Seafarers and maritime frontline workers have held the fort over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the global supply chains moving. Showing appreciation for these key workers, the Maritime Port and Authority of Singapore (MPA) worked with the Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) and Jurong Port to commission a local artist to produce two 4 metre by 2 metre wall murals art displays at the PSA Pasir Panjang Terminal and Jurong Port.
On 7 April, SMOU General Secretary Ms Mary Liew was invited to the Pasir Panjang Terminal to paint the finishing details of the mural. The murals feature workers of the maritime industry at work, with a message that reads:
This mural is dedicated to all our seafarers and frontline maritime personnel for the commitment in keeping the Singapore port open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the pandemic, the continued function of the Singapore Port was also made possible because of swift collaboration by tripartite partners to maintain safe operations at the port. Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport, Mr Chee Hong Tat, commended maritime tripartite partners in a Facebook post saying, “MaritimeSG has remained resilient despite the difficult environment last year, an achievement possible only with the strong tripartite partnership we have in Singapore.”
While the maritime industry continues to journey on the road to recovery, we honour the sacrifices of our seafarers and key maritime workers, while pressing on with tripartite initiatives to accelerate crew change for our seafarers in the region and beyond.
“The role of a seafarer is essential to the operation of the global supply chain. Vital supplies like food and medical equipment are transported across the seas daily, which continue to impact lives all around the world. Their work and sacrifices do not only affect the industry at a macro level, but have been making a difference for businesses, families, and individuals.” – Mary Liew, SMOU General Secretary