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ASMI MILESTONES 1968 - 2019 





The Singapore Association of Shipbuilders and Repairers (SASAR) was formed in April with ten members representing a third of the shipyards in operation.

Mr John A Wilde spearheaded the formation of SASAR and became its first President from 1968 to 1970.




SASAR launched its logo to create a more visible identity for the Association.

The late Mr K K Ching, Managing Director of Kwong Soon Engineering Co., was SASAR’s second President and led the Association for three terms from 1970 to 1973.



SASAR introduced a five-year apprenticeship scheme to meet industry's increasing need for skilled workers.

Mr Chua Chor Teck, Managing Director of Keppel Shipyard was appointed SASAR’s third President from 1973 to 1980.


SASAR launched a scholarship scheme to attract young talents into the marine industry.


SASAR organised the first Singapore Pavilion at Posidonia 1976 International Shipping Exhibition in Greece to promote the ship repair and shipbuilding industry.


SASAR organised the first ship-in-service seminar in the world, shipcare 1976, which drew 321 delegates from 20 countries.


SASAR organised its first trade mission to China for a 13-member delegation.


Singapore played host to Marintec Asia 1979, one of the largest international marine exhibitions to be organised, with 500 exhibitors from 21 countries.






Mr Lai Park On, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Singapore Heavy Industries, was elected as the Association’s fourth President from 1980 to 1983.

SASAR introduced safety checklists for all key marine trades to instil safety consciousness among the rank-and-file workers.


SASAR carried out a publicity campaign aimed at school leavers, reservists and technical graduates to encourage them to carve a career in the ship repair and shipbuilding industry. The campaign culminated in the Careers 1981 Exhibition.


SASAR led an 11-member team on a study mission to Japan to study mechanisation in shipyards.


Singapore became the largest shiprepair centre in the world with an aggregate deadweight of 2.82 million tonnes.

Mr Loh Wing Siew, Managing Director of Keppel Shipyard, became the Association’s fifth President from 1983 to 1989.


The first Inter-Shipyard Quality Control Convention was held to promote Quality Control Circle concept in the industry.


The Association introduced a new scholarship for students enrolled in the Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering diploma course in Ngee Ann Polytechnic to retain trained manpower in the industry.


SASAR organised a 10-day trade mission to East Africa for members to assess the business climate of Kenya, Mauritius, Nairobi and Mombasa.


SASAR and the unions jointly organised a study mission to visit shipyards and steel mills in South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, to look into labour-management practices, productivity improvement, job enrichment, human resource management and flexi-wage system.





SASAR changed its name to “Association of Singapore Marine Industries” (ASMI) and a new logo was created.

The Association expanded its membership base to include the supporting ancillary companies operating in the marine industry.

Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Managing Director of Far East Levingston Shipbuilding was appointed as the sixth President of ASMI from 1989 to 1991.


ASMI organised study trips to Batam and Indonesia for members to explore business opportunities.




ASMI was appointed by the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to serve as the industry co-ordinating body to conduct trade tests under its Public Trade Test (PTT) system for marine workers.

Mr Tan Mong Seng, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard, served the industry as the seventh President of ASMI from 1991 to 1995.


ASMI participated in two overseas international maritime exhibitions - ‘Marine Indonesia 1993’ in Jakarta, Indonesia and ‘Shiprepair and Conversion 1993 Exhibition’ in London, United Kingdom.


A joint Ministry of Labour-ASMI delegation visited Japan to study Japanese safety practices in shipyards.


The ASMI Meritorious Award was introduced to recognise members for their contributions to the Association and marine industry.


ASMI launched its 25th Anniversary Commemorative Book, “Anchored in Singapore’s History: The Story of the Marine Industry”, to chronicle the development of the marine industry in Singapore.


The Marine Technology Programme was launched to advance automation in shipbuilding and repair, and develop new processes for enhanced safety and productivity.

Mr Tong Chong Heong, Executive Director of Keppel Shipyard, was appointed ASMI’s eighth President from 1995 to 1996.


ASMI participated in the study mission to Europe organised by the Advisory on the Prevention of Accidents in the Shipbuilding and Shiprepairing Industry, to look into ways to improve safety and health in Singapore shipyards.


ASMI developed the Safety Management Code to provide a framework for shipyards to implement Safety Management Systems in their workplaces.

Mr Wong Peng Kin, General Manager (Personnel) of Jurong Shipyard, took over as the ninth President of ASMI from 1996 to 1997.


The Rules and Regulations of ASMI were reviewed and redrafted to reflect changes in business environment and the new ASMI Constitution was subsequently adopted by members.

Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard, became the tenth President of ASMI serving four terms of office from 1997 to 2005.


ASMI released its 30th Anniversary commemorative publication, “ASMI – A Shared Purpose, 30 Years of Linking Up the Marine Industry”.


The ASMI Scholarship scheme was extended to students in the electrical and mechanical engineering courses in Ngee Ann Polytechnic in line with the industry’s needs for engineers in various fields.


ASMI organised the first Safety Improvement Teams (SIT) Convention for marine industry to provide a platform for members to share successful safety improvement projects with one another for mutual benefits.


ASMI introduced the Certified Marine Supervisor Award to encourage upgrading of supervisory personnel and to give recognition to outstanding marine supervisors.


The ASMI Safety, Health and Environment Management Manual was produced to assist companies to implement safe work practices and safety management systems at their workplaces.


The ASMI Scholarship Scheme was extended to students in the electrical, mechanical and marine engineering diploma courses in Singapore Polytechnic to attract more engineers to join the industry.


ASMI was appointed as Accredited Assessment Centre under the National Skills Recognition System for assessing workplace skills competencies for the marine industry. 




ASMI organised its first Singapore Pavilion in Norway at Nor-Shipping 2001 held in Oslo.


ASMI jointly organised the 'Marine Industry Fair 2001: Anchor Your Career with Us’ with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to attract more Singaporeans to join the industry. It was the first major collective promotion and recruitment exercise for the industry.


The ASMI Productivity Road Show was staged to promote productivity improvement and showcase innovative projects within the industry.


The ASMI Marine & Offshore Technology Scholarship was launched to attract outstanding O-level students to enrol in the Marine and Offshore Technology diploma programme as the first choice course of study in Ngee Ann Polytechnic.


ASMI entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Singapore Mediation Centre to jointly promote the use of mediation for dispute resolution in marine industry.


ASMI was appointed by ITE as the accredited Skills Assessment Centre to conduct Skills Evaluation Certification trade tests for the marine industry. 


ASMI participated in the EDB-JTC Marine Industry Study Trip to Dubai and Netherlands on Multi-User Yard facilities.


50 workers from shipyards and marine companies received the Model Worker Awards presented by the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) to recognise contribution of workers in key sectors of the Singapore economy.

Four Safety Guides on lock-out & tag-out procedures, crane inspection and maintenance, hot work certification and safety briefings, were produced by ASMI to serve as reference guides for industry members.
ASMI and Marine Group LIUP (Local Industries Upgrading Programme) jointly organised the Marine Innovation Competition to encourage innovative solutions to problems encountered by the industry.
ASMI organised a series of shipyard tours for secondary school students to raise awareness on marine industry and interest the young towards the industry as a career of choice.
The ASMI Marine Engineering Scholarship was introduced for O-level students applying for the Diploma in Marine Engineering as the first choice course of study in Singapore Polytechnic.

ASMI launched the Marine and Offshore Undergraduate Scholarship scheme for final year Mechanical and Production Engineering students of Nanyang Technological University enrolled in the marine and offshore specialisation module.

50 Chief Executive Officers and senior management representatives reaffirmed their commitment to creating a safe and healthy work environment in their shipyards in a pledge signing ceremony jointly organised by MOM and ASMI.
Mr Michael Chia, Executive Director of Keppel FELS was elected as ASMI’s eleventh President and his tenure lasted from 2005 to 2009.
ASMI and Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) launched the RSN-ASMI Career Transition Scheme to facilitate the transition of naval specialists completing their naval contracts into the marine industry.
The ASMI Super V Scheme was launched under the Marine Job Re-Creation Programme in collaboration with NTUC and WDA to make jobs in the marine industry more attractive to Singaporeans.
2006 ASMI was appointed by MOM as a Risk Management Assistance Fund (RMAF) Agent to promote, process and endorse RMAF applications for marine companies.
  ASMI led Singapore's representation in the premier international offshore oil and gas exhibition, Offshore Technology Conference 2006, for the first time in Houston, Texas, USA, with the support of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore.
  ASMI received funding support under the Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) programme, a multi-agency government initiative jointly led by SPRING Singapore and IE Singapore.
2007 ASMI collaborated with Keppel Corporation, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) to commission a Mandarin drama serial, ' The Peak', which was broadcasted over prime time television.
  ASMI and SMF co-organised Singapore's participation at the inaugural Sea Asia 2007, an exhibition and conference event showcasing the maritime industries across Asia.

ASMI organised Singapore’s first national participation at the marine exhibition, Marintec China 2007, in Shanghai, China. 


ASMI launched the ASMI-ITE Scholarship for students enrolled in the Higher NITEC in Marine Offshore Engineering course.


A new ASMI-Naval Architecture Scholarship was introduced for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture with Honours course offered by the University of Newcastle in partnership with Ngee Ann and Singapore Polytechnics.


The ASMI Super V2 Scheme was launched to attract more ITE graduates embark on a career in the marine and offshore industry.

ASMI celebrated its 40th anniversary with a commemorative publication - "Braving New Waves Together".

ASMI launched a new logo to reflect a more vibrant image and in keeping with the dynamism of the industry it serves.


Mr Wong Seng Sun, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sembcorp Marine, becaume ASMI's 12th President serving three consecutive terms from 2009 to 2015. 

ASMI organised Singapore’s first participation at the INMEX India maritime exhibition in Mumbai, India.


ASMI launched a new initiative ‘Marine Industry Safety Engagement Team’ (MIndSET) to adopt a pro-active approach towards Workplace Safety and Health performance in shipyards.


ASMI introduced Confined Space Safety training for Shipyard Workers, Supervisors and other personnel working in the shipyards.


ASMI led Singapore’s participation at the Shipbuilding Machinery and Marine Technology (SMM) exhibition in Hamburg, Germany.


ASMI set up the Marine Industry Training Centre (MITC) in its new premises at 30 Tuas Ave 10 to make available training resources and facilities to conduct more customised training for industry members.


ASMI received funding support under the Local Enterprise and Association Development II (LEAD II) programme, for projects to upgrade the association’s capabilities and enhance the industry’s competitiveness.


ASMI organised its first Singapore Pavilion at the 18th edition of the international oil and gas exhibition OSEA 2010 held in Singapore.


ASMI led Singapore’s first collective participation at the Middle East Workboats (MEWB) exhibition held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE).




ASMI, together with WDA and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), launched the Workforce Skills Qualification Operations MaNagement Innovation for Marine Industry Programme (OMNI@Marine) to help marine companies improve productivity.


ASMI collaborated with WDA to offer the STEP Marine & Offshore Scholarship Programme for existing employees in marine companies to enroll in a Master of Science in Marine Technology (International) programme with the Newcastle University.


ASMI, together with International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and SPRING Singapore, co-organised a business mission trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


ASMI and IE Singapore organised a business mission to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


ASMI organised Singapore’s first representation at the Indonesia Maritime Expo (IME) and OIl and Gas Indonesia (OGI) in Jakarta, Indonesia.


ASMI flew the Singapore flag for the first time at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC) held in Abu Dhabi, UAE with a Singapore Pavilion supported by IE Singapore.


ASMI and IE Singapore co-organised a business mission to Perth, Australia to help Singapore companies appraise the market environment and opportunities in the oil and gas industry in Western Australia. 


ASMI formed Singapore Pavilion in the Australasian Oil & Gas in Perth, Australia.


ASMI led Singapore’s representation at the inaugural Offshore Technology Conference Asia edition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Singapore participated collectively under the ASMI-organised Singapore Pavilion for the first time at the Rio Oil and Gas Expo and Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Singapore made its debut in a national pavilion organised by ASMI at the Offshore Korea trade show in Busan. 



Mr Chow Yew Yuen, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Offshore and Marine, was elected as
ASMI’s 13th President at its 47th Annual General Meeting, for period 2015 to 2017. 

ASMI helped Singapore-based companies outreach to the Vietnamese market through its first participation at INMEX Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City.

ASMI formed its first Singapore Pavilion at the popular Oil and Gas Asia in Kuala Lumpur.

On 16 October, ASMI signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Marine IndustrySkillsFuture Earn-and-Learn Programme and Enhanced Internship with WDA and tertiary institutions to promote and facilitate SkillsFuture initiatives for the marine and offshore engineering (M&OE) sector.

ASMI led Singapore’s inaugural representation at Gastech Conference and Exhibition,the world’s largest gas event to profile her capabilities and solutions for the natural gas and LNG sector.


ASMI was appointed by WSG as the Lean Enterprise Development (LED) multiplier to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in the M&OE industry tap on government  schemes to restructure their businesses and build new capabilities.

ASMI was appointed Programme Manager for the Marine Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) by Workforce Singapore (WSG) in October to help mid-career Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs) to undergo skills conversion and move into new job roles in the marine and offshore industry.


Mr Abu Bakar Bin Mohd Nor, Managing Director (Gas & Specialised Vessels), Keppel Offshore and Marine, was appointed as the Association’s 14th President, for period 2017 to 2019. 


ASMI is one of the 22 trade associations to relocate to the Trade Association Hub at Jurong Town Hall. The facility was officially opened by Prime Minister (PM) Lee Hsien Loong on 22 November 2017. PM Lee visited ASMI during his tour of the Trade Association Hub.


ASMI debuted with a Singapore Pavilion at Europort, the biennial exhibition for maritime technology in Amsterdam.


ASMI celebrated its 50th year of establishment in 2018. It kicked off its Golden Jubilee year with a mass “lo-hei” reception on 22 February.

The M&OE Industry Transformation Map (ITM) was developed by a multi-agency team led by the EDB together with ASMI, unions and industry partners under the M&OE Industry Tripartite Committee, was launched in 22 February 2018.

The Skills Framework for Marine and Offshore developed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG),WSG, EDB, Spring Singapore together with industry stakeholders, was launched in conjunction with the M&OE ITM.

ASMI set up an ITM Programme Office in May 2018 to help implement the initiatives outlined in the M&OE ITM with the support of Spring Singapore and EDB. ASMI held its 50th Annual General Meeting in May 2018.

ASMI signed an MOU with NTUC’s marine engineering cluster, e2i, SSG and the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology to affirm its commitment to implement the Skills Strategy for M&O industry at the launch of Marine Week 2018.

ASMI organised a Study Mission to Norway and Netherlands on Liquefied Natural Gas to gather market information on LNG, technological competencies, developments and business opportunities within the LNG value chain.  


Mr Simon Kuik, Vice President and Head of Research and Development at Sembcorp Marine Ltd, was elected as ASMI’s 15th President at its 51st Annual General Meeting, for period 2019 to 2021. 

ASMI organised Singapore’s maiden collective participation at the Asia-Pacific Wind Energy Expo, the inaugural offshore wind energy event at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  

ASMI led a Study Mission to Netherlands to learn about developments and opportunities in offshore wind market as part of the ITM initiatives to help industry move into new growth areas.

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