The Singapore Maritime Gallery was officially opened today by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport. Housed on the second storey of Marina South Pier, this modern and interactive gallery was developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) at a cost of $5 million.
Occupying a total floor space of approximately 1,000 square metres, the Gallery showcases the diversity and vibrancy of Singapore’s maritime industry. The Gallery was developed with the support and assistance of key partners from the maritime industry. The official opening was attended by more than 100 guests from the maritime community.
Singapore has long been associated with the sea and maritime trade, with its strategic position at the crossroads of East-West seaborne trade routes. The Gallery tells the story of the growth of Maritime Singapore, from a small entrepot trading post almost two centuries ago, to a premier global hub port and a leading international maritime centre today.
“Given the importance of Maritime Singapore to our nation, the Singapore Maritime Gallery strives to not only narrate the Maritime Singapore story, but more importantly, to engage, inspire and create greater public awareness of Singapore’s diverse and dynamic maritime industry and its many achievements,” says Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of MPA.
The Gallery is designed to give visitors a fun, interactive and educational experience. Visitors will get to walk through 10 zones covering a wide range of topics, such as the evolution of Singapore’s maritime industry, the importance of port and shipping in our everyday life and the different types of vessels that sail our seas. Visitors will also learn about how Singapore has established itself as a leading voice in the international maritime community, and know more about the dynamic maritime cluster in Singapore and the exciting career opportunities it offers.
Some of the highlights include a ship bridge simulator where visitors will be able to experience being a seafarer for a day and learn how to steer and berth a ship under various sea conditions, and a Vessel Traffic Information System console where visitors will learn how to handle challenging vessel traffic management operations. Another key exhibit is the giant ship model with touch screens and videos where visitors can learn about the main types of port and maritime services available in Singapore. In addition, there is a dedicated zone for young visitors, where children can enjoy activities such as digital cosplay and painting, an interactive water ripple projection, a lego play-wall, as well as an art and craft area. The Gallery also features a rooftop plaza and garden on the third storey, offering spectacular views of the pier and the sea, as well as a maritime-themed playground for families and children to enjoy.
The Singapore Maritime Gallery will open its doors to the public from 13 September 2012. The opening hours are from 9.00am to 5.30pm from Tuesdays to Sundays. The Gallery is closed on Mondays, unless it is a public holiday.
Source: MPA, September 12, 2012