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Singapore focuses on maritime training with seafaring MoU and new diploma course

As Singapore looks to continue to develop human capital for the maritime sector Monday saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for seafaring and a new diploma for a future ready workforce.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) signed a MoU with the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), Singapore Maritime Employers Federation (SMEF), Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS) aimed at developing human capital for the seafaring sector. 

The MoU was inked at the 3rd Maritime Human Resource (HR) Forum part of Singapore Maritime Week 2018.

The agreement focuses on identifying new competencies and skills required to operate the next generation of ships, enhancing the current training syllabus, and developing Singapore as a maritime training hub. 

Andrew Tan, chief executive, MPA said, “The face of ports, shipping and the maritime industry is changing with the advent of automation, new technologies and business models. This MoU reflects a strong commitment by the government, industry and unions working together to identify the skill gaps, and to train and upskill the maritime workforce for the future economy.”

Read all the news from Singapore Maritime Week on our dedicated Live From Singapore Maritime Week 2018 page

A new Specialist Diploma course in Maritime Superintendency was also launched at the forum.

The course has its first intake in October 2018, was developed by a working group comprising representatives from DNV GL, MPA, Marine Engineers, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), Singapore Polytechnic, SSA and Society of Naval Architect.

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