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  • The Straits Times - 23 Feb 2015

    Sketching secrets of S'pore's shores (PDF File) - 2mb

    One of the first recipients of the Maritime Heritage Fund launched last year, maritime aficionado and self-taught artist Chung Chee Kit, 66, will be creating 50 painting of Singapore’s modern shoreline. The $500,000 Maritime Heritage Fund targets community-initiated projects related to maritime heritage. Mr Chung’s love for the maritime industry was sparked by British naval war comics which he started to read avidly at 11. He started fieldwork last week, spending five hours sketching and snapping photos around Jurong Island on a motorboat. Landmarks along the route include some of the largest cement silos in the world and a car terminal with thousands of cars coming off a car carrier. He will go on three other boat trips to cover the rest of Singapore’s coast over the next few years. Some of Mr Chung’s paintings will be shown at the 10th Singapore Maritime Week at Marina Bay Sands’ Events Plaza from April 19 to 24. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The New Paper - 20 Feb 2015

    They keep S'pore humming: Acting PM Teo (PDF File) - 2mb

    Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean visited PSA Marine and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on the first day of Chinese New Year to show his appreciation to some 100 workers in the marine, marine transportation and port services sector. “Many of our workers continue to work during festive seasons to keep Singapore humming, and also to keep us safe and secure,” Acting PM Teo told the media at the end of his two-hour visit. “So, it’s very important to come and appreciate the work they are doing,” added Mr Teo who was accompanied by leaders of the labour movement, including National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) secretary-general Lim Swee Say.  Mr Ng Kah Siong, 39, a senior watch supervisor with MPA, who has been on duty on almost every first and second day of Chinese New Year for the past 11 years, said his family is supportive of his work. He felt “honoured and happy to contribute to Singapore.” Source: The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 18 Feb 2015

    New train depot ready in July (PDF File) - 765kb

    Singapore's sixth rail depot, which will be used to stable and maintain trains for the Downtown Line (DTL), will be ready in July. The completion of the Gali Batu depot in Woodlands will pave the way for the second phase of the DTL to open in the first quarter of next year. Costing $410m, the Gali Batu depot will have 14 tracks at the stabling building and can hold 42 three-car trains. It will also house an operations control centre. It is the first MRT depot to achieve the Gold Award under the BCA's Green Mark certification. Among its various green features is the train workshop which is naturally ventilated and lit with natural light to minimise the use of air-conditioning and lights. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 16 Feb 2015

    Pasir Ris gets complete network of cycling paths (PDF File) - 338kb

    Pasir Ris is the third HDB town to get a complete network of cycling paths. The new network spans 13.3km and goes past various primary and secondary schools, shopping malls and Pasir Ris MRT station. Stretching from Pasir Ris Drive 12 in the west to Loyang Avenue in the east, it is part of LTA’s plans to build a system of cycling paths within every HDB town by 2030. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 07 Feb 2015

    Finding her way (PDF File) - 1mb

    ST Scholars' Choice featured Ms Wan Fang who had obtained the LTA Overseas Undergraduate Scholarship to pursue her degree at the University of Illinois in 2009. She majored in electrical engineering and is now an executive project engineer with the Rail division in LTA. Her department manages the rail projects in Singapore and ensures that they are completed on time, adhere to safety regulations, meet passenger and operator needs and are of high design quality. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 07 Feb 2015

    Boundless opportunities (PDF File) - 1mb

    ST’s Scholars’ Choice featured Mr Vincent Wu Junrong who was granted a CAAS scholarship. CAAS offered him an exciting career with extensive global exposure in a variety of policy-making roles. He said that he had travelled to almost 20 countries on different projects within in a few years and that the CAAS scholarship offered advantages such as internships for scholars during the holidays. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Straits Times - 02 Feb 2015

    Heading to the seas to help protect lives (PDF File) - 926kb

    MPA deputy chief hydrographer, Mr Jamie Chen's latest search mission for the missing AirAsia flight brought back memories of the anguished families he saw years ago, when he went to the Musi River in Palembang, South Sumatra, as part of a team to find the SilkAir plane that crashed en route to Singapore from Jakarta on 19 December 1997. He said he felt intense elation and relief when the multinational search team found the two black boxes of the AirAsia plane on 12 and 13 January. Mr Chen said while such search and recovery operations are a departure from his regular work as a hydrographer, he sees a common purpose in both in that they are essentially about protecting lives. Through hydrography, the sea beds and water levels around Singapore are surveyed and charted in maps so ships can navigate the waters safely; while finding the black boxes in airline disasters offer insights as to whether there were any inherent faults in the aircraft, which can, in turn, prevent future accidents. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Business Times Weekend - 31 Jan 2015

    4 appointed to MPA board (PDF File) - 32kb

    Four new members have been appointed to the MPA board by Minister for Transport Lui Tuck Yew. They are Carl Krogh Amet, Luke Goh, Kam Soon Huat and Quek Bin Hwee. The MPA board – chaired by Lucien Wong, chairman and senior partner at Allen & Gledhill – is responsible for providing strategic direction to help develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and an international maritime centre. Source: The Business Times Weekend © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

    The Business Times - 30 Jan 2015

    Changi Airport handles record 54.1m passengers in 2014 (PDF File) - 1mb

    In a year when the aviation industry faced strong headwinds, Changi Airport saw a milestone 54.1 million passengers for 2014. Cargo also increased by 0.3 per cent to 1.74 million tonnes. Besides these, Changi Airport achieved several milestones last year as well.  Source: The Business Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reprinted with permission.

    The Straits Times - 25 Jan 2015

    Work starts on two MRT stations (PDF File) - 2mb

    Work on the Mount Pleasant and Stevens MRT stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line officially started on 25 January 2015. As part of the construction of the Stevens station, LTA will also be building a new underground pedestrian link.  This will benefit residents, as well as staff and students from Singapore Chinese Girls School, who will have a more comfortable and safer alternative to cross the busy Bukit Timah Road and Dunearn Road. Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

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