broad shipping career has included broking, chartering, freight and derivative trading and operating.

Guy served as Chairman of the Baltic Exchange’s Freight Market Information Users’ Group in 2005 at a time of migration from OTC derivatives trading toward a modern FFABA contract. The period also saw the introduction of clearing to the FFA market which ultimately enabled the market to survive the disruptions of 2008. He served on the Board of the Baltic Exchange from 2009-2016, eventually as Chairman (2014-2016) Chairing the shareholder sale to SGX in 2016, the most important transition in the Baltic Exchange’s 272 year history.


Press Release: Evergreen Marine joins the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative

London, 3 August 2020 – Evergreen Marine Corporation (Taiwan) Ltd. becomes the eleventh shipowner to publicly disclose its approach to ship recycling through the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative (SRTI) online platform.

In a corporate statement Evergreen said, “We are committed to the planning of a completely sustainable life cycle for our vessels from design, construction, operation and ultimately to decommissioning. As such, we are delighted to join SRTI, through which signatories can share their ship recycling information via an online platform, helping the industry to improve its eco-friendly recycling policies and practices, and to work together in sustaining an ‘ever green’ global environment.”

“We believe transparency is a key driver of change in the ship recycling value chain,” said Andrew Stephens, Executive Director of the Sustainable Shipping Initiative that hosts the SRTI. “We welcome Evergreen Marine to the growing SRTI family that includes like-minded shipowners who are holding themselves to account before key stakeholders, including clients, investors, and the wider public.”

The shipowner, headquartered in Taiwan, is the fifth signatory to join the SRTI in 2020, bringing the total number of signatories to 26.

The SRTI continues its growth and development conducting outreach across and beyond the industry. The recent SRTI webinar series has seen an increasingly diverse range of stakeholders engaging on the topics of data and transparency; circularity; and the role of financial stakeholders in sustainable and responsible ship recycling, in the absence of global regulation.

See Evergreen Marine's SRTI disclosure

More on the Ship Recycling Transparency Initiative


Decarbonisation: Sustainable biofuels for shipping

Time period: 2018-2021

Members involved: Bunge, Forum for the Future, IMC, Lloyd’s Register, Louis Dreyfus Company, Maersk, Oldendorff Carriers, RightShip, South32, Swire Shipping, WWF

Partners: Forum for the Future, GreenFuelHub

In May 2018, the SSI released a report on Zero Emission Vessels (ZEVs) as part of its Low-Carbon Shipping working group, following which members agreed to embark on a deep dive into biofuels and launched an inquiry into the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping. 2019 then saw SSI lead a stakeholder consultation process which led to a high-level panel event at Climate Week NYC and a presentation of findings for the IMO’s Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions, as well as to the launch of The role of sustainable biofuels in the decarbonisation of shipping report at COP25.

2020 and 2021 saw the work expand to focus on identifying sustainability criteria for all marine fuels under consideration for shipping’s decarbonisation, concluding the biofuel work. In June 2021, SSI launched the Availability of sustainable biofuels report, authored by GreenFuelHub, which reviewed the current landscape for biofuels in shipping, challenges around availability, as well as the industry’s role in the broader bioeconomy.

The role of sustainable biofuels for shipping

Phase 1 (2018) of the deep dive into biofuels for shipping generated an internal SSI knowledge paper raising nine key questions facing the shipping industry surrounding its adoption of biofuels. Following this, SSI members agreed on the need for wider engagement within and beyond the maritime industry to respond to these questions and the emerging challenges in the ongoing debate on biofuels for shipping.

Phase 2 (2019) saw the launch of an inquiry into the sustainability and availability of biofuels for shipping, conducting an extensive stakeholder consultation process throughout 2019 – facilitated by sustainability non-profit Forum for the Future – that brought together a diverse range of stakeholders encompassing actors in shipping, climate, energy among other sectors. The inquiry sought to answer the question: “Based on an in depth stakeholder engagement on the viability, suitability and sustainability in the context of the wider system – What is the role that biofuels play, if any, in the decarbonisation of shipping?”

Phase 3 (2020-21) further unpacked outstanding issues and unanswered questions raise in phase 2’s inquiry, drawing on academic research, industry reports, and publicly available data to outline the current landscape for biofuels in shipping, covering biofuel types and production methods, use and trials in shipping, as well as the challenges surrounding availability and shipping’s role in the broader bioeconomy.

  • Bring together a diverse range of stakeholders to contribute thought leadership, canvass different perspectives, convene debate, and feed into the ongoing and wider dialogue on decarbonisation, zero emission shipping and the role of sustainable biofuels in the energy transition

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