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NEW DATES: The conference organizing committee agreed in April 2009 that the mission of the WOC is too important to launch the Sustainable Ocean Summit knowing that there were many companies who would like to participate but could not attend due to the current economic situation.

The Sustainable Ocean Summit will now be held in the first half of 2010. The new dates posted as soon as possible.

Conference Theme:


The Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) is the only international, cross-sectoral industry conference on business leadership and sustainable development of the marine environment - catalyzing collaboration on solutions to the ocean sustainablilty challenges facing the private sector.

SOS is 2-day World Ocean Council event, by and for industry, targeting senior representatives from companies and industry associations.

Join colleagues from your industry and other sectors to define the global business agenda on oceans and develop proactive policies, programs and practices to address the ocean sustainability challenges confronting the private sector.

Special features of the Sustainable Ocean Summit inlcude:


Major indstry associations gather for first international cross-sectoral roundtable on ocean sustainability.


Communicating the good news and improving perception of ocean industry in the mass media, public and NGOs.

Conference Goals:

To bring together senior representatives from a wide range of industries using on ocean space and resources.
To develop cross-sectoral leadership and collaboration in addressing global marine environment issues.
To identify ocean sustainability priorities and programs to reduce ocean industry risks and develop the business benefits of Corporate Ocean Responsibility.

Who should attend:

Senior officials from companies and associations representing:

Shipping (including shipbuilding, recycling, ship management)
Oil and gas (including offshore exploration, production, transport, services)
Fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood production and distribution
Cruise shipping and marine and coastal tourism
Renewable ocean energy (including wind, tidal, wave)
Ports, harbors and marinas; Dredging
Seabed mining; Submarine cables and pipelines
Marine technology (e.g. marine engines, ballast water systems, etc)
Recreation (including boat building, deep sea fishing, etc.)
Coastal power stations; desalination
Ocean industry finance sector
Ocean industry insurance sector

Plenary Sessions:

Opening Plenary: Special high level panel with international ocean industry association representatives from across the sectors.
International policy developments affecting industry operations in the marine environment.

Cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration on ocean policy developments. 

Improving ocean industry image and communicating progress in addressing environmental issues to the media and public. 

Theme Sessions:

Company Perspectives

Climate Change


Leadership companies will share their experience in addressing ocean environmental issues.


Creating cross-sectoral ocean industry leadership and collaboration on reducing emissions and improving ocean science.


Sound Impacts and

Ship Strikes

Developing solutions to ocean industry sound and vessel interactions with marine mammals and other marine life.


Sustainable Ports:


Advancing the development of green ports through collective, multi-sectoral industry efforts.


Finance, Insurance

and Legal

Engaging the maritime finance, insurance and legal industries in reducing risk and improving ocean sustainability.


Biosecurity and

Invasive Species


Advancing international solutions to stem the tide of marine invasive species.


Arctic Ocean

Coordinating cross-sectoral industry leadership on sustainable development of the Arctic.


Marine Spatial Management


Developing constructive industry engagement on ocean zoning and marine protected areas and ensuring responsible access.


Marine Debris

Establishing international, industry-led efforts to control sea-based marine debris at the source.


Inter-Industry Issues


Resolving inter-industry conflicts in use, especially regarding ocean renewable energy and fisheries.


Decommissioning Ships and Structures

Developing global systems for responsible recycling and disposal.

Organizing Committee:

  • Kit Armstrong, Consultant (formerly Senior Environmental Policy Advisor, Chevron Corporation)
  • Chris Campbell, Executive Director, Ocean Renewable Energy Group (OREG)
  •  John Campbell, Technical Director, Oil and Gas Producers Association (OGP)
  • Christine Copely, Program Director - Environment, Health & Safety, International Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)
  • Mark Gilligan, Commercial Manager and Director, Golder Associates (UK) Ltd.
  • Patrick Hicks, Secretary, Container Shipping Association/Director, Green Ports
  • Peter Hinchliffe, Marine Director, International Chamber of Shipping  (ICS)
  • Jim Hind, Society for Underwater Technology (SUT)
  • Ian Hudson, Corporate Environmental Manager, Transocean (confirmed)
  • Carleen Lyden-Kluss, Executive Director, North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA)
  • Ralph Rayner, IMarEst/US Ocean
  • Neil Sims, Chair, Ocean Stewards Institute

Click here for information on hotel accommodations for the Sustainable Ocean Summit.

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2010:

A World Ocean Council event, in partnership with Golder Associates

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The conference organizing committee agreed this week that the mission of the WOC is too important to launch this conference under these circumstances, knowing that there are so many who would like to participate but cannot commit due to the economy.


The conference organizing committee agreed this week that the mission of the WOC is too important to launch this conference under these circumstances, knowing that there are so many who would like to participate but cannot commit due to the economy.

"Reducing Risk, Increasing Sustainability: Solutions Through Collaboraton"


Have questions about SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT? Contact World Ocean Council

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