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MPA and APL agree seafarer exchange programme

MPA and APL agree seafarer exchange programme

Singapore: The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NSSPL, the ship management business unit of Neptune Orient Lines which manages APL vessels, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalise a new Mariner Exchange Programme (pictured).

The pilot Mariner Exchange Programme, which will start from November 2009, will help enhance the development of staff of both MPA and APL/NSSPL. Under the programme, APL/NSSPL ship masters and chief engineers will be attached to MPA for up to 18 months over a three-year period to augment the pool of marine surveyors carrying out ship inspections. These mariners will be attached to marine surveyors to learn how to carry out Port State Control and Flag State Control inspections on ships.

MPA's marine surveyors and officers will be attached to APL/NSSPL for sea trips to gain updates on the latest developments in shipboard technology and operations. This will help them in performing their jobs in MPA better.  

MPA Chief Executive Mr Lam Yi Young said, "The Mariner Exchange Programme provides a platform for MPA and APL/NSSPL officers to exchange knowledge and gain exposure. The programme embodies MPA's twin strategy of People and Partnership as it involves working in partnership with the industry to develop quality people for both the industry and MPA."

APL President Mr Eng Aik Meng said, "The Pilot Mariner Exchange Programme is an exciting and valuable opportunity that offers our senior officers a chance to develop both a theoretical and practical understanding of changes in regulation, enforcement and compliance. In return, we look forward to sharing our experience and expertise in technology and operations with MPA."

MPA says that if the collaboration proves a success it may explore similar exchange programmes with other local shipping companies.  [27/10/09]