60 Years promoting industrial relations

60 Years promoting industrial relations

The Singapore Maritime Employers Federation (SMEF), one of the pioneering maritime organisations in Singapore, held its 60th anniversary celebrations in October last year aboard Asia’s only tall ship, the Royal Albatross. More than 100 people from its member companies, SMEF’s tripartite partner organisations – Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Maritime Officers Union, Singapore Organisation of Seamen and Singapore Shipping Association – and specially invited guests were treated to a cruise around Singapore waters. It was also a reunion for the attendees who included the Federation’s past chairmen and executive secretaries from the 1970s to date. Capt Francis Joseph, who has served as SMEF’s Chairman since 2007, and is a Director of Herning Shipping Asia Pte Ltd addressed the guests commenting that “since its inception in 1955, SMEF has followed the key objectives as laid down originally, and has conducted its activities in a ‘harmonious, effective and dignified’ manner befitting of its industry stature for the past 60 years”. SMEF, a non-profit organisation, remains focused on its core objectives which are “to support and promote the interests of the ship management industry and its members”. Furthermore, “to set industry best practices and standards; promote fair negotiations between maritime employers and seafaring trade unions and to work with government agencies in raising the profile of the maritime sector in Singapore, and of its most important asset – Human Resources, whilst maintaining the competitiveness of the Singapore Registry”. The SMEF is an active member of the Tripartite Maritime Manpower taskforce (seafaring) spearheaded by the MPA. This taskforce aims to build a strong Singaporean-core within the seafaring workforce and is working to attract more Singaporeans to embark on seafaring careers. The programme will also assist their transition back to shore-based jobs within the maritime industry when required. Vitaliy Chayka, ASP Group General Manager, Crew Management was among the guests at the Singapore celebrations.