Issue Twelve – July 2015
It has been a hectic first half of the year for the maritime community, particularly in April, with the gathering of the local and international maritime community in town for Singapore Maritime Week (SMW).

I am happy to share that the Sea Asia conference and exhibition, co-organised with Seatrade biennially as part of SMW, reached a record-high of over 16,000 participants from 85 countries this year, making it Asia’s largest maritime event. The number of participants for SMF’s flagship event has more than doubled, and the nett exhibition space more than tripled, over the span of five shows since the inaugural edition in 2007. Indeed, the success of Sea Asia 2015 highlights the increasingly dominant role that Singapore, and the Asia region, play in the global maritime and offshore industries.

SMF also flew the Singapore flag proudly at Nor-Shipping in June, where we worked with the Association of Singapore Marine Industries, to gather 13 home-grown maritime companies under the Singapore Pavilion. The Singapore Nite evening reception was also well-attended by the maritime fraternity gathered there. Our efforts to enthuse the younger generation about the maritime industry have also continued on various platforms this year. Apart from the face-to-face interactions at campus-specific events, we have also targeted students via campaigns on Facebook, YouTube and in the cinemas. Such profiling endeavours are important to build up the awareness and interest needed to sustain the maritime manpower pipeline in the long run.

SMF is also in the midst of processing applications for the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme in the lead up to the awards ceremony in August. This year, we are happy to have the support of 24 sponsors.

They are “K” Line Pte Ltd, American Bureau of Shipping, F. H. Bertling Chartering and Ship Management Pte Ltd, Fednav Singapore Pte Ltd, Flagship Ventures, Global Maritime Talent Pte Ltd, IMC Industrial Group, Jurong Port Pte Ltd, Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd, L.C.H. (S) Pte Ltd, NORDEN Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd, PSA Corporation Ltd, Sailors’ Society, 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 Company Pte Ltd, The Chua Chor Teck Memorial Fund, Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd, Transport Capital Pte Ltd and X-PRESS FEEDERS.

I would like to thank our partners for their strong support for SMF’s various initiatives, and we will seek to do more for the benefit of Maritime Singapore.

With best wishes,

Michael Chia
Singapore Maritime Foundation