Issue Eleven – Feb 2015
As Singapore kicks off a nation-wide celebration for her 50th birthday this year, the maritime industry will also be on the celebratory bandwagon as well. These five decades of independence did not come easy, but Singapore’s strategic location as a global hub port, and development as an International Maritime Centre, has helped to contribute to the prosperity and success that our little red dot enjoys today.  

Looking back at 2014, it has certainly been a fulfilling one for SMF. In August, 40 MaritimeONE scholarships sponsored by 18 companies, were given out at the annual MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony. This means that a total of 200 MaritimeONE Scholarships worth more than S$5.2 million have been offered to outstanding students to date, to pursue maritime-related courses in Singapore and overseas. We hope that more maritime partners would come forward to participate in SMF’s efforts to attract more young people to the maritime industry, so as to ensure that the maritime talent pool continues to grow. The year 2014 also saw the completion of many new projects and initiatives, including the SMF Maritime Profiling Video, which I believe some of you would have seen at various events and in the cinemas. There was also the inaugural Singapore Ministerial Maritime Dialogue held in July last year – an event that SMF and our MaritimeONE partners are looking to continue again this year.  

One major upcoming event that the maritime community can anticipate is the Sea Asia 2015 show, co-organised by SMF and Seatrade, from 21 to 23 April. This year, we are expecting more than 14,000 participants, with a 40 per cent increase in exhibition space spanned across two floors at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We look forward to the exchange of ideas and views with fellow players in the industry at this iconic event.

Thereafter in June, SMF will be leading a contingent of maritime-related companies to Oslo, Norway, together with the Association of Singapore Marine Industries, as part of the Singapore Pavilion at Nor-Shipping from 2 to 5 June this year. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all our partners and sponsors for your continuous support, and we hope to work even more closely with you going forward.

With best wishes,

Michael Chia
Singapore Maritime Foundation