Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

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Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (logo).png
Logo of the MPA
Agency overview
Formed2 February 1996; 23 years ago (1996-02-02)
Preceding agencies
  • Marine Department
  • National Maritime Board
  • Regulatory department of Port of Singapore Authority
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
Headquarters460 Alexandra Road, #18-00, PSA Building, Singapore 119963
Agency executives
  • Niam Chiang Meng, Chairman
  • Andrew Tan[1][2][3][4], Chief executive
Parent agencyMinistry of Transport

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA; Chinese: 新加坡海事及港务管理局, Pinyin: Xīnjiāpō hǎishì jí gǎngwù gúanlǐjú; Malay: Lembaga Pelabuhan dan Maritim Singapura) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Transport of the Government of Singapore.


The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996 by the MPA Act of 1996 through the merger of the Marine Department (which was under the then Ministry of Communications), National Maritime Board and the Regulatory departments of the former Port of Singapore Authority (PSA). PSA was subsequently corporatised on 1 October 1997 and became known as PSA Corporation[5]. In 2004, to further streamline all maritime-related functions, the industry promotion function for shipping was transferred from IE Singapore to MPA.


As Port Authority, MPA regulates and manages port and marine services, facilities and activities within the Singapore waters. This includes vessel traffic and navigational safety and security, through regulation on operational efficiency and on the environment.

As Developer and Promoter, MPA works with other government agencies and maritime industry partners to make Singapore a leading global hub port and a top international maritime centre. Its aims include attracting a core group of shipowners and operators to set up operations in Singapore, broadening the breadth and depth of maritime ancillary services offered here, and improving on the business environment for the maritime industry.

As the National Sea Transport Representative, the MPA safeguards Singapore's maritime/port interests in the international arena. This extends to being the Government's Advisor on matters relating to sea transport, and maritime/port services and facilities.

Singapore registry of ships[edit]

The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) was established in 1966. Today, Singapore is reputed for its quality Ship registry and is ranked among the world’s top ten largest ship registries, with a fleet of 3,843 vessels and tonnage of 43.7 million gross tons (as of end December 2008). SRS has also one of the youngest fleets among the top ten registries, with an average age of ten years.

The steady growth of the SRS attests to the effective administration and "quality flag" strategy that the MPA develops and promotes since its establishment. The SRS has grown steadily by about 8 per cent, from 18 million GT in 1996 to 43.7 million GT in 2008.


Tuas Port[edit]

MPA is constructing a high-tech port in Tuas, Singapore, where PSA Singapore will be the sole operator[6]. It is expected to be fully operational by 2040 and handle 65 million twenty-foot cargo units a year[7].

International Maritime Centre[edit]

The International Maritime Centre (IMC) 2030 Advisory Committee, which comprises 22 business leaders and experts, was set up by MPA to chart the direction of Singapore as a maritime hub[8].

Artificial Intelligence[edit]

MPA is partnering Fujitsu to test the Fujitsu Human Centric AI Zinrai system, which detects ship collision risks and predicts risk hotspots through artificial intelligence. This aimed to warn ships about potential collisions[9].


Chairman of the Board[edit]

The current chairman is Mr Niam Chiang Meng.

Board Members[edit]

The other 12 members of the board are:

Organisation Structure[edit]

Chief Executive's Office[edit]

Executive Leadership
Appointment Name
Chief Executive Ms Quah Ley Hoon
Assistant Chief Executive (Development) Ms Tan Bee Tee, PPA(P)(L), PPA(P), PBS
Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) Capt Muhammad Segar, PPA(P)(L), PPA(P), PPA(G), P Kepujian, PBS
Director (Special Project) Mr Tan Cheng Peng
Deputy Director (Operations Special Project Office) Yao Yi Kai
Corporate Secretary Peter Tan Kim Seng

MPA Academy[edit]

Academy Leaders
Mr Tan Suan Jow, Dean
Department Head
Local Programme Mr Peter Tan Kim Seng, PPA(G), PBS, Deputy Director
International Programme Ms Chong Lee Fee, Assistant Director

Communications & Community Division[edit]

Divisional Leaders
Director: Ms Fua Lee May Catitlin
  • Assistant Director: Ms Sharon Tan
  • Assistant Director: Ms Geraldine Cheang
Department Heads
Corporate Communications Department
  • Ms Cassandra Yue, Senior Manager
  • Ms Fouziah Binte Abdul Rahim, Senior Manager
  • Ms Hsu Chern Tay, Senior Manager
  • Ms Celestyn Leow Jia Min, Manager
  • Mr Stefan Tan Ying Xian, Manager
  • Mr Aaron Chong, Manager
Community Engagement Department Ms Geraldine Cheang, Assistant Director
  • Ms Avonda Lim, Manager
  • Ms Cherie Lim Qing Rong, Manager
  • Ms Charlina Cham, Manager
  • Ms Rachel Chew, Manager
Maritime Gallery Office
  • Ms Hsueh Wah Yee, Senior Manager

Engineering & Project Management Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Mr Tham Wai Wah, Chief Engineer / Director
Departments Head
Port-Industry Integration Planning Department Dr Song Tiancheng, Deputy Director
Building & Infrastructure Development Department
Space Management Department
Design & Contract Management Department Mr Ong Ah Kiong, Assistant Director
Tuas Port Reclamation Department 1 Mr Albert Cheng, Assistant Director
Tuas Port Reclamation Department 2 Eugene Khoo, Senior Assistant Director
Next Generation Port Office Eugene Khoo, Project Director

Finance, Procurement & Admin Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Ms Cindy Sim Poh Leng, Director
Department Head
Financial Accounting Department Ms Janice Aoi Siew Yen, Assistant Director
Financial Planning Department Ms Low Lay Leng, Deputy Director
Procurement & Admin Department Ms Jenny Lin Jit Lan, Assistant Director

Human Resource Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Ms Ong Seok Bin, Director
Department Head
HR Business Partnering Department Ms Pia Boon Pui Phay, P Kepujian, Deputy Director
Talent Attraction & Development Department
HR Planning & Services Department Ms Rachel Chan, Assistant Director
Organisational Excellence Department Mr Andy Hue, Assistant Director

International Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Ms Angela Png Lian Neo, Director
Department Head
International Department Mr Benjamin Kok Loon Wong, Deputy Director
International Organisational Unit

Innovation, Technology & Talent Development Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Mr Kenneth Lim Khoon Seng, Director / CTO
Department Head
Maritime Innovation & Talent Department Ms Teo Mei Lyn Wendy, Assistant Director
Maritime Transformation Department Ms Shen Wanling, Assistant Director
Maritime Technology Capability Department Mr Desmond Tay, Assistant Director
Maritime Technology Ecosystem Department Mr Thomas Ting Cheng Heong, Deputy Director

Operations & Marine Services[edit]

Division Leaders
Capt Daknashamoorthy s/o Ganasen, Director
  • Capt Kevin Wong Kar Weng, PPA(G), Port Master
  • Yao Yikai, Deputy Director
Department Head
Marine Environment & Safety Department Capt Charles Alexandar de Souza, PPA(G), Assistant Director / Deputy Port Master
Operations Planning & Pilotage Department
Vessel Traffic Management Department Capt Henry Heng Fok Yong, P Kepujian, PBS, Assistant Director
Marine Licensing & Permits Department Mr Ang Tai Pheng Daniel, Assistant Director
Marine Fuel Development & Promotion Department Yao Yikai, Deputy Director
Ancillary Services & Inspection Department
Bunker Services Department Chew Siu Keong, Assistant Director

Operations Technology Division[edit]

Division Leaders
David Foo Suan Jiong, Director
  • Tang Wey Lin, Deputy Director (Port Systems Development)
  • Koh Chin Yong, Deputy Director (Information Technology) / Chief Information Officer
  • Chan Keng Nee, PPA(G), PBS, Deputy Director (Ops-Tech Transformation)
  • Goh Kah Seng, PPA(G), PBS, Senior Assistant Director
Department Head
Port Systems Operations & Support Department Teo Chee Beng, P Kepujian, PBS, Assistant Director
Port Systems Development Department Sunny Lee, Assistant Director
Emergency Preparedness Department Lim Chuan Teck Alan, Assistant Director
Safety Analysis & Promotion Department Ramachandran Vadivelu, Assistant Director
Security Department Seraju Deen, Assistant Director
IT Infrastructure & Services Department Koh Chin Yong, Deputy Director (Information Technology) / Chief Information Officer
Maritime Cyber Security Department Sieng Tong Ping, Chief Information Security Officer/Assistant Director
Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Department Goh Kah Seng, PPA(G), PBS, Senior Assistant Director
IT System Operations & Support Department
Sectoral System Development Department Gavin Yeo, Assistant Director
Enterprise System Development Department Marie Wong, Assistant Director

Shipping Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Goh Chung Hun, Director
  • Cheah Aun Aun, Deputy Director
  • Wong Kai Cheong, Deputy Director
Department Head
Flag State Control Department Bert Chen Kit Jam, P Kepujian, Assistant Director
Port State Control Department Ang Boon Yen Princet, Assistant Director
Ship Regulation and Development Department
Ship Investigation Department
Registry Department Wan Fei Fei, Assistant Director
Seafarers Management Department Wong Kai Cheong, Deputy Director
Training Standards Department Capt I G Sangamesrar, PBS, Senior Assistant Director

Strategy & Policy Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Ms Bernice Yeoh Saw Ee, Director
  • Ms Frances Goh Poh Hoon, PPA(G), Deputy Director (Hub Policy & Development)
  • Ms Lim Lay Phing, Acting Deputy Director (Strategy)
Department Heads
Hub Policy & Development Department Ms Frances Goh Poh Hoon, PPA(G), Deputy Director (Hub Policy & Development)
  • Ms Ang Chin Chin, Assistant Director
  • Mr Anthony Tay Choon Kwee, Assistant Director
  • Ms Lim Lay Phing, Acting Deputy Director
Corporate Planning Department Ms Lim Lay Phing, Acting Deputy Director (Strategy)
Hub Strategy Department Cai Zonghan, Assistant Director

Business Capability Development Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Appointment Name
Deputy Director Ms Caroline Goh Siew Ling
Assistant Director 1 Ms Chee Liping

International Maritime Centre Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Ms Tan Woei Tyng, PPA(G), Deputy Director
Department Head
IMC Industry Manpower Development Department Tay Yeow Min, Assistant Director
IMC Promotion Department Jasmin TAN Geok Meng, PPA(G), Assistant Director
IMC Services Development Department Han Jie Hui, Assistant Director
Maritime Singapore Programme Office Loy Li-Lia, Programme Head

Hydrographic Division[edit]

Division Leaders
Thai Low Ying-Huang, Chief Hydrographer
Department Head
Disposal of Material at Sea Thai Low Ying-Huang, Chief Hydrographer
Cartographic Department Lim Wee Kiat, PPA(G), P Kepujian, PBS, Deputy Chief Hydrographer
Hydrographic Survey Department Lee Weng Choy, Assistant Chief Hydrographer (Survey)
Aids to Navigation Department
GeoSpace-Sea Jamie Chen, Deputy Chief Hydrographer (GSS)


  1. ^ "Organisation chart". MPA. Archived from the original on 2015-12-09. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ "news". MPA. Archived from the original on 2016-02-07. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  3. ^ " - Singapore Government Directory". Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  4. ^ "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 1, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) | Infopedia". National Library Board. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
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  7. ^ "Singapore Works: High-tech Tuas port to sail sector into new waters". The Straits Times. The Straits Times. The Straits Times. 21 December 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  8. ^ "IMC 2030 charts roadmap to secure the future of Maritime Singapore". The Straits Times. The Straits Times. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  9. ^ Toh, Ting Wei (2 April 2019). "MPA testing predictive technology to reduce chances of ship collisions". The Straits Times. The Straits Times. The Straits Times. Retrieved 5 April 2019.

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