Keynote Speaker - Alastair Fischbacher Conference: Society and the Sea

The importance of innovation and clean technology in reducing shipping's impact on climate change and driving sustainability.

Overview
  • Reducing GHG emissions from shipping is critical for the industry to meet its responsibility in contributing to the global below 2-degrees warming target, and delivering operational and environmental efficiencies that increase profitability.
  • Innovation and clean technology, in conjunction with new vessel designs and operational efficiencies will play a significant role in delivering this.
  •  Considerable strides in clean technologies have been made with a number of viable and proven solutions available for the market right now.
  • However, in a market of little liquidity, natural skepticism in innovation, as well as uncertainty over who should reap the rewards of investment, there are a number of barriers which are stifling uptake.
Biography

Beginning his career at sea as a qualified Master Mariner, Fischbacher's experience spans from operational to the board-level roles. Before taking up his position at the SSI, he held the position of General Manager, Fleet Management at Rio Tinto where he supervised the specification, construction, service and on-going operation of ships ranging from 70-205,000 deadweight bulk carriers of a value of around $1 billion. Alastair also drove the strategy and implementation for sustainable development in Rio Tinto Marine as well holding other relevant nonexecutive roles with other organizations. In 2011 Alastair joined the inaugural board of the World Ocean Council and was appointed Chairman in 2013. 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. Alastair has been a member of the Class NK, Lloyds Register and DNV British Committees and remains a member of the Lloyds Register Classing Committee.