Mr Chee Hong Tat was appointed Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Transport on 27 July 2020. He was re-elected as a Member of Parliament for the Bishan-Toa Payoh Group Representation Constituency (GRC) in the 2020 General Elections. During his first term in politics, he had served as Senior Minister of State in Health, Communications & Information, Education and Trade & Industry.
Mr Chee joined the Civil Service in 1998 and worked at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Education. He was appointed Principal Private Secretary to then Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew in 2008. Following that, Mr Chee became Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority in 2011, and was appointed Second Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in 2014.
Mr Chee graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science (Highest Honours) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Highest Honours) in Economics. He obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Adelaide University in 2006.
Mr Chee was born in 1973 and is married with four children.
Dr. Heike Deggim graduated from Rostock University in Germany in 1983 with a master’s degree in marine engineering, followed by a PhD. Having worked in the naval shipbuilding industry and later in various positions in the German Maritime Administration, she joined the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1993. She was in charge of several of IMO’s technical sub-committees over the years, before she became Head of the Marine Technology Section in 2010 and in 2013 was appointed Senior Deputy Director in the Marine Environment Division, dealing with all matters related to MARPOL, including air pollution, energy efficiency, GHG emissions, evaluation of hazardous chemicals, ballast water management and ship recycling.
In January 2018 she was promoted to the post of Director of the Maritime Safety Division and in that function is also acting as Secretary of the Maritime Safety Committee, IMO's senior technical body for ship safety related matters. The Maritime Safety Division deals with all matters related to operational ship safety and the human element; marine technology and cargoes; and maritime security and facilitation of maritime traffic.
Mr. Ishak Ismail is currently Regional Director (Asia) for BAE Systems Hägglunds since February 2017. His previous experiences were with CWT Limited as CEO Defence Services and with ST Electronics (e-Services) Pte Ltd as Senior Vice-President/General Manager.
Ishak retired from the Singapore Armed Forces(SAF) in 2011 in the rank of Brigadier-General after serving more than 29 years. He held various senior appointments and contributed significantly in training transformation for the SAF and in developing leaders.
Ishak serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for the Maritime & Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore since Apr 2012 and the National University Health System (NUHS) from Apr 2020. He also sits in various Councils and Panels: Chairman of Families for Life Council from Feb 2020, member of MINDEF Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defence (ACCORD) Main Council since 2018 and ACCORD Council for Family & Community Engagement since 2014 and member of the External Review Panel for SAF Safety since 2013.
Ishak holds an MBA and a Bachelors of Arts (Economics and Sociology) from the National University of Singapore. He also attained a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Organisational Development from the Civil Service College in conjunction with MIT.
In 2008, he received the Public Administration Medal Silver (Military) for his significant contributions to the armed forces.
Dr. Cao Desheng was born in April, 1963. He holds a PhD in Transport Planning and Management from Dalian Maritime University, where he is also a professor in Transport Engineering.
Dr. Cao started his career as a mariner in 1981, and eventually became chief engineer. He then served successively as Deputy Director of Safety Management of China Maritime Safety Administration (CHINA MSA), Deputy Director General of Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration, Deputy Director General of Water Transport Bureau of the Ministry of Transport of China, and deputy Director General of CHINA MSA.
Dr. Cao has worked as Director General of China Transport Telecommunications & Information Center since September, 2012. In December, 2018, he was appointed as the Director General of CHINA MSA.
Mr. Yang Xinzhai was born in November, 1962. He holds bachelor’s degree from Dalian Maritime University and Master of Science degree from World Maritime University.
Mr. Yang started his career as a mariner in 1983 and finally served as first officer. He then served successively as director of ship supervision and management division, director of ship survey division, assistant director general of Zhejiang Maritime Safety Administration, and deputy director general of Tianjin Maritime Safety Administration.
In March, 2017, he was appointed as the deputy director general of CHINA MSA.
Mr. Esben Poulsson is Executive Chairman of ENESEL PTE. LTD., a Singapore based ship owning entity, of a fleet of large container vessels all under the Singapore Flag. He has worked in the maritime industry for over 45 years and has held a variety of senior management positions in Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen and Singapore.
He is a Non-Executive Director of X-Press Feeders Ltd., Singapore, Nordic Shipholding A/S, Copenhagen, Batchfire Resources Pty. Ltd., Brisbane, Epic Gas Ltd., Singapore and of Finnlines PLc., Helsinki. He is also non-executive Chairman of Cambiaso Risso Asia Pte. Ltd., Singapore and of Tamar Shipmanagement Ltd., Hong Kong, and serves on the Board of the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
He is Chairman of the London-based International Chamber of Shipping and immediate past President (2019) of the Singapore Shipping Association. He is an Advisory Panel member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.
Jillian commenced her career in the Canadian Coast Guard, graduating from the Canadian Coast Guard College as a navigation officer. With over three decades in the industry, Jillian has worked both afloat and ashore in the CCG, including 10 years as an instructor at the CCGC. Following an active role at IALA in the development of VTS Training, she moved to France to work with IALA as Technical Coordination Manager. She then moved to Australia to work with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as Manager of Vessel Traffic and Pilotage Services.
In 2016 Jillian left AMSA to set up her own consultancy, focusing on maritime technical advice and education. In May 2020 Jillian was appointed a Director of GlobalMET. Jillian represents The Nautical Institute at IALA as chair of the Emerging Digital Technologies Working Group (ENAV Committee) and the Personnel and Training Working Group (VTS Committee).
Capt. Yves Vandenborn is a master mariner and sailed with Exmar Nv. Belgium on chemical / product, LNG and LPG tankers. Since coming ashore in 2003, Yves has worked as a marine superintendent for a tanker owner and as an independent marine surveyor undertaking numerous P&I condition surveys, oil major SIRE pre-vettings, TMSA audits, pre-purchase surveys, bulk carrier hatch cover ultra-sonic tests, etc.
Yves joined Charles Taylor in February 2010 as an in-house marine surveyor for the Singapore office of The Standard Club. In July 2013 he took over as Director of Loss Prevention for The Standard Club. As the director he is responsible for the risk assessment programme for the club’s membership worldwide. He is further responsible for the club’s loss prevention initiatives, publications and technical advice to the membership, as well as to the underwriting and claims departments.
Yves joined the Nautical Institute’s Singapore branch committee in 2015 and became the Hon. President of the branch in Jan 2020. He was appointed as a Fellow of The Nautical Institute in 2019.
In both capacities, Yves works closely with local maritime industry for the improvement of seafarer standards, safety and wellbeing (physical, mental and social). He regularly speaks at shipping industry events across the world on topics such as seafarer wellbeing, misdeclared container cargoes, vehicle car carrier fires and navigation related incidents.
Mr. Rene Piil Pedersen is Managing Director of A.P. Moller Singapore Pte Ltd (Maersk), which is the owner of around 125 container vessels registered in Singapore representing investments of more than 5 billion USD. Furthermore, Rene Piil Pedersen is responsible for Marine Relations globally. In these capacities he has been based in Singapore since the beginning of 2012.
Rene Piil Pedersen is Vice President of Singapore Shipping Association and Council Member of Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF). Furthermore, he is serving on the boards of various Maersk companies with activities in shipowning, global and regional shipping liner services, crewing & training as well as energy & offshore. He has also served and contributed to various Singapore Government Committees and Working Groups, including the Committee of the Future Economy (Sub-Committee on Connectivity) and the Singapore Customs Advisory Council.
Rene Piil Pedersen holds a Master in Economics (M.Sc.) from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a Diploma in Business Administration/International Business from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. Furthermore, he holds an AMP from IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain, and have followed other executive courses from various international business schools.
Rene Piil Pedersen is a Danish national, married to Lisa for 26 years and have two sons, presently studying in Europe.
Mr. Nick Potter is Shell’s Shipping & Maritime head in Asia-Pacific and Middle East. Shell owns or commercially controls approximately 2000 ships, barges, marine vessels and floating assets at any one time.
Nick is Director of Shell Tankers (Singapore) Private Limited and Shell International Shipping Services (Pte) Ltd. (SISS). SISS employs approximately 1000 seafarers that serve on Shell managed ships.
Nick holds a Master of Engineering degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology. Nick is currently Chairman of the Lloyds Register Asia Shipowners Committee and an Executive Committee member of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and Board Member of the Singapore Maritime Foundation.
Nick has undertaken assignments in the UK, US, Russian Federation, Caribbean and Singapore. Prior to rejoining Shell and returning to Singapore, Nick was the global head of Maritime for BG Group.
Pastor Toh Soon Kok started as a centre manager in the Mission to Seafarers (MtSS) and served for nearly 20 years. With much prayer and prior Theological development, the call for him to serve in this ministry grew. 3 years ago, after obtaining his license endorsed by the Anglican Church, Pastor Toh was given the opportunity to take over the role as the Port Chaplain.
MtSS has been thriving and staying relevant for more than 160 years, attending to seafarer’s needs in terms of providing social and welfare services. Pastor Toh is also available to conduct spiritual service on board should seafarers require.
MtSS are no strangers in the seafaring industry, apart from the daily outreach to seafarers from their ship visits in ports, they have cast their nets wider to visiting ships in the anchorages in Singapore, MtSS also operates 2 and contributed to 1 drop-in centres or Seamen’s Clubs in PSA Container Terminal and in Jurong Port, welcoming seafarers calling in the ports.
Mr. Jakob P. Larsen is the Head of Maritime Safety & Security at BIMCO – the World’s largest association of shipowners with more than 2,100 members globally. Within the scope of his team are all matters related to maritime safety and security, including cyber security.
Jakob’s career began in 1990 in the Danish Navy, where he pursued a seagoing career as navigator and surface warfare officer. Having served in the fleet and subsequently ashore in the Ministry of Defence, Jakob left the Danish Navy in 2010 with the rank Commander to become Maritime Security Officer in BIMCO. After three successful years in BIMCO, he changed over to Nordic Tankers where he expanded his responsibilities over time to become Head of HSSEQ. In 2015 Jakob went to Maersk Line to become Global Security & Marine QA Manager. In 2018 Jakob returned to BIMCO, this time to head the Maritime Safety & Security department.
Jakob is a Master Mariner and Command & Staff Course graduate from the Danish Defence Academy (2006). He lives in a suburb to Copenhagen with his girlfriend Katja and their three children aged between one and 12.
As the head of the Marine Safety Investigation Branch of the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), Capt. Kunal Nakra, oversees the conduct of marine safety investigations (no blame investigations) on behalf of Singapore, into casualties that involve Singapore registered ships and foreign flagged ships that are involved in a marine casualty within Singapore’s waters. TSIB is the air, marine and rail accidents and incidents investigation authority in Singapore.
He is an experienced Marine Casualty investigator having conducted investigations into marine casualties such as Collisions, Groundings, Fire Incidents, fatalities due to work related jobs onboard and serious injuries.
Capt. Kunal is the Chairman of the Casualty Analysis Working Group of the IMO’s Sub-committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments, where casualty related matters are deliberated by member states. He is also a marine casualty analyst with the IMO and as a Flag Sate investigator leads Singapore delegation at the Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum. He is well versed with IMO instruments as well as the IMO Instruments Implementation Code and is involved in carrying out training for accident investigators for the Asian sub-region on behalf of IMO.
He is a trained ISO, ISM & ISPS Lead Auditor and has conducted shipboard and shore-based audits of shipping companies during his tenure with MPA as a Flag State Inspector.
Mr. Jacob Damgaard, a Danish national, has a background as Master Mariner and Dual Maritime Officer and also has a BSc in Maritime Transport and Nautical Science. He sailed as engineer and deck officer with Maersk, serving mainly on their container ships. He joined Britannia P&I in London in 2018 as Loss Prevention Manager before relocating to Britannia P&I’s Singapore office in 2019.
Before joining Britannia P&I he worked with a large ship management company in London, acting as Designated Person and Company Security officer for a fleet of Container and Car Carriers. Previous experience includes working as Flag State surveyor for the Danish Maritime Authority, where he dealt with certification of newbuildings and occupational health issues as well as handling flag and port state related matters. Furthermore, he also has gained experience from working within the offshore and bunkering industries.
A Master Mariner specializing in Bulk carriers and Gas Tankers, Capt. Vijay Cherukuri has over three decades of experiences in the industry.
Starting his career as a cadet in 1990, Capt. Vijay joined ESM as a chief mate in 2000 and rose to command his first vessel in 2002. He was called ashore as Marine Superintendent at the Singapore office and since has risen to head the Quality and Assurance department of ESM, Singapore.
His present role encompasses, though not limited to, over all custody of the entire Safety Management System of ESM ensuring its effective implementation and continual improvement on board and ashore. A strong propagator of nurturing the future generation of seafarers, Capt. Vijay is involved in continuous upgradation of training materials including the virtual training methods of in-house training arm SIMS, which was extensively used during present COVID situation.
Also, a sports and fitness enthusiast, Capt. Vijay lives in Singapore with wife and two daughters.
Capt. Kevin Wong is the Port Master of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). His responsibilities include regulatory control adn efficient management of the port, and overseeing security, planning and preparedness efforts to ensure sectoral continuity.
Beside his primary function, Capt. Wong also represents MPA at speaking engagements / plenaries, and chairs / participates at various committees / working groups. He was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) at the National Day Awards 2016.
He holds a Master (Foreign-going) Certificate of Competency and a Master of Science (Shipping) from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. He spent the first 15 years of his career on board merchant vessels, where he gained valuable operational experience and insight for his subsequent career ashore.
Born in Hokkaido in 1949, Koichi Fujiwara has acquired a wealth of experience during his career in the maritime industry. Upon graduating from the University of Tokyo with a Master’s Degree in Naval Architecture in 1975, he began his career at Japan’s Ministry of Transport (now the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) and was appointed Director-General of the Maritime Bureau in 2006.
He joined ClassNK as an advisor in 2007. He was appointed as Managing Director in 2010, Executive Vice President in 2011, and as President & CEO in 2016. In March 2020, Mr. Fujiwara left the post and was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors of ClassNK.
Capt. Atul is an experienced seafarer with more than 35 years of experience in the maritime industry.
He began sailing in 1984, starting with Wallem as a junior officer and eventually taking over command in 1998. After 18 years of sea service, including seven years of command experience, he then moved on to diverse shore-based roles, spearheading the Marine (Marine Operations, Vetting, TMSA, Marine & Safety, Incident Investigations) and Environmental departments. He held senior management positions and was part of the leadership team in one of the world’s leading independent international ship managers before he founded AV Global Marine Pte Ltd in 2020.
Capt. Atul has spoken at various industry conferences and has been an active member of the INTERTANKO Vetting & Environmental committee.
He has been a member of the National Maritime Safety at Sea Council since 2017 and is also a member of the MPA-SSA Safety of Navigation Work Group.
Mr. David Gan is ABS Director of Business Development.
He started off as an engine cadet with Neptune Orient Lines, Singapore and sailed onboard containers, bulk carriers and tankers and subsequently worked towards Certificate of Competency Class 1, Marine Engineer Officer.
David worked as a Commissioning Engineer during university vacation and upon graduation, as a Marine Equipment Engineer with McDermott South East Asia. He then joined Classification Society as a Surveyor before taking on the role of County Manager.
David has an Honours degree in Engineering with Business Management from the University of Surrey, UK. He is also a registered Chartered Engineer, UK and Fellow of the IMarEST and Member of SNAMES.
Captain Anil Singh is the Chief Operating Officer for Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), a shipping company committed to the green and technology driven growth of the maritime industry. Fulfilling that commitment are 5,000 employees who manage a versatile fleet of 15M DWT.
Capt. Anil has been COO since 2017, where he oversees all aspects of EPS shipmanagement, including the Technical, Operations, New Build & Projects, and Fleet Personnel departments as well as overseas manning offices.
Capt. Anil began sailing in 1970 and became a Master Mariner in 1981 when he was only 28 years old. He joined the organisation in 1983, was appointed as Fleet Manager in 1985, and subsequently became Fleet Director in 1995 after completing a leadership course from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In addition, he completed an Executive Education programme at Harvard Business School.
Capt. Anil is an active member of the international maritime community. He serves as the Vice Chairman of Shell's focus group for Maritime Safety and is a member of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's Pilotage Committee and its National Maritime Safety at Sea Council.
Mr. Goh Chung Hun was an ex-seafarer, sailing as an Engine Cadet to Chief Engineer on crude oil tankers. After his sea-faring days, Chung Hun started off his career ashore as a technical superintendent for a few years before joining Lloyd’s Register where he spent 8 years from being a marine class surveyor to being the Marine Operations Manager for LR in Singapore. That was followed by a chapter in the offshore marine industry where Chung Hun spent about 5 years managing the technical, operations and commercial aspect of running a fleet of OSVs. Chung Hun joined MPA Singapore in early 2017 and is presently the Director of Shipping, overseeing the Registry, FSC, PSC, Safe Manning, Training Standards, Investigation and Shipping Rules Development departments.