The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) to support the training and professional development of maritime professionals in Singapore.
The purpose of the MoU is to nurture and retain the best maritime talent in the country by creating more pathways for professional development and recognition.
According to a statement, this will benefit marine surveyors and hydrographers in MPA, as well as offshore and shore-based maritime professionals.
As part of the initiative maritime professionals, including former seafarers and those without seafaring experience will be able to continue their professional development via two routes.
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The first will be MSc/BSc jointly offered by IMarEST and Plymouth University in the UK via distance and online learning or Chartered Status through IMarEST.
Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive, MPA spoke of the MoU’s importance to Singapore and maritime education: “MPA recognizes the importance of continued education and training of our maritime professionals.
“This partnership will enhance our manpower development efforts as mapped out in the Sea Transport Industry Transformation Map.
“We see continuing education as a necessary investment for individuals to upskill themselves to stay relevant in a maritime industry which is transforming rapidly.”
David Loosley, Chief Executive, IMarEST, said the partnership would be mutually beneficial.
“MPA has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping their employees develop their careers and to supporting them to obtain recognition for their skills and expertise,” Loosley said.
“We are delighted to assist them through this win-win partnership that helps them keep pace with the changes in this sector.”