Mr Simon Bennett
General Manager (Sustainable Development), Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd
Simon started his career at sea in 1974 as a Navigating Cadet with the Union Castle Line/Clan Line. After a 3 year sabbatical from 1978/1981 to take a degree at UEA in Norwich, where he read Environmental Science (majoring in Meteorology and Oceanography) he resumed his seagoing career.
34 years ago he joined Swire Pacific Offshore (SPO) which provides marine support services to the 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, and with Swire Production Testers working with their rig-based Early Production Systems in Qatar, Iran and Thailand, then as Marketing Manager in Dubai, before he moved to his last but one job as General Manager operating three of SPO’s state of the art icebreaking platform supply vessels in Sakhalin in the Russian Far East.
Since returning to the warmth of Singapore again ten ago he has been the GM for Sustainable Development for SPO (and additionally since late 2010 in the same position for The China Navigation Company). Both SPO and CNCo have long had their Operational Headquarters here in Singapore under the MPA MSI-AIS initiative.
Simon has been a Member of the Nautical Institute since 1976, serving on its Council from 1989 to 1994.