Over S$2 Million in Scholarships Awarded by the Singapore Maritime Industry for Local & Overseas Studies

08 August 2016

As part of the maritime industry’s efforts to groom the next generation of maritime manpower, the Government, maritime businesses and local seafarer unions presented more than S$2 million in maritime scholarships to 53 students at the MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards Ceremony this year. The MaritimeONE (Maritime Outreach NEtwork) Scholarships and Tripartite Maritime Scholarship (TMSS) programme support various local and overseas diploma and degree programmes. In all, 37 MaritimeONE Scholarships and 16 Tripartite Maritime Scholarships were presented at the event held at the Carlton Hotel Singapore this evening.

MaritimeONE Scholarships

Funds for the MaritimeONE Scholarships are pledged by various stakeholders in the maritime industry including shipping lines, shipyards and maritime service companies. This year, 37 MaritimeONE scholarships are sponsored by 19 organisations, and are valued at more than S$880,000.

MaritimeONE scholars are able to choose from a wide spectrum of 24 degree courses offered by local and overseas universities, as well as three maritime diploma programmes at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.

Since 2007, a total of 275 MaritimeONE scholarships worth more than S$7.3 million have been awarded to outstanding students to pursue courses in Singapore and overseas. Details on the MaritimeONE Scholarships and courses supported can be found in Appendix A.

“These scholarships, sponsored by the maritime industry, symbolise the commitment of the Government and industry players to nurture the next generation of Maritime Singapore. This industry is a key pillar of Singapore’s economy, and with the great work of its participants, Singapore has become a leading global maritime hub today. I hope that more young Singaporeans will come forward and discover for themselves the many exciting opportunities that the maritime industry holds for them,” said Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of MaritimeONE and the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), who delivered the welcome address at the awards ceremony.

2016 MaritimeONE Scholar: Ms Cassandra Keh – One of the six persons in her family who is in the maritime industry

MaritimeONE Scholar Ms Cassandra Keh saw the value in joining the maritime industry three years back, when she decided to take up the Diploma in Maritime Business course at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic (SMA-SP). Interestingly, she is the fifth person in her family to have graduated with a maritime diploma.

Cassandra has four other cousins in her extended family who are in the maritime industry as well – a fact that was unknown to her until recently, when she met them at her graduation ceremony. Her four distant cousins – Ms Baby Tan & Ms Christina Tan (a pair of siblings) and Captain Tan Lay Ying & Mr Tan Yew Keong (another pair of siblings), were all from the Diploma in Nautical Studies (DNS) course at SMA-SP. Lay Ying, who has climbed through the ranks to become a Ship Captain today, was the one who had influenced her brother and two other cousins to pursue a seafaring career together with her.

Cassandra had joined the industry out of her own passion for the maritime business, but she has followed in the footsteps of Lay Ying, by introducing the maritime industry to her younger brother, Mr Keane Keh.

“After Keane had completed his ‘O’ levels, he was clueless about what course of study to take up next. As I always share with my brother at home about what I do and learn in my diploma programme at SMA-SP, it was then that he asked me if there was a course of study where he could travel around the world. I told him that both the DNS and Diploma in Marine Engineering (DMR) courses that SMA-SP offers would give him the opportunity to do so. He then decided to take up the DMR programme,” explained Cassandra, who is also the top student in her cohort and has achieved a Gold Medal from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore earlier this May, based on her overall achievements in academic, CCA and her other contributions and attributes. She will be pursuing a degree in the Bachelor of Science (Maritime Studies) course at the Nanyang Technological University under the SMA – MaritimeONE Scholarship.

Her brother on the other hand, is currently in his final year in the DMR course at SMA-SP, and once he has completed his course, he would be the sixth maritime diploma graduate in his family. This also means that in the Keh-Tan family tree, there would altogether be three pairs of siblings who are in the same industry!

2016 MaritimeONE Scholar: Mr Jasper Lee – First MaritimeONE Scholar who is from a computing background

This is also the first year that the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme is supporting a computing-related degree course. PSA1 – MaritimeONE Scholar Mr Jasper Lee, who is from the Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science) course at the National University of Singapore, is the very first MaritimeONE scholar to come from a computing background. Jasper has chosen to set sail on his career voyage with the maritime industry when he graduates, as he is inspired by Singapore’s vision to be an innovative and future-ready maritime hub.

“I am convinced that PSA presents a sea of opportunities for technology professionals to develop cutting-edge innovations. As one of the world’s leading port operators with a global network, I have also learnt that PSA is now deploying automated cranes and testing automated guided vehicles to gear up for the future mega terminals in Tuas. I am also excited about the PSA unboXed2 incubator programme which engages start-ups for game-changing solutions to the container terminal business that is closely linked to global supply chain logistics and international trade. I look forward to joining and contributing to this dynamic and forward-looking team in future,” adds Jasper.

TMSS Scholarships

A total of 16 TMSS scholarships were also awarded at the ceremony this evening, valued at about S$1.2 million, for students enrolled in the Nautical Studies and Marine Engineering diploma programmes offered at the Singapore Maritime Academy in Singapore Polytechnic.

The TMSS scholarships are jointly awarded by MPA, shipping companies, the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS). The sponsoring companies this year are: APL Co Pte Ltd, NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd, PACC Ship Managers Pte Ltd, Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd and X-PRESS FEEDERS. For details on the TMSS scholarships, please refer to Appendix A.

2016 TMSS Scholar: Mr Mohammad Huzaini bin Hashim – Graduated from the Nitec in Mechanical Engineering course at the ITECE

Unlike most of his peers, Mr Mohammad Huzaini bin Hashim completed his National Service before pursuing his polytechnic studies. He is a graduate from the Nitec in Mechanical Engineering course at the Institute of Technical Education College East (ITECE). After National Service, Huzaini was inspired to pursue a career to become a ship captain. He said, “I enjoy the idea of being on a vessel and have always been fascinated with how vessels are navigated to their destinations. After embarking on my Nautical Studies programme at Singapore Maritime Academy, I feel that working as a deck officer is not only an interesting but also very challenging and rewarding career.” After his diploma, Huzaini will begin his career with X-PRESS FEEDERS.

2016 TMSS Scholar: Mr Raphael Tay Jing Song – Took a rather unusual academic route on his way to his diploma programme

Mr Raphael Tay completed his Normal (Academic) Levels studies in 2014 and went on to the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Foundation Programme in 2015, graduating with distinctions in all subjects. He has been awarded the Tripartite Maritime Scholarship under NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd. When asked why he chose to pursue a career as a marine engineer, Raphael explained, “I chose to study the Diploma in Marine Engineering because I felt that this course is unique and is very different to the other engineering courses available in the Polytechnics. Apart from that, I believe that the maritime industry is very vibrant and full of opportunities for one to gain experience and pursue a career. I am looking forward to my training with NYK Shipmanagement and becoming a Chief Engineer in the near future.”

1 Please note the correct company name in this context as PSA Corporation or simply PSA, which is a fully-owned subsidiary of PSA International – it is no longer the port authority. It operates the world’s largest container transshipment hub in Singapore, linking shippers to an excellent network of major shipping lines with connections to 600 ports globally. Shippers have access to daily sailings to every major port in the world at this mega hub.

2 Please refer to PSA’s news release at https://www.singaporepsa.com/images/2016/nr160509.pdf for more information on PSA unboXed.

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.

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

Media Contacts

Singapore Maritime Foundation
Cheryl Lim
Acting Senior Executive
(65) 6325 0226

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