Issue Two – June 2010
 
"With the new SMF Board, I’m confident that we will be able to continue the good work and legacy we inherited and formulate initiatives to strengthen Singapore as a leading international maritime centre...."

The first half of 2010 sailed through in a breeze. In January, SMF ushered in the New Year with our annual cocktail reception at Sentosa Pavilion. Graced by Mr Raymond Lim, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, the reception marked a milestone - the change of leadership.

Two founding members, Mr S.S. Teo and Dato Jude Benny stepped down from the Board after the completion of their three two-year terms. Their passion and willingness to share their expertise with the maritime community have laid a strong foundation for SMF. For that, I salute them.

Others who have contributed significantly include BG (NS) Tay Lim Heng, Deputy Secretary (Development) for National Development, Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chairman and CEO of Keppel Offshore and Marine Ltd, Mr Brent Nelson Smith, Managing Director of Vietnam Capital Group, RADM (NS) Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, CEO of Maritime Sustainability Pte Ltd and Mr Teo Joo Kim, Chairman of Pacific Carriers Ltd.

The SMF Board has expanded from seven to eight members. With the new SMF Board, I’m confident that we will be able to continue the good work and legacy we inherited and formulate initiatives to strengthen Singapore as a leading international maritime centre.

On 8 February, SMF shared industry insights at the MPA Workplan Seminar with the presentation, Snapshots of the Singapore maritime sector and responses from SMF. In March, we went full-steam ahead to heighten awareness of the maritime industry, in particular to youth. The inaugural series of maritime postcards was launched island-wide. SMF partnered Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information of NTU and Singapore Polytechnic to engage youth to conceptualise maritime advertisements and create television commercials.

April was a hectic month. The Singapore Maritime Week saw two interesting public outreach initiatives, The Amazing Maritime Race and the Maritime Moments Through Your Lens Photography Competition & Exhibition. SMF and SSA co-organised the session, The Presentation for Consultation of Proposed New Ship Sale Form to gather industry feedback. Over 120 maritime professionals were present and many provided constructive suggestions on ways to improve the form. The Sea Asia Launch Party at Reflections@Keppel was well-attended. In June, SMF and Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) will be leading 15 maritime companies to the mega-maritime show, Posidonia in Greece. There are more exciting initiatives in the pipeline. We look forward to your continued support.

With best wishes,


Michael Chia
Chairman
Singapore Maritime Foundation