The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (“SSI”), a pioneering coalition of companies from across the global shipping industry, today announced the appointment of Natalie Vigar as their new Research and Operations Officer.

Natalie will be responsible for providing the technical and operational capacity for SSI activities. Since graduating in 2008, Natalie has undertaken a number of maritime focused research projects on behalf of Southampton Solent University. The focus of these projects has been varied, and includes ship safety, seafarer wellbeing, welfare and education, crewing trends, the image of the shipping industry and assessing the effectiveness of Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas (PSSAs). In 2013 Natalie completed an MSc in International Maritime Studies, which focused on the ship operations, international maritime law, ship safety and environmental issues affecting the industry both ashore and offshore.

Ian Petty, General Manager of the SSI commented:-
“We would like to welcome Natalie to the team and look forward to her positive contribution to the work of the SSI and to our members”


About the Sustainable Shipping Initiative

The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is an independent charity, comprised of ambitious leaders spanning the whole shipping value chain from charterers and ship owners, to ship yards, class societies and technology companies.

The SSI’s objective is to make sustainability mainstream; working with its members and other shipping stakeholders to create a more environmentally responsible, socially conscious, safer, accountable, and more economically profitable industry. One that is truly sustainable by 2040, as outlined in its Vision.

The SSI was founded by global sustainability non-profit organisation Forum for the Future in conjunction with WWF, the global conservation NGO and a number of leading shipping industry companies. Forum for the Future and WWF remain as SSI NGO members.