SSA - Facilitators

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Mr. Aloysius Lim Keng Cheong

Mr Aloysius Lim has over twenty-five years experience in managing companies of various industries, ranging from shipping, logistics and manufacturing to non-profit trade organisation.  He has worked across several multi-national (American, British & Italian) and local companies. In all these companies, he held various portfolios ranging from operations, marketing, commercial, business development and finance to senior management. Besides the main Singapore office, he also managed the branch offices and agents in this region.

With a strong entrepreneurial orientation, Mr. Lim established his own international logistics company (Uni-Span Pte Ltd), providing innovative logistics solutions. His experiences and knowledge enabled him to handle door-to-door multimodal logistics to lesser-developed and remote locations such as Macedonia, Bulgaria, Russia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India and others. He has traveled extensively in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mr. Lim has been sharing with others for the past 16 years his extensive experiences, both as a user and provider of shipping and logistics services through the courses/seminars/talks conducted. Some of the institutions include Vietnam Freight Forwarding Association, Singapore Logistics Association, Singapore Shipping Association, PSA Port Institute, International Trade Institute of Singapore and others. He has done consultancy and training in the Asia region, some of these countries include Vietnam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Cambodia, China and Mongolia.

As a person who believes in contributing towards the community, Mr. Lim is actively involved with various non-profit organisations. Some of these include the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Singapore Logistics Association, Singapore Polytechnic, National University of Singapore and National Council of Social Services.

Mr. Lim graduated from the University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He obtained the Diploma of Competence in Freight Forwarding, issued by FIATA (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Association) and is a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK). He is also a Certified National Skills Recognition System (NSRS) Assessor (with SPRINGS) and member of the Singapore Training & Development Association (STADA).

Capt. Anil Varma Kumar

Capt. Anil Varma was a former Master, Deputy Marine Superintendant and Manager in Shipping Corporation of India at their Head Quarters in Bombay before switching to an Academic career. He is currently tenured with the Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic as Senior Lecturer and Manager (Q&E) in the International Programs Division. His current areas of Academic development and education work include Advanced Electronic Navigation and Communication Systems including Simulation, Tanker (Oil, Chemical & Gas) Technologies, Bunkering Systems, Logistics & Transport Modelling and Shipping Business Simulation.

He was formerly in charge of the SP’s Maritime IT Lab in which he assisted in the development and configuration of an integrated and interactive shipping business software suite and ECDIS. Currently he is in charge of the Department’s Quality Certification and Assets.

Capt. Anil Varma holds a Master (FG) from India, a PGDM In Operations Research & Computer Science (Bombay University), an Advanced Diploma in Quality Engineering (Singapore), and a Masters in Business Administration (Technology Management) . Capt. Varma has undertaken numerous consulting assignments in the areas of Shipping Business, Quality, Security, Safety and Management -  in India, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia as well as read numerous papers in international conferences in Singapore and in international venues.

Capt Varma currently serves as a committee member in the IEEE (EngMgt) Society –  Singapore Chapter, serves the SGS Certification and Quality Committee – as an Advisory Committee Member, as an SAC Assessor (SS 600 & SS 524), an Observer in the SSA Bunkering Committee and was a former TuV Sud/PSB’s External Auditor. Capt. Varma has been involved in numerous development and training related work from its very inception in SMA and Singapore including Bunkering and Tanker Safety Courses

Capt. David Cheong

Capt Cheong is a Manager for Marine Management Systems in Lloyd’s Register Asia. He started his sea career with Neptune Shipmanagement Services Pte Ltd (NSSPL) in 1983 as a Deck Cadet. In 2004, he was posted on shore attachment to NSSPL’s Safety, Quality and Environmental Dept as Marine Superintendent, and thereafter the Quality and Environmental Management Representative. In 2005, he was appointed the company’s Quality and Environmental Management Representative. Main responsibility in this area was to ensure that the management and its fleet of vessels are in compliance with the management’s Safety Management System (SMS) which complies with the International Safety Management (ISM) code, ISO9001 (Quality Management System) and ISO14001 (Environmental Management System) and the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) code.

David joined Lloyd’s Register Asia in 2006 as a Marine Auditor, specialising in ISM (including office Document of Compliance) and shipboard ISPS audits. He also qualified as a ISO9001 and ISO14001 assessor to quality management system compliance for LR’s marine clients. Since joining Lloyd’s Register, he has conducted numerous safety and quality management systems audits, both in the office and on board various types of vessels.

He is also a Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006 Inspector. David is also a trainer with Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Training Services conducting the ISM Internal Auditor course, Ship Security Officer / Company Security Officer, Designated Person Ashore (DPA) and Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006 public courses.

Mr. David S.S. Chin

Mr. David Chin holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1st Class Honours) in Engineering from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Polytechnic, UK. He attended the Advanced Management Program XI, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, on the fall of 1992. He is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Singapore (SNAMES) and a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, IMarEST.

Mr Chin first started his maritime career as an apprentice in the ship repair yard. In 1985, he joined the Trade Development Board (now known as International Enterprise Singapore), became Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 1994 and was appointed Director General (Trade) for the ASEAN Division in 2002. He served a concurrent stint as the Executive Director to establish the Singapore Business Federation from 2002 to 2004 and in January 2004, he was appointed as the Director General (Trade) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He retired in 2007, and continued as a Consultant to the Ministry of Trade and Industry till 2011.

Mr Chin was previously a Board Member of the Professional Engineers Board (1981 to 1984), a Board Member of the Port of Singapore Authority (1995 to 1997) and had also served two terms as a Director on the Board of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (1994 to August 1999 and later August 2003 to February 2006). He was also the Deputy Chairman of the Singapore Commodity Exchange (1992 to 2000), a Board Director of Jurong Port Pte Ltd (2000 to 2002), the Vice Chairman of International Merchandise Mart Ltd (1995 to 2002), a Board Director of SilkAir (Singapore) Pte Ltd (1997 to 2003), and a Board Director of Pacific Shipping Trust Management Pte Ltd (2006 to 2010). He was a Vice President and Council Member of IMarEST (2013 to 2016) in the United Kingdom.

Mr Chin is currently a Board Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA). He is also active in contributions to maritime education, as part of three committees in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (SP). He chaired the Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Bachelor of Science (Maritime Studies) programme at NTU (2012 to 2016), and is currently a member of SP’s Maritime Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) and NP’s Marine and Offshore Technology Advisory Committee (MOTAC).

Mr Chin was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) on National Day in 1993, the Public Administration Medal (Gold) on National Day in 2000. In 2013, he also received the International Maritime Centre Award from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and was awarded the Pioneer Generation Award at the 2015 Lloyd’s List Asia Awards for his many contributions to Maritime Singapore.  In July 2016, he was also given an Award by Seatrade Maritime Publication for his contribution to developing Maritime Singapore.

Mr. Ivan Ho Seng Cheng

Mr. Ho has served as a Deck Officer in various foreign merchant ships from 1972-1981, and thereafter as Port Captain & Senior Manager with extensive experience in various shipping operations and businesses related to container lines, RO -RO, lash ships, refrigerated ships, cable ships, car carrier, general cargo liner & dry bulk carriers. Ivan has worked in various senior capacities as vessel operator, owner’s representative and charterer’s agent in both long haul liner and feeder carriers.

He has been a trainer with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and has conducted training with SSA for more than 21 years, and has devoted more than 30 years to the shipping industry in various capacities.

Mr. Kan Hoi Yuen

Mr. Kan has worked in an oil company for 29 years, with the last 10 years as the Regional HSSE Manager. He is now semi-retired. Currently, he is one of the technical assessors for Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC), performing assessments on bunker surveying companies. He is also a member of the Spring Singapore Working Group that recently completed the review on SS600:2014.

Mr Kan had sailed on board foreign -going vessels, and obtained the Certificate of Competency 1st Class (Motor) in 1982. He was also the past chairman of the SSA Bunker Sub-Committee from 2001 to 2011, as well as the convenor for the ISO Workgroup that developed the ISO 13739 in 2010.

Mr. Lam Chee Long

Mr. Lam has worked in various senior management positions in both local and foreign insurance companies with 30 years of industry experience. He obtained his degree in Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Singapore, now NUS (National University of Singapore) and his Master in Business Administration from Strathclyde Graduate Business School. Additionally, he is a Chartered Insurer and holds an ACII and FCII from the Chartered Insurance Institute of UK.

On a part-time basis, Mr. Lam was also a lecturer on Marine Insurance in the 1990s with the Singapore Polytechnic under their Diploma in Shipping programme.

Mr. Lee Wai Pong

Mr. Lee is a Master Mariner and a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. His past experiences include sailing on container ships, dry cargo ships and product tankers. He has also represented Hull Underwriters as their representative for Marine Insurance and worked in capacity of ship manager, shipbroker and for the last decade as an owner’s representative for new building contracting, chartering and operations work.

Since 2010, he has been the Executive Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).

Mrs. Olivia Chan

Ms Chan is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a MBA graduate in Finance from University of Leeds, is a seasoned documentary credit specialist of over 30 years. She is a Certified Documentary Credit Specialist, a qualification jointly issued by the Chartered Institute of Bankers (UK) and the International Financial Services Association (USA) and endorsed by the International Chamber of Commerce based in Paris, France.

She is a well-recognised trainer in Singapore, specialising in Documentary Credit, Trade Finance and International Trade Services. She has extensively lectured and conducted workshops for more than 18 years for SSA.

Mr. Patrick Phoon

Mr Patrick Phoon is veteran in Singapore’s  shipping industry bringing with him over 40 years of experience as a ex-Mariner to managing a major privately held global shipping company.   Shipping is in the life blood of Mr Phoon, after graduating he served 2 years sailing as a deck officer on a merchant marine vessel. He returned to shore, heeding an entrepreneurial calling, and began his journey to build his foundational skills on a shore-based career in shipping.

Today, Mr Phoon collectively reflects those 40yrs of shipping experiences that span from being a boarding officer, to commercial operations, to technical and business management.   After comfortably getting his foundations set, Mr Phoon went on to start an agency company and eventually caught the fancy of Taiwanese giant, Evergreen Marine group, which appointed Mr Phoon’s agency to be their sole partner overseeing South East Asia region's business operations and interest.  As a senior executive on the Evergreen board, Mr Phoon help set up Evergreen’s foray into the commercial and passenger airline arm in EVA Air.  He went on to serve as President of the Singapore Shipping Association  (SSA), contributing many hours and providing direction to help steer the SSA into a leading industry trade association.   Mr Phoon is widely respected among his peers internationally and in Singapore.  His foresight and strategies enable him to place the SSA in close collaboration with the Marine Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). This public-private partnership and collaboration has enabled Singapore to set out cohesive national programs, setting Singapore on the path towards being a leading International Maritime Centre.  In addition, he served on many governmental policy committees in the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Transport.

For his many years of contribution towards national interests in building and developing the shipping industry,  Mr Phoon has been recognised internationally as well as  awarded the following:

MPA - International Maritime Award 2017
Republic of Singapore President’s Award - Public Service Medal Award 2016
Republic of Singapore - Public Service Star Award 2016
Seatrade - Lifetime Achievement Award 2014
Spring Singapore -  Merit Award 2009

Cmdr. Raghu Venkata Chandrasekhar

Cmdr. Chandra is currently a Senior Consultant (Maritime Studies & Hydrography) in ST Education & Training (STET) Pte Ltd with expertise in General Navigation (Maritime), Electronic Navigation (ECDIS, AIS, GPS, RADAR/ARPA), Maritime Security (ISPS Code), Port and Terminal Management, SOLAS/STCW/MARPOL/MLC 2006 and Maritime Law/Marine Insurance.

Cmdr Chandra has 5.5 years of experience as a Maritime Studies/Hydrography Instructor. He holds a Masters in Hydrographic Survey, has an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and is a Professional Qualification Examiner with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, London.

Cmdr Chandra is a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Survey & Spatial Sciences Institute of Australia and is an Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute of London.

Capt. Rosli B. Ridzwan

Capt Ridzwan is a Senior Lecturer with the Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic in subjects such as Financial Management in Shipping, Bunkering Practices, and Electronic Commerce amongst others. He has over 20 years of experience in education and training. He was a former Ship Master and had served on vessels such as product tankers, cargo ships, ocean and harbour tugs and offshore survey/crew ship. He was involved in marine cargo surveying before joining Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd (JSL) as Dock Master. At JSL, he was involved in piloting of ships including VLCCs for repairs, Docks management and Dock (HSC) personnel management.

He holds a Degree in Business Administration (Transport), Diploma in Maritime Studies, Diploma in Counselling and was a Member of Chartered Institute of Transport.

Capt Satinder Singh Virdi

Capt. Satinder is Senior Lecturer and Course Manager in Singapore Maritime Academy, (SMA) Singapore Polytechnic. He has been associated with maritime industry for more than 28 years, including 15 years of sailing experience. His area of specialization includes safety and operations of oil and gas tankers, ECDIS and Electronic Navigation Systems.

Apart from commanding various Tankers in the worldwide merchant fleet with various ship owners, he holds Bachelor of Engineering as well as M.Sc. in Safety, Health and Environmental Technology, with specialization in Process Safety.

He has been involved in training Marine and Technical Superintendents, officers and cadets for the last 13 years and works actively with ‘Maritime and port Authority of Singapore’ for implementation of training as per STCW convention. He is also Technical Assessor for Cargo operations under Spring Singapore and represents SMA in SSA Marine Fuels Committee. He is also conducting the training for shipboard officers engaged in LNG Bunkering as per SS: TR56 standard.

Mr. Seah Khen Hee

Mr. Seah is Chairman of Singapore’s Technical Committee for Bunkering (TC) since 1992. In 2009, he jointly initiated the pioneering Singapore Mass Flow Metering Project. He led it as the Convenor of the TC-appointed Working Group on Mass Flow Metering (WG MFM) from 2009 to Apr 2014, during which the WG achieved several milestones and established the principles, requirements and procedures for a new metering standard for bunkering. As TC Chairman, he guides the development of the new Mass Flow Metering standard by the WG MFM.

As the Singapore Port Authority (PSA)’s Bunkering Services Manager from 1988 to 1996, he started and steered SIBCON and established the governance framework of the nascent Singapore bunkering industry, from the licensing of bunker suppliers and craft operators to the pioneering development and implementation of bunkering standards including the Singapore Bunkering Procedure (SBP) and SS CP60, the forerunner of SS 600. He graduated in 1976 with a B.Sc (Hon) degree from the University of Southampton, UK.

Mr. Tan Chin Hee

Mr Tan, Executive Director of Pacific Carriers Singapore graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the then University of Singapore in 1972.  He began his career in liner shipping with Nedlloyd and the Inchcape Group till 1980. Subsequently he joined Pacific Carriers in 1981 working in dry bulk and tanker chartering for almost 20 years where after he was appointed to the Board of PCL. He has since been responsible for all the Group’s Sale and Purchase, Marine Insurance and Tanker chartering matters.

In his Marine Insurance capacity, he is currently serving as a Director on the Board of the U K Defence Club and is continuing as a long serving committee member of the Assuranceforeningen Skuld since 1994. In addition he has served as a Councillor of the Singapore Shipping Association since 2011 and is onto his third term of office as Vice President and Honorary Treasurer.

Concurrently he is serving on the Committee of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).         

Mr. Tan Teow Guan

Mr. Tan is a Bachelor of Science (Hons) graduate in Chemistry from the Nanyang University. He has worked in the Port of Singapore Authority and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore for more than 30 years and headed the Inspectorate of Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Cargo Section of PSA and MPA respectively. While working in PSA and MPA, he was involved in the development of Dangerous Goods Information System, Chemical Data Bank and Dangerous Goods Storage Yards.

He was also responsible for keeping the Dangerous Goods Regulations up-to-date. He has since set up his own company "Dangerous Goods Training & Consultancy" and provides training & consultancy services to the Shipping Community and chemical industry.

Mr. Ting Yong Hong

Mr. Ting Yong Hong’s practice has a strong focus in international trade, dry shipping (i.e. charter parties, bills of lading and letters of indemnity for delivery without bills of lading) and trade finance.

Mr. Ting is well-versed in "dry shipping" law. Some recent matters include acting successfully for shipowners and charterers in connection with various claims brought by banks for the delivery of cargo without the presentation of bills of lading due to Aavanti's financial difficulties as well as advising a major Singaporean tanker owner in connection with multi-million demurrage claims which had arisen due to the political upheaval in Yemen.

In addition, he has significant experience in “wet shipping” matters and maritime insolvencies.

From 2014 to mid-2015, Yong Hong was regional counsel for Asia Pacific and Middle East in a logistics MNC head quartered in the U.S.A.

Mr. William Tan

Mr. Tan is a Consultant Trainer, a Business Improvement speaker and a Motivator. He has for many years conducted training in sales, marketing and effective communication for the Singapore Shipping Association. He conducted training for more than 15 years for a public listed company in Singapore and his services were extended to agency offices worldwide.

He brings with him experiences and insights of working in a competitive multicultural global environment. He has worked in the public and private sectors and is an adjunct lecturer in a polytechnic. An accomplished Toastmaster, he also conducts training overseas.




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