Founded in 1985, the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) promotes and protects the interests of its Members, who are shipowners and operators, ship managers, ship agents and shipbrokers. SSA also thrives to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore as an international maritime center. It was an amalgamation of five previous shipping associations, namely The Singapore National Shipowners' Association; The Singapore Shipping Association; The Shipping Agents' and Brokers' Association of Singapore; The Singapore Barges and Tugs Association; and the Singapore Shipowners' Association.
The SSA Executive Development Program (previously known as SSA Vocational Training Program) was set up in 1991 to implement training programs for the benefit of SSA member companies and the Singapore shipping industry at large. SSA aims to promote and inculcate lifelong learning in the maritime community by providing highly relevant training courses for shore-based staff to be equipped with the pertinent skill-set for their jobs, whilst upgrading the professional skills and standard of the industry as a whole. Twelve long and short part time vocational courses are currently conducted by full time professionals from the shipping industry. The courses are very well supported by the shipping companies.
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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative.
The port of Singapore comprises a number of facilities and terminals that handle a wide range of cargo transported in different forms, including containers as well as conventional and bulk cargo. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is responsible for the overall development and growth of the port of Singapore, which includes terminal operators, such as PSA Corporation and Jurong Port Pte Ltd.
Maritime Singapore is a thriving ecosystem of maritime and port services, where the international maritime community congregates, and where ideas and opportunities abound. Singapore’s maritime ecosystem comprises over 5,000 companies employing from more than 150,000 people, and contributing about seven per cent to the Republic’s gross domestic product.
Home to a variety of more than 100 international shipping groups, a rich diversity of maritime products and services can be found in Singapore. It is the ideal Asian gateway for global leaders in shipping finance, shipbroking, risk management and marine insurance. Singapore is also fast becoming Asia’s hub for maritime law and arbitration and is top global player in the offshore and marine engineering industry.
It is also the choice venue for the headquarters and representative offices of international maritime organizations and associations such as the Baltic Exchange, Asian Shipowner’s Forum, International Bunker Industry Association, International Association of Independent Tanker Owners and Baltic and International Maritime Council.