Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, Singapore commands an enormous presence in the global maritime industry. In terms of shipping tonnage, her port is one of the world’s busiest. We speak to two maritime scholars to learn how the maritime industry has opened doors to enriching opportunities and exciting career prospects.
By Yvette Tan
Many marvel at the phenomenal growth and progress that Singapore has achieved, from a humble fishing village to the cosmopolitan city it is today. Yet they tend to overlook the pillars on which our success was built upon.
Singapore’s growth and development from an entrepôt to its current prominence as an International Maritime Centre did not happen by chance.
“Since young, we were taught that shipping plays a vital role in world trade, with more than 90 percent of the world's trade being carried by ships. The maritime industry has contributed significantly to Singapore’s economic success and she would not have become the country she is today without it. I knew then that I could not go wrong with a career in the maritime industry,” 26-year-old Melody Cheng elucidates, explaining why she decided to take up a maritime scholarship.