News Details | 16-Oct-2012

Maritime leaders gather in Singapore for latest industry trends and best practices in the 2nd Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme

Senior maritime representatives from 11 countries have embarked on the 2nd Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme (MPLP) today at the Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) Infrastructure Systems and Maritime Studies Division, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in partnership with NTU, and supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) under the Singapore Co-operation Programme, the MPLP is a seven-day programme that offers a holistic and interdisciplinary curriculum. It encompasses maritime-related and public administration topics and furnishes participants with skills and information on the latest trends and best practices in the maritime industry.

Mr Lam Yi Young, MPA’s Chief Executive said, “The MPLP is designed to bring together leaders of maritime administrations from different countries to learn from subject matters experts and from each other, and to network and exchange ideas. This year, we are glad to be having participants from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Middle East and Oceania.”

The inaugural programme in 2011 was attended by participants from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

Attended by senior administrators and up and coming maritime officials, the programme touches on diverse topics ranging from port planning and management, shipping economics and finance, maritime law and security, to public leadership and governance.

Lecturers and speakers will include professors from different schools and institutes such as NTU’s S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Nanyang Business School, and NUS’ Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. The Chairman of the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Mr Jeffrey Lantz and the Vice-Chairman of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee Mr Arsenio Dominguez will also be guest speakers at the programme.

Professor Soh Chee Kiong, Acting Chair of NTU’s School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, said that he is confident the interdisciplinary programme will add value to the knowledge and expertise of even the experienced maritime leaders.

“Following the success of the inaugural programme in 2011, we see more senior officials attending the Maritime Public Leaders Programme this year. Participants will be exposed to a myriad of maritime-related topics, ranging from shipping economics, public leadership and governance, to port performance development. I am confident they will benefit from NTU's strengths in engineering and business,” said Prof Soh.

Apart from lectures and case studies, participants will also visit some of Singapore's maritime facilities to gain valuable insights into the policies and processes that have enabled Singapore to grow into a global hub port. This year, the participants will also have the opportunity to attend part of the 2012 Singapore International Bunkering Conference (SIBCON), a major international event on bunkering organised by MPA.

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About the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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Media contact:


Karen Wilkinson (Ms)
Manager, Corporate Communications Department
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
DID: (65) 6375-1603
Fax: (65) 6276-8927


Evelyn Choo (Ms)
Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
DID: (65) 6790-4714
Fax: (65) 6791-8494

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