Supporting Organisations

Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA)

The Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) is a voluntary organisation of the shipowner associations of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea and the Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations (FASA), comprising shipping associations of ASEAN countries, consisting of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. 

The objectives of the ASA are to act as a channel to convey Asian Shipowners’ voices to the international shipping community as well as to enhance and strengthen the ASA’s stature. At the same time, it is also a platform for all ASA members to liaise with one another and to help promote cooperation, amity and friendship amongst its members. 

Following the principle agreed at the first Asian Shipowners’ Forum (ASF) meeting which was founded in April 1992 when its first meeting was held at Japan Shipping Club in Tokyo and ASA was formerly named, the venues for the annual meetings have been conducted on a rotational basis by the members from the North to South in geographical order. 

Between annual ASA meetings, the ongoing work is carried out by five Standing Committees: The Seafarers Committee (SC), the Ship Insurance and Liability Committee (SILC), the Safe Navigation and Environment Committee (SNEC), the Shipping Policy Committee (SPC), and the Ship Recycling Committee (SRC). It has been estimated that ASA shipowners and managers control and operate around 50% of the world's cargo carrying fleet.

Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI)

The Association of Singapore Marine Industries (ASMI) is a non-profit trade organisation formed in 1968 to promote the interests and advancement of the marine and offshore engineering industry in Singapore. ASMI represents companies in the business of ship repair and conversion, shipbuilding, rigbuilding and offshore engineering.


BIMCO is the world's largest international shipping association, with 2,000 members in around 120 countries. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents.

We provide expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to our members' businesses and our vision is to be the chosen partner trusted to provide leadership to the global industry.

British High Commission Singapore 

Operating out of the British High Commission in Singapore, the Department for International Trade secures UK and global prosperity by promoting international trade and investment, including in maritime. The UK is a leading maritime nation with a strong reputation in maritime services, autonomous vessels, marine science, and marine equipment.

Motion Ventures

Motion Ventures ( is a consortium-driven venture capital fund that makes strategic investments and offers tailored support to early-stage startups tackling challenges in the maritime value chain. The fund’s structure offers startups unprecedented access to key maritime firms through the consortium of corporate investors, while anchor investors can participate in investment evaluations in a de-risked manner.

Anchor investors include Wilhelmsen, a 160 years old global maritime conglomerate that manages more than 50% of the world’s merchant fleet; and HHLA, 140 years old company that is one of the largest port logistics operators in Europe. Motion Ventures is also backed by SEEDs Capital, the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore.

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore's strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore's port and maritime development, taking on the roles of Port Authority, Port Regulator, Port Planner, IMC Champion, and National Maritime Representative. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.


Founded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), PIER71 (Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined at BLOCK71) is a catalyst for innovation in the maritime industry. It aims to grow Singapore’s maritime innovation ecosystem by attracting talents, creating opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and ideas, attracting investments into start-ups and accelerating ventures. It designs and delivers programmes to uncover opportunities within the industry and supports entrepreneurs from ideation to acceleration of their ventures.


PortXL is the world’s first port accelerator and is unique in its kind, with a global network of leading companies and experts. The objective of PortXL is the acceleration of innovative technologies for the green energy, maritime, logistics and process industry in port regions across the globe.


Rainmaking is a venture development and corporate innovation firm, which builds and scales new businesses to solve pressing problems with the world’s leading corporations. We’ve launched 40+ ventures worth over US$2bn in value, including one of the world’s most active accelerators. Startupbootcamp’s 950 portfolio startups have gone on to raise more than US$1bn. 

ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC)

ReCAAP ISC was launched on 29 November 2006 in Singapore. The ReCAAP Agreement currently has 20 Contracting Parties, including Europe (Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom), Australia, and the United States.

At the 12th Governing Council Meeting in 2018, the Council announced that ReCAAP ISC has met the criteria to be a Centre of Excellence for information sharing in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships at sea.

In conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week 2019 and Sea Asia 2019, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) together with BIMCO, INTERTANKO, and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) will be organizing the ReCAAP ISC Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference 2019 on 9 April 2019 (1400 – 1700 hrs). Attendance of the Conference is by invitation only, and invitees are from shipping industry, governmental agencies and academia.

Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA)

Founded in 1860, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, repair and operation of ships, boats and marine structures. RINA produces a successful programme of international conferences, seminars and training courses as well as publications.

Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)

The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration is a specialist arbitration institution which provides a neutral, cost-effective and flexible framework for maritime and international trade arbitrations that is responsive to the needs of industry users. Its global and regional members hail from all sectors of maritime, trade and arbitration communities. SCMA attracts disputants in the region by providing tailored solutions to suit the region’s interests.

The Secretariat helms the promotion and development of SCMA across the region. The Secretariat also leads educational and training symposiums to foster thought leadership and encourage pragmatic solutions for maritime and trade businesses. The Registrar and Assistant Registrar provide on-demand administrative support to disputants and tribunals.

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

Consistently ranked as Asia's Top Convention City by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Singapore is a global leader for business events. As the lead government agency for the business events sector in Singapore, the Singapore Exhibition & Convention BureauTM (SECB) is responsible for shaping and retaining Singapore's exceptional reputation as one of the world's best business events destinations.

A part of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), SECB has over 40 years of experience in helping event professionals, meeting planners and incentive organisers from around the world plan and execute successful events in this vibrant island-city.

Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI)

The Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) is a joint effort by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA), the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

Established in April 2011, the SMI develops strategies and programmes to achieve its mission with key focus areas in sectors such as port, shipping and maritime services. The SMI charts the maritime research strategy and promotes greater industry-academia R&D collaborations to be undertaken in Singapore.

Through a whole-of-government approach, SMI drives initiatives with industry-wide impacts to enhance the overall competitiveness of the local maritime industry and to strengthen research and development (R&D) capabilities in support of Singapore as a global maritime knowledge hub.

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Singapore Shipping Association (SSA)

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) represents a wide spectrum of shipping companies and other businesses allied to the shipping industry. It is a national trade association formed in 1985 to serve and promote the interests of its members and to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore as an International Maritime Centre.


The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we connect startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 2,500 companies with a combined market cap of more than $220B.


Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)

Formed in 1974, the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) is a global organisation connecting female executives and decision makers around the world. WISTA International serves as a connector for its network of more than 3,800 female professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. 54 countries support a National WISTA Association (NWA), each of which in turn is a member of and is guided by WISTA International. NWAs provide in-country and regional networking, business and skill-building opportunities, corporate visibility, and also facilitate relationships within the industry. On a global scale, WISTA members have access to an incredibly diverse network of executives in the shipping and trading field on whom they can call for referrals, connections, advice or business collaborations.

WISTA Singapore was established in 1998 as a non-profit organisation, providing a networking forum for female professionals involved in shipping, trading and related businesses within the maritime industry. WISTA Singapore is the first NWA founded in Asia, connecting women professionals working for diverse companies such as ship owners, trading houses, bunkering houses, ship brokers, charterers, ship managers, insurers, financiers and law firms.

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ZEBOX is the international incubator & accelerator for innovative startups  initiated in 2018 by Rodolphe Saadé, CEO of CMA CGM group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, and led by Matthieu Somekh, an expert on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Master partners in their fields and global scale such as BNP Paribas, EY, Centrimex, CEVA, CIMC, GTT, EDF & INFOSYS already support the structure.

ZEBOX focuses on two sectoral areas: transport, mobilities, logistics on a firsthand applied to several segments including energy which is a strategic development focus, and industry 4.0 on the other hand. Selected projects provide technological and sustainable innovation: artificial intelligence, blockchain, virtual or augmented reality, IoT and robotics. 

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About Informa Markets

Sea Asia is organised by Informa Markets, a division of Informaplc. Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year.

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About SMF

Established in 2004, the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF) is a private sector-led organisation that seeks to develop and promote Singapore as an International Maritime Centre (IMC). As the representative voice for the commercial players of the maritime industry, SMF seeks to forge strong partnerships with the public and private sectors of the maritime industry. SMF spearheads initiatives to promote the diverse clusters of the maritime industry in Singapore and at international frontiers, and to attract young talents to join the sector. SMF is directed by its Board of Directors which comprises of prominent leaders in the Singapore maritime community.

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