Who we are

Launched on 1 August 2021, the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation is a

non-profit organisation that supports the decarbonisation of the maritime sector through pilots and trials.

GCMD is strategically located in Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering hub and second-largest container port.

Our mIssion

Driving towards
our mission

Our goal is to help international shipping decarbonise along a trajectory that meets or exceeds key targets, including reaching net zero around 2050. We aim to support decarbonisation across the industry through four pillars.

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Shaping standards

We share the learnings from our projects actively at relevant national and international technical platforms.
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Deploying solutions

We take a transparent, deliberate, open, and practical approach,
exercising our technical and domain expertise to curate and demonstrate viable decarbonisation solutions.
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3

Financing projects

We are uniquely positioned to overcome roadblocks by co-funding projects, especially ones that lack immediate commercial viability or ones that may not lead to commercial returns, such as helping to establish safety standards and operating procedures to handle new fuels.
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4

Fostering collaboration

We provide neutral ground for stakeholders across the value chain to convene, ensuring a diversity of inputs to operationalise pilots.
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Our Approach

Adding value through pilots and trials

We prioritise real-world testing, translating 2D recommendations to 3D solutions. Our pilots and trials aim to mimic commercial conditions, ensuring that the learnings can be translated directly into knowledge to lower adoption barriers.

How we run our pilots
and trials

Transparent, deliberate, and practical – we combine academic rigour with industry realism to curate and demonstrate viable decarbonisation solutions.

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Domain + technical expertise

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Domain + technical expertise

We exercise our technical and domain expertise to curate and demonstrate viable decarbonisation solutions.

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Collaboration across sectors

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Collaboration across sectors

Decarbonisation will require us all to work together. GCMD provides a neutral platform for collaboration. Our unique position allows us to bring together stakeholders in adjacent sectors, as well as nominal competitors in the same space, to address common pain points.

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Agile funding + co-funding

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Agile funding + co-funding

The need for deep investments is one of the hurdles that can delay the commissioning of pilots and trials. GCMD is uniquely positioned to overcome these roadblocks by co-funding projects, especially ones that lack immediate commercial viability or ones that may not lead to commercial returns, such as helping to establish safety standards and operating procedures to handle new fuels.

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Early involvement of regulators + policy makers

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Early involvement of regulators + policy makers

Regulatory frameworks can also stall the commissioning of pilots and trials. That’s why GCMD works closely with governments and regulators to develop sandboxes for such trials.

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Our partners

Founded by six industry partners namely BHP, BW Group, Eastern Pacific Shipping, Foundation Det Norske Veritas, Ocean Network Express and Seatrium (formerly Sembcorp Marine), GCMD also receives funding from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) for qualifying research and development programmes and projects.

To-date, over 100 centre- and project-level partners have joined GCMD – contributing funds, expertise and in-kind support to accelerate the deployment of scalable low-carbon technologies and lowering adoption barriers.

Partnerships

Given the complexities of the maritime ecosystem and urgency of the decarbonisation agenda, collaboration across the value chain is key.



Become a partner

Founding / Strategic Partners

Shape our strategic direction, participate in project ideation, and contribute to our financial resource pool

Impact Partners

Take part in early project conversations, fund cash and in-kind contributions, and provide domain expertise for pilots

Coalition Partners

Shed light on industry challenges, collaborate to shape standards, and share findings from projects

Knowledge Partners

Enrich our understanding of subject matter to build on the work of our peers and optimise resource utilisation

Enabling Partner

Support us in advancing our mission by providing resources or assistance to our back-end operations

Project Partners

Help us deploy solutions and execute pilots

Our people

The team

Comprising the best and brightest, we’ve got a seasoned team at the helm, ready to navigate the seas together.
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Shane is a Director in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and is the lead for GCMD’s energy efficiency technologies to improve fuel efficiency of ships initiative.  Prior to GCMD, he was a marine surveyor at Lloyd’s Register, working on novel newbuilding projects across specialist offshore and dual-fuel installations, including for […]

Shane BALANI

Director, Projects

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Vibin is a Director in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and the co-lead for GCMD’s ammonia as a marine fuel initiative.  Prior to joining GCMD, he was a Principal Engineer (Sustainability) at the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), where he spearheaded several industry-wide decarbonisation strategies, which also included him as […]

Vibin CHANDRABOSE

Director, Projects

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Long Lit is a Manager in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, supporting GCMD’s assurance framework for drop-in green fuels initiative. Prior to joining GCMD, Long Lit worked as a Researcher at the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Center. His responsibilities included conducting research on aviation biofuels and developing an emissions accountability scheme […]

Long Lit CHEW

Manager, Projects

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Wan Ni is a Senior Manager in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, supporting GCMD’s initiative to scale the adoption of energy efficiency technologies in shipping.  Prior to joining GCMD, Wan Ni served as an Account Manager at Sembcorp Industries’ utilities business. In this role, she managed customer accounts and supported the team in commercial negotiations and […]

Wan Ni GOH

Senior Manager, Projects

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Eng Kiong is a Director in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and is the lead for GCMD’s unlocking the carbon value chain initiative to demonstrate onboard carbon capture and storage systems and the offtake of liquefied carbon dioxide LCO2. Prior to GCMD, he was the Assistant Centre Director and a […]

Eng Kiong KOH

Director, Projects

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Christine is a Communications Manager at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, managing external communications, public and media relations, branding, social media and web communications strategies. ​ Christine has over ten years of communications experience working in both agencies and in-house roles, with six years dedicated to the maritime industry. Prior to joining GCMD, she was Marketing […]

Christine KOK

Communications Manager

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Dr. Sanjay C Kuttan is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation. Sanjay works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Projects Officer to develop the centre’s long-term vision and direction. He drives the strategic planning process by making sense of market trends, identifying opportunities, curating and developing projects to address […]

Dr Sanjay C KUTTAN

Chief Strategy Officer

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Reuben is the Chief Corporate Development Officer at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation. He oversees the corporate functions of the organisation including governance, human resources, organisational development, finance, legal and IT.  Prior to joining GCMD, Reuben was a Director of the Strategic Management Division at the Singapore International Foundation, where he spent close to […]

Reuben KWAN

Chief Corporate Development Officer

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Wei Jie is a Director of Partnerships at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and is the co-lead for GCMD’s ammonia as a marine fuel initiative.  Working closely with the C-suite leadership team, Wei Jie brings on board centre- and project- level partners who share GCMD’s mission to support maritime decarbonisation. Wei Jie is currently […]

Wei Jie LAU

Director, Partnerships

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Li Chen is a Manager in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, supporting GCMD’s assurance framework for drop-in green fuels initiative. Prior to joining GCMD, Li Chen was a Research Engineer at the Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence at the Nanyang Technological University. His research interests are in […]

Chen LI

Manager, Projects

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Xingti is a Director of Communications at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, leading external communications, public and media relations, branding, social media and web communications strategies.  Prior to GCMD, she was the PR & Marketing Lead at GoNetZeroTM, Sembcorp Industries’ carbon management business, supporting diverse workstreams including communications, events, digital initiatives as well as business […]

Xingti LIU

Director, Communications

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Prof. Lynn Loo is the Chief Executive Officer at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation. Under her leadership, Lynn has led GCMD to launch several initiatives including pilots and trials to close technical and operational gaps in deploying ammonia as a marine fuel, establishing the assurance framework for drop-in green fuels, unlocking the carbon value […]

Professor Lynn LOO

Chief Executive Officer

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Victor is a Senior Manager in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, supporting GCMD’s unlocking the carbon value chain initiative to demonstrate onboard carbon capture and storage systems and the offtake of liquefied carbon dioxide LCO2. Prior to joining GCMD, he was a manager in a local SME, where he oversaw […]

Victor PANG

Senior Manager, Projects

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Basil is a Senior Manager in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, supporting GCMD’s ammonia as a marine fuel initiative. Prior to joining GCMD, he was the Marine Superintendent at Hong Lam Marine, where he was responsible for all marine and HSE related jobs of ship management, including preparing vessels for […]

Capt Basil REGO

Senior Manager, Projects

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Elincia is a Corporate Services Manager at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation, where she supports the Chief Corporate Development Officer in Human Resource, Finance, Governance, and other operations matters. Prior to joining GCMD, she was an Assistant Manager with Enterprise Singapore, a statutory board under Ministry of Trade and Industry, where she met and engaged […]

Elincia SIM

Corporate Services Manager

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Sanjay Kumar Sinha is an Advisor in the Projects team of GCMD’s Research and Projects team, supporting our ammonia as a marine fuel initiative. Concurrently, Sanjay is a Vessel Manager and an Incident Commander for the Asia-Pacific region at bp. ​ A mechanical engineer, Sanjay has more than a decade of first-hand experience at sea […]

Sanjay SINHA

Advisor, Projects

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At GCMD, Soo Ching supports the Chief Executive Officer and senior leadership team in administrative and day-to-day operational activities. She is also responsible for the maintenance of office facilities and provides general office administration support. Prior to joining GCMD, she has had more than 20 years in administrative and business services roles, working alongside leadership […]

Soo Ching TAN

Office Manager

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Wee Meng is the Chief Projects Officer at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation. At GCMD, he leads the Projects team and provides strategic oversight on the centre’s key initiatives and projects. He is a member of the leadership team and works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer in aligning, resourcing and driving […]

Wee Meng TAN

Chief Projects Officer

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Dr Prapisala Thepsithar is a Director in the Projects team at the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation and the lead for GCMD’s assurance framework for drop-in green fuels initiative. Prior to joining GCMD, she was the Research Lead and a Senior Scientist at the Maritime Energy & Sustainable Development Centre of Excellence in Nanyang Technological […]

Dr Prapisala THEPSITHAR

Director, Projects

Our fellows and advisors

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Su Yin ANAND

GCMD Senior Advisor

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Rashim BERRY

GCMD Senior Advisor

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Professor Kah Hin CHAI

GCMD Fellow

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Professor Szu Hui NG

GCMD Fellow

Our board of directors

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Rashpal BHATTI

Vice President, BHP

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Cyril DUCAU

CEO, Eastern Pacific Shipping

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Remi ERIKSEN

Group President & CEO, DNV

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Nobuhiro KASHIMA

Senior Managing Executive Officer,
Chief Executive of Technical Headquarters,
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK)

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Lynn LOO

CEO, Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation

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Aziz MERCHANT

Executive Vice-President, Engineering, Technology & New Product Development, Seatrium Limited

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Jeremy NIXON

CEO, Ocean Network Express (ONE)

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Nicholas RYAN

Vice President, Operated Fleet, bp Shipping

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Ulf SCHAWOHL

Senior Managing Director,
Hapag-Lloyd AG,
Regulatory Affairs & Sustainability

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Andreas SOHMEN-PAO

Chairman of the Board
Chairman, BW Group

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