WELCOME ADDRESS BY MR LAM YI YOUNG, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE AT THE 7TH BIENNIAL INCENTIVE AWARD FOR HARBOUR PILOTS, ON TUESDAY, 5 APRIL 2011 AT 12.00 PM, FURAMA RIVERFRONT HOTEL

05 April 2011

Managing Director of PSA Marine, Mr Sivarajan,
Pilotage Committee Members, Ladies and Gentlemen

Good afternoon to all of you. It gives me great pleasure to be here at the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's (MPA), 7th Biennial Incentive Award, or BIA, for Harbour Pilots.

This award was first introduced in 1998 with the aim of rewarding exemplary harbour pilots for their safety consciousness and efficient performance. The BIA also aims to improve the overall level of pilotage service to enhance the safety of navigation within our port waters. Harbour pilots are seen as "Ambassadors of the Port of Singapore" as they are first to board ships upon their arrival in Singapore. Hence, in addition to their pilotage responsibilities, harbour pilots also have to project a professional image that is representative of a premier global hub port and an international maritime centre.

Since the introduction of the BIA, the number of pilotage incidents has decreased from 21 incidents in 1998 to 6 incidents in 2010. This reduction has been possible because of the continual joint effort by MPA and PSA Marine Pte Ltd through various initiatives to actively promote safety awareness and a high level of professionalism among harbour pilots. The various measures include using the ship-handling simulator to train and assess harbour pilots, enhancing the pilot-shipmaster information exchange onboard ships and the prompt updating and reviewing of pilotage operational guidelines. These programmes ensure our harbour pilots are equipped with the technical expertise and service standards to meet the increasing demand of our port users.

I would like to congratulate the five recipients of this year's award for their excellent performance. They are leading examples of operational harbour pilots who demonstrate professionalism, expertise, safety awareness and shipmaster satisfaction. Thank you for your efforts and it gives me great pleasure now to present you with the award.

I hope you have an enjoyable afternoon.