Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch Inaugurated
The inauguration of new The Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch was hosted by the Singapore Shipping Association and sponsored by the Shipowners’ Mutual Protection and Indemnity Association (Luxemburg), Singapore Branch, during Singapore Maritime Week.
Members of the Institute attending were welcomed by the President of The Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch, Capt. Duncan Telfer FNI and the Honorary Secretary Capt. Venkat Padmanabhan.
Capt. Robert Mc Cabe FNI MSc Mgmt, President of the Nautical Institute, London, formally inaugurated the Singapore Branch on behalf of The Nautical Institute and presented the branch with a Nautical Institute plaque. In return, Capt. Mc Cabe was presented with an engraved pewter platter on behalf of the Singapore Branch.
In his address, Capt. Mc Cabe paid tribute the efforts made by Singapore to build an international maritime centre in the past few years and remarked that the republic was now one of the world’s leading international shipping centres.
“I am pleased we have inaugurated a branch of the institute in Singapore as the scale and vibrancy of the place makes it an important centre for us. We believe our new branch here will flourish in many ways and we also believe it will be able to add something to the further building of Singapore as one of the world’s great shipping centres.”
Capt. Mc Cabe also paid tribute to the work of the Singapore Nautical Institute and hoped that both The Nautical Institute (Singapore) Branch and the Singapore Nautical Institute could work closely together.
During the meeting Capt. Mc Cabe formally presented Fellowship certificates to Capt. Yashwant Chhabla and Capt. Nicolas White, both of whom were elected to Fellowship in December, 2015.
A limited number of Fellowships are considered each year by the Fellowship Committee, for Members who in the opinion of the Council have made a significant contribution to the advancement of nautical science, the nautical profession, or the objectives of the Institute.
The Nautical Institute is a leading international representative body for maritime professionals involved in the control of sea-going ships, and provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world.
Shipowners’, a leading P&I insurer for small and specialised vessels was proud to sponsor the inaugural meeting of the Nautical Institute’s (Singapore) Branch.
The club has sponsored the MARS (Mariners’ Alerting and Reporting Scheme) initiative for many years, and the long standing association with the Nautical Institute through the Membership of their senior managers, strongly supports the aims of the Institute in promoting excellence within the maritime industry and the part played in providing a platform for the views of marine professionals to be considered by regulators and maritime law makers.
For these reasons the club values membership of the Nautical Institute and would encourage seafarers and maritime professionals to join so as to play an active part in promoting the industry.