Youths Compete to Recreate the Panama Canal with Lego at Sea Asia

04 April 2017

The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and Seatrade are launching a first-of-its-kind Lego competition for tertiary students at Sea Asia 2017 as part of an initiative to give students pursuing a maritime-related education greater industry insight and exposure to the industry.

With support from The Panama Canal Authority, three groups of students from the Singapore Maritime Academy (Singapore Polytechnic), Ngee Ann Polytechnic and ITE College Central will be tasked to compete and recreate part of the world’s technical wonders, the Panama Canal, under 90 minutes.

Using the Limited Edition Lego Education Panama Canal sets, the teams will be judged on speed, accuracy and functionality of their canal’s locks system.

Mr David Chin, Executive Director of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, shares that the competition aims to engage youths and introduce them to the diverse aspects of the maritime industry.

“The Sea Asia Youth Lego Competition (Panama Canal Edition) is a great way for us to engage the younger generation and promote maritime through a fun and interactive activity.

“This year is also special as we will have over 220 participants from the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) who will be participating in the guided Sea Asia Youth Tour 2017. These participants will include, for the first time, not only youths from the IHLs, but the education and career guidance counsellors (ECG) working with students and jobseekers.

“SMF has been working to share more with youths about the maritime industry over the past decade, building up to the establishment of the Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office last year, with support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. This unit focuses efforts on establishing networks across various stakeholders, and thereby increasing accessibility, to connect both students and jobseekers to the multiple pathways to a rewarding and enriching maritime career,” said Mr Chin.

Mr Chris Hayman, Chairman of Seatrade, said: “The young generation are the future of the industry and we’re pleased that Sea Asia 2017 can provide an opportunity for them to engage through activities such as the Sea Asia Youth Tour. The Youth Tour has always been a key part of the Sea Asia offering, and the competition will add a new dimension to it which will be both instructive and enjoyable.”

Also taking place for the first time at this year’s edition of Sea Asia is the Sea Asia Maritime Art Gallery. Exploring the works of maritime artist Mr Chung Chee Kit, the art gallery will showcase the transformation of the maritime and shipping landscape in Singapore through Mr Chung’s paintings.

“The art gallery will bring a new dimension of vibrancy to Sea Asia. We’re honoured to be working with Mr Chung on this inaugural Sea Asia Maritime Art Gallery and look forward to sharing with everyone the heritage and culture of Singapore’s maritime industry through Mr Chung’s works of art,” said Mr Hayman.

About Sea Asia 2017

Sea Asia, the premier maritime and offshore conference and exhibition in Asia is returning for the 6th edition on 25 -­ 27 April 2017 at the Marina Bay Sands®, Singapore. Co-­organised by Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Sea Asia is well-­attended by trade professionals and some of the most influential and respected leaders in the industry, delivering an unparalleled reach of key decision-­makers.

Alongside an international exhibition, the highly acclaimed and interactive Sea Asia conference complements and puts Sea Asia at the forefront of regional maritime events. International thought-­leaders will address the latest topics, debate on key trends, and discuss opportunities and challenges facing the maritime and offshore businesses from a commercial perspective.

For a full list of sponsors and exhibitors, and more information on the conference programme, please visit www.sea-­asia.com.

About Seatrade

Founded in 1970, Seatrade was acquired in 2014 by UBM, the world’s second largest media and event organiser across a wide variety of industries. Seatrade’s publications, events, management training, research and award schemes cover every aspect of the cruise and maritime industries. The company’s principal strength is its ability to bring key people together, encouraging innovation and facilitating better communication within the industry.

Seatrade is headquartered in Colchester, UK, with regional offices in Dubai, Singapore, as well as representatives in all major maritime centres and cruise destinations across the globe.

For more information, please visit www.seatrade-­maritime.com.

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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Ms. Angeline Teo

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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.

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