The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) was incepted on 27 January 2004, to embrace and support the government’s objective of promoting Singapore as an international maritime centre.

As a private sector-led organisation, SMF provides the industry with a clear and representative voice. We also benefit from strong industry support, which has enabled us to tap directly into the community for new ideas and initiatives that benefit the maritime fraternity in Singapore. Our maritime partners cover the entire spectrum of the industry, including the marine, shipping, port and ancillary services sectors.

As the link-bridge between government and the players in the private sector of the maritime industry, SMF works in sync with our partners to initiate ideas and drive proposals to boost the sector’s development and grow the Singapore economy in the long run. Some of the key milestone initiatives include the iconic-maritime show, Sea Asia, a mega-maritime show that projects the voice of Asia, the MaritimeONE scholarships amongst others.

On the international front, we partnered Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) to fly the Singapore flag at the international maritime shows, namely Posidonia in Greece and Norshipping in Norway.

Objectives of SMF

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The Centre for Maritime Studies (CMS) is a National University of Singapore (NUS) university-level research centre which undertakes research in areas of relevance and strategic importance to the maritime industry in Singapore and the region. The Centre is supported by sponsorship from the Singapore maritime community and co-funded by NUS.

The Centre's Patron is Senior Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong and its Chairman is Tan Sri Frank Tsao, Founder and Senior Chairman, IMC Group.

The research programme at CMS is led by a number of research track leaders drawn from several faculties and schools in NUS who, together with the CMS research staff, form a coherent research team which aims to understand and serve the needs of the maritime industry.

CMS works closely with the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and other key players such as the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF), as well as with leading industry partners. The Centre’s aim is to be a leading international centre for maritime research and in this way contribute to the drive to make Singapore an international maritime centre.

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