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Shipping must burn bright in Year of Tiger, urges Teo

Shipping must burn bright in Year of Tiger, urges Teo

Singapore: Addressing over 500 members of the Singapore Shipping Association and invited guests at a Lunar Year celebration on Friday night, SSA president S.S. Teo urged attendees to "draw from the traits of the Tiger... as we embark on the road to recovery - to be courageous and resilient in adversity and to pounce on sound opportunities when they arise."

Teo used the occasion to toast the success of both the SSA - which marks its 25th anniversary this year boasting an impressive 374 members - and the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration, which was reorganised last year and has received pledges of support from over 100 companies as a centre for dispute resolution in Asia.  

Listing key SSA achievements for the year, Teo pointed out that the association had run 53 training courses involving 1370 staff, 135% more than the previous year.  Earlier this month it also conducted a teach-in on how to combat piracy and ship hijacks in the Somali Basin, Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean region, which was led by speakers representing the Combined Maritime Forces in Bahrain and the UK Maritime Trade Office in Dubai, related Teo, sending the association's best wishes to all seafarers still being held hostage by pirates.

Teo also looked forward to Singapore Maritime Week in late April, during which SSA will be hosting the annual general meeting of the International Chamber of Shipping taking place in the republic. Separately the SSA will be organising a seminar on international shipping during Singapore Maritime Week.

The annual Seatrade Asia Awards dinner and Seatrade Tanker Industry Convention also take place in Singapore that week, on April 26 and 28 respectively.  [21/01/10]