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Singapore’s Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, has said that the maritime industry has to work together to ensure responsible and sustainable growth.
SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Parliamentary Secretary for Transport, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, has said that the maritime industry has to work together to ensure responsible and sustainable growth.
This is critical as over 90 per cent of world trade uses shipping as a means of transporting goods.
Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal said this on Monday at a ceremony commemorating World Maritime Day.
Using Singapore as an example, he said the country studies and mitigates any environmental impact that may arise from the development of its port, growth in demand, and the needs of its economy.
Another area of importance is protecting the welfare of seafarers at sea.
Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal said the 2006 Maritime Labour Convention, which Singapore had ratified, ensures that seafarers' working conditions and safety are looked after.
On its part, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore will continue to work with its partners in ensuring the Convention is implemented effectively.
Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal also paid tribute to the 12,000 seafarers who land on Singapore’s shores every day, and distributed some 600 hampers that will reach some 9,000 seafarers.
He said: "All of you risk your lives daily and brave the rough seas so as to ensure the smooth flow of seaborne trade. I am inspired by your dedication to your craft and salute your tireless contributions to the maritime industry and world trade.
“As Singapore's economy continues to grow, the Singapore maritime industry will continue to figure prominently in our growth plans.
"Going forward, the Singapore Government will continue to work with the industry, unions and seafarers' missions to safeguard and promote the interests and well-being of all seafarers."