To recognise stakeholders’ outstanding contribution to ensuring safety at sea, MPA will be presenting various safety awards at the annual [email protected] Conference. The award categories include:

  1. Outstanding Contribution to Search and Rescue Efforts in 2018 (no quota)
  2. Outstanding Individual Contribution to Safety at Sea (no quota)
  3. Outstanding Corporate Contribution to Safety at Sea (Top 5)
  4. Open Category (Top 5)

Refer to MPA Safety Awards Nomination Form  below for more information. 

Ms Maja Markovcic

Executive Director Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac took up the position of Executive Director on 1 January 2019. She is responsible for the running and development of the Agency under the oversight of the Administrative Board.

Starting out as a maritime lawyer, she has since gained long-standing experience in the maritime field in both the public and private sector.

Previous to joining EMSA, Ms Maja Markovčić was State Secretary for Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. Her duties entailed developing strategies, policies and legislation in the area of maritime transport, maritime safety, security and environmental protection. Also in this role, she led the Croatian delegation throughout a range of international forums at the UN, IMO and ILO.

While present at Croatia’s Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure in various capacities including Director of the Maritime Policy Directorate, she has also held the position of Director of the Croatian Shipowners’ Association (Mare Nostrum).

Ms Maja Markovčić Kostelac joins EMSA having become increasingly familiar with the work of the Agency, most particularly as a member of the Administrative Board.

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Capt. Kunal Nakra

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 marine 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 and marine 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.

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.

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Capt. Allan Gray

Harbour Master and General Manager Port Operations at Fremantle Ports, Captain Allan Gray was elected President of the International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) at the Association’s 11th Congress held in London in June 2018.

Before coming ashore, Captain Gray had a 20-year career at sea. During this period, he traded on various vessels from RO-RO, container and Bulk through to the last 10 years which were spent on LPG Tankers with Bergesens of Norway. Trading patterns included Japan/Far East, Europe, Africa, South America and the United States.

Upon coming ashore in 2011, he worked with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and Maritime Safety Queensland where he was involved in the management of marine incidents and as Manager Vessel Traffic Management at VTS Mackay/Haypoint and Reefcentre. During this time Allan diversified into Systems development and management with extensive experience in the operation of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance, Berth Warning Systems, Ship movement displays and Real time Geographic information Systems.

In 2004 Captain Gray was head hunted by Perkins Shipping in Darwin to come in as Marine Manager. This position was a Senior Management Position responsible for the management of the Marine sector of Perkins Shipping which included Operational Management of shipping movements (including scheduling), systems development including safety management systems, training and project management. The position provided marine Technical advice to the executive team.

Captain Gray joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master / Manager Marine and Port Operations and was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008 and in addition to this statutory function was appointed General Manager Port Operations in July 2009. Captain Gray was the Federal Master (Board Chairman) for the Company of Master Mariners Australia from 2009-2013 and was awarded life membership for his contribution to raising the profile of the Company.

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Capt. K Subramaniam

Captain K. Subramaniam was appointed as the General Manager of Port Klang Authority, Malaysia in October 2016. His began his career in the Merchant Marine in 1981, obtaining his Captaincy in 1992 and later joined Port Klang Authority in 1994 as a Harbour Pilot and Marine Manager. In 2011, he was promoted to Asst. General Manager (Regulatory) and was appointed as the General Manager of Port Klang Authority in 2016.

Capt. Subra obtained his Master Mariner (Foreign-Going) in 1992 and holds an Unrestricted Pilot License for Port Klang since 1997. He also has a certificate in Maritime Safety Management from Gotenberg, Sweden in 2000.

In his years at Port Klang Authority, he was instrumental in implementing the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) in Port Klang in 2004 and in 2010 coordinated Port Klang’s participation in Mega Ports Initiative jointly with Customs, AELB and the US government. Amongst his notable achievements in  PortKlang are introduction of safe working practices in port operations and safety of navigation, enhancement in port security provisions, improvements in environmental preservation, trade facilitation, emergency response and coordination and port ancillary services.

Capt. Subra is also very prominently involved in the international maritime arena holding key positions in the International Association of Ports and Harbours   (Vice President for Asia, South East & Oceania) and the World Organization of Dredging Associations besides frequently representing Malaysia at the International Maritime Organisation.

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Capt. Yves Vandenborn

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 with a Singapore/Indonesian shipowner. He set up the ISM system and assisted the company in obtaining TMSA level 2 rating and Oil Major approval for the fleet.

Yves worked as an independent marine surveyor from 2006 until 2010 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 loss prevention initiatives, the club’s loss prevention publications and technical advice to the membership, as well as to the underwriting and claims departments.

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Commander (Ret.) Itai Sela

Served 25 years as a senior officer in the Israeli Navy (Commander in Navy Seals as well as Commander on a missile ship flotilla). In February 2016 Itai established Naval Dome and together with his partners designed the award winning cyber defense solution designed specifically for maritime critical OT systems (stand-alone and connected) that holds the highest level of cyber security type approval (SL-4). 

He holds an Executive MBA from the Ben Gurion University and is a Research fellow at the Maritime Policy & Strategy Research Center at the Haifa University. 

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Capt. Nurur Rahman

Capt Nurur Asheque Rahman is a Maritime Consultant who has recently retired from the Papua New Guinea Government National Maritime Safety Authority as the Flag Administration’s Executive Manager, Maritime Operations Division. He has sailed almost 20 years as a Nautical officer aboard most types of ocean-going vessels and has dedicated a further 25 years in the maritime industry both from a ship manager’s perspective as well as in a regulatory role. His international work experience covers stints in the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and in Papua New Guinea.

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Mr Andrew Wong

Mr Andrew Wong is the Regional Manager, Asia Pacific of IMarEST – Institute of Marine Engineering, Science, and Technology. IMarEST is one the world’s leading marine professional bodies and learned societies, with over 23,000 members across 128 countries. IMarEST contributes to the realisation of blue economy by helping every marine professional to be more knowledgeable, competent, and recognised globally. IMarEST is a registered charity in the UK, and a NGO with Consultative Status at IMO. As a licensing body of the Engineering Council and Science Council of the UK, IMarEST is able to award professional registration up to Chartered level to marine professionals.

As IMarEST’s regional manager, Andrew oversees membership, partnerships, and technological activities across the region. Before joining IMarEST in 2018, Andrew spent 6 years of time in event production (banking & civil aviation) and ship management (crewing). He is a bachelor degree (political science) holder – graduated from the CUHK – Chinese University of Hong Kong in the year 2010. Andrew is also an Associate Member (AIMarEST) of the IMarEST.

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Mr Denzal Hargreaves

Denzal Hargreaves has more than 30 years of experience in the Maritime Industry in various capacity, including as marine engineer on various ship types and marine superintendent, with more than 20 years in Ship Classification. Currently hold the role of Deputy Regional Manager for DNV GL in South East Asia, Pacific & India Region while also holding the position of Regional Chief Surveyor and Regional Production & QHSE Manager within the Region. As member of DNV GL National and Technical Committees and Environmental Working Group, he has been working closely with Ship Owners, Ship Managers, Flag States and Port States to assist the industry in being prepared to meet the current and future IMO regulations. Denzal is also part of DNV GL’s team in working on transforming DNV GL’s Classification Model to introduce more flexibility & automation through a number of initiatives, e.g. E-Certificates, Remote surveys, and Smart Survey Booking all hosted on DNV GL’s Veracity data platform.

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Mr Daniel Zhang

Mr. Daniel ZHANG is the Centre Director of the Centre of Excellence in Maritime Safety (CEMS), a newly established research centre in Singapore Polytechnic (SP) with a mission to establish world class applied research in maritime safety. Daniel is in charge of strategic planning and execution for CEMS which includes the development of an Advanced Navigation Research Simulator, and forging strategic partnerships with the industry and research community both locally and globally.

Prior to joining SP in August 2019, Daniel was with the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI), a cross Ministry and multi-agency effort (by MPA, A*STAR and EDB) in developing Singapore into a global maritime and offshore knowledge hub. Daniel was among the few in setting up SMI in 2011 and was responsible for charting the strategic directions and formulation of initiatives to enhance the competitiveness of the maritime industry in Singapore. In 2013, Daniel led an SMI National Marine & Offshore R&D Roadmap 2025 exercise in close consultation with more than 30 companies both locally and overseas.

Prior to joining SMI in 2011, Daniel was with the Science and Engineering Research Council in the Agency for Science Technology & Research (A*STAR) where he was deeply involved in a multi-agency Marine and Offshore Task Force between MPA, A*STAR and EDB. Daniel has a Master of Engineering Degree (by research) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National University of Singapore.

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Ms Sandra Welch

Sandra joined the maritime charity five years ago as Director of Programme. Prior to this she worked for The Salvation Army for almost 20 years. Sandra initially trained as a music teacher and later read Theology at the University of Aberdeen as well as gaining a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.

Sandra has a particularly close affinity with Sailors’ Society’s port chaplains having worked as a chaplain in a variety of settings, including hospitals and schools. In addition to this, she has significant experience in programme and community development project management.

Sandra joined Sailors’ Society at an exciting time when the charity was expanding and innovating its welfare programme by improving the way in which it served seafarers through the use of digital media to provide continuity of care. The Society continues to branch out into new areas to help where there is no provision for those who make their living at sea, growing the number of ports in which it operates, and deepening and developing existing and new community projects.

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Dr Quek Boon Kiat

Dr Quek Boon Kiat is a Senior Scientist at A*STAR’s Institute of High Performance Computing, where he is currently serving as the Director of the Social and Cognitive Computing Department – a multidisciplinary team comprising computer scientists, artificial intelligence researchers, cognitive scientists, psychologists, and engineers. The department focuses on developing technologies that can provide deeper insights about people’s psychology, behaviour, and cognitions, and translating these insights into real world applications that could serve people better. Boon Kiat’s own research interests are in modelling and simulating the cognitive mechanisms that people use to process social information and perform decision making, and using these to build AI agents that can reason about people’s psychology, behaviour, and cognitions.

This talk will introduce IHPC’s research efforts in maritime safety, from both a physical and human factors perspectives. These efforts include (i) a high fidelity simulation platform for hydrodynamic analysis of offshore structures, (ii) a maritime traffic optimization system that predicts vessel trajectories and anticipates risks, and, (iii) a cognitive AI system capable of interpreting people’s behaviours from video which will feature in forthcoming work for assessing trainees’ soft competencies within a navigation simulation system, such as situational awareness and effective communication.

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Capt. Kevin Wong

Capt Kevin Wong is the Port Master of the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). His responsibilities include regulatory control and efficient management of the port, and overseeing security, planning and preparedness efforts to ensure sectoral continuity.

Besides his primary functions, 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 in-sight for his subsequent careerashore.

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Ms Jodie Reibel

Jodie Reibel comes from Australia, Queensland and has been in the maritime industry for the past 18 years. She joined Wilhelmsen Ships Service in 2001 based in Melbourne, and has recently moved to Singapore, having been appointed as VP QHSSE & Operations in Ships Agency. This role takes Jodie to the forefront of Compliance, Operations and HSE on the ground and in the various countries and ports, dealing with a diversified cross-section of the shipping industry. Jodie began her career 23 years ago, specializing in HR, organizational development and QHSSE in Melbourne. Her educational background in HR and psychology has been paramount in leading initiatives to build a sustainable safety culture across the organization.

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