Captain Walter Purio
Chairman, Rise-x and Director
Pilbara Ports Authority
Captain Walter P. Purio is a Director of the Pilbara Port Authority in Australia, Non Executive Chairman of rise-x.io, a global blockchain native ecosystem operating platform software company and is the Managing Director of P and H Marine Australasia Pty Ltd which currently assists resource companies, financial institutions, shipping companies and their boards and executive teams to develop maritime strategies to provide LNG and other sustainable marine fuel to their regions. He was the inaugural CEO and is a Founder and Founding Director of the non-profit LNG Marine Fuel Institute. In 2021 Captain Purio was elected Chair of the Asia Pacific committee for the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel, a non-governmental organisation with consultative status to the UN’s International Maritime Organisation. He serves as the Chair of Governors for the non-profit Leeuwin Ocean Adventures Foundation, which provides at sea team building, collaborative learning and personal development onboard the sail training vessel Leeuwin for the youth of Western Australia.
Captain Purio speaks globally and advocates for LNG, and renewable and sustainable marine fuels by engaging stakeholders and the broader global energy community in support of maritime and global energy awareness and sustainability delivered though the aspirational framework of purpose, a noble cause, to work for something greater than self with an ultimate goal to increase the carrying capacity of the planet.
Captain Purio is a Co-Founder and was Chairman of QuayChain PTE LTD, a Singapore registered company wholly owned by RISE-x.io, an Australian digital technology innovator providing LNG, renewable and traditional fuel blockchain bunkering solutions to the global marine fuel industry, serves as the Executive Chairman of Rise-x Pty Ltd. and is an advisor to ADP Clear PTE LTD in Singapore, a joint venture between Rise-x.io and Mercuria Energy Group of Geneva, Switzerland.
Captain Purio is currently a non-executive director of CleanSubSea Ltd, a publicly unlisted company in Australia. CSS is the owner of ENVIROCART, a Western Australia designed, patented and manufactured in-water invasive marine species full clean, filter, capture and containment hull cleaning solution that supports the United Nation’s International Maritime Organisation’s GLOFOUL Initiative, alongside several UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Captain Purio served on the Board of Directors of OSI Geospatial Pty. Ltd., a publicly listed Canadian company from 1999 until 2011, at which time he assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Traded on the TSX, OSI specialised in the development and implementation of ECDIS (Electronic Chart and Data Information Systems) and Warfare ECDIS on both commercial and military units, including ships and small boats of the Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy, the US Navy, USCG, Chilean and Brazilian Navies, Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard, Danish Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy and several other NATO fleet naval assets.
Given his background, personal and professional international network and experience, Captain Purio brings his unique executive and managerial skill set, insight and experience to the operational development and team building of small, medium and large privately held and medium to large publicly traded companies in the oil and gas, mining, shipping and marine logistic industry businesses.
Captain Purio is a seasoned marine and maritime industry executive who has worked across several affiliated disciplines including commercial shipping, marine finance, marine compliance, naval operations, offshoring, bunkering, oil and gas and mineral resources industry. He is a Master Mariner Class 1, holds a BSc degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and MBA’s from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium.
Captain Purio is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a long-standing member of the New York Yacht Club and the Army and Navy Club of Washington D.C. He enjoys writing, historical non fiction, walking and sailing and is a passionate supporter of international F1 racing and the international Sailing GP.
Captain Purio is married to Fern Elisabeth Purio (née Bailey), and is blessed with six children and ten grandchildren in Australia and the United States.
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