Over 300 Maritime Leaders Joined Guest-of-Honour, Dr. Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, at the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) New Year Cocktail Reception 2019 at Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore

01 January 2019

Key figures of Singapore’s 2018 Maritime Performance also announced at the SMF New Year Cocktail Reception on 14 January 2019

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, was the Guest-of-Honour for the SMF New Year Cocktail Reception, and was joined by over 300 top maritime leaders from the private and public sectors to usher in the New Year at Shangri-La Hotel this evening.

Notable luminaries included Mr Loh Ngai Seng, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, and Mr Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. The event also saw members of the SMF Board of Directors and Advisory Panel ushering the New Year together with the maritime community.

In his opening address, Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of SMF, highlighted some of the Foundation’s achievements in 2018, such as the award of the first Business Analytics scholar at the Maritime Outreach NEtwork (MaritimeONE) Scholarships Award Ceremony, and the Maritime Singapore Connect Office’s (MSC) inaugural run of the Careers At Sea & Beyond Forum and Exhibition, where over 60% of participants indicated that they were interested to explore careers at sea.

Efforts to enhance collaboration with start-ups and adjacent industries have also been evident in activities such as the MSC Connexions Forum and the Maritime D/coded Tour - our education and training programmes, in addition to our ongoing sessions with industry partners to identify critical maritime issues.

In 2019, SMF, in partnership with Seatrade (UBM), will host Sea Asia 2019, Asia’s premier maritime exhibition and conference, which will be held during Singapore Maritime Week in April. Sea Asia 2019 will be the seventh edition of the conference since its inception.

The SMF Board comprises prominent senior personalities from the maritime industry, and sets the direction for SMF’s industry promotion initiatives. Since the inception of SMF in 2004, SMF has been working in sync with the public and private sectors of the maritime community to strengthen Singapore’s position as an International Maritime Centre and nurture talent in the areas of maritime education and careers.

Please refer to Annex A for the full list of SMF Board Members.

At the event, SMF also announced the launch of its new corporate website, which seeks to modernise SMF’s brand image. The revamped website focuses on greater interactivity, as well as an enhanced user experience, where visitors can access relevant information in a fuss-free manner.

Mr Kenneth Chia, Executive Director of SMF, describes the website revamp as a refreshing and long-awaited one.

As the bridge between the private and public sectors of the industry, we want visitors to be able to access maritime related information conveniently. With the industry undergoing a season of digitalisation, it is also fitting that SMF undergoes a transformation in the digital space as well.

Please refer to Annex B for highlights of the revamped SMF website.

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.

For details, please visit www.smf.com.sg.

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