UK flag is looking to Singapore for inspiration and guidance as they leave the EU:
In 1971 Britsh armed forces pulled out of Singapore and left their former colony with hardly any maritime industry and expertise.
Now UK is pulling out of EU and have to “go it alone” as Singapore had to do 50 years ago. At least they have a proud maritime background to draw on, while Singapore had none, except a will and determination to succeed.
At that time Singapore Ship Registry had only a few ships under it’s flag and very few licensed Officers and Engineers. Local owners used mostly Panama flag.
I joined my first Singapore flag ship in 1970 as Ch.Officer and became Master in 1971.
At one stage I was the only one on board that held a license equal to my position. Everybody else was on dispensation.
Today Singapore has one of the largest fleets in the world under it’s flag and are the leading Maritime Hub in the world. Not bad when you look at it.