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Singapore awards record number of maritime scholarships under two schemes

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The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) is seeing a record number of scholarships awarded this year under two different schemes.

The 60 scholarships comprise 46 under MaritimeONE, the highest number since the scheme started, and 14 Tripartite Maritime Scholarships (TMSS) have been awarded to students this year.

The MaritimeONE scholarships are valued at SGD1.1m, while TMSS scholarships are worth about SGD1m.

Forty-two of the MaritimeONE Scholarships were awarded to students pursuing maritime-related courses, with a further four were awarded to students pursuing non-maritime courses, in computer science, data science and analytics, and business analytics.

A new common funding category was created this year to pool funds for bursaries and scholarships under MaritimeONE. Companies that contributed to common funding were Maersk Singapore, Singapore Shipping Corporation, Trust Energy Resources, and Westfal-Larsen Shipping.

The 14 TMSS scholarships are aiming producing future ship Captains and Chief Engineers.

TMSS is sponsored by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), the Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS), and corporate sponsors including - Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (Singapore), Fleet Ship Management, Hafnia, NYK Shipmanagement, PACC Ship Managers, Pacific International Lines, POSH Fleet Services, and Swire Pacific Offshore Operations.

“The record number of MaritimeONE Scholarships and TMSS scholarships reflects the cohesiveness of the industry to train maritime talent. I thank all sponsor companies and unions for their commitment to nurturing young talent for the industry,” said Andreas Sohmen-Pao, Chairman of SMF.

“I am also encouraged to see more scholarships awarded this year to students with a passion for technology. The industry is increasingly tapping into data science, artificial intelligence and machine learning to increase operational efficiency. I am confident our scholars will find the industry to be interesting and challenging.”

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