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  • The Straits Times - 20 Apr 2015

    Sea change in Singapore's maritime past on display (PDF File) - 539kb

    The inaugural Maritime Heritage Exhibition was launched yesterday (19 April). The free exhibition showcases the transformation of Singapore’s sea activities, and is organised by the MPA and its partners. Minister opened the exhibition as part of the launch of this year’s Singapore Maritime Week. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 01 Apr 2015

    Tunnel Mission (PDF File) - 1mb

    The infographic featured a tunnel boring machine, which will be used for the two pedestrian underpasses at the Stevens and Havelock stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line. This $10 million machine will be deployed from January next year onwards and unlike regular circular tunnel boring machines, is rectangular. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 14 Mar 2015

    Searching the depths of the sea (PDF File) - 3mb

    Besides handling the millions of vessels that come through Singapore’s waters, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is also in charge of searching and surveying the deep waters around our island when there are unidentified objects. Here's a look at the MPA's search-and-locate equipment: Sidescan sonar and Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Straits Times - 12 Mar 2015

    Port expansion at Pasir Panjang being accelerated (PDF File) - 175kb

    Minister said during the debate on MOT’s budget that expansion plans for the Pasir Panjang container port are being accelerated to cater for growth at the Singapore port.  Phases 3 and 4 will be fully operational by the end of 2017, two years ahead of the original plan. Last year, the port recorded a 4 per cent increase in container throughput to 33.9mn twenty-foot equivalent container units, and growth is expected to continue in tandem with regional demand.  Apart from infrastructure works, the maritime sector is getting a $65m boost to attract, develop and retain talent to grow Singapore as a global hub port and international maritime centre. Another $6m will be spent over the next five years by MPA under an existing scholarship programme to support more students who aspire to become captains and chief engineers. ST featured one such beneficiary – operations trainee at Oldendorff Carriers Singapore Lin Ming Ling who received 50 per cent funding for a $25,000 four-month programme in the Netherlands in 2012. She said: “The grant helped to lessen my financial burden and helped me progress in my career.” MPA is also working with companies to develop management associate programmes to groom local talent for leadership positions and develop structured career progression pathways. Responding to MP Seng Han Thong, who asked about maritime safety, Minister said the number of incidents has dipped from 1.7 incidents per 100,000 vessel movements in 2010 to 0.5 last year. This year, the industry will be paying special attention to enhancing safety for small harbour and pleasure craft by installing enhanced transponders. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Business Times - 12 Mar 2015

    More funding to enhance aviation and maritime sectors (PDF File) - 304kb

    CAAS on Wednesday 11 March announced that it will replenish the Aviation Development Fund (ADF) with $160m over the next five years from 1 April. Of this, $140m will go towards raising airport productivity and developing manpower. The remaining $20m will be channelled towards other projects which will benefit the local aviation industry.  With other airports in the region raising their game, Changi Airport is seeking to boost productivity to maintain its edge as a competitive air hub, against the backdrop of a tight labour market. Stressing that productivity is a key priority for the airport, Tan Lye Teck, Changi Airport Group's executive vice-president (airport management), said that they are placing emphasis on increasing both manpower productivity and operational efficiency in airport operations, without compromising the experience for our passengers. Concept plans for Changi's upcoming Terminal 5 have also been finalised, as the airport seeks to prepare itself for anticipated traffic growth. Based on MOT’s projections, the capacity of Changi's existing terminals and the upcoming T4 will be fully utilised by the mid-2020s. Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction. 

    The Straits Times - 12 Mar 2015

    T5 to cement Changi's air hub position (PDF File) - 399kb

    Terminal 5 will focus on shortening the time for travellers to catch a connecting flight and reducing walking distances, as Singapore seeks to cement its position as a hub for air travel within Asia and across the world. Slated to open in a decade, Terminal 5 will initially be able to handle up to 50m passengers. Room for another 15m to 20m passengers will be added in future if needed. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 08 Mar 2015

    Work starts at six TEL stations towards the city (PDF File) - 4mb

    Of these six stations that broke ground on Saturday (7 Mar), two stations would serve as interchanges with other existing rail lines. The Orchard station would be linked to the North-South Line (NSL), while the Outram Park station would be linked to the East-West Line (EWL) and the North East Line (NEL). SMS Indranee Rajah was noted as saying that LTA had promised her that the six TEL stations and line would be completed as planned without compromising on safety and quality. The chairman of the River Valley Neighbourhood Committee, Edmund Lum asked for the understanding of residents during this period of time on the construction works, highlighting that they would all benefit when the line was completed. A resident at Oxley Road commented that when the TEL was completed, her grandchild who stays in Tanjong Katong would be able to visit her by train. Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    The Sunday Times - 08 Mar 2015

    Work starts on 6 more stations of Thomson-East Coast Line (PDF File) - 2mb

    Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for six MRT stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line last Saturday, SMS for Law and Education and MP for Tanjong Pagar Indranee Rajah said the new MRT line will make a big difference to residents, especially seniors and those who live in areas currently not served by trains. Residents interviewed said they are looking forward to be better connected. A sales executive, who lives in Tiong Bahru, said it will be convenient for his family to go for recreational activities at East Coast Park. Source: The Sunday Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 02 Mar 2015

    Upgrading of Sengkang-Punggol LRT system going smoothly (PDF File) - 6mb

    The upgrading of Sengkang-Punggol LRT system is going smoothly, and now work for six trains has been completed, in order to upgrade from one-car system to dual-car system by end-2016. LTA had started to modify 16 LRT trains since last year, to allow them to run in dual-car system. So far, work is already completed for six trains. Another five are still under modification, and the rest will be completed by the end of this year. Source: Lianhe Zaobao © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Permission required for reproduction.

    Lianhe Zaobao - 02 Mar 2015

    Upgrading of Sengkang-Punggol LRT system going smoothly (PDF File) - 6mb

    The upgrading of Sengkang-Punggol LRT system is going smoothly, and now work for six trains has been completed, in order to upgrade from one-car system to dual-car system by end-2016. LTA had started to modify 16 LRT trains since last year, to allow them to run in dual-car system. So far, work is already completed for six trains. Another five are still under modification, and the rest will be completed by the end of this year. 

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