Speakers

Speakers Line-up

Guest of Honour Keynote Address Keynote Address

Mr Niam Chiang Meng
Chairman
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Rear Admiral John P. Nadeau
Assistant Commandant for Capability
U.S. Coast Guard

Mr Mok Ick-Soo
President & CEO
Korea Ship Safety Technology Authority
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GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON SAFETY@SEA

Capt. Kunal Nakra
Deputy Director
Transport Safety Investigation Bureau
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Dr. Laura Wynter
Deputy Director
IBM
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Jan Willem Verkiel
Manager Harbourmaster Policy Department
Port of Rotterdam
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Mabel Hu
Senior Pilot
PSA Marine
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Robert Griffiths
Vice President, Maritime Policy
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)
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Nick Potter
General Manager, Shipping & Maritime,
Asia Pacific & Middle East
Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd.
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Magdalene Chew
Director
AsiaLegal LLC
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Dr Low Kiang Wei
Senior Medical Advisor
International SOS
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Capt I G Sangameswar
Senior Assistant Director (Training Standards)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
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Mohamad Salleh bin Ahmad Sarwan
Director
Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic
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Andreas Salim
Operations Manager
FueLNG Pte Ltd
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Mr Tim Wilkins
Regional Manager Asia-Pacific
Environment Director
INTERTANKO
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Mr Richard Tan
Senior Manager
Pavilion Gas Pte Ltd

 

 

Speakers Profile & Organisation

Mr Niam Chiang Meng
Chairman
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Biography:
Mr Niam Chiang Meng is currently Chairman of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

He is also a Board Member of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore since 1 November 2012, Chairman of the Governing Board for the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) with effect from 24 October 2016, Chairman of the Energy Studies Institute Management Board since Nov 2016, Deputy Chairman of Gardens by the Bay since 1 Dec 2016, and a member of MediaCorp Private Ltd since 1 Nov 2016.

Mr Niam has served in various capacities in the Ministries of Finance, Trade and Industry, Health, Law and Information, Communications and the Arts. He was seconded to the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation in 1993, and held the position of Vice President (News), Television Corporation of Singapore from 1994 to 1997. He was appointed Permanent Secretary (Information, Communications and the Arts) from 1997 to 2001. He helmed the Housing and Development Board from 2002 to 2004, before he was appointed as Permanent Secretary (Community Development, Youth and Sports) from 2005 till March 2011. He was appointed Permanent Secretary of the National Population and Talent Division from 1 January 2011, and concurrently the Permanent Secretary of the National Climate Change (Prime Minister’s Office) from 1 October 2012 to 29 July 2016. Mr Niam was also Chairman of the Media Development Authority (MDA) of Singapore, from January 2011 till Nov 2016.




Rear Admiral John P. Nadeau
Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy
U.S. Coast Guard


Biography:
Rear Admiral John Nadeau currently serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, where he oversees three Coast Guard Directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards. The programs under his leadership include waterways management, navigation and boating safety, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, commercial vessel inspections, and port state control.

Rear Admiral Nadeau previously served as the Assistant Commandant for Capability, where he was responsible for identifying and sourcing new and extended capabilities, competencies, and capacity to meet U.S. Coast Guard mission requirements. In addition, he led the development of service-wide policy for staffing, training, equipping, sustaining, and employing platforms, equipment, and people.




Mr Mok Ick-Soo
President & CEO
Korea Ship Safety Technology Authority


Biography:
Mr. Mok has dedicated his whole career of more than 36 years to the marine safety and vessel operations starting from deck officer on a merchant ship in 1981.

Since 1985, he has experienced various positions within maritime industries working as cargo superintendent and port captain in Korea and U.S.A., and as a senior manager of multi-national shipping and marine engineering companies stationed in Korea and Singapore.

In October 2014, he has taken the helm of KST which is a semi-governmental body responsible for statutory inspection of about 100,000 domestic ships, and safety operations of 170 passenger liners in Korea.

Mr. Mok, while working at KST has recognized that without non-convention vessels' safety it will be impossible to achieve the goal of IMO. The frequency and probability of accidents arising from non-convention vessels are higher than convention vessels. From the statistics of Korean vessels marine accident, 88% of them occurred in coastal area and 84% comes from the small and medium sized non-convention vessels. In this context, Mr. Mok will emphasize the reason why we need to pay keen attention to the safety of non-convention vessels.

He will also introduce SSS (Small and medium sized Ship Safety) Forum inaugurated last November in which participated 6 countries; Norway, Canada, Indonesia, China, Japan and south Korea. The goal of this forum is to address the importance of domestic ships safety, and consequently suggest development of international cooperation by way of exchanging ideas, sharing information, and collaboration of R&D activities among members of the SSS Forum.

Presentation Narrative:
So far most of naval architecture and safety measures are primarily developed for and focused on International trading large vessels by IMO and the relevant or the industries concerned.

Nevertheless, majority of sailing vessels at sea are small and medium sized ships, and their frequency and probability of accident is higher than large vessels. From the statistics of Korean vessels marine accident, 88% of them occurs in coastal area and 84% comes from small and medium vessels. In the context, the safety enforcement for those small and medium ships mostly non-convention vessels are needed as our top priority.

The speaker will address the importance of domestic ships safety and consequently suggest to develop international cooperation by exchanging ideas and sharing information to enhance safety of ships and life at sea and introduce SSS Forum(Small and medium sized Ship Safety Forum) which has inaugurated last November by 6 countries, i.e. Rep. of Korea, China, Japan, Indonesia, Norway, Canada. This SSS Forum comprises a steering committee and 4 sub-committees by ship’s type i.e. fishing vessels, passenger ships, coastal cargo ships and leisure boats.




Capt. Kunal Nakra
Deputy Director
Transport Safety Investigation Bureau


Biography:
As the head of the Marine Safety Investigation Branch of the Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), Capt Kunal Nakra, oversees the conduct of marine safety investigations (no blame investigations) on behalf of Singapore, into casualties that involve Singapore registered ships and foreign flagged ships that are involved in a marine casualty within Singapore’s waters. TSIB is the air and marine accidents and incidents investigation authority in Singapore.

He is an experienced Marine Casualty investigator having conducted investigations into marine casualties such as Collisions, Groundings, Fire Incidents, fatalities due to work related jobs onboard and serious injuries.

He has previously performed roles with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) as a Flag State inspector, auditor and investigator conducting Statutory Investigations for the Director of Marine. During his tenure with MPA, he was a Risk Based Auditor for the Shipping Division and key appointee to the organization’s Framework for Enterprise Risk Management.

He represents Singapore at the IMO‘s Instruments Implementation Sub-committee on issues pertaining to casualty analysis and is a marine casualty analyst. His work as a Flag Sate investigator requires involvement with international and regional forums like Marine Accident Investigators’ International Forum and Marine Accident Investigators’ Forum in Asia on behalf of Singapore. He is well versed with IMO instruments as well as the IMO Instruments Implementation Code.

He is a trained ISO, ISM & ISPS Lead Auditor and has conducted shipboard and shore-based audits of shipping companies.

Presentation Narrative:
Capt Kunal will share with the audience on what a Marine Safety Investigation is what role does such an investigation play for preventing marine casualties, and how the industry can work together with a safety investigator to improve maritime safety.




Dr. Laura Wynter
Deputy Director
IBM


Biography:
Dr. Laura Wynter leads the Cognitive@NationScale initiative at IBM Research in Singapore. Laura has degrees from MIT and the Ecole des Ponts (Paris, France). Her areas of expertise involve the use of optmization, equilibrium modeling and statistics-based methods for enabling effective real-time decision making for planning as well as in operational environments in transportation and other domains. She is an IBM Master Inventor. Her work spans the full lifecycle of a research solution from the definition of the research problem and its characterization, to the development of effective algorithms, to collaborations with the IBM software division culminating in the creation of commercial software products from the models and algorithms developed.

Presentation Narrative:
TBC




Jan Willem Verkiel
Manager Harbourmaster Policy Department
Port of Rotterdam


Biography:
Jan Willem Verkiel is the manager of the Port of Rotterdam Harbourmaster Policy Department. His department provides policy, guidelines, regulations, innovation and research on topics varying from law enforcement, nautical safety, port security, cyber security, handling dangerous cargo, participation in international organisations, VTS and all other aspects of the domain of the Harbourmaster. Mr. Verkiel started his career in 1989 in the Dutch Royal Navy. As a navy officer he sailed navy vessels for several years and he studied Foreign Affairs at the University of Leiden. He started working for the Port of Rotterdam in 2002 as an advisor on strategy and port development and since 2012 he worked in the team of the Harbourmaster of Rotterdam. Jan Willem Verkiel has a wife and two kids and he lives in The Hague, the residence of the Netherlands.

Presentation Narrative:
Safety is one of the main goals for a Harbourmaster. Safety comes first, then smoothness and service next. Not only nautical safety but also a safe environment, port and cyber security, safety during events, calamity abatement and a safe working area are matters of interest for the Harbourmaster. The core business of the Harbourmaster is to improve safety. We can set rules, provide guidance, we can measure safety and we even may be able to calculate or forecast safety. But the most important element in improving safety is to improve safety awareness, because safety is depending on the quality of the human element . How can you give a boost to the safety awareness? Jan Willem Verkiel will take you on a journey to show how the Port of Rotterdam does it. Transparency and co-operation are the magic words. Tooling and risk management are essentials. Safety awareness is the goal.




Mabel Hu
Senior Pilot
PSA Marine


Biography:
Mabel Hu has accumulated more than 13 years of piloting experience. She attained her Class A1 pilot licence, issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, in 2009. In addition, she holds a Certificate of Competency Class 2 (Deck Officer).

In 2014, Mabel started her tour of duty as a Duty Manager at the Mission Command Centre. Her key responsibility is to ensure that all marine resources are deployed in an efficient manner, in support of port operation 24/7.

With the passion to impart her knowledge and skills in piloting, Mabel is trained and developed to assume the role of a trainer in 2015. She is a certified marine simulator instructor and conducts on-the-job practical ship handling and simulator training to the pilots.

Presentation Narrative:
Mabel will speak on the topic of 'Pilot Ladder Safety in Singapore waters', highlighting the safety issues that might ensue from an unsafe pilot ladder. Special attention will be drawn to the repercussions faced by the pilot service provider (PSP) and the safety issues at pilot boarding grounds when pilot boarding arrangements are not provided in accordance to the SOLAS requirements.




Magdalene Chew
Director
AsiaLegal LLC


Biography:
Magdalene was called to the Singapore Bar in May 1996. She joined M/s Khattar Wong & Partners in 1996, and moved to M/s Joseph Tan Jude Benny in September 1999. In November 2002 she set up M/s AsiaLegal LLC with 3 others as a Director.

In her years of practice, Magdalene has accumulated experience in both contentious as well as non-contentious work. Magdalene’s litigation experience covers general commercial litigation as well as more specific areas of litigation practice such as insolvency, shipping and admiralty. She has handled and advised on cargo claims, demurrage claims, claims for charterhire/freight, crew claims, detention of cargo disputes, charterparty disputes, collision claims, Mare del Nord orders and general average claims. She has independently advised on and attended to the closure and/or completion of many sale & purchase and ship financing transactions, both local and international.

In 2012, she was appointed and appeared in an London arbitration as an expert witness on the registration of ship mortgages under Singapore law. In 2013 and in 2014, she was nominated for the Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards under the Shipping practice area. In 2014 she was elected as Secretary for the Singapore chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association

Presentation Narrative:
The speaker will explore the distinction between loss and damage caused by negligent acts of the crew and loss and damage caused by incompetence of the crew. To the layman, these concepts may seem to be indistinguishable and inconsequential. However in the context of a carrier’s obligations to provide a seaworthy vessel, marine insurance coverage, and a carriers’ liability under the Hague / Hague Visby Rules, this is a potentially important distinction.




Nick Potter
General Manager, Shipping & Maritime, Asia Pacific & Middle East
Shell Eastern Trading (Pte) Ltd.


Biography:
Nick Potter is Royal Dutch Shell Group’s (Shell) Shipping & Maritime head in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region, based in Singapore. Nick is also director of Shell Tankers (Singapore) Private Limited and Shell International Shipping Services (Pte) Ltd.

Nick holds a Masters of Engineering degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology and a Chartered Engineer.

Shell started life as a shipping company in the late 1800s and has had a continuous presence in the industry ever since. Today, Shell Shipping & Maritime is Royal Dutch Shell Group’s centre for maritime expertise, providing commercial, ship management and technology services, along with assurance advice to internal and external customers.

Presentation Narrative:
In shipping, there are on average 250 significant collisions and 12 ships sunk a year. Working together with 500 leading shipping and maritime companies, Shell has introduced the Maritime “Partners in Safety” programme with the goal to create a zero-incident industry. The results have been impressive with a reduction in the number of serious actual and potential incidents by 250% since 2011. The presentation will elaborate on key elements of the programme and explain how the industry has responded to the challenge.




Robert Griffiths
Vice President, Maritime Policy
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA)


Biography:
Rob Griffiths is Vice President, Maritime Policy at Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Washington DC, where he develops, presents, negotiates, and implements global industry positions on legislative, regulatory, and policy matters involving ship design, operation and engineering. He is accredited to the International Maritime Organization where he represents the global cruise industry during international treaty negotiations and other matters. He is also the designated Secretary to the CLIA Global Committee on Maritime Safety Matters as well as the Cruise Ship Safety Forum and its Steering Committee.

Rob has diverse expertise in maritime safety and marine environmental protection. Having retired from the U.S. Coast Guard with over 25 years of service, he has held various technical and operational positions including as program manager in Washington DC, where he oversaw the independent testing labs and related equipment approvals for shipboard pollution prevention equipment, as well as chief of waterways management in Los Angeles/Long Beach, flag State and port State inspector, migrant interdiction officer in Miami, search and rescue controller in San Diego, operations officer and law enforcement boarding officer on a patrol boat in Miami, and as a quartermaster on a medium endurance cutter in St. Petersburg, Fla. He has over 6 years at-sea experience.

He is a 2007 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., where he received his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, and a 1999 graduate of San Diego State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with distinction.

Presentation Narrative:
TBC


Dr Low Kiang Wei
Senior Medical Advisor
International SOS


Biography:
Dr Low is currently Senior Medical Advisor, International SOS and is based in Singapore. He leads the team on all assistance-related medical issues including those from remote and offshore sites. In addition, he assists clients with medical risk mitigation and duty of care planning for their mobile and remote work force.

Dr Low obtained his MBBS and Masters in Internal Medicine from the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining International SOS, he was an Internal Medicine Resident at the largest tertiary hospital in Singapore and a Captain in the Armed Forces.


Presentation Narrative:
Find out how you can keep your business ahead by taking care of your seafarers and understanding what it means for you to know the health requirements and Pre-Employment Medical Examination for seafarers and Medical Aassistance@sea means for you.




Capt I G Sangameswar
Senior Assistant Director (Training Standards)
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore


Biography:
Capt I G Sangameswar is working as the Senior Assistant Director of the Training Standards Department, in the Shipping Division of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Capt Sangam joined the then Marine Department as a Marine Surveyor (Nautical) in Nov 1982. Prior to joining the Marine Department, he had served at sea in various ascending capacities as deck officer to master from 1970 to 1982. He has served on cargo ships, feeder container ships, bulk-carriers, OBO, parcel tankers, very large crude oil tankers and passenger ship and has about 3 years command experience

In his current post, Capt Sangam is responsible for overseeing the training and certification of seafarers and operation of the Integrated Simulation Centre. He has experience in conducting examinations for deck certificates of examination, co-ordination of maritime search and rescue and conducting investigations into maritime accidents and audit of maritime training institutes. He has also attended IMO meetings on the subcommittee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) when it discussed amendments to the STCW Convention and the diplomatic conference in Manila in Jun 2010 to adopt the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention.

He is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a member of the Maritime Industry Advisory Committee of the Singapore Polytechnic.

Presentation Narrative:
The presentation will highlight how resource management could be used to improve navigational safety. Most accidents are caused by human error. In many cases, it is the lack of situational awareness that cause many of these accidents. The information available on bridge was not shared amongst all members and to the leader – resulting in decisions being taken with scanty information. The presentation will cover the requirements for training of resource management and leadership required by all deck and marine engineer officers. Key elements of the training and how such training and implementation of resource management principles during the voyage can significantly improve safety of navigation.




Mohamad Salleh bin Ahmad Sarwan
Director
Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic


Biography:
Captain Mohamad Salleh is the Director at the Singapore Maritime Academy, Singapore Polytechnic since April 2015.

He has, for the past 25 years lectured in Nautical and Shipping Business areas at the Academy and provided consultancy services to the local & international maritime fraternities.

His maritime career includes 14 years as sea-going deck officer with Neptune Ship Management Services Pte. Ltd.




Andreas Salim
Operations Manager
FueLNG Pte Ltd


Biography:
Andreas Salim is Operations Manager for FueLNG Pte Ltd, one of two LNG bunkering license holders in Singapore. He is in charge of day-to-day operations at FueLNG and oversees all activities in the company to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of all LNG bunkering projects to the clients.

He also researches and develops operational procedures for the LNG bunkering projects that incorporates the local legislations and guidelines pertaining to the LNG Bunkering industry.

Andreas serves as a member of the core Working group appointed by the National Technical Committee for LNG Bunkering - assisting in the development of Technical Reference 56 (TR 56).

With over a decade of experience in offshore marine engineering, Andreas have previously gained expertise as a Project Manager at Keppel Singmarine, in charge of new-builds such as the construction of various vessels such as the Platform Supply Vessel (PSV) and the Anchor Handling Tug (AHT).