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27 Oct 2020
2 mins
Senior Minister of State, Ministry for Transport and Foreign Affairs, Chee Hong Tat Visits WMI

Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Chee Hong Tat visited the Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI) on 9 October to learn more about how the maritime tripartite partners developed the Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA) and Tripartite Engineering Training Award (TETA) initiatives.

The tour of WMI was led by General Manager Capt Lee Sang Chiat, where Mr Chee got to observe the classes conducted by the lecturers of TNTA and TETA. The highlight of the tour was the state-of-the-art 240-Degree Main Navigational Bridge Simulator. There, Capt Lee introduced Mr Chee to the immersive experience of navigating through day and night sailing conditions.

The visit concluded with a networking session over Lighthouse Bistro bento meals together with WMI’s alumni cadets and the graduating TNTA cohort 18. “There are many opportunities in the maritime industry. It is a sector which can cater to a broad spectrum of Singaporeans from different backgrounds. Our approach is to hire for passion and train for skills. Hope to see more Singaporeans make maritime your next port of call!” said Mr Chee. 

“I also encourage our seafarers to use this opportunity to go for training and upgrade their skills. For example, at the Wavelink Maritime Institute (WMI), seafarers can learn more about how to enhance ship security and manage marine engines running on IMO 2020 compliant fuel.” Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Chee Hong Tat

To help our seafarers cope better while out at sea, SMOU sponsored the Shipboard Mental Health Programme to help prepare the cadets mentally. The programme aims to help them understand the stresses that they will experience at sea and the possible coping techniques to manage their mental health.
Over at the Engine Room Simulator, TETA cadets learnt how to prepare the ship’s engines prior to departure from port.