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Singapore maritime cluster celebrates new recruits

Singapore: MPA chairman Peter Ong (pictured) formally welcomed the latest addition to the local maritime community, insurer Nordisk Defence Club, at a special reception held earlier this week in Singapore - the same night that shipbroker Barber was celebrating its setting up in the Republic.

Egil Andre Berglund, md of Nordisk Defence Club, has kicked off proceeedings by pointing out that Singapore was an "obvious choice" of location for the Norwegian-based company's first ever overseas branch because of the strong and longstanding links between the tw companies. Some 100 Scandinavian maritime companies were now represented in Singapore, he said, a number that had "increased rapidly in he last two years."

"Right now many other maritime service providers are wantng to set up here," observed Ong of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. He cited North of England P&I Club, the Norwegian Hull Club and Baltic Exchange as most recent arrivals.

Singapore is catering for its growing maritime community by organising a number of important events this yera, he added, including the forthcoming International Congress of Maritime Arbitration this month and Sea Asia on April 2-4.

Meanwhile, across town Braemar was marking the opening of its Singapore office the same night - just a couple of weeks after fellow broker Fearnleys set up in the Republic.  [09/02/07]

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