Oh … the Places We Have Gone!

Education is a key pillar in developing talent for the long-term sustainability of the maritime industry. Recognizing this, APL hosted a team of seven young maritime students from the United States at the NOL Corporate office in Singapore during the week of 1st February 2016.

Organized by the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), an established tertiary maritime institution and APL’s partner in maritime education in the US, the visit was part of a three-week overseas immersion program for selected MMA students who exhibited a good understanding on the shipping business in Asia’s two major hubs – Singapore and Malaysia.

For five consecutive days, APL staff from various fields shared their insights, expertise and invaluable experiences on land and at sea with these aspiring maritime professionals. They covered topics ranging from liner operations, chartering, technical services, special cargo, to branding and LEAN application. These bright-eyed undergraduates who major in International Maritime Business, listened intently and participated enthusiastically, as their classroom knowledge was brought to life over ten intensive sharing sessions.

APL also facilitated their visits to Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance, PSA Singapore and Maritime Port Authority to deepen their learning experiences. Through these visits, they got to better understand the diverse roles each stakeholder plays in ensuring high levels of productivity, efficiency, sustainability and progress in the global maritime industry.

“Thanks to APL, I now have a better understanding of how each stakeholder within the maritime community operates,” said Benjamin Eggert, one of the MMA students. “After visiting Singapore, my schoolmates and I are even keen to work here if given the opportunity!”

The following students were lucky enough to accompany Department Head Dr. Bani Ghosh on this wonderful trip!

2/C Faith Griffin Crane

3/C Enrico Picozza

1/C Matthew Lynch

3/C Thomas Dacey

3/C Robert Macarthy

1/C Cassie Sanderson

1/C Benjamin Eggert