Andreas Sohmen-Pao is Singapore Maritime Foundation’s new chairman

The Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) inaugurated Andreas Sohmen-Pao, CEO of BW Group, as its new chairman at its annual New Year cocktail reception in the Lion City state today.

Sohmen-Pao replaces Michael Chia, managing director of marine and technology at Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M). Chia has served on the foundation’s board for a decade, including six years as chairman.

The new chairman said the SMF would focus on promoting the Maritime Singapore Connect (MSC) Office over the year ahead, to which the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has committed S$4m, the Straits Times reports.

The MSC Office aims to build an integrated network between industry, schools and government agencies to promote education, career guidance and recruitment for the maritime industry.

The SMF also plans to promote the Singapore Ship Sale Form, said Sohmen-Pao, who urged the industry for its support.

Four new members have also joined SMF’s board: Chow Yew Yuen, chief executive of Keppel O&M; Loo Tze Kian, managing director of L.C.H.; Ong Poh Kwee, COO of Sembcorp Marine; and Lisa Teo, executive director for corporate development at Pacific International Lines.

Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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