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MPA, partners form Alliance for Future Maritime Talent

The alliance aims to equip the maritime workforce with new skills as the industry transforms. 

To equip the maritime workforce with new skills amidst the industry’s transformation, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has formed the  Alliance for Future Maritime Talent (AFMT).

The AFMT was formed with the help of the Singapore Maritime Foundation, Pacific Carriers Limited, Pacific International Lines and the American Bureau of Shipping.

According to the MPA, the goal of the new alliance is to put Singapore in a favourable position in the face of global competition for maritime talent.

“The AFMT will work closely with industry and unions to implement and review the adoption of emerging future maritime skills in the sector, including key seafaring and shore-based maritime skills, as well as skills needed to enable a more effective sea-to-shore transition of seafarers,” said the MPA. 

To support the alliance in engaging the stakeholders and gathering industry feedback, the MPA said it is also setting up a Tripartite Advisory Panel (TAP).

“The TAP will consult unions and industry leaders to identify emerging and future skills, as well as relevant competencies for the maritime industry,” the MPA said.

Singapore Maritime Foundation Chairman and CEO of Pacific Carriers Limited, Hor Weng Yew, and Shell’s General Manager of Shipping and Maritime for Asia, Pacific and the Middle East, Nick Potter, will co-chair the TAP. 

“The AFMT and TAP will enhance existing efforts to build a sustained manpower pipeline and raise the capabilities of maritime talent, ensuring that Maritime Singapore remains reliable, resilient, and ready for the future,” the MPA said.

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