Issue Eight – June 2013
It has only been five months since the last issue of the newsletter but much has taken place in the local maritime scene. April was a busy period for many of us due to the Singapore Maritime Week (SMW), the leading maritime event in Singapore which celebrates all things maritime through a week of maritime conferences, exhibitions and activities targeted at both the maritime community and the general public.

This year’s SMW hosted Sea Asia 2013 as one of its anchor events. I am pleased to share that the fourth edition of this iconic maritime show charted new waves with a record high of 13,167 participants from 68 countries, exceeding the previous attendance figure of 12,167 participants in the 2011 show. The three-day Sea Asia conference sessions which saw Asian maritime leaders sharing their insightful perspectives on pertinent topics reported an increase in the number of participants, with approximately 700 participants from 39 countries.

SMF would not have been able to achieve this on our own. We are truly grateful to the Singapore maritime community for your ardent support. I would also like to use this opportunity to thank the International Advisory Panel and the various sub-committees for generously giving their time, advice and expertise to ensure the smooth execution of the conferences and events. The next edition of Sea Asia will take place in Singapore from 21 to 23 April 2015. I hope that the local maritime community will continue to support us in growing Sea Asia in the likes of Nor-Shipping to Norway and Posidonia to Greece.

This June marked the fifth time SMF and organising partner, Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) led a delegation of Singapore maritime companies to fly the Singapore flag high in Oslo, Norway. Keeping to tradition, the popular Singapore Nite@ Nor-Shipping was staged to treat our Norwegian partners to a “Uniquely Singapore” experience as they feasted on a delectable spread of authentic Singapore cuisine and indulged in memorable networking opportunities. Through the Singapore Pavilion and the Singapore Nite@ Nor-Shipping networking reception, SMF hopes to showcase and promote the diverse maritime capabilities that Singapore can offer to the international maritime community.

As we cruise into the second half of the year, SMF will be focusing our efforts to attract and nurture young talents to steer the Singapore maritime industry forward. Spearheaded by SMF, the MaritimeONE scholarship programme reflects the Singapore maritime community’s concerted efforts to groom the next generation of maritime leaders. This year, I am happy to announce the following sponsors of the MaritimeONE scholarship programme. They are "K" Line Pte Ltd, Celeste Holding Pte Ltd, Chong Lee Leong Seng Co Ltd, F.H. Bertling Chartering and Ship Management Pte Ltd, Fednav Singapore Pte Ltd, Genshipping Pacific Line Pte Ltd, Haider Nawaz, IMC Industrial Co. Pte Ltd, Jurong Port Pte Ltd, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, L.C.H. (S) Pte Ltd, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, M3 Marine Group Pte Ltd, Pacific Carriers Ltd, Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd, PSA Corporation Ltd, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, Singapore Maritime Academy - Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union, SMTC Global (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Ltd, The China Navigation Co. Ltd, The Chua Chor Teck Memorial Fund, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd and Tru-Marine Pte Ltd.

Moving forward, SMF will continue to push forth exciting initiatives that are beneficial to the maritime fraternity here. We look forward to your continued support, as always.

With best wishes,

Michael Chia
Singapore Maritime Foundation