• April 19-21, 2023 | Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Louisiana
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David H. Cummins

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

President and CEO

David Cummins is President of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and the United States toward net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Prior to his current role, Cummins worked as an executive with Shell with more than 35 years’ experience covering many locations around the world as well as many diverse businesses and skill areas. Cummins was Shell’s Commercial and Business Development Manager for Shipping & Maritime, Americas, and before that served as Vice President of Shell Korea Limited, managing relationships with Korean shipyards and heavy industry. Cummins previously contributed to Shell’s success in global strategy development, change management, commercial deal making, new business development, strategic customer account management, divestment and portfolio deal teams, capital project planning & execution, technical management, and corporate redesign. 

Sessions With David H. Cummins

Friday, 21 April

  • 11:45am - 12:15pm (CST) / 21/apr/2023 04:45 pm - 21/apr/2023 05:15 pm

    The Blue Sky Maritime Coalition’s Role in Maritime Sustainability

    The goals of the nonprofit Blue Sky Maritime Coalition include creating actionable plans, accurate measurement methods, and realistic timelines that will accelerate the transition of North American waterborne transport toward net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, according to coalition CEO David Cummins. Prior to joining Blue Sky in 2021, Cummins spent almost 36 years with Shell Oil, first as a chemical engineer, then in various commercial and strategic management roles that he describes as “getting into people’s heads and solving impossible problems” — excellent preparation for the mission he’s now undertaken. As head of Bechtel Global Logistics, Stephen Spoljaric is under steadily increasing responsibility to decarbonize the global EPC’s entire transport and logistics supply chain. Bechtel is collaborating with its partners providing logistics services and with its customers to achieve net-zero emissions together. In this discussion, Spoljaric will draw out Cummins on the needs, challenges, and opportunities that the transportation and logistics industry must address on the way to achieving net- zero emissions by 2030.