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IMCA's regional director an observer to SSA Offshore Services Committee

Published on 15 December 2014

Denis Welch, the recently appointed Regional Director Asia-Pacific of the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), has been invited to serve as an Observer in the meetings of the Singapore Shipping Association’s (SSA) Offshore Services Committee (2013/2015).

“We are delighted to hear this news so soon after Denis’s appointment,” says IMCA’s Chief Executive, Chris Charman. “As I said when announcing his new role on behalf of IMCA, it makes extremely sound sense to have someone who is well respected and knowledgeable on the ground in the region, and the invitation from SSA’s Executive Officer, Siti Noraini Zaini, helps to confirm the wisdom of our approach. Denis has previously served on the SSA Offshore Services Committee so it will be like ‘going home’ to him.”

The role of the SSA Offshore Services Committee is to:
address all technical, safety, environmental and training issues and proposals that may affect the offshore & marine industry;
address domestic and international policy guidelines, rules or regulations affecting the offshore & marine industry;
make representations to governments or bodies, local or foreign, on problems or issues affecting offshore & marine operations in Singapore;
work with regional and international industry associations in support of its courses of actions;
promote and protect the interests of SSA offshore & marine industry members in general; and
promote and enhance Singapore’s reputation as a hub for the offshore & marine sector

“All laudable aims which mirror many of IMCA’s, so this is very much a win:win situation,” says Chris Charman.

About Denis Welch

Denis Welch is based in Singapore and has a track record of Board level appointment in leading international companies and start-ups spanning the marine, civil, automotive and aerospace sectors. He is an elected member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and a member of both the Det Norske Veritas and ABS Southeast Asia Committees. He has also served on the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Committee and the Singapore Shipowners Association Offshore Committee.

Denis established One World Maritime Pte Ltd in 2009 to provide industry knowledge and management support to companies looking to expand or penetrate new markets in Asia; and has had several assignments in this capacity, notably as CEO of the Asia-Pacific subsidiary of IHC Merwede, the Netherlands-based shipbuilding and marine engineering organisation; and as CEO of Mermaid Maritime, the Thailand-based drilling and subsea engineering company. Whilst at Mermaid he was involved in the establishment and listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange of subsidiary Asia Offshore Drilling, which had orders and options for the construction of jack-up rigs at KFELs.

Prior to establishing One World Maritime, Denis was the CEO of Drydocks World Southeast Asia, which was engaged in shipbuilding, ship repair, rig construction and fleet operations in Singapore and Indonesia.