Singapore Maritime Foundation

One Career, Many Opportunities

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.

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Steering Towards An Exciting Voyage Ahead

Attracted by the opportunity to work in a dynamic sector that offers a myriad of exciting career opportunities, two MaritimeONE scholars overcame stereotypes and devoted themselves to become experts in their own fields.

by Wendy Ng

Trade and shipping were the twin pillars upon which Singapore's humble beginnings were built.

Being a strategically located entrepôt helped to turn Singapore from a sleepy town into a bustling centre by the 19th century.

Currently, Singapore is home to one of the busiest ports in the world and the maritime industry contributes about 7 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Making the acquaintance

TORM-MaritimeONE scholar, Sandar Koh, did not know what to expect when she signed up for the Maritime Studies degree course in Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

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