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  • The Business Times - 26 Sep 2015

    Building a S’pore core in maritime workforce (PDF File) - 4mb

    The maritime sector is pumping more funds into easing its manpower shortage. $8m will go towards a new job portal, training awards and incentives, as well as tapping SkillsFuture programmes. DPM Teo announced some of these initiatives on 25 Sep at the Singapore Shipping Association's 30th anniversary gala dinner. The new schemes are aimed at attracting more than 1,200 Singaporeans to seafaring and port operation careers in the next five years. MPA/CE Andrew Tan said: "With manpower, it's not something for which you can just turn on the tap and it comes out. You have to spend years building a pipeline." Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 26 Aug 2015

    Possible extension of Jurong Region Line to Circle Line: Lui Tuck Yew (PDF File) - 2mb

    During his visit to Clementi MRT station on 25 August 2015, Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced that the Land Transport Authority is studying the feasibility of extending the planned Jurong Region Line (JRL) to join the Circle Line at  Haw Par Villa station via a West Coast Extension (WCE). Engineering studies are also currently being done on the JRL, and if found to be feasible, the WCE will be completed by around 2030, allowing residents in the west a direct conenction into the new downtown, Marina Bay and the area around it. At the same time, it will add redundancy and resilience into the rail network. Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 01 Jul 2015

    Lui Tuck Yew: Civil servants in MOT shoulder a heavy responsibility as their work has a direct impact on Singapore’s competitiveness and quality of life

    Speaking at the MOT Family Scholarship Award Ceremony on 31 July 2015, Minister said civil servants in MOT shoulder a heavy responsibility as their work has a direct impact on Singapore's competitiveness and quality of life. A total of 28 Beacon Scholarships were awarded this year to students going on to pursue their undergraduate degrees, as well as to existing MOT officers who are going to pursue further studies. In this article, LTA return scholar and executive project engineer Jerrold Thong shares about the challenges and satisfaction derived from his work on the re-sleepering project, while incoming CAAS scholar Sharon Li looks forward to applying the insights from her forthcoming law course at NUS to help Singapore build bridges with more countries and strengthen aviation regulations. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 29 Jun 2015

    Downtown Line Stage 2 back on track for Dec start (PDF File) - 284kb

    Minister Lui Tuck Yew announced during a ministerial visit to the Zhenghua ward in Bukit Panjang on 28 June 2015 that the 12 stations of Stage 2 of the Downtown Line (DTL2) will open this December, as longer construction hours and more efficient work processes managed to make up for the time lost after a key contractor went bust in 2013. He assured residents that their journeys to the city centre would be eased by the end of the year and credited the support of residents for longer construction hours as a key reason that works could catch up with the original schedule. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 27 Jun 2015

    Four more trains for Circle Line as ridership rises (PDF File) - 299kb

    Four new trains have been added to the Circle Line (CCL) to help boost capacity and reduce waiting times. The four trains are the first of 24 to be added, of which seven more are undergoing testing and will be injected into service later this year, while the remaining 13 will be deployed by the middle of 2016. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 24 Jun 2015

    Port's success anchored on workers' tireless efforts: PM Lee (PDF File) - 3mb

    Singapore has come a long way to achieve its status as a shipping hub, but could not have done so without the efforts of pioneers and generations of port workers, who "worked tirelessly, 24/7" to keep the port running efficiently, PM said yesterday as he paid tribute to this group of workers. He credited good leadership, such as the foresight of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew and the PSA's first chairman, Mr Howe Yoon Chong, in commissioning Singapore's first container terminal in Tanjong Pagar in 1972, when the idea of containerisation was still new. PM also recognised the close cooperation that existed with the port workers' unions and acknowledged the staff of MPA.   Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 24 Jun 2015

    Pasir Panjang Terminal's $3.5b expansion kicks off (PDF File) - 474kb

    The $3.5b Phase 3 and 4 development of Pasir Panjang Terminal was officially launched yesterday (23 June) by PM Lee, further strengthening Singapore's position as a leading shipping hub. The new expansion - which includes the already-operational Pasir Panjang Terminal 5 and two future terminals that will be running by the end of 2017 - will add 15 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) to Singapore's handling capacity, boosting Singapore's container throughput by more than 40 per cent to 50 million TEUs annually. Technologies such as automated rail-mounted gantry cranes will also be used for the first time in the new expansion, thereby saving manpower and increasing productivity. PM said Singapore has more plans for the long term, with a mega-terminal planned in Tuas that will consolidate all of PSA's port activities by 2040 and will be able to handle 65 million TEUs annually when fully operational, almost double last year's container throughput. The megaport will use advanced technology such as data analytics and autonomous vehicles to sharpen Singapore's efficiency, reliability and competitive edge. He added, "We are also studying how the port can be redesigned to integrate well with the surrounding development and to be open to the public, instead of the traditional mode of a port which is completely out of bounds to the public." In his speech, PM paid tribute to pioneer port workers who worked tirelessly to keep the port running efficiently. He noted that the maritime industry continues to create good jobs and employs 170,000 people while contributing 7 per cent to Singapore's gross domestic product. "Singaporeans know that the port is important to us, but I suspect that many of us don't realise how critical it is," he said. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 09 Jun 2015

    Singapore tops list of important maritime capitals (PDF File) - 6mb

    Singapore has retained its top spot as the most important maritime capital in a report by Norwegian consultant firm Menon. It emerged first among 15 cities that were benchmarked in five categories: shipping centres, finance and law, technology, ports and logistics, and attractiveness and competitiveness. According to the report, Singapore is expected to keep its position as the global leader even in five years. The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 30 May 2015

    Rail engineers get on track for chartered status (PDF File) - 11mb

    Rail engineers can now attain the Chartered Engineers professional accreditation, after a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), SBS Transit, and SMRT Corporation on 29 May 2015. The move will enhance these engineers' employability and validate their experience and expertise, said IES. Both SMRT and SBST have come up with a career track to help their engineers achieve this accreditation. Senior Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Josephine Teo said the move would help meet the increasing demand for engineering talent in Singapore. "The maths is simple: the more extensive our rail network, the more rail engineers we need," she said, adding that the chartered engineer accreditation programme would raise the professional standing of rail engineers. The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 30 May 2015

    Right on track (PDF File) - 2mb

    SBS Transit's technical support engineer Christopher Hon, 27, has been working with the company for the last two years in the Rolling Stock Department, after graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) degree from NTU's School of Mechanical Engineering in 2013. Mr Hon provides a technical evaluation of faults on the train line, while investigating and recommending solutions for them. He also prepares specifications for manpower and equipment tenders, coordinates with LTA for new and ongoing projects and comes up with maintenance schedules. The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

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