20 Jan 2012

Commitment to Environmental Sustainability: Sembawang Shipyard Reaches Out to a Record Number of More Than 1,400 Students through its Green Wave Environmental Care Competition for Schools 2011

Singapore, January 20, 2012: Making breakthroughs in its environmental outreach efforts, Sembawang Shipyard, a subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine, achieved a record number of 1,429 participants and 401 project entries for its 2011 Green Wave Environmental Care Competition for Schools – the highest in the history of the competition since its launch in 2003.

The participation rate for the Green Wave competition this year surpassed the previous year’s record of more than 1,250 students and 312 project entries. More educational institutions have also come onboard, with 79 schools participating in 2011’s competition.

Now in its ninth year, the Green Wave competition reflects Sembawang Shipyard’s continuous commitment towards environmental sustainability. Through this environment outreach programme, the yard hopes to encourage the young generation to be pro-actively involved in preserving and protecting the environment. The competition also aims to provide a dynamic platform for youths to harness their creative energies in developing innovative green solutions that address environmental issues and challenges.

The project entries this year covered a wide variety of green issues, ranging from environmental pollution and global warming to resource scarcity and environmental conservation. The 52 winning projects, selected after a stringent judging process, were honoured during the Green Wave Awards Presentation Ceremony, graced by Guest-of-Honour MG (NS) Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports & Minister of State, Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, at the Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore this morning.

Mr Ong Poh Kwee, Managing Director of Sembawang Shipyard, said: “We launched the Green Wave environmental outreach programme in 2003 with the objective of encouraging students to care for and take personal responsibility for the environment. Through this programme, we also hope to motivate them to think innovatively and develop creative solutions to further the green cause. The record level of participation seen testifies to the programme’s success in reaching out and promoting a deep sense of environmental awareness among the young generation. This positive response is indeed heartening as it shows our students’ active involvement and committed efforts in making our earth greener and better for all. Students are our future leaders and if Sembawang Shipyard can, through this programme, inspire in them the passion for environmental improvement, this would bode well for Singapore’s long-term sustainability.”

The success of the Green Wave competition over the years is attributed to the strong support from schools, Sembawang Shipyard’s partners, Shell and BP Shipping, governmental and environmental bodies, environmentalists, professors and lecturers from tertiary institutions, principals and teachers from schools as well as environmentally-minded individuals, many of whom are involved in the judging panels of the competition.

The Green Wave Environment Competition 2012 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 Singapore 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.

The prize money for the Primary, Secondary and Junior Colleges / ITEs categories would 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 category is 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 programmes. 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
Fax: 65-62610738
Email: judy@sembcorpmarine.com.sg

Ms Wang Huiping
Marketing Manager
Sembawang Shipyard Pte Ltd
Tel: 65-67506262
Fax : 65-67581025
Email : huiping@sembship.com

For the PDF version of this news event, please click here.

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