Singapore, 8 August 2019 – More than S$2.3 million in maritime scholarships were awarded to 59 students at the MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony today. This was part of the maritime industry’s collective efforts to develop the pipeline of talent into the industry. The MaritimeONE Scholarship1 and Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) were presented by the the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, maritime businesses, local seafarer unions and the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) at the Conrad Centennial Hotel.

MaritimeONE Scholarship

This year, a total of 42 MaritimeONE scholarships were awarded by 19 companies, with a total scholarship amount valued at over S$1 million. These sponsoring companies hail from all sectors of the maritime industry – port, shipping, maritime services, shipyards as well as an institute of higher learning.

MaritimeONE scholars are able to choose from a spectrum of 34 degree courses across maritime and non-maritime subjects offered by local and overseas universities, as well as three maritime diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) in SP.

Since 2007, a total of 384 MaritimeONE scholarships worth more than S$10 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue courses locally and abroad.

2019 Jurong Port – MaritimeONE Scholar, Mr Neo Boon Hock: The first student with a background in Industry and Systems Engineering awarded the MaritimeONE scholarship

Mr Neo Boon Hock, is a second year student pursuing a degree in Industry and Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore this year. While most of his peers intend to seek careers in logistics or supply chain management, Boon Hock differentiated himself by embarking on a path into the maritime industry.

Boon Hock shares, “When I heard that the maritime industry was undergoing a digital shift, with an increasing focus on the optimisation of its processes and equipment, my interest was piqued, as I realised the multiple opportunities for people like myself to contribute to such a significant industry – an industry that is responsible for the transportation of more than 80per cent of international trade. I can’t wait to be involved in new projects that will bring the maritime industry forward.”

2019 PSA – MaritimeONE Scholar, Ms Or Yi Ning: Charting Her Maritime Journey in a Digital Age

Ms Or Yi Ning, a first year student at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), will be pursuing a double degree in Engineering (Computer Science) and Business (Business Analytics). Impressed by the diversity of the maritime industry and its great potential, Yi Ning decided to join the industry and intends to marry both her skills in digitalisation and analytics to contribute to the success of Maritime Singapore.

She shares, “I’ve always been fascinated by the maritime industry, at how it adapts and evolves, especially in the era of digitalisation. The incorporation of automation and new technologies will bring an increased flow of data, which can be analysed and translated into insights that drive efficiency and productivity. I hope to apply what I’ve learnt, and front the industry’s digitalisation efforts one day.”

2019 “K” Line – MaritimeONE Scholar, Muhammad Fahrur Razi: Problem-Solving in a Dynamic Industry

Mr Muhammad Fahrur Razi is a first year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Maritime Studies) at NTU. During his time with the Police Coast Guard, Fahrur had the opportunity to board large vessels during inspections, which sparked his interest in the maritime industry – especially in the way vessels operated; from the handling of cargo to the management of the crew. As someone who enjoys learning on how things work, Fahrur decided to pursue a Degree in Maritime Studies and hopes to oversee the operations of a vessel one day.

He shares, “I enjoy solving problems and challenging myself, so what better place to do these than in an industry as dynamic as maritime? Now that I have a good understanding of life onboard a vessel, learning more about the various aspects of the industry would allow me to gain a deeper appreciation of the maritime ecosystem, and I’m excited to make my mark in it.”

2019 SMA – MaritimeONE Scholar, Ms Pooja Nair: Going Against All Odds – Making a Difference in the Maritime Industry

Ms Pooja Nair is a first year student pursuing a Diploma in Maritime Business at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SP). Prior to polytechnic, she took up a finance course in ITE for the first two years, before deciding to pursue a Higher Nitec in Maritime Business, despite the fact that it would delay her graduation for another year. She owes her fascination of the industry to the stories her father often told her of his experience working in the industry, which never ceases to amaze her.

She shares, “I believe that if you persevere, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Having represented my school in Indian Classical Dance at the annual Singapore Youth Festival, we proved everyone wrong by achieving the school’s first Distinction, as we would typically clinch the Bronze medal. Similarly, my relatives tell me this industry has no future – but I hope to make a difference here, and show them that anyone can succeed in Maritime Singapore, as long as you do your best.”

Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS)2

A total of 17 TMSS scholarships valued at about S$1.3 million, were also awarded at the ceremony this evening. These scholarships are offered to students enrolled in the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy in SP.

TMSS is jointly sponsored by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), shipping companies, the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). The scholarship aims to groom promising students to become Ship Captains, Chief Engineers of ocean-going merchant ships and be the future leaders of Singapore’s maritime industry. This year, sponsoring companies include Fleet Ship Management Pte Ltd, NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd, PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines Pte Ltd, Swire Pacific Offshore Operations Pte Ltd, Synergy Marine Pte Ltd and Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd.

2019 TMSS Scholar Ms Tan Chee Sim: Ambition to become a chief engineer

Ms Tan Chee Sim has been awarded the TMSS Scholarship with PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd to pursue a Diploma in Marine Engineering. Harbouring the ambition to become a chief engineer, she said, “It has always been my aspiration to be an engineer and go out to sea. TMSS allows me to fulfil my aspiration and I will be working towards my goal of becoming a chief engineer. I feel that a TMSS scholarship with PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd will help to develop my career as I would have the mentorship of TMSS seniors who have progressed to become captains, chief engineers and superintendents within the company.”

2019 TMSS Scholar Ms Tan Li-Jung: Seafaring as a life-long learning journey

Ms Tan Li-Jung has been awarded the TMSS Scholarship with Synergy Marine Pte Ltd for a Diploma in Marine Engineering. She has always wanted to pursue a career that gives her the opportunity to constantly learn something new, whilst at the same time, be able to provide for her family. She said, “My experience in the Diploma in Marine Engineering course has allowed me to challenge myself and expand my knowledge in every possible way, be it academically, physically or mentally. I also look forward to my seafaring days, where I can gain technical skills as an engineer and explore the world. The TMSS supports us from diploma up to Certificate of Competency Class 1, which is closely aligned with my ideal for lifelong learning. At the same time, seafaring is also a career that pays well to support my family; and the skills gained from seafaring would eventually lead to good paying shore jobs.”

2019 TMSS Scholar Mr G Guhan: Dream to travel the world

G Guhan will be awarded the TMSS scholarship with Fleet Ship Management for a Diploma in Nautical Studies at SP. Guhan is currently in his second year of study, and is excited to embark on a seafaring career. Having previously dropped out of polytechnic, Guhan eventually found his calling and re-enrolled into SP to pursue Nautical Studies.

He shares, “I love to travel, and I’m excited to embark on a career that will bring me to different places and meet many people across the world. With this scholarship, I’ll be able to pursue a long term career in maritime, and receive guidance as I embark on achieving my Certificate of Competency 1 – you don’t get these types of scholarships in other industries!”

  • About MaritimeONE

    MaritimeONE (Outreach NEtwork) is the key manpower initiative for maritime stakeholders to collectively raise awareness of the maritime industry as well as to profile education and career opportunities for students and committed individuals.

    The initiative was launched in April 2007 by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA). Partnership activities include industry awareness talks, scholarship offers, student outreach events and regular networking events for employers and tertiary students.

  • About Singapore Maritime Foundation

    The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) was established on 27 January 2004 to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among maritime stakeholders from the public and private sectors. As the bridge between the public and private sectors, SMF aims to provide the industry with a clear and representative voice, and spearhead projects to boost its development.

    SMF also organises and participates in a host of maritime events to strengthen the Maritime Singapore brand. To date, SMF has significantly benefitted from strong support from all sectors of the industry which has enabled the organisation to reach out directly to the community for new areas of work to improve the current maritime ecosystem.

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