PSA Partners to Launch Maritime Engineering Program

 12 Jan 2018 10.08am

PSA Singapore (PSA) and The Institution of Engineers (IES) have launched a certification program to further strengthen the pipeline for maritime talent in the Asia Pacific region.

The collaboration will allow port engineers with the requisite experience and training to be awarded a globally recognized certification of engineering professionalism; The Chartered Engineer certification.

In order to become certified, engineers must pass a rigorous assessment process that looks at their experience and skills in managing complex engineering systems, as well as their commitment to developing the skills of others in the engineering profession

The Chartered Engineer certification programme was launched by IES in 2013, and offers engineering professionals an external validation of their experience, expertise and technical competence across various sectors.

PSA, a subsidiary of PSA International, operates the world’s largest container transshipment hub in Singapore, linking shippers to 600 ports across the world.

PSA has announced that it is unveiling technologies never before seen at container terminals in Singapore, including amphibious drones, automated quay cranes, exoskeletons for port staff, and robotic arms for related container activities

The Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES) is Singapore’s premier engineering institution and provides feedback on professional engineering matters for the Government of Singapore.

In order to promote their goal to meet the needs of the intelligent port of the future, PSA and IES have said they will also collaborate to identify relevant skills development programmes for engineers to enhance their engineering capabilities.

Singapore-based tertiary school Republic Polytechnic (RP) and port operator PSA Corporation (PSA) have launched the RP-PSA Experiential Laboratory, a high tech simulated environment where students can develop their skills using real-life port management and operations scenarios

Graduation certificates were presented to the pioneer batch of 13 engineers by Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, Yeoh Lean Weng, Deputy President, IES.

The engineers came from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, PSA, Jurong Port, Portek International and National University of Singapore.

Ong Kim Pong, Regional CEO Southeast Asia, PSA International, said, “PSA is delighted to have found in IES a like-minded partner that believes in the professionalization and development of engineers.

“This programme will give engineers from PSA and the industry an opportunity to receive internationally recognized validation of their experience, and a respected mark of professional competency.

“This collaboration will elevate the prestige of engineering careers in the port industry, attracting and retaining the talent needed for the future.”

Dr Yeoh Lean Weng, Deputy President, IES, said, “IES is pleased to launch the Chartered Engineer Certification Programme for the port and marine sector — one of the key contributors to Singapore’s economic growth.

“The programme’s stringent peer review system and international benchmarking will help to build a strong core of competent engineers to support the development of the Tuas mega port and strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading global maritime hub.”

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