SSA appoints new Technical Director to oversee its international maritime technical obligations


Capt AngThe Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) has appointed a full time Technical Director who will be responsible for ensuring the Association maintains its pledge of delivering a high level of technical advice and service to its members against a rapidly changing international regulatory landscape.

Capt Ang Chin Eng, who joins the SSA today (April 15th), has over 40 years of experience in the maritime sector initially as a Seafarer, Port Captain and, later, as an Academic. He is a qualified Master Mariner (NZ) and an Accountant – FCA (Singapore) and FCPA (Australia). He holds an MBA from the University of Queensland, the MCILT (UK), and the OND in Nautical Science (UK).

In his capacity as Technical Director, Capt Ang is tasked to monitor and raise visibility on technical, legal/policy matters that affect the maritime industry; manage and articulate on technical, legal/policy  with SSA members; liaise with relevant industry bodies and government organizations to facilitate co-operation between different sectors of the maritime industry; be responsible for managing the SSA Secretariat’s obligations of Maritime/Shipping  compliance matters; identify technical trends, develop programs / initiatives / activities to enhance SSA members’ knowledge; act as Secretary to various SSA technical committees; develop training course materials / contents and conduct training deemed relevant to maritime needs; build an in-house library of technical advisory / papers / reference materials for SSA members; act as an advisor on all technical content in secretariat corporate communications and publicity matters; as and when required, serve as a technical advisor to the SSA Executive Director in his capacity as FASA (Federation of ASEAN Shipowners Associations) Secretary General and ASF (Asian Shipowners Forum) Safe Navigation and Environment Committee Secretary.

Capt Ang has been in academia over the last 20 years and was, until recently, the course manager of the Diploma in Maritime Business and, earlier, the Diploma in Nautical Studies. His other poly-wide contributions earned him the Singapore Polytechnic (SP) Excellence in Teaching Award. He was the Lecturer-in-Charge of SP Yachting Centre and oversaw all sailing activities. He is a qualified NCAP Level 3 Coach (Theory).

He has always maintained close links with the industry. He served extensively on the Council of the Singapore Nautical Institute (SNI) holding a number of key appointments including Honorary Secretary, President and finally as Honorary Advisor and during this time, he authored/presented a number of technical reports. At the national level and on a voluntary basis, he served as Member, Technical Committee for Bunkering, SPRING Singapore & Working Group on Code of Practice for Bunker Surveyors. At the international level, he served as a Competent Person to the IMO STCW Panel of Expert. On a voluntary basis, he commandeered the civil resource units deployed to clean-up two of Singapore’s worst oil spills caused by Evoikos/Orapin Global and the Natuna Sea.