Issue Six – June 2012
Issue 4 Singapore was ranked as the leading maritime centre of the world in a recent report by Menon Business Economics, commissioned by Nor-Shipping and Oslo Maritime Network, followed by Oslo, London, Hamburg and Hong Kong. This is great news for Singapore as it shows that the years of hard work of the private and public sectors of the maritime community to nurture Singapore as an international maritime centre is gaining traction from the global maritime community.

During the recent Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SMF and co-organiser, Seatrade, launched the Sea Asia 2013Launch Party onTuesday24April2012at Suntec Singapore. About 180 sponsors, exhibitors and maritime partners and press were present to celebrate the joyous occasion.

The fourth edition of the Sea Asia show will take place from 9 to 11 April as one of the anchor events of the week-long SMW in 2013. Sea Asia 2013 will be held at the newly refurbished and expanded Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre. The show will span across two levels and the exhibition space is expected to increase to 16, 700 square metres, up from 13, 600 square metres in the 2011 show.

Though uncertainties of the global economy will continue to pose challenges in the next few years, the fact remains that the intra-Asia market is becoming the fastest growing markets for container shipping and this region will be amongst the first to boom when the global economy regains its normalcy. Maritime companies are closely monitoring the developments in this region and are fast expanding their operations in Asia to tap on the new growth opportunities. We are confident that the 2013 edition of the show will continue to attract visitors from both the global and the Asian maritime community.

Sea Asia prides itself as a focal platform for Asian maritime leaders to share their insightful perspectives on various industry segments and pertinent topics with the world. In the long run, we certainly hope to make this show the iconic maritime show of Singapore, one that would project the Asian voice of shipping in a concertedandeffectivemanner.

SMF launched our new promotional publication, A Guide to the Singapore Ship Sale Form (SSF) during the SMW. The publication was developed as part of our continuous efforts to heighten awareness of the SSF to key maritime players, both in Asia and beyond. The publication gives readers a brief overview of the rationale of the SSF, highlights of the form and key milestones of the form since its inception. Commentaries and articles written by renowned legal practitioners and academic papers by the Centre for Maritime Studies, National University of Singapore and the Institute of Maritime Law, University of Southampton are also incorporated in the publication.

I would also like to use this opportunity to welcome two new Advisory Panel Members, Mr Haider Nawaz, Vice President (Business Development) of Varun Shipping Company Limited and Mr Esben Poulsson, Chairman of Avra Asia Pte Ltd. On behalf of the SMF Board, I look forward to your contributions to the maritime community.

As we move into the second half of the year, SMF will step up efforts to nurture young talents as part of the MaritimeONE scholarship programme. I urge our maritime partners to come forward and pledge your strong support to this meaningful endeavour so that we can continue to grow the maritime talent pool in Singapore.

We look forward to your continued support, as always.

With best wishes,

Michael Chia
Singapore Maritime Foundation