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SSA Council outlines its work priorities for 2015/17

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Esben Poulsson

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Playing an active role and making meaningful contributions to the workings and development of the Tripartite Maritime Manpower Taskforce initiatives for both seafaring and shore-based jobs will be one of the major priorities for the new Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Council, its recently elected President has announced.

Addressing a press briefing in Singapore yesterday, Esben Poulsson said the initiative, spearheaded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), was important in assessing the current manpower situation, addressing the possible reasons of attrition and understanding how shipping can attract and retain more youth in the industry.

He said: “The SSA has been engaging its members for their views on some of these proposals. Complementary to the SSA’s work on this initiative, we will aim to address related issues such as productivity and costs; creating a ‘wow’ factor for the maritime industry to woo the younger generation; to look more closely at sustainability issues, and establish how best to be ‘future ready’.”

Next on the list is the need to develop the next generation of leaders in the maritime sector, something which is very important to the SSA.

“We intend to place much greater effort and emphasis on the further development of the SSA Young Executives Group (YEG). We are very proud that over 1000 employees from SSA member companies are part of the YEG, which is still very active into its ninth year. To ensure continued interest and to attract new blood, the YEG committee will be deliberating on a whole array of new ideas and initiatives aimed at making real and solid progress in this crucial area. The YEG Committee will also consider ways to support our other industry partners under the MaritimeONE* initiative, ” Mr Poulsson added.

The SSA Council has also identified the development of a dedicated ‘Singapore Clause’ as integral towards the long term success of the Singapore War Risk Mutual (SWRM) which was launched in February this year. The creation of such a clause is a major undertaking which we will commence shortly in partnership with the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF). The SSA will also continue to work closely with the SMF to promote the Singapore Ship Sale Form for wider acceptance.

Emphasising the importance of the SSA carrying on the work of its last Council, the SSA President also listed the following on its workplan:

•           Developing ways to improve Singapore’s ship finance capability across the board, and promote Singapore’s capital market to harness the vibrant and growing shipping ecosystem that already exists in Singapore.

•           Monitor international tax agreements and champion new double tax agreements which would benefit Singapore’s shipping and offshore marine industry.

•           Seeking assistance from the MPA to address the concerns of the offshore marine sector, badly affected by the current low oil price

The members of the new SSA Council 2015/17 are:

President Mr Esben Poulsson ChairmanEnesel Pte Ltd 
Vice President &
Honorary Secretary
Ms Lisa Teo Executive Director
(Corporate Development)Pacific International Lines
(Pte Ltd)
Vice President &
Honorary Treasurer
Mr Tan Chin Hee Executive Director
Pacific Carriers Limited
Council Member & Chairman, International Committee Mr René Piil Pedersen Managing Director
A. P. Moller Singapore Pte Ltd
Council Member & Chairman, Legal & Insurance Committee Mrs Gina Lee-Wan Partner
Allen & Gledhill LLP
Council Member & Chairman, Technical Committee Capt. Surendra Dutt Managing DirectorAnglo-Eastern Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd 
Council Member Mr Steen Brodsgaard Lund Maritime Regional Manager for South East Asia and the PacificDNV GL 
Council Member & Chairman, Services Committee Mr Lim Sim Keat Managing Director,
Transport LogisticsIMC Shipping Co Pte Ltd 
Council Member Ms Caroline Yang Executive Director and Head of Legal & Finance, Safety & Training, Administration and Human Resources
Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd
Council Member Mr Lee Keng Mun Head of Shipping (Asia)
HSH Nordbank AG,
Singapore Branch
Council Member Ms Katie Men Managing Director
Iseaco Holdings Pte Ltd
Council Member & Chairman, Offshore Services Committee Mr Mike Meade Chief Executive OfficerM3 Marine Group Pte Ltd 
Council Member & Chairman, Young Executives Group Ms Lao Mei Leng Partner, Audit & AssuranceMoore Stephens LLP 


About the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) represents a wide spectrum of shipping companies and other businesses allied to the shipping industry. It is a national trade association formed in 1985 to serve and promote the interests of its members and to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore as an International Maritime Centre.

To achieve its objectives, the SSA plays an active role in promoting the interests of shipping in Singapore and internationally, and co-operates with other regional and international shipping organisations to protect the marine environment and promote freedom and safety at sea. At present, SSA represents 477 member companies; comprising shipowners and operators, ship managers, ship agents and other ancillary companies such as shipbrokers, classification societies, marine insurers, bunker suppliers, maritime lawyers, and shipping bankers amongst others.

About MaritimeONE

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), MaritimeONE (Outreach Network) is a key platform for all maritime stakeholders to synergise efforts to raise awareness of the maritime industry among students and their influence groups, and to interest them in maritime education and careers via various outreach initiatives. As the Secretariat of the MaritimeONE, SMF works in tandem with strategic partners to organise a variety of initiatives, including promotional campaigns, events and MaritimeONE scholarships. Funds for the MaritimeONE Scholarships are pledged by sponsoring maritime companies, which span from shipping lines, shipyards to maritime ancillary services companies, and administered by SMF. Other MaritimeONE activities include industry awareness talks, scholarship offers, student outreach events and regular networking events for employers and tertiary students. For details, visit www.maritimecareers.com.sg.

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