Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), the private sector-led organisation that promotes Singapore’s maritime interests, announced its new board at the foundation’s New Year Cocktail reception
SMF chairman Andreas Sohmen-Pao named five members from the port, shipping and offshore and marine sectors as new SMF directors:
In his address, Mr Sohmen-Pao spoke of SMF’s operations in the last year.
MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme, SMF’s scholarship initiative, awarded 43 scholarships in 2019 – the highest amount since the programme began in 2007.
Shell’s Nick Potter said “We are keen to attract young people who can take the industry forward with new technologies and developments for safer and more efficient shipping. The MSC Maritime Summit Case Challenge 2019, led by SMF together with Shell, APL and Jurong Port, is an example of the many collaborative initiatives SMF organises, in partnership with its maritime partners to build a robust talent pipeline.”
In addition to this, SMF and MPA launched the Circle of HR InnOvators (CHRO) network at the MSC Connexions Forum, organised by the MSC Office. The event drew over 100 participants from five universities.
Ong Kim Pong of PSA said “I believe the CHRO initiative is timely, and by working with organisations like SMF, maritime HR leaders are able to network and exchange best practices on empowering employees to inculcate a culture of continuous learning to take on enhanced and new job roles of the future.”
Beginning in February 2020, SMF will run the MSC Maritime Summit Case Challenge to recruit undergraduates.
Meanwhile Marine and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) which partners with SMF, released its numbers for 2019 which indicated strong growth.
The Port said container outputs hit an all time high of 37.2M TEU in 2019 up 1.2% from the 36.6M TEU registered in 2018. In 2019, the Port handled 626.2M tonnes of cargo and the vessel arrival tonnage hit 2.85Bn gt.
However bunkering volume dipped to 47.5M tonnes in 2019 down from 49.8M tonnes in 2018.
The total tonnage of ships under the Singapore flag rose to 97.3M gt in 2019 from 90.9gt in 2018.