Maritime Leadership Development Program

The Maritime Leadership Development Program(MLDP)  is targeted at Mid and senior-level executives in the marine sector.  The program is designed to develop competencies around leadership and management skills with a special focus on the maritime sector. It is a proven program that is based on a keen understanding of the needs of shipping and ship-management organizations. The course curriculum of the program has been designed in active collaboration with senior leaders in the marine sector.

Conducted by a world-class faculty, the MLDP  focuses on 13 key areas of learning including Financial Management, Materials Management,  Commercial Operations, Leadership and Team Building, Sales and Marketing and more .  Focus of  training is to impart highly actionable skills that can be applied to the job immediately.

MCF Training Grant is available for eligible participants.  Please refer to for information”.

» Context

Singapore distinguishes itself as the main centre of a variety of shipping services. Singapore remains a major port that connects to 600 other ports globally. Traditionally, maritime education and training have focused on technical skills and competency of the seagoing staff. As a result, the management education of the seafarers has been ignored in traditional maritime institutions. Many of the mid to senior level managers serving the 5000 strong maritime companies in Singapore come from a seafaring background. After interacting with managers in our client organization and within our network, we discover that the most significant need that should be bridged is among the ship management and ship owning organizations for the superintendent, fleet manager, marine superintendent, and general management cadres.

» Overview

When we look at the management of ships from ashore the key person involved is a technical superintendent. He is the person ashore, responsible for providing technical and operational support to the ship, and to facilitate the safe and efficient running of the ship. A marine superintendent in a similar vein provides operations support especially relating to cargo and navigational matters. Looking at the organizational structure ashore, a fleet manager supervises a group of superintendents and is in turn supported with auxiliary support functions such as accounting, purchasing, and quality assurance. They all are managed by the Director, GM or MD of the company. Many of them are either engineers or navigators. And here the need for training emerges. The choice of a technical specialist who is recruited from the pool of chief engineers or navigators is obvious because they are very hard working, know the ships’ running, resilient in attitude, possess can-do attitude and sound technical knowledge. But job ashore changes completely from rolling up your sleeves to leading, building teams, developing people, organizing resources, managing regulatory requirements, handling global logistics and supply chains, to motivating remotely and monitoring million-dollar budgets and taking disciplinary actions. These are not natural competencies acquired by engineers and navigators on ships.

» MLDP Program Objective

Provide fundamental management concepts that can be used in the day-to-day working of a mid to senior level maritime executive in Singapore.

» MLDP Program Mission

To fill the management education gap in predominantly technically educated marine professional.

To make Singapore maritime managers better leaders.

» MLDP Program Vision

Harnessing the full potential of marine professionals; making talent in maritime industry in Singapore more competent.


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