"2011 is a significant year for the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) as it marks the third edition of SMF's flagship event, Sea Asia."
The first half of this year was a hectic one for the maritime community in Singapore, in particular, during April with Sea Asia 2011 conferences and exhibition and the varied networking events during the Singapore Maritime Week.
2011 is a significant year for the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) as it marks the third edition of SMF's flagship event, Sea Asia. For the first time, the iconic maritime show was held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre from 12 -14 April 2011. We are pleased to share that Sea Asia 2011 saw a record attendance of 12,167 participants, exceeding the previous attendance figure of 10,186 participants in the 2009 show. SMF would not have been able to achieve this on its own and we are truly grateful to the Singapore maritime community for your ardent support.
IWe would like to thank our co-organiser, Seatrade, sponsors and maritime partners who have generously contributed their invaluable expertise and dedication to bring this show to fruition. We hope that we will be able to make the next edition in 2013 an even greater success.
Since the launch of the Singapore Ship Sale Form (SSF) in January, new updates have been added to the www.singforms.com website. In March, SMF added two translation guidance versions of the SSF in Japanese and Chinese so as to make the SSF more accessible to the top management of maritime companies who may be more comfortable in their native languages. We are pleased to share that to date, there are over 50 ship sale and purchase transactions that have adopted the SSF. This is a good headstart and we sincerely urge more companies to consider the use of the SSF for their future transactions.
In May, SMF and the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) led a delegation of 13 companies to the mega-maritime show, Nor-Shipping 2011 as part of the Singapore Pavilion and treated our Norwegian partners to a sumptuous spread of Singapore cuisine as part of the popular Singapore Nite@Nor-Shipping.
MaritimeONE outreach activities continue to remain high on our agenda. An online marketing campaign was carried out on a youth-oriented website, STOMP, to showcase maritime television and radio commercials created by youth, in our bid to connect with young people in a more personable and effective manner. We hope that through the creative minds of these youth, we have raised the "maritime consciousness" and elevated the "hip"
quotient of maritime careers.
As we cruise into the second half of the year, SMF will be focusing our efforts on the MaritimeONE scholarships and industry outreach programmes. This year, we are pleased to announce the following maritime companies as our distinguished sponsors of the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme. They include "K" Line Pte Ltd, F. H. Bertling
Chartering & Ship Management Pte Ltd, L.C.H. (S) Pte Ltd, Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, Pacific Carriers Limited, Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd, PSA Corporation Ltd, RCL Feeder Pte Ltd, Singapore Maritime Academy of Singapore Polytechnic, SMTC-Global (Singapore) Pte Ltd, ST Marine, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd and The Lloyd's Register Educational Trust.
Networking events and free seminars with the General Insurance Association are also in the pipeline.
We look forward to your continued support, as always.
With best wishes,
Singapore Maritime Foundation