Dear Members, Industry Partners, Business Associates and Friends of SASS,
First and foremost, my sincere appreciation for the years of friendship and support. Without all your unwavering support, this journey would not have been possible.
The Singapore Association of Shipsuppliers & Services (SASS), then known as Singapore Association of Ship Suppliers, was formed 42 years ago by a core group of likeminded ship supplies pioneers to promote and protect the interest of the industry. There was not much government support at that time, if at all, and the members came together to collectively fend for itself. Fast forward 42 years, SASS continues to promote and protect the interest of the industry, but with valuable assistance and support from various government agencies. SASS now collaborates with numerous government agencies to upskill and upgrade people, standards and processes of the industry to remain relevant, sustainable and competitive.
In the last decade, SASS has established itself as the recognized voice of the ship supplies industry. Regular dialogues with relevant government agencies and regulatory bodies have helped shape the ship supplies industry. In the fast changing volatile global economic landscape, these regular dialogues provide critical feedback for Singapore to remain relevant and competitive. Today SASS has not only ship suppliers as members, but also numerous shipowners and ship managers, port operators PSA and Jurong Port, and service providers within the maritime ecosystem.
SASS is now playing a critical role in helping the industry transform in the digital era. Faced with numerous challenges in a highly fragmentated industry, coupled with inconsistent and uncollated data, SASS and its members are working with various government agencies to provide the industry with standard data sets to promote accuracy and efficiency in the ship supplies industry.
On the environmental protection front, SASS is actively working with numerous industry partners to 1) reduce carbon footprint and 2) reduce the use of single use plastics amongst other initiatives.
In the reduction of carbon footprint, SASS has signed MOUs with drone port operators as well as drone operators to develop drones and facilities that can support the ship supplies industry. SASS has also signed MOUs with supply boat builders to jointly explore the feasibility of electric supply boats.
In reducing single use plastics, SASS is working with government agencies and suppliers to promote sustainable and reusable packaging in the ship suppliers’ delivery process. Efforts are made within the industry to transit from supplying drinking water in disposable plastic bottles to a more sustainable water filtration unit on the vessels to supply its crew with clean and safe drinking water. These two fundamental changes if adopted successfully will significantly reduce the quantities of single use plastics.
SASS also has regular dialogues with port operators PSA and Jurong Port to explore safer and more efficient ways to supply ships in port and at the anchorages. Digitalizing the information and process flow to allow seamless interaction between port and port-users will be key.
The Singapore ship suppliers and the industry has to continue to stay relevant in the new ever changing economic landscape. Regardless shipping will remain the main mode of transportation to fuel global trade, the next lap will be fraught with uncertainties and keen global competition. SASS will continue to be at the forefront, working with the relevant agencies, to support its members in strengthening their capabilities and abilities to stay ahead of their global competitors. I would like to thank Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), Workforce Singapore (WSG) and all the industry partners for the support and guidance. It would have been even more challenging for the industry without the support received.
As I conclude, please again accept my sincere thank you and appreciation for your friendship and support for SASS. The SASS team and I look forward to your continued support as we head towards 50 years of shaping the Singapore ship supplies industry.