SMF New Year Conversations: Building A Stronger Maritime Singapore Together

The webinar began with welcome addresses by Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, and Mr Chee Hong Tat, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Transport.
During the panel discussion moderated by Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of SMF, panellists Mr Simon Kuik, President of the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI), Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Ms Caroline Yang, President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) shared on how Maritime Singapore overcame COVID-19 challenges in 2020 and how it can continue to succeed.

A Sneak Peek of Sea Asia 2021

Asia’s anchor maritime and offshore event, Sea Asia 2021 is set to return to Singapore for the 8th edition, from 20 – 22 April 2021 at the Marina Bay Sands.
Recognised globally as the leading platform for the maritime industry, delegates get to interact, explore business opportunities, hear the latest insights and find new products and services. Sea Asia 2021, be sure to anchor your presence there!

Maritime SG United

Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, members of the maritime community are working tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the Port of Singapore, one of the busiest ports in the world, running. A big thank you to all our frontline workers!
This video is produced in partnership with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union and Singapore Shipping Association.

SMF New Year Cocktail Reception 2020 Event Highlights

SMF held its annual New Year Cocktail Reception at Four Seasons Hotel Singapore on 13 January 2020, which saw more than 250 industry leaders across all sectors of the industry in attendance.
Guest-of-Honour, Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Health, shared about Maritime Singapore’s performance in 2019, while Chairman of SMF, Mr Andreas Sohmen-Pao, highlighted some of the Foundation’s milestones for 2019.

Sea Asia 2015 Highlights

Co-organised by Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Sea Asia is the anchor event held in conjunction with the Singapore Maritime Week. The show enjoys strong support from government agencies and key trade associations, firmly establishing itself in the marketplace as the leading platform for both the global and local maritime and offshore communities to explore business, network and unveil new products and services.

SMF New Year Cocktail Reception 2019 Event Highlights

SMF held its annual New Year Cocktail Reception at Shangri-La Hotel on 14 January 2019, which saw over 300 maritime leaders from the public and private sectors in attendance. Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transport, graced the event and announced Singapore’s maritime and port performance for 2018.

Sea Asia 2021 | Staying Ahead in the Race for New Talent


– Where are the fresh grads going – a market review
– Reaching out to Gen Z and Millennials
– Feeling the pulse of young professionals in maritime

Lee Keng Mun, Board Member, Singapore Maritime Foundation; Director, MPartners

Mark Charman, CEO & Founder, Faststream Recruitment Group
Adonis Garefalakis, Director of People and Culture, The Signal Group
Linda Murray, Global Director, Human Resources & Facilities, AET
Lakhbir Singh, CEO, Orient Maritime Agencies
Yi Jun Mock, Co-founder & President, Advisory Singapore

Sea Asia 2021 | C-Suite Conversation: The Future of Innovation in Shipping

As transformation gathers pace in the maritime industry, what are the key trends impacting the future of innovation in shipping? Watch this c-suite conversation from Sea Asia 2021 to find out.
Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Stephane Courquin, Chief Executive Officer, CMA CGM Asia Pacific Lew Chuen Hong, Chief Executive, IMDA

Sea Asia 2021 Fireside Chat with Singapore's Minister for Transport Mr S Iswaran

Sea Asia 2021 was opened by Guest of Honour, S Iswaran, Singapore’s Minister for Transport & Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations in a fireside chat with Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman, Singapore Maritime Foundation.
Minister Iswaran shared his views on strategic themes impacting the future of maritime and trade such as the impact of the pandemic and economic recovery; what Singapore is doing in terms of investing in for the future; sustainability; future fuels and reductions in the carbon footprint; the role of global, regional and bilateral trade agreements; future workforce trends and the impact of technology on business; careers in the maritime sector, and more.

SMF New Year Conversations 2022: Opportunities Amid Disruptions

The 2022 SMF New Year Conversations that took place on 13 January 2022 was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr S Iswaran, Minister for Transport & Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations. Over 250 industry leaders across the breadth of maritime attended physically and virtually.
Singapore was announced to have secured the overall top spot as an international maritime centre for the fifth consecutive time in the DNV-Menon Leading Maritime Cities 2022 report.
Thank you to our industry partners for your strong support.

Singapore Maritime Foundation: Connectivity | Innovation | Talent

our mission to strengthen Singapore as an International Maritime Centre and to develop a maritime-ready workforce, the Singapore Maritime Foundation will reinvigorate our work around the strategic pillars of Connectivity, Innovation and Talent.

Event Highlights: SMF New Year Conversations 2022

The SMF New Year Conversations 2022. Thank you Minister for Transport & Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations, Mr S Iswaran, for gracing the event and our industry partners for making this a success.

Sea Asia LNG Forum Video Highlights

A Sea Asia conference organised by Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation, the LNG Forum 2018 was held during the Singapore Maritime Week, and was an exclusive one-day VIP conference that comprised two morning high-level panel sessions, followed by a special focus on LNG bunkering and small scale LNG in the afternoon.

The conference featured in-depth discussions on the macro outlook of LNG production and demand, shipping and regasification solutions and downstream markets including the development of small-scale LNG and LNG bunkering.

International Advisory Panel on Maritime Decarbonisation: Media Briefing

The Future of Maritime (2018)

With Industry 4.0, there are even more opportunities in the maritime industry than before. Follow our journey to uncover the vibrant and evolving maritime ecosystem!

Inaugural MSC Maritime Digital Challenge Grand Finals Prize Presentation

Over 129 tertiary students across 35 teams took part in the inaugural MSC Maritime Digital Challenge that seeks to plug Singapore students with a passion for technology into the maritime industry.
Students from the Singapore Management University and Nanyang Polytechnic were announced as winners of the challenges posed by Eastport Maritime, Kanda and Torvald Klaveness at the Prize Presentation held on 13 November 2021.

MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards 2021

Maritime Singapore achieved a record-breaking number of 60 MaritimeONE and TMSS scholars this year. A round of applause for all scholars and join SMF in celebrating their achievements! Thank you to all sponsors for realising the dreams of our fresh batch of maritime talent.

Introducing Maritime Law NUS Webinar

Together with the NUS Law Club from NUS Faculty of Law, the Singapore Maritime Foundation held a webinar on 27 August 2021.
Catch a replay of the session and hear from Maritime professionals Mr. Prem Gurbani, Arbitrator, Mediator & Counsel; Mr. Adam Emilianou, Head of Corporate Services & General Counsel at Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte. Ltd. and Mr. Zhida Chen, Associate Director at Helmsman LLC – Advocates & Solicitors as they share on the diverse possibilities within Maritime Law.

SMU Maritime Law Course Webinar on Carriage of Goods by Sea and International Trade

Singapore Maritime Foundation partners the Yong Pung How School of Law at the Singapore Management University in a special webinar to inroduce the “Carriage of Goods by Sea and International Trade” maritime law course. Missed the webinar? Meet the speakers Mr. Prem Gurbani, Arbitrator, Mediator & Counsel, Prem Gurbani; Mr. Bernard Yee, Managing Director, ResourceLaw LLC; and Ms. Koh See Bin, Deputy Director (FD&D), North Group.

MaritimeONE Scholars’ Advance 2020

Each year, SMF organises the MaritimeONE Scholars’ Advance to provide newly awarded and senior scholars the opportunity to give back to the community through meaningful activities and to foster friendships between one another.
Each year, SMF organises the MaritimeONE Scholars’ Advance to provide newly awThis year, 50 scholars volunteered to pack and distribute 300 food bundles to senior beneficiaries of Thye Hua Kwan who reside in rental flats at Ang Mo Kio. The event was held over two days to ensure that safe distancing regulations were adhered to. Hear from some of our scholars as they share their experiences during this activity. arded and senior scholars the opportunity to give back to the community through meaningful activities and to foster friendships between one another.

Meet Our MaritimeONE Scholars (2020)

Hear from four 2020 MaritimeONE scholarship recipients – Nabil, SSA – MaritimeONE scholar, Natalie, PSA – MaritimeONE scholar, Rishabh, Norden & Orient Fond – MaritimeONE scholar and Saranya, SMA – MaritimeONE Seafaring Officers scholar, as they share about their motivations behind taking up the scholarship, what they are looking forward to in their courses of study and things people might not know about them!

MaritimeONE Scholarship Awards 2020

This year, Maritime Singapore welcomed 54 MaritimeONE and TMSS scholars into the maritime family. SMF congratulates these newly awarded scholars and wishes them all the best in their studies! A big thank you to all sponsors for investing in the next generation of talent.

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Singapore Maritime Foundation | MSC Maritime Digital Challenge 2021

Catch highlights of the MSC Maritime Digital Challenge 2021. We thank Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport Mr. Chee Hong Tat for being our Guest-of-Honour at the event.

Maritime Singapore Connect Office Maritime Career Fair 2021

More than 180 jobs by 23 companies across commercial, operations, technology, corporate finance, human resources as well as sales and marketing are on offer at the MSC Maritime Career Fair.

Maritime Singapore Connect Connexions Forum 2021

The MSC Connexions Forum 2021 curated skills upgrading and professional development programs offered by the public sector for the maritime industry. More than 100 HR leaders and career advisors attended. We thank our partners from Workforce Singapore (WSG), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and the Employment & Employability Institute (e2i).

MSC Maritime Digital Challenge 2021

Three challenge statements, 35 teams, 129 students and 12 finalist teams from 4 universities & 3 polytechnics. Catch behind-the-scene highlights of the MSC Maritime Digital Challenge 2021.

SMF New Year Conversations 2022: Year-in-Perspective Video

The past two years of learning to live with Covid-19 has been challenging, but Maritime Singapore has remained resilient. What are the fundamental tenets that attract companies to anchor their business in Singapore and grow their operations here? And what more can be done to leverage on Singapore’s strengths to enhance its attractiveness as a global business hub for maritime companies? How will the Singapore Maritime Foundation organize its work around Connectivity, Innovation and Talent to strengthen the maritime ecosystem? Find out in this Year-in-Perspective video.

Mr. Lars Kastrup


Mr. Lars Kastrup is the Chief Executive Officer of Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd (PIL).

Prior to joining PIL, Mr. Kastrup was CEO of NOL/APL, and subsequently assumed the role of Executive Vice President, Strategy and M&A at CMA CGM Group. A veteran in the global shipping industry with over 30 years of experience, Mr Kastrup’s other roles include Executive Vice President of Assets at CMA CGM Group heading up CMA Terminals, CMA Ships, Container Logistics as well as regional carriers such as MacAndrews, OPDR and Mercosul; as well as Vice President at AP Moller-Maersk.
Mr. Kastrup complemented his tertiary education with leadership and management training at Penn State University and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Angeline Teo


Ms. Angeline Teo is the Managing Director and Head of Global Transportation and Offshore, Global Corporate Banking at OCBC Bank which focuses on the maritime, aviation, land & port ecosystems.
Ms. Teo has spent over three decades in maritime finance. Prior to OCBC, Ms. Teo was working at ING Bank, ABN Amro and DnB in Singapore focusing on maritime and offshore.
Ms. Teo graduated from the National University of Singapore with a degree in Business Administration.

Mr. John Martin


Mr. John Martin began his career in London in 1989 with Richards Hogg Lindley Average Adjusters, and qualified as a Fellow of the UK Association of Average Adjusters in 2000.
At RHL he worked in their offices in Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In 2003 he joined Gard Hong Kong, as a claims handler. Mr. Martin also worked in Gard Japan, and in 2014 he moved to Singapore to set up the Gard Singapore office.
Besides running Gard Singapore, Mr. Martin also heads the P&I and H&M claims units and is the Senior Claims Representative for Gard in Asia.

Mr. Cyril Ducau


Mr. Cyril Ducau is the Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Pacific Shipping Pte Ltd, a leading shipping company headquartered in Singapore for the past 30 years.

He is also currently the Chairman of Kenon Holdings Ltd and a member of the board of directors of Gard P&I (Bermuda) Ltd. and of the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation Limited, which was established by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. He was previously Head of Business Development of Quantum Pacific Advisory Limited in London from 2008 to 2012 and acted as Director and Chairman of Pacific Drilling SA between 2011 and 2018.
Prior to joining Quantum Pacific Advisory Limited, Mr. Ducau was Vice President in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. International Ltd. in London between 2000 and 2008.
Mr. Ducau graduated from ESCP Europe Business School (Paris, Oxford, Berlin) and holds a Master of Science in business administration and a Diplom Kaufmann.