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Singapore launches maritime journal focused on talent and technology

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SINGAPORE : Attracting talent to the maritime industries is not a new issue and with technology now becoming an integral part of the sector it is becoming all the more critical.

With this in mind the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAMES) in Singapore, and the Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI) have come together to publish the Singapore Journal of Maritime Talent and Technology (SJMTT).

The journal was officially launched on Friday at the SNI Annual Dinner & Dance by Guest of Honour Baey Yam Keng, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Sustainability & the Environment and Ministry of Transport.

Speaking at the launch of the journal, Prof Alex Siow, Chairman of the Board of Advisors of SMJTT highlighted the impact information and communications technology (ICT) on the industry on the maritime sector.

“ICT has helped the industry to modernise as well as to increase productivity and competitiveness. In fact, many companies in the maritime industry have also taken the opportunity to undertake digital transformation,” he said.

While this has made the industry attractive to a younger generation of workers who are tech savvy, older workers should not feel left behind and companies were investing in training and skills upgrading.

“As the maritime industry is the major contributor to the GDP of many countries, it is important that the industry continues to evolve and transform. In publishing this journal, it is our hope that we light a spark to invigorate the maritime sector and announce to the society at large of the numerous new opportunities available for talents that wish to make a career in the maritime industry,” Prof Siow said.

The journal is the first initiative under a Memorandum of Cooperation between SNI and SNAMES signed in February this year by Capt. Frederick Francis, President of SNI, and Lee Ee Win, then President of SNAMES.

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