NI Singapore Conference 2023 wraps up with exceptional attendance and inspiring insights for the maritime industry


The Nautical Institute Singapore Conference 2023 has concluded with the attendance of close to 180 shipping professionals and key industry leaders from all over the world. This year the event was held at M Hotel Singapore and the theme was ‘Seafaring in the modern, and everchanging millennium’, which dived into an overarching focus on the future of seafaring in the maritime industry.

At the event, Guest of Honour Mr. Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) delivered the opening address and touched on how the maritime sector will continue to evolve and is going through a major transformation to be more safe, efficient and sustainable.

Managing Director of Gard Singapore, John Martin, and The Nautical Institute, Global Vice President Capt. W.N.S.K.A.M. Wijayakulathilaka (Nish) also highlighted salient points on the importance of crew training and how seafaring is a vital component in global trade, through their respective keynote addresses.

The panel discussions touched on three important topics Sustainability: Fuelling The Future, Seafarers: Going Beyond Certification and Navigation: Charting a Course Towards an Autonomous Bridge. The conference was also accompanied by speaking slots from various maritime organisations.

Capt. Yves Vandenborn FNI, Honorary President of The Nautical Institute (Singapore) shared: “Our annual conference has come to a triumphant close and the resounding success is a testament to the unwavering support of the maritime industry. On behalf of The Nautical Institute (Singapore), we would like to thank all esteemed dignitaries, delegates, speakers, and our sponsors for your support and taking the time to share their expertise at the conference. We are pleased to see that over time the conference has grown to become a reflection of our views on professionalism, best practice, and safety throughout the maritime industry.”