The role of the maritime sector in ensuring the flow of essential supplies into Singapore during the pandemic has been memorialised in mural art displays at shipping terminals here.
The 4m by 2m murals at the Jurong Port Administration Building and PSA’s Pasir Panjang Terminal highlight the vital role of maritime personnel in maintaining international trade and supply chains despite Covid-19.
The finishing touches to both artworks were added by Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs Chee Hong Tat yesterday, along with senior representatives from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), PSA, Jurong Port and the unions.
The artworks depict infrastructure specific to each of the terminals. For example, the one at the PSA terminal features a quay crane, container cargo truck and container cargo ship, while cement silos and tank terminals appear in the mural at Jurong Port terminal.
Brightly coloured containers and free-flying sea birds are included to show the vibrancy of the maritime industry amid the uncertainty and challenges brought by the pandemic, MPA said.
The murals were created by local artist Jaxton Su and his team, with both ports’ staff lending a hand.
Yesterday, Mr Chee said the maritime sector can be “very proud” of what it has achieved since the start of the pandemic.
“We kept our ports open and we kept the supply chains going, and this is critical for bringing in essential supplies into Singapore, and also for us to serve as a hub for the region,” he said.
Singapore worked to keep seafarers and maritime workers safe, facilitating over 110,000 crew changes and vaccinating over 25,000 maritime workers, he said, adding that “this effort will continue”.
Lauding seafarers, port workers and other front-line personnel for sacrifices made, MPA chief executive Quah Ley Hoon said: “Some were away from home for extended periods, others took on some risks as they board vessels for their work in the port. MPA is proud of their collective achievement in flying the flag of our port high.”
Mr Ong Kim Pong, PSA’s regional chief executive officer for South-east Asia, said his staff have shown adaptability, resilience and agility, to respond to the challenges of the pandemic.
Jurong Port chief executive officer Ooi Boon Hoe added that he hopes the murals can raise awareness of the hard work of maritime workers, which is often “far from plain sight of the public”.