10 Apr 2019
$8.88 million funding to train and upskill seafarers under specialised courses More than 30 seafaring cadets graduated from various Certificate of Competency (Special Limit) Programmes this year
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and partner companies, has pledged a total $8.88 million to extend funding for the Certificate of Competency (CoC) Class 5 (Special Limit) programmes until 2021.
The extension of the funding was announced today, at the 6th graduation ceremony for CoC (Special Limit) programmes, graced by Ms Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA.
The CoC (Special Limit) programmes train Singaporeans to become navigation or engineering officers who serve on board ships operating in the immediate region. (Please refer to Annex A for the map on "Special Limit"). As these jobs involve shorter voyages, officers can spend more time with their families.
This year, the ceremony saw 17 Chief Mates and 14 Marine Engineers graduate from the CoC Class 5 (Special Limit) programme. Additionally, six graduated from the CoC Class 4 (Special Limit) Masters programme. To-date, more than 250 Chief Mates and Marine Engineers have graduated from this programme.
Ms Quah said, “The maritime industry is transforming, and having a skilled workforce is key to keeping the maritime industry competitive. We are pleased to continue our partnerships with e2i and participating maritime companies to support the CoC (Special Limit) programmes. With the extended funding, we hope to attract more talent, especially Singaporeans, into the maritime industry.”
Nurturing a new generation of maritime talent
The $8.88 million funding will go towards grooming and training 90 Chief Mates and 90 Marine Engineers. Recognising the importance of creating more pathways for Singaporeans to enter and progress within the maritime industry, both the Chief Mate and Marine Engineer programmes will prepare and equip trainees with the necessary competencies to perform ship-handling duties, with the opportunity of securing employment even before their training commences.
When asked about his experience in the programme, Mr Lim Shi Xiang, one of the graduates, said, “The CoC Class 5 (Special Limit) Marine Engineering course helped me live out my passion for the seas. The course was effective in facilitating my learning and it also gave me practical experience in the field.”
Enhancing upskill opportunities
The CoC Class 4 (Special Limit) Master and Chief Engineer programmes will also receive extended funding until 2020. This is to support the current pool of Chief Mates and Marine Engineers as they improve on their competencies to become Qualified Masters and Chief Engineers in the future. An LNG Bunkering Course (Management and Operational Level) will also be added to their training syllabus.
Mr Muhammad Syafiq bin Abdul Rauf was an officer who graduated from the CoC Class 4 (Special Limit) Masters programme. He said, “It has always been my dream to become the Captain of a ship, and this programme provided me with the opportunity to do so. I encourage all the Class 5 graduates to take this up in the future to upskill themselves and progress in their careers.”
Supporting the needs of seafaring cadets
To keep up with the thriving maritime industry, there will be additional specialisation courses to provide them with the relevant skillsets in the area of their choice. Courses on Advanced Liquefied Gas Tanker Safety, LNG Bunkering, Passenger Ship Safety and Crowd Management will be supplemented, meeting the requirements set by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
Annex A – Map on Special Limit Voyage Limits
Annex B – Career progression roadmap