Leaders from across the Asian maritime ecosystem gathered for the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF)’s New Year Conversations 2023.

Three hundred guests were greeted last Friday at the popular event on shipping’s social calendar by SMF chairman Hor Weng Yew, who said the industry has emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic “resilient and relevant”.

He urged maritime companies to “ignite the passion” for the industry in young people by giving them opportunities through onboard cadetships, as well as scholarships and “meaningful internships”.