Singapore Port


The office should pay a lot less. There is a lot of value to being home every night. The office usually has much better benefits and status too?

It’s a trade off. Which is better depends upon the person and his stage of life. Sometimes the office is better. Sometimes going to sea is better. It’s good if one can do both as it best suits his needs.


sure but do those skilled mariners end up in the office to support all those guys still at sea?
No some 2nd mate flunky enjoys his position of power over all the captains and that explains the industry.


Another oil storage tank went up in flames in Singapore yesterday:

More details from CNA:


The biggest is yet to come…


Singapore is cracking down even harder on the cheaters in the bunkering industry:


Singapore aim to become a regional gateway for LNG traders:


Another collision in Singapore waters:

But maybe this new development will reduce the risk??:


From Fairplay today:


The saga of OW Bunker bankruptcy may be coming to an end:


Singapore is moving up a notch to ensure safety of shipping in the port and Singapore Strait:


Thome has won a MPA Award for their innovative “Operations Hub”:

Thome is one of the oldest Ship Management companies operating in Singapore, with a history that goes back to the 1960’s:

Thome is now one of the leading ship managers and with an impeccable safety record:

I sailed on ships managed by Thome & Co. from 1967 - 1970.


Singapore retain top position as shipping hub, with Hong Kong now in second place:

NOTE: 6 of the top 10 are now in Asia. Three are in Europe, but only New York reach up in the Americas. (No.8)


Thome Group has reached the respectable age of 55:
I served on ships managed by Thome from 1967 - 70.


PSA is testing Automated Quay Cranes (AQC) at Pasir Panjjang terminal:

The new Tuas mega port will be equipped with such cranes and autonomous guided vehicles when operational in a couple of years.


its good thing the population is dropping, thats good planning


Hong Kong is fighting back against the loss of top spot as a Shipping Hub:
They have overtaken London again at this year’s list.


Singapore is trying to recruit more young Singaporeans to join a seagoing profession by emphasising the possibility it opens up for shore based career when they are ready to leave the sea:

For Singapore to succeed as a Maritime hub they need people with seafaring background and would prefer a national stock, not just imported “foreign talents” from around the world to fill the posts.


Seems like the wrong approach, like, hey kids, “this is just a step toward something better ashore so you don’t have to worry about having to suffer a long painful career as a mariner.”
Isn’t that how the US Navy ended up with less than competent ticket punchers on the bridge?
Has finding youngsters eager for a life at sea become such a problem in the US only or is it a universal problem? There used to be romance and adventure associated with it for a young man but that’s long gone and not coming back.


If you want to “see the world”, buy a cheap airline ticket and you can be just about anywhere in the world in 24 hrs. or less.

What is the romance and adventure in spending months on a VLCC loading at an SPM miles from shores somewhere in AG, slow steaming around Cape and discharging at the LOOP?
What do you see? You see the sea!!
If there is an opportunity to go ashore, there may be restrictions put in place for fear of foreigners.

The reason for people going to sea today is to get experience and knowledge that is attractive for a good shore based position in the shipping industry. That is the reality, at least for career conscious Singaporeans and most others from rich countries with lots of other opportunities.

Some may stay long enough to reach Master/Ch.Eng. status, but the majority find a partner and want to go ashore before they get to that level. In a thriving shipping hub like Singapore there are plenty of opportunities for people with maritime background at lower levels.

To try to trick people into taking up a seagoing career based on some false notions of adventures and romance is not going to work. It will only last one or two trips, until they realise there is no such thing. Those days are over and we may be the last to have experienced it. (At least some of us)


Pretty rare to bump into a Singaporean mariner these days.
You are better off being in the army, retire at 40 and become CEO of SMRT