Centre for Maritime Studies


To be a leading centre for maritime research that is committed to providing a value-added service to the local, regional and global maritime community.

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About CMS

The centre for maritime studies is a National University of Singapore research centre specializing in maritime affairs. Launched on June 29th 2005, the centre responds to the need to pool resources together to embark on forward-looking research, capitalising on global trade trends in Singapore and the world.

We undertake research in areas of relevance to the industry, so as to share timely information, research data and informed views of current topics. In addition, we provide consultancy services on specific matters on demand.

We believe in sharing useful information that could engage, improve, accelerate and create new opportunities in and for the maritime community : from policy makers, to the business community, academia and the general public.

We are supported by donations from the maritime community and co-funded by the National University of Singapore.

The centre’s patron is Mr. Goh Chok Tong and the centre’s first chairman is Tan Sri Frank Tsao. As an autonomous, university-level research institute, the centre is governed by a Board of Directors. The centre’s current Director, Professor Andrew Lim, oversees the centre’s day-to-day operations. The centre consists of Faculty Research Associates and a number of core research staff, supported by a team of administrative staff.

To support our mission and interact with the industry, activities are organised throughout the year, such as seminars, industry workshops, executive programmes and conferences.

The Centre conducts research in areas of interest and relevance to the industry, provides consultancy services to the industry, in addition to providing timely and informed views and research data and projections. We welcome anyone with an interest in the maritime industry to get in touch with us.




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