Esben Poulsson, President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has reportedly told attendees of the annual lunar New Year cocktail event in Singapore that measures have been put in place by the Singaporean government and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to help boost the industry.
Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore also encouraged the nation to remain focused on the longer‐term, provide opportunities to upgrade skills, improve productivity, and to give training a bigger push.
Mr Poulsson said: “The SSA is very fortunate to have active members who are very driven in safeguarding Singapore’s maritime interests and its status as an International Maritime Centre.
“On top of their day job, these individuals readily volunteer to share their expertise, often sniffing out potential ideas that spark off initiatives, which they develop till fruition for the greater good of our industry.
“On behalf of the SSA I would like to recognise the outstanding leadership and great contribution of this man who has always kept the maritime community close to his heart and the Singapore flag flying high.”
Mr Poulsson revealed the SSA’s plans to showcase the offshore and marine sector and raise the profile of Maritime Singapore with an event at Singapore Maritime Week in April, 2016.
Along with other organisations including online forum INTERTANKO and the Asian Shipowners’ Forum, SSA has worked together drafting the ‘Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia’ published by information sharing centre ReCAAP ISC.
Mr Poulsson concluded: “The guide is comprehensive, all encompassing, useful and relevant to seafarers on all ship types trading in Asia.
“It will assist them to avoid piracy attacks, deter and delay attacks; as well as provide recommended measures should an attack occur.”