Who We Are

The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) was established on 27 January 2004 to forge dialogue and cooperation between private and public maritime stakeholders. We work with stakeholders across the entire spectrum of the industry, including the marine, shipping, port and ancillary services. Over time, this strong industry support has enabled us to reach out directly to the community for ideas and initiatives that strengthen the maritime ecosystem.

As their representative voice, we collectively raise awareness of the Singapore maritime industry. Our outreach activities include industry and scholarship talks, and regular networking events for employers and tertiary students.

From the Chairman's Desk

“In January, we saw over 250 of our maritime partners gather at the annual SMF New Year Cocktail Reception to welcome the New Year. At the event, we bade farewell to three board members, Mr Tan Puay Hin, Ms Lisa Teo and Mr Abu Bakar, who have made excellent contributions to Maritime Singapore. We welcomed five new members to the Board, Mr Simon Kuik, Mr Ong Kim Pong, Mr Hor Weng Yew, Mr Nick Potter and Ms Caroline Yang, who are well-respected leaders in the industry. “

“2019 was a good year. MaritimeONE awarded 43 scholars — the highest number thus far. Out of these scholars, three are from non-maritime backgrounds, such as computer science. We are pleased to see an increasing number of such students joining the industry and raising the diversity of skills in the maritime workforce. Amongst a multitude of other SMF events, SMF and MPA launched the Circle of HR InnOvators (CHRO) network at the MSC Connexions Forum. The newly launched network comprises HR professionals from maritime companies and aims to boost the role of HR as a strategic partner in driving workforce transformation by creating a platform for dialogue and knowledge sharing.”

“In the months ahead, we will oversee an International Advisory Panel comprising senior industry leaders to identify strategies to tackle the decarbonisation of shipping. We will continue to work with our local and overseas partners to strengthen the community and the pipeline of talent, although as a precaution against the COVID-19 outbreak, our outreach events will be postponed until further notice. “

“Many thanks to our industry partners for your continued support — we look forward to more collaboration in the decade ahead.”

—Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation

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Mission and Vision

SMF champions and supports Singapore’s efforts to become an International Maritime Centre (IMC). We believe that potential for industry growth exists at the intersection of public-private partnership. All our activities are shaped by the following goals:

  • Provide a forum and serve as the bridge between the private and public sector for the exchange, generation and development of ideas and proposals to further Singapore’s position as an IMC
  • Strengthen co-operation among various sectors of the maritime industry
  • Work closely with the Government as a voice for the private sector in promoting  Singapore as an IMC, as well as develop manpower to support the maritime industry
Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration
A Middle-Ground for Maritime Arbitration in Asia

The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) was established in November 2004 and reconstituted in May 2009 according to industry feedback. Since then, it has functioned independently with funding from the Singapore Maritime Foundation.

The SCMA aims to provide a framework for maritime arbitration that is responsive to the needs of the maritime community. Its members come from every sector of the international maritime community. There are no levels of membership or differing entitlements between members. A board of directors led by Chairman Senior Judge Chao Hick Tin oversees the management of the SCMA.

Attractive legal costs, consistent standards, integrity, an impartial justice system and accessible support services weigh in Singapore’s favour as a maritime arbitration centre. Singapore is also a signatory of the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, which makes awards secured in Singapore internationally enforceable.

Our History

This timeline captures key events that shaped our 16 year history.

MSC Maritime Summit Case Challenge
Key Milestones for 2019
  • January – April: The MSC Office hosted the inaugural MSC Maritime Case Summit Challenge, which drew over 100 participants across five universities, of whom 75% were non-maritime students. The event marked the first time that three maritime companies – APL, Jurong Port and Shell, came together as part of the industry’s efforts to attract young talent.

  • August: A total of 43 MaritimeONE scholars were awarded at the MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony - the highest number of MaritimeONE scholars awarded since the programme's inception.
Students at the Careers at Sea & Beyond Forum and Exhibition.
Key Milestones for 2018
  • January – The Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map was launched by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, Dr. Lam Pin Min, at the annual SMF New Year Cocktail Reception.

  • July – The MSC Office partnered the Ministry of Education and SkillsFuture Singapore for WorldSkills Singapore, a three-day event comprising talks, workshops and exhibitions, which was targeted at over 20,000 Secondary Two and Three students.

Key Milestones for 2018
  • September – The MSC Office hosted the inaugural public outreach event "Careers at Sea & Beyond Forum and Exhibition" that was organised in partnership with the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) and Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI) to showcase seafaring careers and highlight shore-based career opportunities.

Participants at the Sea Asia Youth Lego Competition (Panama Canal Edition).
Key Milestones for 2017
  • January – The MaritimeONE initiative marked its tenth year anniversary during the annual SSA gala dinner.

  • April – The Sea Asia Youth Tour included a first ever Sea Asia Youth Lego Competition (Panama Canal Edition) which aimed to provide students pursuing a maritime-related education greater insight into the industry in a fun and interactive way.

Key Milestones for 2017
  • July – The MSC Website was launched at www.maritimesgconnect.com as a central access point for maritime-related information, ranging from education and career options to scholarships and management trainee programmes offered by maritime employers in Singapore.

  • September – The MaritimeONE initiative marked its tenth-year anniversary during the annual Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) gala dinner.

Attendees at the inaugural MSC Maritime Insights Forum.
Key Milestones for 2016
  • January – The Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office was formed as a SkillsFuture initiative by SMF and MPA to address manpower and talent needs.

  • April – The inaugural session of the Maritime Touch Programme (MTP) was held.

  • April – The OSV@Vivo Open house was held as part of Singapore Maritime Week at VivoCity’s Waterfront Promenade.

Key Milestones for 2016
  • July – The inaugural Maritime Youth Festival (MYF) was held. A series of exciting activities were also organised, including the Creative Awards competition, logo design competition and the Maritime Youth Spartan Challenge.

  • July – The inaugural MSC Maritime Insights Forum was held for industry partners including Workforce Singapore, e2i, and Education and Career Guidance Counsellors from schools under the Ministry of Education and other local tertiary education providers.

Key Milestones for 2016
  • August – MSC held the inaugural MSC Maritime Careers Workshop which gathered undergraduates across all disciplines and working professionals with less than two years of work experience to uncover the benefits from joining leading local and international maritime companies.

  • December – MSC held the inaugural MSC Connexions Forum where maritime employers and officers working with students and jobseekers meet to discuss manpower-related issues.

Students on Pulau Hantu, Singapore as part of the Maritime Experiential Programme (MEP).
Key Milestones for 2015
  • May – The Maritime Experiential Programme (MEP) was launched and offered secondary school students greater interaction with the maritime industry through tours of maritime-related locations including the ports and shipyards.

  • August – The Singapore Maritime Ambassadors Programme (SG-MAP) was launched at the second Singapore Maritime Dialogue by Guest-of-Honour Mrs. Josephine Teo, the then Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport.

Key Milestones for 2015
  • November – The New York Produce Exchange Time Charter (NYPE) 2015, a collaborative effort between the Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (ASBA), BIMCO and SMF to update the industry’s most widely used time charter party form was launched.

Panelists at the inaugural Singapore Maritime Dialogue.
Key Milestones for 2014
  • July – The inaugural Singapore Maritime Dialogue was held with Junior College and Polytechnic students who were invited to participate in a maritime-centric discussion with a panel comprising Guest-of-Honour Mrs. Josephine Teo, the then Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, and a senior representative from each of the four MaritimeONE partners.

Discussions following the maritime skit (The Project) commissioned by SMF for students.
Key Milestones for 2013
  • January – SMF commissioned a Singapore-based theatre company to create and produce a maritime skit titled “The Project”. The theatre company travelled to 38 secondary schools and reached out to over 28,500 students.

  • April – MaritimeONE organised its first Maritime Campus at Victoria Junior College. The Maritime Campus has since become an annual affair in junior college campuses across Singapore.

Panelists at a BIMCO event.
Key Milestones for 2012
  • November – Singapore was included in the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) Standard Dispute Resolution Clause, and in all new and revised BIMCO documents, as one of three default arbitration seats, alongside London and New York.

Guests at the SMF New Year Cocktail Reception.
Key Milestones for 2011
  • January – The Singapore Ship Sale Form (SSF) was launched at the SMF New Year Cocktail Reception as a viable alternative ship sale form to meet the changing regulations and practices in the sale and purchase of second-hand vessels.

  • March – The inaugural Strategic HR & PR Networking Session was held.

Key Milestones for 2011
  • April – The Sea Asia Youth Tour was created to raise awareness on the diversity and dynamism of the maritime industry in Singapore.

  • June – SMF and GIA organised the first Marine Insurance and Maritime Networking event.

Participants at Labrador Park, as part of the inaugural YES Club Year End Gathering.
Key Milestones for 2010
  • April – Five outstanding video productions selected from 105 submissions from first-year Singapore Polytechnic students were featured on STOMP’s website as part of SMF’s online marketing campaign, “The MaritimeONE Video Challenge – People’s Choice”.

  • November – The first YES Club team bonding was held at Labrador Park.

Guests at the launch of the Young Executives and Students (YES) Club.
Key Milestones for 2009
  • January – SMF assumed the role of the secretariat for the MaritimeONE initiative.

  • February – The Young Executives and Students (YES) Club, which provides a platform for young maritime professionals to stay connected to the maritime community and the alumni network, was launched.

  • May – The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) was reconstituted into a separate entity from the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

Key Milestones for 2009
  • May – The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) was reconstituted into a separate entity from the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC).

  • November – SMF organised the first YES Club Year End Gathering at Clarke Quay.

MaritimeONE team being honoured with the Minister's Innovation Award.
Key Milestones for 2008
  • March – Commissioned by SMF, the four-part documentary series, “Sea of Opportunities” took centre stage on Channel NewsAsia. The programme was telecast to an international audience and 21 Asian nations through Channel NewsAsia’s network.

  • November – The MaritimeONE initiative was selected as one of 13 winning projects for the Minister’s Innovation Award, conferred by the Ministry of Transport. MaritimeONE was awarded the Merit award in recognition of its contributions to the growth of the maritime industry.

Distinguished guests at the launch of Sea Asia 2007.
Key Milestones for 2007
  • January – SMF and our maritime partners collaborated with MediaCorp Channel 8 to produce our first-ever drama serial called “The Peak”. The serial gave the public a glimpse into the everyday lives of maritime professionals and the challenges they faced at work.

  • April – SMF and Seatrade launched Sea Asia, a three day biennial maritime exhibition and conference event for the industry to interact, explore business opportunities and hear latest insights into new products and services.

Key Milestones for 2007
  • April – The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), ASMI and SMF launched the Maritime Outreach NEtwork (MaritimeONE).

  • May – SMF collaborated with the General Insurance Association (GIA) of Singapore to launch the Maritime Knowledge Shipping Sessions.

  • August – SMF announced the inauguration of the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme, offering scholarships to four first year students pursuing Maritime Studies in Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Singapore delegation at Nor-Shipping.
Key Milestones for 2005
  • June – SMF and ASMI brought the Singapore delegation to Nor-Shipping for the first time, and hosted the Singapore Nite@Nor-Shipping, bringing the Singapore maritime community, their Norwegian and international counterparts together in a reception.

  • November – “Making Waves” was the first collaborative effort between SMF and Channel NewsAsia to profile notable personalities in the Singapore maritime industry.

Singapore being represented for the first time at Posidonia.
Key Milestones for 2004
  • June – First Singapore delegation led by SMF and the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) to Posidonia, one of the world’s leading international maritime exhibitions, held in Greece.