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ASMI News 2005 : 1st Quarter

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The Great Maritime Adventure

The Great Maritime Adventure (GMA) kicked off at Clifford Pier on 26 February 2005 with 85 eager teams taking part in the flagship activity of the Maritime Now! publicity programme. It was the inaugural event of the Singapore Maritime Foundation. The GMA, a one-day cross-island race, was organised to elevate the awareness of maritime to the public by engaging them in a fun and educational way. Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, Minister of State for Finance and Transport, flagged off the GMA at 8:30 am.

Participants came from all walks of life and included students, young working adults, engineers, consultants, fitness coaches, teachers, families. Each team comprised three members. Teams had to solve clues leading them to various pit-stops of maritime significance throughout Singapore. At each pit-stop, teams had to undertake physical and mental challenges before they could proceed to the next location. All in all, there were six pit-stops, namely Sembawang Shipyard, 78 Shenton Way, NOL Building, PSA Vista, Singapore Polytechnic and Merlion Park/Boat Quay.

The fastest team from K Line Singapore completed the race in three hours to win the top prize of $10,000 in cash. The teams from Maersk Singapore and Nanyang Technological University came in second and third place. They won $7,500 and $5,000 in cash prizes respectively. General feedback from participants was that through the GMA, they have been made more aware of the various clusters in the maritime industry and the latter's contribution to the Singapore economy.

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Asian Shipping and Work Boat 2005

15 ASMI members participated in the 4th Asian Shipping/Work Boat 2005 supported by the Association. The event, organised by Baird Publications from 1 to 3 March 2005 at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, attracted some 90 exhibitors from Singapore and overseas. It showcased ship and boat builders, engine makers and electronic equipment manufacturers as well as supplies of marine goods and services. Two half-day forums focusing on World Shipbuilding and Patrol, Assault, Surveillance and Rescue Craft as well as a series of product presentation seminars were also held.

The participating ASMI members were ASL Shipyard, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, Codar, Cummins Diesel, Damen Shipyards, Industmarine Engineers, Jason Electronics, Kelvin Hughes Singapore, MTU Asia, Niigata Power Systems (Singapore), Radio Holland Singapore, Rico, Schottel, Stone Marine Singapore and Xin Ming Hua.

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Making Waves at NOR Shipping 2005

ASMI, the Singapore Maritime Foundation and Maritime Port Authority of Singapore, are co-organising Singapore's participation in Nor-Shipping 2005. The 20th edition of this biennial exhibition will be held at the Norway Trade Fairs in Lillestrom, Oslo, Norway from 7 to 10 June 2005. The Singapore Pavilion will occupy an area of 264 sqm.

Leading the Singapore delegation will be the Minister of State for Finance and Transport, Mrs Lim Hwee Hua, who will officiate the opening of the Singapore Pavilion and deliver a speech at the Opening Conference of the Exhibition. She will also host a "Singapore Nite" reception at the Hotel Continental in Oslo on 8 June 2005. Some 14,000 visitors from the international maritime and offshore communities are expected to attend this exhibition.

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37th Annual General Meeting cum Election of New ASMI Council

The Association will hold its 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 31 May 2005. The Agenda will include presentations of reports on the marine industry's performance in 2004, the Association's activities and its financial statements for the same year. There will also be an election of a new Council for a two year term commencing June 2005 to May 2007. All ASMI members are welcomed to attend the AGM and the fellowship dinner after the Meeting.

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ASMI Appreciation Reception

A reception was held on 29 December 2004 for Council and Committee members and working groups in recognition of their support and contributions to the Association over the past one and a half years. ASMI President, Mr Heng Chiang Gnee, hosted the reception held at The Harry's@The HarborFront. He thanked members for their assistance in helping to organise various events and activities as welt as their contributions towards specific projects.

The casual setting and cosy ambience of the pub restaurant made it easy for members to mingle, while enjoying the finger food and free flow of beer and soft drinks. Some members also took to the pool table to pit their skills with one another. The reception was a wonderful way to round up the Association's activities for 2004.

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Singapore Shiprepair, Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Directory 2005

The Singapore Shiprepairing, Shipbuilding & Offshore Industries Directory 2005, a joint production between ASMI and Times Business Information, is now available from the Secretariat. The Directory provides a convenient and comprehensive reference on companies in the Singapore marine industry.

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