THE MARITIME INDUSTRY
1. What does the maritime industry refer to?

The maritime industry consists of various sectors employing maritime professionals of varying educational background and skills sets. Examples of maritime employer profiles include:

 

      • Ship owners and operators

      • Ship agencies

      • Ship broking / chartering services

      • Ship management services

      • Port operations

      • Ship bunkering

      • Maritime legal services

      • Marine insurance, reinsurance and Protection & Indemnity

      • Ship financing

      • Offshore, shipbuilding and repair services

 

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2. Is the maritime industry about ships only?

While ships are an important part of the industry, the maritime industry consists of many other sectors which provide services to the ship owners and operators. Examples of commercial services include:

 

      • Maritime legal services

      • Marine insurance, reinsurance and Protection & Indemnity

      • Ship financing

 

In addition, Singapore commands about 70% share of the world's jack-up rig-building market and 70% of the global floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) platforms market.

 

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3. What is so interesting about the maritime industry?

There are many career opportunities available in the maritime industry and it is possible to build a life-long career as there is room to move across different sectors. The experience gained in one sector typically also helps should one decide on a mid-career switch within the maritime industry. There are also many examples of maritime professionals who joined the industry mid-way from a non-related field.

 

if you would like to know more about how you could possibly find your place in the maritime industry.

 

4. Who can I contact if I have further queries about the maritime industry?

You are welcome to send us your queries and we will get back to you within 3 working days.

 

 

 

 

MARITIME EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIPS
1. I am thinking of studying something maritime-related. What are my options?

There are various maritime courses available in Singapore at the ITE, polytechnic and university level. Click for more information on maritime education options in Singapore.

 

2. If I were to study something maritime-related, would my career options be very limited?

There are various maritime programmes (eg. in the business, economics or engineering disciplines) which could lead to a variety of vocations in the maritime industry. The course provider would be able to advise you on the various career options after graduation.

 

It is also possible to build a life-long career in the maritime industry as there is room to move across different sectors, since the experience gained in one sector typically comes in advantageous should one decide on a mid-career switch within the maritime industry.

 

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You are also welcome to send us your queries and we will get back to you within 3 working days.

 

3. Are there any maritime scholarships available?

There are various scholarships sponsored by maritime organisations tenable for courses in Singapore, at the ITE, polytechnic and university levels. Click for more information on maritime scholarships.

 

4. I would like to know when applications open for maritime scholarships. What can I do to be kept     informed?

You may register for a User Account with the Maritime Careers Portal here and we will email you before the application for maritime scholarships commences.

 

 

 

 

MARITIME CAREERS
1. Must I study a maritime-related course to work in the maritime industry?

While those with maritime-related academic qualifications would likely have an advantage in seeking maritime positions, there are vocations where functional skills are required and it would serve as a good entry point to the maritime industry. The necessary knowledge about the maritime industry could be picked up along the way through short or part-time courses.

 

For more information on maritime courses and availability of co-funding support by MPA, click .

 

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2. Must I possess seafaring experience to be in the maritime industry?

No, you need not sail onboard ships to work in the maritime industry. The industry consists of many other sectors which provide commercial services that require other functional skills. These include:

 

      • Ship chartering

      • Ship broking

      • Maritime legal services

      • Marine insurance, reinsurance and Protection & Indemnity

      • Ship financing

 

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3. If I were to choose a career in seafaring, does it mean that I will have to be away from my family for long     periods of time?

The duration of voyages on board ships vary, depending on the company’s operations and the contract agreed upon between the officer and the company prior to each voyage. While each voyage could be for a few months, the officer also has the option to spend time at home with his loved ones until he/she is ready to sign on for another voyage, thus giving the flexibility for work-life balance.

 

Officers who have gained the necessary professional qualifications, and decide to stop sailing after some years, are also able to seek a variety of shore-based management positions within the maritime industry in light of their seafaring experience.

 

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4. The job that I am interested in is currently not listed on the Portal. Is there anything I can do to be kept     informed of future opportunities?

You could register for a User Account with the Maritime Careers Portal here. This would allow you to deposit your resume, and indicate your preferred choice of sector for employment. Maritime companies registered with the Maritime Careers Portal would have access to the Portal’s resume database pool, and they would contact prospective candidates directly for further discussion.

 

 

 

 

MARITIME CAREERS PORTAL

1. I am a student. What kind of information would I find useful on this Portal?

The Portal seeks to be a one-stop resource for anyone interested in learning more about the maritime industry, which include maritime education, scholarship and career opportunities.

 

As a student, you may find the following pages of interest to you:

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You may also register for a User Account with the Maritime Careers Portal here. This would allow us to contact you regarding upcoming events with opportunities to learn more about maritime education and scholarships.

 

You may also choose to deposit your resume, and indicate your preferred choice of (maritime) sector for student attachment or employment opportunities if you are about to graduate. Maritime companies registered with the Maritime Careers Portal would have access to the Portal’s resume database pool, and they would contact prospective candidates directly for further discussion.

 

2. I am already working in the maritime industry. What kind of information would I find useful on this     Portal?

The Portal seeks to be a one-stop resource for anyone interested in learning more about the maritime industry, which include maritime training and career opportunities.

 

As a maritime professional, you may find the following pages of interest to you:

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You may also register for a User Account with the Maritime Careers Portal here. This will allow you to deposit your resume, and indicate your preferred choice of (maritime) sector for employment. Maritime companies registered with the Maritime Careers Portal would have access to the Portal’s resume database pool, and they would contact prospective candidates directly for further discussion.

 

3. What does the Maritime Careers Portal seek to do?

The Maritime Careers Portal seeks to be a one-stop resource for anyone interested in learning more about the maritime industry, which include maritime education, scholarship, training and career opportunities.

 

This is important in order to attract more people to the maritime industry as Singapore builds its position as a leading International Maritime Centre and a premier global hub port. The availability of a wide variety of maritime vocations is thus expected to grow, giving rise to expanding opportunities for a career in maritime, as well as the demand for well-trained and competent maritime professionals.

 

4. Who runs the Maritime Careers Portal?

The Portal is managed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), under the MaritimeONE initiative.

Launched in April 2007 by MPA, the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), the Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI), and the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), MaritimeONE (Maritime Outreach Network) is a key platform for all maritime stakeholders to synergise efforts to raise awareness of the maritime industry among students and their influence groups, and to interest them in maritime education and careers via various outreach initiatives.

 

Besides the Maritime Careers Portal, MaritimeONE uses various channels such as industry-student networking events, career fairs and talks in schools, and the MaritimeONE scholarship programme to raise awareness of the industry and grow the pool of available young talent.

 

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The employer account would grant you access to a database of resumés from users who had indicated interest in maritime-related positions. You can filter these resumes according to your requirements and contact individuals directly for further discussion about suitable opportunities in your organisation. This service is provided without charge for maritime employers in Singapore.