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     FrontPage Edition: Sat 22 March 2008

One-stop job portal for maritime community launched



A one-stop job portal was launched by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Chief Executive BG (NS) Tay Lim Heng at the quarterly NetworkONE Reception for the maritime community on 13 March 2008., which supports Singapore's rapid growth as an international maritime centre, promotes maritime careers and education, brings prospective employers and employees together, and features jobs spanning all three maritime sectors: shore-based maritime services, offshore and marine engineering, and seafaring.[1]
Speaking at the event, Guest of Honour BG (NS) Tay said, “The launch of this new maritime career portal marries the growing interest among our youth in the maritime sector and the industry's need for quality manpower to fuel the rapid growth of Singapore as an international maritime centre. By leveraging on the internet, the job match-making can be effected around the clock.”
Over the years, the MPA has worked closely with tertiary institutions to enhance the maritime education and training landscape to support the growth of the maritime sector. Since 2002, 15 new maritime tertiary programmes have been introduced at the diploma, graduate and post graduate levels.
The new and pre-existing programmes produce some 900 maritime-ready manpower for the industry each year in support of the growth of the maritime sector which contributes some seven percent to Singapore's GDP. This dedicated maritime careers portal is thus a timely initiative, warmly welcomed by the industry.
Mr. S.S. Teo, Chairman of the MaritimeONE steering committee, said, “We are very heartened by the support of the maritime industry to the various events and initiatives that the MaritimeONE has organised. This portal is yet another avenue for the industry to showcase its wide ranging career opportunities that many may not be aware. We welcome all graduating students from the institutes of higher learning to visit this portal and discover for themselves the many job opportunities in the wide spectrum of the maritime industry.” is an initiative under MaritimeONE (Outreach Network). It effectively performs the role of an on line job match maker that operates 24/7, complementing NetworkONE Receptions which bring prospective employees and employers together on a quarterly basis.
Many graduating students found their first jobs at the first two NetworkONE Receptions held in April and October 2007. is envisaged to further facilitate and enhance the overall success rate of job matches.
The maritimecareers portal was launched at the 3rd NetworkONE Reception, which was attended by some 160 students from Nanyang Technology University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore Management University (SMU) and 90 representatives from maritime companies.
This is part of the MaritimeONE initiative involving the industry, educational institutions, and government to collectively raise the awareness of the maritime industry and attract new entrants into the industry.
[1] The jobs featured under these three sectors include: ship broker, ship banker, marine insurer, ship charterer, ship planner, maritime lawyer, naval architect, marine engineer, marine surveyor, ship captain, and chief engineer. Visit for details.
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.
It 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. The 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.

Source: News Release 13 Mar 2008

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