13 Jan 2011

Sembawang Shipyard’s Green Wave Environmental Care Project for Schools 2010, Sets a New Benchmark with Record High Participation of Over 1,250 students From 77 Schools and Institutions

Singapore, January 13, 2011 : Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine Ltd, achieved a new benchmark for its Green Wave Environmental Care Competition for Schools 2010 with a record participation of 312 project entries received from more than 1,250 students – an all-time high since the competition’s launch eight years ago.

With active involvement from schools and strong support from the private and public sector, this annual competition has seen a more than two-fold increase in participation rate. The number of entries and participants have risen impressively by 166% and 99% respectively since the start of the competition in 2003, which saw 117 project entries from 627 students back then.

The 49 winning teams, representing the best entries from this year’s Green Wave Environmental Care Competition, will be recognized during an award presentation ceremony graced by Guest-of-Honour Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development, and MP for Sembawang GRC (Admiralty) at the Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore this morning.

This annual competition is opened to all students from Primary, Secondary, Junior Colleges and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to Tertiary Institutions. Organised by Sembawang Shipyard and co-sponsored by the yard’s partners, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (UK) and BP Shipping Limited (UK), the competition aims to encourage young environmentalists to further create, sustain and implement ideas on environmental issues for the improvement and sustainability of its planet. This environmental outreach programme for schools is widely encouraged and supported by prominent environmentalists and environmental groups in Singapore, many of whom are involved in the judging panels of the competition.

Mr Victor Savage, Chairman of the Green Wave Advisory Board who is also one of the judges of the competition said :”The panel of judges was impressed by the quality of the submissions and the depth of thought, practical knowledge and environment understanding which our young have demonstrated in their application of solutions to address critical environmental issues and challenges. Some of the winning entries are innovative products and prototypes which are practical and effective. The environmental innovations clearly have room for further redevelopment and commercial usage. In a nutshell, Greenwave as a platform seeks to encourage our youths to be entrepreneurs and our young to become environmental ambassadors of eco-friendly practices. One only has to witness our students’ enthusiasm and infectious energy in demonstrating their innovations at the Exhibition to feel their passion and experience their commitment to nature and the environment.”

Reinforcing the growing environmental awareness in schools, Mr Ong Poh Kwee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard said: “It is heartening to see more and more participants for the Green Wave Environment Competition each year as it shows that our student population is taking an increasingly proactive role in tackling environmental issues and sharing creative ideas on environmental care and protection. I am impressed that even the younger ones have shown maturity beyond their years when it comes to environmental conservation and practical application of green ideas. I congratulate all the winners of the Green Wave competition and urge and encourage more students to use this meaningful platform to engage and showcase their innovative ideas and products. Together, our combined efforts will be a sum greater than its parts, and in our own ways, big or small, our contributions will collectively make a difference to our environment and towards our nation’s strive to be a world-class green city.”

Mr Ong further added : “The shipyard is grateful to our dedicated panel of judges for their unwavering support over the years. Our distinguished panel of judges for 2010 are from BP Singapore Pte Ltd, CH2M Hill Singapore, Housing Development Board, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Ministry of Education, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, National Environment Agency, National Parks Board, National University of Singapore, Public Utilities Board, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Siloso Beach Resort, Singapore Environment Council, Singapore Science Centre and Singapore University of Technology and Design. We also thank our partners, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited and BP Shipping Limited, the co-sponsors of this competition, for their continued strong support. Special appreciation also goes to the Green Wave Advisory Board for their guidance.”

The Green Wave Environment Competition 2011 is now open for registration and all students and schools are invited to participate and share their ideas on environmental care and protection. Winning teams can expect the following attractive awards:

Primary Schools
1st Prize S$4,000
2nd Prize S$2,000
3rd Prize S$1,000

Secondary Schools
1st Prize S$6,000
2nd Prize S$4,000
3rd Prize S$2,000

Junior Colleges / ITEs
1st Prize S$8,000
2nd Prize S$5,000
3rd Prize S$3,000

Tertiary Institutions
1st Prize S$10,000
2nd Prize S$6,000
3rd Prize S$4,000

The 1st Prize in the Tertiary category is jointly sponsored by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited and includes a one-month attachment to a Shell associate company. The 1st Prize in the Junior Colleges / ITEs category is jointly sponsored by BP Shipping and includes a one-month development attachment to BP Singapore. Winners of the top prizes at the Junior College / ITE and Tertiary levels will also be offered attachments with Sembawang Shipyard in divisions such as Engineering, IT, Human Resources, Operations and Business.

The prize money for the Primary, Secondary and Junior Colleges and ITEs should be shared on a 60%-40% basis with 60% of the prize award going to the school fund and the remaining 40% to the student/students in the project team. The prize money for the Tertiary Level will be shared by the student participants in the teams and the tertiary institutions on a 60% / 40% basis.

About Sembawang Shipyard

Sembawang Shipyard, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, has one of the largest integrated ship repair and conversion facilities in Southeast Asia. With more than four decades of experience and proven track record in ship repair and offshore conversions, the shipyard’s world-class reputation is based on the company’s commitment to superior customer service, innovative solutions, quality, and strict Health, Safety, Security and Environment standards.

Besides the traditional sectors of tankers and bulkers, Sembawang Shipyard is a recognised specialist in the niche markets of FPSO/FSO conversions, offshore vessels conversions and newbuildings, complex lengthening conversions, passenger ship conversions/refurbishment, chemical tankers, liquefied gas carriers, offshore rigs and navy ship repairs.

In July 2002, Sembawang Shipyard became the first shipyard in South East Asia to achieve ISO14001 Environmental System Certification by Det Norske Veritas Ltd. The certification is a firm endorsement of the shipyard’s commitment and efforts towards environmental preservation and protection. The Green Wave Environmental Care Project for schools is one of the shipyard’s key environmental outreach programme. The shipyard is pleased to be the first in the industry to promote environmental care and protection to all schools in Singapore.

For further information or clarification, please contact :

Ms Judy Han
Senior Vice President
Investor Relations & Communications
Tel: 65-62627203 Tel: 65-67506262
Fax: 65-62610738 Fax : 65-67581025
Email: judy@sembcorpmarine.com.sg

Ms Wang Huiping
Marketing Manager
Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd
Email : huiping@sembship.com

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The press release and details of the Green Wave Environment Competition is also available at our website: www.sembmarine.com/greenwave