Record 34 undergraduates receive the MPA Global Internship Award 2016

12 May 2016

Press Release

Singapore, 12 May 2016 | For Immediate Release

Record 34 undergraduates receive the MPA Global Internship Award 2016

Recipients from new disciplines, such as computing and engineering, add on to the MPA
GIA talent pool for a global experience in a diverse maritime industry

        34 undergraduates received the MPA Global Internship Awards (GIA) from Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), at the award ceremony this evening. Launched in 2013, the MPA GIA programme presents undergraduates from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore Management University (SMU) with opportunities to gain insights into the diverse and global nature of the maritime industry. Recipients will experience internships with 23 companies from diverse maritime sectors, including shipping, offshore, broking, finance, insurance and legal.

2     This year, MPA received a record of over 250 applications for the MPA GIA. This is double the number of applications received last year. A rigorous selection process identified 34 recipients from both maritime disciplines and non-maritime-related disciplines, such as engineering, computing and law.

3     Said Ms Marilyn Tor, the first female mechanical engineering recipient of the MPA GIA, “I am looking forward to my internship with BP Singapore, where I will be working on a project on the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) business. I will also have the opportunity to spend 4 weeks in the UK as part of the internship and I am sure the MPA GIA experience will open doors to the maritime sector for me in the future.”

4     Mr Taufiq Bin Azahari, a Maritime Studies student at Nanyang Technological University who will be interning at Teekay Navion Offshore Loading Pte Ltd, shared, “The maritime industry is a very diverse sector with many career opportunities. The internship with Teekay under the GIA programme will provide me with the opportunity to apply what I have learnt to the job and readies me for a career in the maritime sector upon graduation.”

5     Under the MPA GIA programme, students will undergo a 10-week internship programme that includes overseas stint of up to four weeks covering Australasia, Europe, India, the Middle East and South America. To date, a total of 88 students have benefitted from the MPA GIA programme since its launch.

6     Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive, MPA said,. “I am very much encouraged that despite the current shipping downturn, we had double the number of applicants and a bumper 34 awardees this year. This is testament to the growing awareness of the diverse opportunities that the maritime sector has to offer to students from non-maritime disciplines. It also demonstrates the commitment on the part of maritime companies in Singapore in investing in their pipeline of future talents. We look forward to the contribution of these young talents in shaping Singapore’s future as a leading international maritime centre.”

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List of participating companies for MPA GIA 2016

S/N  Sectors  Companies 
1 Shipping  Asiatic Lloyd Maritime LLP 
2 Aurora Tankers Management Pte Ltd 
3 BP Singapore Pte Ltd 
4 Gazprom Marketing & Trading Singapore Pte Ltd 
5 Grindrod Shipping Pte Ltd 
6 J. Lauritzen Singapore Pte Ltd 
7 Norden Shipping (Singapore) Pte Ltd 
8 Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd 
9 Tokyo Marine Asia Pte Ltd 
10 Western Bulk Pte Ltd 
11 Ship Management  Rickmers Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte Ltd 
12 Shipbroking  Braemar ACM Shipbroking Pte Ltd 
13 Gibson Brokers Pte Ltd 
14 Howe Robinson Shipbrokers Singapore Pte Ltd 
15 Ship Finance  DNB Asia Ltd 
16 HSH Nordbank AG 
17 Marine Insurance  Gard (Singapore) Pte Ltd 
18 The Standard Club Asia Ltd 
19 The Shipowners’ Mutual Protection And Indemnity Association (Luxembourg) (Singapore Branch) 
20 Offshore  Farstad Shipping Pte Ltd 
21 Miclyn Express Offshore 
22 Pacific Radiance Ltd 
23 Teekay Navion Offshore Loading Pte Ltd