Our Chairman and
Executive Director’s message

The MaritimeONE initiative has for the past decade brought immeasurable value to the maritime community.

With support from our partners – the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), and scholarship sponsors – the programme has facilitated the development of talent for the industry. This has been an important component in strengthening our status as a leading global maritime hub.

Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao

Chairman, MaritimeONE

What began as a discussion to increase education and career opportunities for Maritime Singapore has now become a holistic programme covering diverse aspects of nurturing maritime talent for the industry.

Noteworthy achievements include growing interest in the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme, and the strong foundations we have built up over the years through collaborations with the local institutions at various levels. The MaritimeONE initiative would not be realised without the help of our partners and sponsors who have devoted considerable time and money to grooming future leaders for the maritime community.

Mr David Chin

Executive Director, Singapore Maritime Foundation

Our Journey

Scroll down to learn more about the key milestones MaritimeONE has achieved over the years.

2007

April
  • Four main partners established the MaritimeONE initiative: Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA). The initiative was launched by former Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua.
April
  • “mariTIME”, the first MaritimeONE publication, was released. It profiled 21 maritime professionals and their successful careers.
August
  • SMF announced the inaugural MaritimeONE scholarship, offered to four first-year students from NTU’s Bachelor of Science in Maritime Studies. Sponsors included “K” Line Pte Ltd, FSL Trust Management Pte Ltd and TORM Singapore Pte Ltd.

2008

January
  • The first Maritime Leaders Speaker Series was attended by more than 140 students and maritime professionals. Prominent leaders in the maritime industry provided insights to an exciting, growing industry at this talk.
April
  • “Friendly Waves”, the second MaritimeONE publication, was launched as a maritime supplement for students in conjunction with International Friendship Day.
August
  • 14 MaritimeONE scholarships were awarded to outstanding students. Participating companies included A.P Moller Singapore Pte Ltd, Keppel Offshore and Marine, “K” Line Pte Ltd, Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Neptune Orient Lines Ltd, Pacific Carriers Ltd, Pacific International Lines Ltd, PSA Corporation Ltd, Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic, RCL Feeders Pte Ltd and TORM Singapore Pte Ltd.
October
  • Maritime Nexus, the first tripartite networking event for young maritime professionals, was organised by MaritimeONE, the joint branch of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology IMarEST (Singapore), and the Baltic and International Maritime Council.
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.

2009

January
  • SMF assumed Secretariat responsibilities for the MaritimeONE initiative.
February
  • In collaboration with the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), SMF presented two maritime challenges — MaritimeONE@Campus and MaritimeONE Challenge — to students taking the Creative Strategies module. Students were tasked to conceptualise innovative marketing strategies aimed at attracting youths to a career in the maritime industry.
April
  • The first Sea Asia Youth Tour served as a platform for students to interact with maritime professionals and tour the marine and offshore exhibition at the bi-annual Sea Asia. Sea Asia Youth Tour continues to be a bi-annual event held in conjunction with Sea Asia.
  • MaritimeONE set up its first Maritime Career Booth at Singapore Maritime Week (SMW), dedicated to answering questions on maritime education and careers.
August
  • 17 MaritimeONE scholarships were awarded to new scholars.
November
  • MaritimeONE organised the first MaritimeONE Human Resource Seminar and Forum for 80 maritime professionals and HR practitioners to discuss long-term recruitment strategies for the maritime industry.

2010

March
  • MaritimeONE organised the first Maritime Learning Journey for 40 maritime undergraduates, giving them the rare opportunity to visit restricted maritime locations in Singapore. Students visited Port Operations Control Centre 2 and the PSA Pasir Panjang Port Terminal.
  • 90,000 postcards featuring six maritime professionals were circulated at cafes, libraries and entertainment hotspots. These were designed and conceptualised by NTU students during the MaritimeONE@Campus Challenge in 2009.
April
  • Five outstanding video productions picked from 105 submissions from first-year Singapore Polytechnic students were featured on the STOMP website as part of SMF’s online marketing campaign, The MaritimeONE Video Challenge – People’s Choice.
August
  • 21 outstanding students were awarded MaritimeONE scholarships.
September
  • SMF partnered with 102 third and fourth-year media and communications students from Singapore Polytechnic to create a new MaritimeONE Logo.
October
  • To raise awareness of the maritime industry among youths, MaritimeONE partnered NTU undergraduates in a MaritimeONE Makeover challenge to develop maritime print advertisements for SMF.

2011

March
  • MaritimeONE launched a commercial challenge on the STOMP website featuring maritime television and radio commercials conceptualised by students from NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Business Communications and Media Management. The contest drew more than 31,000 votes from the public.
April
  • SMF collaborated with students from NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information to formulate marketing campaigns promoting maritime careers. More than 35 students participated in developing the campaign’s strategy aimed at convincing parents, grandparents and youths of the dynamic and rewarding career prospects in the maritime sector.
August
  • The first MaritimeONE scholars’ induction programme was organised for new scholars to network with senior scholars and welcome them to the MaritimeONE community.
August
  • 34 students were awarded the MaritimeONE scholarship.

2012

March
  • SMF launched a radio campaign where winning maritime commercials created by students from Temasek Polytechnic’s Business School were broadcast on 98.7FM and 93.8FM. Two young maritime professionals also talked about how the MaritimeONE scholarship gave them a head start in the maritime community.
August
  • 30 MaritimeONE scholarships were awarded at the MaritimeONE scholarship awards ceremony, marking the milestone of more than 100 MaritimeONE scholarships awarded thus far.
October
  • The inaugural Maritime Open House reached out to more than 1,200 upper secondary school students. The event comprised a career awareness seminar and learning journeys to maritime locations in Singapore.
October
  • An inaugural event was organised for 46 teachers from 36 schools, who were brought on learning journeys to Singapore’s maritime operations.

2013

January - May
  • 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, reaching out to more than 28,500 students.
April
  • MaritimeONE organised its first Maritime Campus Exhibition at Victoria Junior College. The one-day exhibition consisted of a panel display and a career-cum- education talk for students. The Maritime Campus Exhibition has since become an annual affair in junior college campuses across Singapore.
August
  • 42 MaritimeONE scholarships were given to outstanding students. This was the highest number of MaritimeONE scholarships given in a year so far.

2014

July
  • The inaugural Singapore Maritime Dialogue was held in July 2014. Junior College and Polytechnic students were invited to participate in a maritime-centric discussion with a panel comprising Guest-of- Honour Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport, and a senior representative from each of the four MaritimeONE partners.
August
  • The first Crash-a- Lecture! was held to generate awareness of the maritime industry among junior college students. They “crashed” or sat in on the first lecture of the NTU BSc Maritime Studies degree programme. The students also were taken on a tour of the Singapore Maritime Gallery.
  • 40 MaritimeONE scholarships were given to outstanding students. To date, MaritimeONE
    had awarded more than 200 scholarships.

2015

May
  • The inaugural Maritime Experiential Programme (MEP) was launched and conducted. This bi-annual event takes tertiary students on a learning journey to otherwise restricted maritime locations in Singapore and reaches out to more than seven secondary schools annually.
August
  • The 2nd Singapore Maritime Dialogue was held at the Star Vista and targeted tertiary students from the ITEs, polytechnics, junior colleges and universities. The programme comprised four components: a Maritime Quiz Competition, the SMD 2015 Exhibition, a networking session with industry representatives, and a dialogue session.
August
  • The Singapore Maritime Ambassadors Programme (SG-MAP) was officially launched at the second Singapore Maritime Dialogue by Guest-of- Honour Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport. The SG-MAP comprises a group of passionate maritime professionals who serve as maritime industry ambassadors, complementing existing industry outreach efforts.
  • 38 MaritimeONE scholarships were awarded to outstanding students. 30 scholarships were awarded to students pursuing maritime-related degree programmes locally and abroad, while eight were awarded to diploma students. As of 2015, 238 outstanding youths have been supported by the scholarship.
December
  • The first Polytechnic Maritime Exhibition was held at Temasek Polytechnic. The exhibition is designed to reach out to polytechnic students from non-maritime- related programmes and inform them of the various maritime careers, scholarships, education paths and opportunities available.

2016

January
  • A new initiative, the Maritime Touch Programme, comprises a series of maritime talks held in secondary schools and junior colleges by Singapore Maritime Ambassadors.
April
  • The OSV@Vivo Open house was held as part of Singapore Maritime Week at VivoCity’s Waterfront Promenade. The Openhouse was aimed at creating awareness about the offshore marine industry and the career opportunities it offers through ship models, self-guided vessel tours and onboard exhibitions of high-tech equipment and services by Singapore-based maritime companies. MaritimeONE showcased a maritime education and careers exhibition at the event.
  • The event was officially launched by Guest-of- Honour Mrs Josephine Teo, Senior Minister
    of State, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport. It drew about 2,600 visitors.
July
  • The inaugural Maritime Youth Festival (MYF) was held. The event raised awareness about Maritime Singapore through fun and engaging carnival-style booths. A series of exciting activities were also organised, including the Creative Awards competition, logo design competition and the Maritime Youth Spartan Challenge.
August
  • 37 MaritimeONE scholarships were awarded. 23 scholarships were awarded to students pursuing maritime-related degree programmes locally and abroad, while 13 were awarded to diploma students. This was the first time a PSA – MaritimeONE scholarship was awarded to a non-maritime- related degree programme (Computer Science at National University of Singapore).
October
  • The inaugural Future Maritime Programme was held for 64 students of ITE College Central’s Higher Nitec Maritime Business course. Two Maritime Ambassadors were invited to share their personal experiences and insights on what students can look forward to in the industry. The students were also taken on a learning journey to Wallen Ship Management and Singapore Maritime Academy.

2017

April
  • In 2017, the Sea Asia Youth Tour included a first ever Sea Asia Youth Lego Competition (Panama Canal Edition) which hoped to provide students pursuing a maritime-related education greater insight into the industry in a fun and interactive way. 20 students from the Singapore Maritime Academy (Singapore Polytechnic), Ngee Ann Polytechnic and ITE College Central competed to recreate part of the Panama Canal in under 90 minutes.
July
  • The first MaritimeONE Scholars’ Advance was held. This annual get-together gives MaritimeONE Scholars the opportunity to network with one another and helps them keep abreast of the latest industry news.
  • The inaugural MaritimeONE Scholars’ Advance was a community involvement programme held at NTUC Health Senior Activity Centre (SAC) – Bukit Merah Branch. It was well attended by over 80 scholars.
August
  • 37 MaritimeONE scholarships were awarded to outstanding students. MaritimeONE reached its milestone of awarding over 300 scholarships.