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Funded Maritime Training Programs (TETA, TNTA  & CoC Special Limits) and Shipping Executive Training

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Founded in 1985, the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) promotes and protects the interests of its Members, who are shipowners and operators, ship managers, ship agents and shipbrokers. SSA also thrives to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore as an international maritime center. It was an amalgamation of five previous shipping associations, namely The Singapore National Shipowners' Association; The Singapore Shipping Association; The Shipping Agents' and Brokers' Association of Singapore; The Singapore Barges and Tugs Association; and the Singapore Shipowners' Association.

The SSA Executive Development Program (previously known as SSA Vocational Training Program) was set up in 1991 to implement training programs for the benefit of SSA member companies and the Singapore shipping industry at large. SSA aims to promote and inculcate lifelong learning in the maritime community by providing highly relevant training courses for shore-based staff to be equipped with the pertinent skill-set for their jobs, whilst upgrading the professional skills and standard of the industry as a whole. Twelve long and short part time vocational courses are currently conducted by full time professionals from the shipping industry. The courses are very well supported by the shipping companies.

SSA Training Programs

Special Maritime Training Programs (Funded)

  • Tripartite Engineering Training Award (TETA) (31 months): TETA is a training program that enables Singaporeans and Singapore PRs to be trained as CoC (Class 5) Marine Engineers to join the Maritime Industry. The program is funded and supported by the Workforce Singapore (WSG), Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), e2i (Employment and Employability Institute) and shipping companies. Key Functions include - Engine Room Watch Keeping; Machinery Maintenance and Repair; and, Working with Multi-National Crew.
  • Tripartite Nautical Training Award (TNTA) (31 months): TNTA is a place‐n‐train program that enables Singaporeans and Singapore PRs to join the Maritime industry as CoC (Class 3) Deck Officers. The program is funded and supported by WSG, SMOU, SSA, e2i and shipping companies.
  • CoC (Special Limits) Deck Officer (24.5 months): This is a training program initiated in partnership with Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Workforce Singapore (WSG), Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) and Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) affiliated bunkering companies. Duties and Responsibilities include - Responsible for the safe navigation of the ship; Oversee and manage cargo operations; Allocate duties for the maintenance of the vessel; and, Observe national and international codes of conduct in governing sea transportation.

Short Shipping Courses

  • Introduction to Shipping (1 day): This course provides an overview of shipping practices, its liabilities, roles and impact in international trade.
  • Principles of Shipping Operations & Practices (4 days or 13 evenings): This course is designed to acquaint participants with the factors which affect cargo and ship operations and to enable them to adopt measures for more efficient ship operations.
  • Principles of Shipping Documentations & Practices (4 full days or 13 evenings): This course is aimed at providing a basic introduction of the shipping agency documentation system from conceptual and practical viewpoints to familiarize participants with shipping terms, statutory and trade requirements in the transportation of goods.
  • Intermediate Course on Shipping Documentation - Bills Of Lading (6 evenings): This course seeks to bring better understanding of the important document, Bill of Lading, which is used in international transactions. Proper preparation, issuance and use of this document will be discussed to prepare participants for the effective usage of this document.
  • Understanding Import/Export Techniques and Documentation (6 evenings): This course aims to help the participants understand the interpretation of shipping terms, learn the flow of letters of credit from opening to final negotiation, understand various the types of shipping documents used in international trade and appreciate the use of various trade declarations.
  • Principles of Shipbroking & Chartering (8 evenings): To obtain a general but practical appreciation of the subject. Enable students to handle chartering enquiries and be able to conclude basic terms of common dry cargo and tanker charter parties.
  • Shipping Law & Disputes (6 evenings): To enable shipping personnel to have a general understanding of legal relations which arise in the day-to-day business of commercial shipping. A treatment of common shipping disputes will be imparted to the participants through case studies.
  • Compliance of the IMDG Code for Transport of Dangerous Goods (3 days): Aim to provide with basic knowledge of the IMDG Code. Practical guidance on how to comply the provisions in the Code will also be provided.
  • Container Management and Practices (2 days or 6 evenings): This course is aimed at providing participants with the knowledge of container management and container operations.
  • Marine Insurance (6 evenings): This course is designed to acquaint those working in the shipping industry with knowledge of marine insurance and how different aspects of marine insurance play a role in shipping.
  • Effective Written Communication in the Shipping Industry (3 days or 10 evenings): This course is designed to explain the importance of the use of correct English Grammar in daily shipping business transactions and communications. In addition, some techniques and useful pointers in writing telexes, letters and memoranda, as well as presentation and analysis of numerical data in shipping situations, will be explained.
  • Basic Course on Bunkering Practices (SS600:2008) (2 days): To familiarize participants with the basic requirements of the Singapore Standard SS600 and general knowledge of bunkering services in Singapore.
  • Enhanced Course on Bunkering Practices (SS600:2008) (2.5 days): To enable participants to gain more in-depth and practical knowledge of the Code of Practice for bunkering SS600.
  • Maritime HR Management (2 days): This course is intended to provide the underpinning knowledge to assist personal and professional development towards becoming an informed crewing agent for the recruitment and on-going management of sea going staff.
  • Maritime Labor Convention 2006 - The Concise Perspective (1 day): The course provides useful insight into the need to safeguard the well-being of seafarers and the framework of the Maritime Labor Convention. It covers the day to day operational aspects as well as the control and enforcement mechanism with respect to the subject.
  • Refresher Course for Bunker Surveyors and Bunker Cargo Officers - Including MFM (2 days): To update participants with the basic requirements of the Singapore Standard SS600:2014 and general knowledge of Mass Flow Metering bunkering services in Singapore.


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