SSA President Esben Poulsson Elected as ICS Chairman

The President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) Mr Esben Poulsson has been elected as the new Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

Mr Poulsson was elected at the ICS Annual General Meeting in Tokyo today (2 June). He takes over from Mr Masamichi Morooka, who has stood down after four years in office.

Speaking about his new role Mr Poulsson expressed his honour at being elected as the next ICS Chairman.

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OSV@Vivo Strikes a Chord with the Singapore Public

OSV@Vivo has been taken to the heart of the Singapore public with an anticipated 4,000 visitors, expected to throng the two state-of-the-art Offshore Support Vessels (OSV) “Pacific Legacy” and “VOS Prince” moored at local shopping mall Vivocity Waterfront Promenade from 21 to 23 April 2016. Local institutes of higher learning are lending their support to this inaugural event with some 600 students from the Institute of Technical Education and Ngee Ann Polytechnic already registered to attend. Read more

Maritime Figures Convene to Discuss Cyber Security Risks

Today saw a number of prominent figures from the maritime industry take part in the inaugural Cyber Security Seminar at Singapore Maritime Week 2016; an event co-organised by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Cyber Security is a concern which is only increasing and as a topic at the forefront of many businesses’ minds, it was a welcome addition to this year’s programme.

In the opening speech by Guest of Honour Mr Esben Poulsson, President of the Singapore Shipping Association and Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, he addressed two trends which are already significant within the maritime industry – Big Data and Cyber Security. Read more

Singapore Shipping Association Appreciative of Concessions in Port Dues for Bulk Carriers

The Singapore Shipping Association has welcomed the recent announcement by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to grant a 10% concession in port dues for bulk carriers visiting its port.

From 15th April 2016, for a one year period, bulkers loading or unloading cargo with a port stay of no more than five days, will be eligible for this 10% concession. Read more

SSA President tells CMA of Technological Advances Shaping the Industry

Esben Poulsson, President of the Singapore Shipping Association and Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping, spoke at the CMA Shipping conference on the topic of ‘Defining the Successful Shipping Enterprise of the Future – What does the industry need to consider in order to be successful in the business tomorrow’.

Speaking alongside other industry leaders, Mr Poulsson chose to emphasis the word ‘tomorrow’ in his speech and how this word forces the industry to think about future advances, particularly in technology.

A universal theme across the shipping industry today is the need for efficiencies. Esben Poulsson stated: “It is clear that companies need to be more innovative in their approach and they need to embrace new technology to help drive costs down and optimise the performance of their sea-going assets.”

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Esben Poulsson Appointed As New SSA President

Association undergoes brand transformation to reflect its vision for the future

Esben Poulsson has been appointed as the new President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) after the newly elected SSA Council (2015/2017) was voted into place at the Association’s Annual General Meeting yesterday (30 June 2015). The new Council elected him as successor to the outgoing SSA President Patrick Phoon.

Paying tribute to the work of the SSA and the Council, Mr Poulsson said: “I am honoured and humbled to be appointed President of this active and vibrant organisation, consisting in excess of 470 member companies.

“And as the SSA turns 30 years old, I would like to pay tribute to the work of the many Members who have served tirelessly on the Council and standing committees over the years, and, in particular, to my predecessor Patrick Phoon, who has served on the Council for no less than 24 years, the last four as President. His boundless energy, enthusiasm and sheer passion for our industry is there for all to see and stepping into his shoes will be a huge task for me – albeit he leaves the Association in good shape, and ready for the many challenges ahead. It is almost impossible to exaggerate his massive contribution to the SSA over so many years.

“I hope, during my tenure, to justify the faith the Council and membership has placed in me, I look forward to helping to represent our members’ interests to the best of my ability, and to continue our constructive relations with government agencies and other industry partners in Singapore and overseas in promoting and maintaining Singapore’s position as a leading International Maritime Centre.”

He added: “I feel our hard working Secretariat, ably led by Executive Director Michael Phoon, stands ready to help drive current initiatives forward, and to implement new initiatives introduced by the Council.”

INTRODUCING SSA COUNCIL (2015/2017)
The 19th SSA Annual General Meeting announced that the seven Ordinary Members nominated for the 2015/2017 Council, who were predominantly from the previous Council, were returned unopposed. The seven Members are:

Member Company Represented By

1 A. P. Moller Singapore Pte Ltd Mr. Rene Piil Pedersen,
Managing Director

2 Enesel Pte Ltd Mr. Esben Poulsson,
Chairman

3 Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd Ms. Caroline Yang,
Executive Director and Head of Legal & Finance,
Safety & Training, Administration and Human Resources

4 IMC Industrial Group Mr. Lim Sim Keat
Managing Director, Dry Transport Logistics

5 Iseaco Holdings Pte Ltd Ms. Katie Men,
Managing Director

6 Pacific Carriers Ltd Mr. Tan Chin Hee,
Executive Director

7 Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd Ms. Lisa Teo,
Executive Director (Corporate Development)

From amongst the seven Councillors, they appointed the following as office bearers of the SSA Council (2015/2017):

President: Mr. Esben Poulsson

Honorary Secretary: Ms. Lisa Teo

Treasurer: Mr. Tan Chin Hee

A further six SSA Ordinary and Associate members, may be co-opted into the new Council. The finalised list of SSA Council Members for the 2015-2017 term and their appointments will be released by mid-July 2015.
Patrick Phoon, outgoing SSA President, said: “Over the past four years, I have received tremendous support from all my fellow Council Members, who have selflessly committed their time and effort towards furthering the objectives and interests of the SSA. Their dedication, drive and hard work, often went beyond the call of duty, of which I am most grateful for. After 24 years in the Council, I leave with a touch of sadness, but am happy that the Association has grown in stature into a force to be reckoned with! I am proud to hand over a thriving association to the new SSA President. I hope you will give Esben the same enthusiastic support that you have given me.”

SSA’S NEW LOGO
The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) marks 30 years of service to the maritime industry this year. As an active voice representing 475 corporate members and growing, the SSA has been a positive force in representing the industry’s views at home and abroad.
The SSA has been actively engaged and working in synergy with its members and key stakeholders in dealing with issues of importance to the industry; in particular, the long-term interests of enhancing Singapore’s status as an International Maritime Centre.
To reflect the Association’s vision and drive as it embarks on its next lap, the SSA has rebranded itself with a new logo and embraced the tagline “Navigating the Future”. This was launched at the SSA’s cocktail reception held on the evening of the AGM at the Marina Mandarin Singapore with over 400 people from its membership and maritime community in attendance.
At the launch, newly-elected SSA President, Mr Poulsson said: “It is my honour to share with you our Association’s new brand identity that will inspire us to work towards our next milestones. The tagline “Navigating the Future”, was chosen to show the direction that the association will be heading – towards strengthening Singapore’s status as a leading International Maritime Centre, which will benefit all of us in the maritime community. This brand transformation represents where the association is today and our vision for the future.”

SSA Stresses The Importance Of Distinguishing Between Piracy And Armed Robbery When Reporting Incidents

It is important to distinguish between armed robbery and piracy when reporting incidents in South East Asia waters says the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) which has commissioned a study to determine the scale of threat posed to seafarers in the area.

The findings reveal that in the first quarter of this year the vast majority of incidents in this region fall under the category of armed robbery (which is within the territorial waters and under the jurisdiction of the sovereign state) not piracy (which is on the high seas). The distinction determines whether a merchant vessel can seek protection from the navy/coast guard of the littoral state or from the navy/coastguard of the vessel’s flag of registry.

Seafarers should note that recent reports of pirate attacks are in fact more likely to have been armed robbery and targeted at specific vessel types, particularly when in port or at anchor. SSA stresses that, with an estimated 50,000 -90,000 vessels transiting SOMS (Straits of Malacca and Singapore) each year and further numbers sailing around the South East Asia and South China seas, it can be calculated that the likelihood of a merchant vessel, which exercises high vigilance and conducts anti-boarding watch, being attacked is between 0.012 and 0.07%.

The situation in the South China Sea is vastly different to the situation in the Gulf of Aden where heavily armed pirates board vessels in open seas with the intention of taking the ship and its crew hostage for ransom payments.

To fully understand the real scale of the problem the SSA commissioned a technical report to examine incidents of armed robbery and piracy in South East Asia waters and the South China Sea. The report undertook a detailed analysis of the quarterly reports of the International Maritime Bureau of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC IMB) and the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) for the first quarter of 2015 (1 Jan to 31 March). The findings revealed that only 14% of attacks on merchant vessels were classified as piracy. Of the remaining incidents, 85% were cases of armed robbery with almost half of these (46%) occurring while in port or at anchorage. The vast majority of incidents (68%) involved “petty theft” by unarmed perpetrators where crew members were unharmed and economic loss was low.

SSA is encouraging Captains and seafarers to ensure they comply with recognised methods to counter possible boarding when traversing South East Asian waters and advises that, if boarded, Captains should put the well-being of their crew first while, at the same time, fully complying with the standing instructions of their respective companies.

SSA has worked with ReCAAP to provide Guidelines for Tug Boats and Barges Against Piracy and Sea Robbery which can be found online at www.recaap.org It also points out that the Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy (BMP4) can be successfully adapted for use in South East Asia.

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Notes to Editors:

  • 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 475 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.

SSA’S INVOLVEMENT IN MARITIME WEEK SET TO BENEFIT SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) is fully committed to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) which will run from 19 – 24 April 2015. The Association will be hosting and participating in a multitude of maritime related events, ranging from high-profile meetings discussing key issues affecting the maritime industry, to business networking and corporate social responsibility.

The SSA’s Young Executives Group (YEG) will kick start the week by volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen on Saturday 18 April, prior to the launch of SMW. Some 60 shipping industry volunteers will assist in the preparation, cooking and packing of food to be distributed to the less fortunate beneficiaries across the island that day.

On Monday 20 April, SSA will co-host an industry forum with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to discuss the issue of ‘Maritime Regulatory Landscape – 2015 and beyond’.
ICS Chairman Mr Masamichi Morooka will be delivering a keynote speech, whereby he will address key concerns of maritime transportation, with a focus on compliance from the shipowners’ perspective. He will also discuss the impact of environmental legislation on shipping and review some of the recent environmental regulations adopted, agreed or under development at the IMO.

Working through the ICS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SSA has been actively contributing to discussions at the IMO, including the Ballast Water Convention.

A discussion panel will ensue, chaired by SSA Honorary Secretary and ICS Vice Chairman Mr Esben Poulsson. Other panelists include ICS Secretary General Mr Peter Hinchliffe, Chairman of the SSA Maritime Security Sub-committee Capt. George Solomon and Mr Morooka himself.

Immediately following the forum discussion will be a presentation ceremony of the United States Coast Guard’s AMVER Awards. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. The AMVER Awards Program recognises those vessels which regularly participate in the AMVER system and awards them coloured pennants in recognition of that ship and company’s commitment to safety at sea. At this ceremony, some 90 Singapore based companies will receive AMVER awards for the 1,250 ships under their care.

On Wednesday 22 April, 80 representatives of SSA member companies will embark on an exclusive “Maritime Learning Journey” to gain further insights into Maritime Singapore. Starting off with a tour of the Singapore Maritime Gallery, participants will go on to visit restricted access areas – such as, Keppel Shipyard’s extensive ship and rig building facilities, as well as a ferry ride to Raffles Lighthouse on Pulau Satumu, Singapore’s southernmost island, for a once-in-lifetime climb up its 160-year old lighthouse tower.

SSA President, Mr Patrick Phoon, said: “Singapore Maritime Week is a high profile and influential occasion and the Singapore Shipping Association is pleased to be playing a significant role in ensuring that this wide range of events benefits both the maritime industry and the Singapore community as a whole.”

SSA APPOINTS NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR TO OVERSEE ITS INTERNATIONAL MARITIME TECHNICAL OBLIGATIONS

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory landscape.

Capt Ang Chin Eng, who joins the SSA today (April 15th), has over 40 years of experience in the maritime sector initially as a Seafarer, Port Captain and, later, as an Academic. He is a qualified Master Mariner (NZ) and an Accountant – FCA (Singapore) and FCPA (Australia). He holds an MBA from the University of Queensland, the MCILT (UK), and the OND in Nautical Science (UK).

In his capacity as Technical Director, Capt Ang is tasked to:
• Monitor and raise visibility on technical, legal/policy matters that affect the maritime industry
• Manage and articulate on technical, legal/policy with SSA members
• Liaise with relevant industry bodies and government organizations to facilitate co-operation between different sectors of the maritime industry
• Be responsible for managing the SSA Secretariat’s obligations of Maritime/Shipping compliance matters
• Identify technical trends, develop programs / initiatives / activities to enhance SSA members’ knowledge
• Act as Secretary to various SSA technical committees
• Develop training course materials / contents and conduct training deemed relevant to maritime needs
• Build an in-house library of technical advisory / papers / reference materials for SSA members
• Act as an advisor on all technical content in secretariat corporate communications and publicity matters
• As and when required, serve as a technical advisor to the SSA Executive Director in his capacity as FASA (Federation of ASEAN Shipowners Associations) Secretary General and ASF (Asian Shipowners Forum) Safe Navigation and Environment Committee Secretary

Capt Ang has been in academia over the last 20 years and was, until recently, the course manager of the Diploma in Maritime Business and, earlier, the Diploma in Nautical Studies. His other poly-wide contributions earned him the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Excellence in Teaching Award. He was the Lecturer-in-Charge of SP Yachting Centre and oversaw all sailing activities. He is a qualified NCAP Level 3 Coach (Theory).

He has always maintained close links with the industry. He served extensively on the Council of the Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI) holding a number of key appointments including Honorary Secretary, President and finally as Honorary Advisor. During this time, he authored/presented a number of technical reports. At the national level and on a voluntary basis, he served as Member, Technical Committee for Bunkering, SPRING Singapore & Working Group on Code of Practice for Bunker Surveyors. At the international level, he served as a Competent Person to the IMO STCW Panel of Expert. On a voluntary basis, he commandeered the civil resource units deployed to clean-up two of Singapore’s worst oil spills caused by Evoikos/Orapin Global and the Natuna Sea.

SSA APPOINTS NEW TECHNICAL DIRECTOR TO OVERSEE ITS INTERNATIONAL MARITIME TECHNICAL OBLIGATIONS

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory landscape.

Capt Ang Chin Eng, who joins the SSA today (April 15th), has over 40 years of experience in the maritime sector initially as a Seafarer, Port Captain and, later, as an Academic. He is a qualified Master Mariner (NZ) and an Accountant – FCA (Singapore) and FCPA (Australia). He holds an MBA from the University of Queensland, the MCILT (UK), and the OND in Nautical Science (UK).

In his capacity as Technical Director, Capt Ang is tasked to:
• Monitor and raise visibility on technical, legal/policy matters that affect the maritime industry
• Manage and articulate on technical, legal/policy with SSA members
• Liaise with relevant industry bodies and government organizations to facilitate co-operation between different sectors of the maritime industry
• Be responsible for managing the SSA Secretariat’s obligations of Maritime/Shipping compliance matters
• Identify technical trends, develop programs / initiatives / activities to enhance SSA members’ knowledge
• Act as Secretary to various SSA technical committees
• Develop training course materials / contents and conduct training deemed relevant to maritime needs
• Build an in-house library of technical advisory / papers / reference materials for SSA members
• Act as an advisor on all technical content in secretariat corporate communications and publicity matters
• As and when required, serve as a technical advisor to the SSA Executive Director in his capacity as FASA (Federation of ASEAN Shipowners Associations) Secretary General and ASF (Asian Shipowners Forum) Safe Navigation and Environment Committee Secretary

Capt Ang has been in academia over the last 20 years and was, until recently, the course manager of the Diploma in Maritime Business and, earlier, the Diploma in Nautical Studies. His other poly-wide contributions earned him the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Excellence in Teaching Award. He was the Lecturer-in-Charge of SP Yachting Centre and oversaw all sailing activities. He is a qualified NCAP Level 3 Coach (Theory).

He has always maintained close links with the industry. He served extensively on the Council of the Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI) holding a number of key appointments including Honorary Secretary, President and finally as Honorary Advisor. During this time, he authored/presented a number of technical reports. At the national level and on a voluntary basis, he served as Member, Technical Committee for Bunkering, SPRING Singapore & Working Group on Code of Practice for Bunker Surveyors. At the international level, he served as a Competent Person to the IMO STCW Panel of Expert. On a voluntary basis, he commandeered the civil resource units deployed to clean-up two of Singapore’s worst oil spills caused by Evoikos/Orapin Global and the Natuna Sea.

SSA’S INVOLVEMENT IN MARITIME WEEK SET TO BENEFIT SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) is fully committed to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) which will run from 19 – 24 April 2015. The Association will be hosting and participating in a multitude of maritime related events, ranging from high-profile meetings discussing key issues affecting the maritime industry, to business networking and corporate social responsibility.

The SSA’s Young Executives Group (YEG) will kick start the week by volunteering at the Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen on Saturday 18 April, prior to the launch of SMW. Some 60 shipping industry volunteers will assist in the preparation, cooking and packing of food to be distributed to the less fortunate beneficiaries across the island that day.

On Monday 20 April, SSA will co-host an industry forum with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to discuss the issue of ‘Maritime Regulatory Landscape – 2015 and beyond’.
ICS Chairman Mr Masamichi Morooka will be delivering a keynote speech, whereby he will address key concerns of maritime transportation, with a focus on compliance from the shipowners’ perspective. He will also discuss the impact of environmental legislation on shipping and review some of the recent environmental regulations adopted, agreed or under development at the IMO.

Working through the ICS and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SSA has been actively contributing to discussions at the IMO, including the Ballast Water Convention.

A discussion panel will ensue, chaired by SSA Honorary Secretary and ICS Vice Chairman Mr Esben Poulsson. Other panelists include ICS Secretary General Mr Peter Hinchliffe, Chairman of the SSA Maritime Security Sub-committee Capt. George Solomon and Mr Morooka himself.

Immediately following the forum discussion will be a presentation ceremony of the United States Coast Guard’s AMVER Awards. The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) is a computer-based voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. The AMVER Awards Program recognises those vessels which regularly participate in the AMVER system and awards them coloured pennants in recognition of that ship and company’s commitment to safety at sea. At this ceremony, some 90 Singapore based companies will receive AMVER awards for the 1,250 ships under their care.

On Wednesday 22 April, 80 representatives of SSA member companies will embark on an exclusive “Maritime Learning Journey” to gain further insights into Maritime Singapore. Starting off with a tour of the Singapore Maritime Gallery, participants will go on to visit restricted access areas – such as, Keppel Shipyard’s extensive ship and rig building facilities, as well as a ferry ride to Raffles Lighthouse on Pulau Satumu, Singapore’s southernmost island, for a once-in-lifetime climb up its 160-year old lighthouse tower.

SSA President, Mr Patrick Phoon, said: “Singapore Maritime Week is a high profile and influential occasion and the Singapore Shipping Association is pleased to be playing a significant role in ensuring that this wide range of events benefits both the maritime industry and the Singapore community as a whole.”

SSA Sponsors S$50,000 Of Maritime Scholarships For 2014/2015

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has underlined its commitment to investing in the future of the Singapore and global shipping industry by sponsoring three scholarships during the 2014/2015 academic year.

The scholarships will come under the the MaritimeONE Scholarship Programme  administered by the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) and will be offered to  students attending the Singapore Management  University (SMU) and Singapore Maritime Academy at the Singapore Polytechnic. Applications for MaritimeONE scholarships will be from 1 April to 31 May, 2014.

Under an agreement signed with the SMF, the SSA will fund one S$10,000 scholarship towards a 3-year diploma course at the Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA).  This scholarship is only open to local graduates of the Institute of Technical Education who are enrolled in SMA’s Diploma in Maritime Business, Diploma in Marine Engineering or Diploma in Nautical Studies courses.

Additionally, two undergraduate students who embark on the newly launched Maritime Economics Concentration at SMU will each receive S$10,000 per annum in their 3rd and 4th year of undergraduate studies. SMU welcomed its first cohort of students for the Concentration at the start of the new academic year in August 2013. The programme, which allows undergraduates with a first degree in economics to specialise in maritime disciplines, aims to groom local talent for the maritime and related sectors in Singapore.

Since 2007, a total of 160 MaritimeONE Scholarships have been awarded to outstanding and deserving students to pursue maritime-related courses.

SSA President Mr Patrick Phoon, said: “The SSA strongly supports the education of young people who have an interest in joining our shipping industry. Through a number of initiatives, including our support of MaritimeONE, the provision of scholarships by both the Association and its members, as well as our support for our SSA YEG (Young Executives Group), to encourage the youth to join our industry, is an absolute key objective of the SSA.”

He stressed that the SSA scholarships would provide the needy students with a much needed leg-up to the opportunities their peers may have. “They may not be the top of the class but as long as they show commitment in their studies and are mindful in contributing back to the maritime industry, let us give them a chance,” he said.

“We want to show the young people in Singapore and around the world that the maritime industry is not the rough and tough industry people think it is. We also want to showcase that the maritime industry is the lifeblood which keeps world trade in motion and that our youth have a significant role to play in ensuring continuity of such an important industry,” he said.

Strategies in Uncertain Times: Singapore Shipping Association Conference 26/27 September 2013

As World Maritime Day approaches, the Singapore Shipping Association raises the curtain on its 2013 Conference and Exhibition.

The keynote speaker to the conference, held Sept 26th and 27th, Singapore’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, and former ASEAN Secretary General, Mr Ong Keng Yong, will provide an insight into the aims and objectives of establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015 and he will give his latest assessment of the progress that has been made towards achieving this goal.

This year’s Conference theme, “Strategies in Uncertain Times”, will explore the challenges and potential benefits of shipping in the ASEAN region and offer delegates the insights needed to develop successful strategies to grow their shipping business in the current difficult economic climate.

The Conference will consist of three discussion panels with the following themes: ASEAN and Asian Shipping & Trade; Sustainable Shipping – Economic, Social and Environmental Factors; and Achieving Higher Standards. Speakers from around the world provide expertise in a wide range of disciplines – shipowning, government, ship financing, marine insurance , shipbuilding, classification societies, maritime law and port operations – and sharing their global perspective on the concerns, challenges and controls that are affecting the industry today.

For further information please visit: http://www.ssa.org.sg.

SSA Elects New Council

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) held its 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 2 July 2013 at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.

It was attended by 113 Ordinary and 22 Associate Members out of its total membership base of 459.

During the meeting, the AGM elected Members to form the new Council (2013-2015). The newly elected members to the Council (2013-2015) are:

Member Company

Represented By

1.

AVRA International Pte Ltd

Mr. Esben Poulsson, Chairman

2.

Evergreen Shipping Agency (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Mr. Patrick Phoon, Deputy Managing Director

3.

Maersk Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Mr. René Piil Pedersen, Director

4.

Ocean Tankers (Pte) Ltd

Mr. Aloysius Seow, Chief Operating Officer

5.

Pacific Carriers Limited

Mr. Tan Chin Hee, Director

6.

Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd

Ms. Lisa Teo,
Executive Director (Corporate Development)

7.

Thome Ship Management Pte Ltd

Mr. Carsten Brix Ostenfeldt,
Chief Executive Officer


The seven newly elected Councillors, amongst themselves at their first Council meeting held immediately after the AGM, decided to elect the following office bearers:

President                                :

Mr. Patrick Phoon

Honorary Secretary                :

Mr. Esben Poulsson

Honorary Treasurer               :

Ms. Lisa Teo

This elected council is empowered to co-opt an additional six members into the SSA Council (2013-2015). The names of the Council members and their appointments will be released at a later date.


See Annex 1 for the current listing of the SSA Council (2013-2015) and their appointments.

Mr. Patrick Phoon, following his re-election as SSA President, said: “I am very honoured that the new Council has decided to elect me to serve as the SSA President once again. In the past two years, I have received tremendous support from all my fellow Council Members and I am looking forward to another 2 exciting years. Without their drive and energy, the objectives and interests of the SSA would not have been accomplished.”

He added: “In my second term as SSA President, I hope to gain all the support and assistance of my new Council to consolidate some of the works we have initiated in the last Council and crystallise them to achieve the desired results. I must say that the SSA remains very strongly committed towards developing Singapore’s pool of maritime talent, both at sea and on shore.”

On succession planning, Mr. Phoon commented: “We hope that young shipping executives will continue to make enthusiastic and positive contributions to Singapore’s vibrant shipping industry. In the new Council line-up, I am heartened to welcome onboard young and new faces who will bring forth fresh perspectives and experience to the team.”

“It is also my honour to continue working alongside my fellow Council members from the previous team, who had been re-appointed for this new term. It is indeed my pleasure to be heading this excellent team of committed individuals who take pride in serving SSA members’ interests and contributing to the growth of Maritime Singapore,” Mr. Phoon concluded.


In accordance with the SSA Constitution, only the Ordinary members of the Association are eligible to be nominated and elected to the Council. The AGM will elect 7 Ordinary members to form the new Council. The new Council members will, amongst themselves, meet separately to elect the main office bearers. It may also co-opt up to 3 members from its Associate membership base and 2 other members from the general membership base, to ensure that the Council offers a balanced, holistic representation of the various business sectors that make up Singapore’s maritime industry.

SSA Appeals To Indonesia To Stop The Forest Fires!

The Malacca and Singapore Straits is a strategic gateway in world trade and one of the world’s busiest waterways. On any given day, over 140 ships – such very large oil tankers, container ships, bulk carriers and cruise liners, ply through the Straits; not forgetting the smaller crafts like passenger ferries, tugs and barges making frequent cross-Straits voyages in the littoral states of Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia.

During the past week, acrid haze originating from forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia has blanketed the region, including the southern Straits, southern peninsular Malaysia and the island of Singapore. While smoke haze is a perennial problem for the region during this time of the year, at noon today, the 3-hour Pollutant Standards Index hit an unprecedented high of 401, which is deemed as being hazardous to health. Visibility had also dropped significantly.

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) is gravely concerned with the effects of the worsening hazy conditions on the safe navigation of ships through the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Whilst shipmasters are competently trained to navigate through very foggy and stormy weathers in other open seas, transiting through the narrow and busy Straits of Malacca and Singapore, however, can be very challenging and dangerous especially under extreme smoky conditions.

Mr Daniel Tan, Executive Director of SSA said, “The Straits of Malacca and Singapore are among the busiest and narrowest shipping lanes in the world. Reduced visibility in such heavy shipping traffic will definitely affect the safe navigation of ships in the Straits. The passage through the Straits is further complicated by the many smaller barter trading ships and also passenger ships in cross-Strait traffic.”

While the smoke haze is a serious concern for the region, a maritime accident in the Straits would also have an extremely adverse and lasting impact on the marine environment.

He added, “In the event of any unfortunate accident, human lives and the marine environment will be at risk, especially if it involves a fully laden VLCC. The oil spillage from the tanker can have serious consequences not only on the marine life in the Straits but also affect the livelihood of fishermen and those who depend on the tourist industry.”

The SSA is also concerned that the smoke from the forest fires will not only contribute to atmospheric pollution but also climate change. The inhalation of the particulate matters from the smoke by the seafarers on board the transiting ships is also a serious concern.

In this regard, the SSA has urged the Masters of all ships transiting the Straits of Malacca and Singapore to take all necessary measures to ensure a safe passage. In addition to paying close attention to safety broadcasts on the relevant VHF channels, Masters have also been advised to navigate with caution in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea.

In particular, Masters have been strongly advised to proceed at a safe speed and to posting additional look-outs, instead of solely relying on electronic navigational aids to detect small ships in the vicinity.

In the interest of safe navigation and clean environment, both marine and atmospheric, the SSA appeals to the Indonesian Government to put an urgent stop to the indiscriminate ‘slash and burn’ method of land clearing in Sumatra.

Esben Poulsson Appointed As International Chamber Of Shipping Vice Chairman

Singapore Shipping Association Honorary Secretary and International Committee Chairman Esben Poulsson has been elected as a Vice Chairman of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

His election took place at the ICS’s recent Annual General Meeting in Oslo. He joins three other Vice Chairmen for 2013-2015: Mr John C Lyras (Greece), Mrs Karin Orsel (Netherlands) and Mr Gerardo Borromeo (Philippines).

The SSA is an active member of the ICS and Mr Poulsson has, in the past, represented the ICS at a number of industry meetings in Asia. He sees his appointment as an opportunity for the Singapore voice to be heard internationally.

He said: “The SSA is committed to making a meaningful contribution to the working of the ICS and I hope that through my appointment, I can add value to this effort.

“Singapore has become a major international maritime centre and so it is not only important for its voice to be heard internationally but for Singapore to help influence the growth and development of world shipping,” he added.

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Notes to Editors:

· The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) represents more than 450 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 which comprise  shipowners and operators, shipmanagers, ship agents and other ancillary companies such as shipbrokers, classification societies, marine insurers, bunker suppliers, maritime lawyers, and shipping bankers amongst others.

· SSA works closely with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore to promote Singapore as a leading maritime centre, and also with the Asian Shipowners Forum and other fellow shipping associations in the region with the goal of speaking with a unified Asian voice.

Elaborate To Represent Singapore Shipping Association

The Singapore Shipping Association has chosen Elaborate Communications as its international public relations representative.

Elaborate’s team of PR practitioners, led by former maritime journalist Sean Moloney, Elaborate’s Managing Director, will work with the SSA to highlight the work the Association engages on behalf of its members as well as its commitment to playing its part in helping the further development of Singapore as a major international maritime centre.

The Singapore Shipping Association was formed in 1985 from the amalgamation of five previous shipping associations. It works on behalf of its members who are ship owners and operators, shipmanagers, ship agents and ship brokers.

Announcing this exciting new venture, Sean Moloney said: “ I am delighted that we will be working closely with the SSA in the months to come and look forward to creating a close link between this important shipping association and the global maritime and business press.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • Elaborate Communications is a multi-faceted public relations, marketing and advertising agency representing a wide range of international maritime industry clients. www.elabor8.co.uk