Companies hope to attract Singapore students to careers in maritime industry

SINGAPORE – Young talent sought. That was the call from five major shipping companies here at lunchtime on Thursday (August 4) to Singapore Polytechnic (SP) students.

For approximately 10 to 20 minutes each, pitches highlighting opportunities in a sector often considered niche and less attractive were given to students by representatives of PSA Corporation, Jurong Port, AP Moller-Maersk, Pacific International Lines ( PIL) and Ocean Network Express.

They are among more than 30 companies that will take part in a traveling exhibition commemorating 50 years since Singapore received its first shipping containers at Tanjong Pagar Terminal – the first container terminal in Southeast Asia.

Business talks will also be held at ITE College Central, Singapore Management University, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University as part of the exhibition.

Over the next two months, stands will be set up in schools to allow students to interact with the various shipping companies.

There will also be three shipping containers on display at the exhibition, with exhibits that trace the history of Singapore’s shipping industry.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition on Thursday, Transport Minister S. Iswaran drew a parallel between the decision to build the Tanjong Pagar terminal in 1966, before container ships sailed the area, and the construction of the port of Tuas today.

Opened in stages, the Port of Tuas will be the largest automated port in the world when completed in 2040, with an annual handling capacity of 65 million 20-foot-equivalent cargo units.

“We need to have the courage and the adaptability to embrace change and invest for the future,” Mr. Iswaran said, noting that digitalization and decarbonization are gaining momentum globally.

He cited opportunities in new areas such as green finance and carbon accounting, as well as demand for new careers in software engineering, supply chain management and data analytics.

“Even as we aim for the next stage of growth, we want our young people to join us with their energy, creativity, knowledge and passion to take us to the next level,” added the Minister.

PIL’s Managing Director of Operations and Procurement, Abhishek Chawla, said events like Thursday’s are important for companies like his to engage with students face-to-face and make shipping and shipping more relevant to them.

“We are here not only to educate people from marine backgrounds, but also for the general polytechnic population in general,” he added.

Jurong Port Chief Strategy Officer Desmond Lim said the expo is a chance to show students that the ports here have a lot more to offer, especially in terms of careers in logistics services and supply chain solutions. ‘supply.

There is also fierce competition for digital talent, which the maritime sector needs as it goes through its next phase of transformation, Lim said. He added that businesses need to start with schools in order to change perceptions about the industry.