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President's Message

Dear SASS Members & Friends of SASS,

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy & successful year in 2018.

2018 started positively with the 37th SASS AGM held on 12th January 2018 at the Singapore Island Country Club. The attendance at this year’s AGM broke last year’s attendance record, with over 70 attendees!

This year, we had A*STAR & Singapore Customs making presentations, providing members information on how these agencies can provide assistance to the industry & businesses. As part of the industry upgrading effort, A*STAR has invited SASS members to visit their Model Factory at SIMTECH on 8th February 2018. Registration to visit the Model Factory has been sent to members by the SASS Secretariat.

The highlight of the AGM was the panel discussion with the SASS Honorary Council Members. The Honorary Council Members spoke on the current & future state of shipping from their own perspectives. Members who attended the AGM had positive feedback on the panel discussion and SASS will organize another at an appropriate time.

SASS is also invited by the Migrant Workers Centre, which is part of NTUC, to co-host their charity golf event on 6th April 2018 at Raffles Country Club. The event will be graced by the Minister for Manpower Mr. Lim Swee Say. Details of this event will be sent to members soon and we ask for your support to make this event a success.

The agenda of SASS remains focused on staying relevant to members and to the industry. The vision of SASS is to be recognized as the global leader in promoting the interests of the ship supplies industry. This vision can only be realized through the unwavering support from members, industry partners and the government agencies. SASS will continue to lobby and work with the industry partners & government agencies to support its members and the industry.

SASS membership is also increasing. As of end January 2018, SASS has over 90 members with a few new applications. Much credit is given to current members who continue to promote and encourage companies to join SASS. We will continue to strive towards our goal of 150 members by 2019.

The 38th AGM in 2019 will be an election year. The elected office bearers from the 38th AGM will have the mandate to lead SASS for two years. It is important that the office bearers of the term beginning 2019 continue to lead and build SASS towards its vision. A call goes out to all members who share this vision to step forward to serve. Nomination process will begin sometime towards the end of the third quarter.

Finally, while there is some light at the end of the tunnel, many challenges in the industry remain. Please do provide feedback to the SASS Secretariat on ways the association can help. SASS is committed to helping members and the industry.

Once again, my fellow council members and I thank all members and industry partners for your continued support.

We wish all of you a good and prosperous 2018.

Danny Lien
Term 2017-2018

SASS President’s Report for Work Year 2016

Dear SASS Members & Friends of SASS,

On behalf of SASS & the Council, I wish all of you a happy, healthy & successful year in 2017.

2017 marks the beginning of a new 2 year term for the SASS Council. I thank all members for attending the AGM that was held on 5th January 2017 at the Singapore Island Country Club. The attendance at the AGM is by far the largest on record. Those who attended also witnessed the launch of the SASS Academy and had the chance to dialogue with Mr. Yeo Guat Kwang, Assistant Director General of NTUC.

Despite the last two years being extremely challenging for the marine & offshore industry, SASS has continued its mission to create value for its members and its vision of being the voice of the marine & offshore industry. The Project 100 initiated at the 2016 AGM to drive membership numbers to 100 from then under 50 has gained much traction. As of AGM 2017, membership stood at a commendable 83, although short of the 100 mark. The SASS Council will continue to work at increasing the membership number and target to have at least 150 members by the 2019 AGM. The Council is also actively recruiting Honorary Members and is targeting to have 25 Honorary Members by the 2018 AGM. Meetings with MPA, Customs, SPRING Singapore and other related industry partners are also ongoing to address the challenges the industry is facing and how solutions or assistance can be provided to qualifying members.

Leadership renewal must now rank high on the SASS agenda. I would like to encourage members with the passion and desire to contribute to the industry to step forward. Eligible and capable members can be co-opted into the current council and subsequently stand for election to hold office. SASS needs capable and committed leaders to continue this journey of excellence.

Last but not least, I want to again thank all SASS Members, Council Members and Industry Partners for their support and guidance the last years. My council colleagues & I are committed to raising SASS to the next level of excellence.

Looking forward to meeting all of you at the next SASS event.

Danny Lien
Singapore Association of Ship Suppliers & Services
Term 2016/2017


SASS President’s Report for Work Year 2015

Dear Fellow SASS Members,

Wishing all members and friends a Happy & Healthy 2016.

2015 was a significant year for SASS. Apart from hosting a successful ISSA Convention & Exhibition at Resorts World Sentosa, there were many other events that marked a busy SASS calendar. Amongst them were the meeting with the Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Senior Executives of IE Singapore as well as Senior Executives of SPRING Singapore. All this in a concerted effort to raise the profile of SASS and also to garner support for SASS and its members. 2015 also saw a well-attended Members Appreciation & Networking Evening held at the Genting Hotel Jurong. SASS also co-hosted a sports event “Battle of the Reds” with Newport Duty Free. The new look SASS website was also launched during the event. I encourage all members and friends to visit the website and provide feedback to further improve. The year concluded with a visit by SASS members to Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal as well as a company visit to Golden Harvest Shipping Company in Shanghai, China.

In terms of membership, SASS had 12 new Ordinary & Associate members join. This is by far the most new members joining SASS in a year. My fellow council members and I are happy that SASS is slowly gaining recognition for its efforts to bringing value to its members. The council and I will continue to work at growing its membership by working hard for its members.

We come off a high in 2015 to a more subdued 2016. The unexpected collapse of oil prices to levels not seen over last 10 years, the continued depressed shipping market, all add to the pressures ship suppliers and ship services companies have. The situation is compounded by tight labour market and escalating operating & compliance costs. Global economic headwinds will mean belt tightening for many industries, which will invariably affect the shipping industry. Numerous internationally renowned publications have cut global shipping outlook to negative on weak demand. Therefore it is imperative that ship suppliers and ship services companies must continually reinvent itself and adopt innovation and technology to stay relevant. Failing which, the chances of surviving this downturn will be lower than the companies that embrace innovation & technology.
My fellow council members and I will continue to be proactive in the following areas:

– Continue meetings with MPA, Customs, MoM, Spring Singapore & IE Singapore to get support for upgrading and upskilling the industry

– Continue to form alliances with various regional & global associations to grow SASS profile

– Continue to engage SASS members & grow SASS to be the voice of the industry

– Grow SASS membership – Project 100 : having 100 SASS members by AGM 2017

At AGM 2016, we successfully included in the Association’s Constitution to allow for another category of membership. The new Honorary Members category was introduced to allow SASS to recruit ship owning and ship management companies to its membership. This is in line with the ability to co-opt Honorary Council Members from ship owning and ship management companies to facilitate meaningful dialogue and exchange of ideas amongst members.

AGM 2016 also witnessed the changing of the SASS Secretariat from Culmet Services to Revelation Productions. SASS takes this opportunity to thank Culmet Services for their over a decade long of service and support. At the same time, I extend a warm welcome to Revelation Productions to the SASS family. I am confident that the new Secretariat team will continue to fly the SASS flag high.

On behalf of SASS, I would like to thank all the members for your valuable support. My fellow council members and I look forward to your continued support as we work together to strengthen and progress SASS and add value to SASS membership.
Have a great Year of the Monkey ahead!

Danny Lien
Singapore Association of Ship Suppliers & Services
Term 2015/2016

SASS President’s Report for Work Year 2014

Dear Fellow SASS Members,

A happy, healthy & prosperous New Year to all of you.

Since our last AGM almost a year ago at this same venue, 2014 went by as quickly as it came. The maritime industry continued to remain depressed for much of 2014, marked with small pockets of short lived improvements to charter rates which did nothing to bring optimism for a recovery. Conditions for many of our members remain challenging, especially with the tightening of the Ministry of Manpower s policies. I have heard complaints from various industries of the tight labour market and the inability to get staff. In this respect, SASS has contacted MoM requesting for a meeting to discuss the challenges our industry is facing. Unfortunately MoM has not responded despite sending a reminder. Nevertheless, SASS will continue to explore other avenues to engage senior officials of MoM. SASS will update members on the progress of getting a meeting with MoM.

Much of 2014 was spent on preparing for ISSA 2015. Besides looking at various venues to host the event, much time and effort was also spent on establishing relationships with government bodies. Meetings with IE Singapore, SPRING Singapore, MPA were established. Based on the event s theme of Heritage of Shipping : The Journey of Innovation & Productivity, these government agencies have agreed to endorse and support ISSA 2015. IE Singapore has also approved SASS iMAP grant which will help Singapore companies defray some of the cost of participating in ISSA 2015. Our PCO will provide more details in due course. SASS also engaged InterManager, Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME), Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Business Leaders Alumni Club (BLAC) and all have agreed to endorse and support ISSA 2015. SASS wants ISSA 2015 to be the best ever!

SASS is also proud to announce that the Singapore Management University (SMU) has agreed to be ISSA 2015 s Knowledge Partner. This is a first for ISSA Conventions. Together with SMU, ISSA 2015 will feature a different experience with regards to the conference. More details on the program will be released shortly. It is intended that SASS and SMU will continue this learning partnership after ISSA 2015 with a Maritime Institute.

SASS held its first networking evening on 24th July 2014 at Mel’s Place. The event was very well attended. At the networking evening, a MOU between ASME & SASS was also signed. This collaboration will open up networking & business opportunities for members of both associations.

SASS also had meetings with SPRING Singapore to explore support for SASS members in terms of upgrading. SASS will continue to work with SPRING to have more industry specific support to help companies in their innovation & productivity journey. This is even more critical especially with the current labour market.

As the new Council begins its new 2 year term from today, my fellow Council Members remain committed to bringing value to SASS membership. SASS is also proud to have the first Singaporean to helm ISSA. Mr. Abdul Hajah, who till recently was SASS Honorary Secretary, has taken over as ISSA President from 1st January 2015. I am confident that Mr. Hajah will fly both the Singapore flag & ISSA flag high.

On this note, I again thank all my fellow Council Members who have supported me the last two years and SASS members who have supported all the events and initiatives. Your support is important and I look forward to your continued unwavering support!

All the best for 2015!

Danny Lien