Open My Factory: Eng Hup Shipping | Bee Sin Shipyard


Ship repair and construction is an essential facet of our maritime industry – one that involves the hard work of countless people in the background who ensure ships are seaworthy and capable of sailing the varied oceans around us.

Join us as we explore shipbuilding operations up close and speak with long-time engineers, fitters, and captains about the nuances of working in the industry!

Upcoming Event/s:

Open My Factory: Eng Hup Shipping | Bee Sin Shipyard

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2nd Saturday of the month
10am to 12pm
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Clementi MRT Station Exit B Street Level (a bus will ferry participants to and fro the site)

TICKET PRICE (excluding Eventbrite service fee): $20


Meet your host from Eng Hup Shipping!

Hi there! My name is Jun De and I’m 33 years old. My journey in maritime began when my good friend Tommy from secondary school approached me to join the technical team of Eng Hup Shipping. When I started, vessels had regular breakdowns and repairs were done reactively, but with the help of my mentor Rahim and I, we successfully implemented checklists, oil sampling, and preventive measures to maintain smooth operations.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

I have been with Bee Sin Shipyard since day one and I’m thankful for the wealth of opportunities to take on diverse portfolios. I started out as a technical assembly manager and eventually moved on to coordinate vessels for land reclamation projects, cable laying works, construction of wharves and cargo/logistics!

What are some myths about working in the maritime industry?

I’ve heard many myths about the maritime industry – that it’s dirty, the environment is bad and the work hours are long – but none of these things have been my experience. In fact, I’ve found the opposite to be true – working here has been an incredibly rewarding experience. I’m proud to be part of the Eng Hup family – the team is flat and consists of people of various nationalities and ages. I encourage young people to just try it and who knows? – You might find that the industry interests you in ways you don’t expect.


Meet your host from Bee Sin Shipyard!

Hi all! I’m Alvin, the manager of Bee Sin Shipyard. With experience at sea and on land-based roles, I’ve had the opportunity to traverse the Pacific Ocean with vessels as big as football fields! My time was mostly spent in smaller shipyards which have allowed me to learn things a lot faster as we had to bao ga liao (handle everything!).

Tell us more about your time in the maritime industry!

I started out as part of an engineer team on board a vessel that traversed the Pacific Ocean. It was there where I learned the ropes of what it meant to work in the maritime industry. I experienced long and irregular hours, but when you’re out at sea, there’s no time for breaks! Afterwards, I made a decision to work on land in shipyards, and it was there that I learned a range of skills from handling electrical systems and installing cranes, to transforming fishing trawlers into chalets!

How has the industry changed over the years?

Safety protocols weren’t as good back in the day and accidents were common then. Fortunately, I had a supportive family who told me to be careful. I’m also thankful for my group of friends who hung out with me and supported me.

I’m now looking forward most to the industry’s progression towards sustainability and electrification. It’s been a long and rewarding journey, but with more interesting projects coming up, I look forward to making new memories here!


More Details

Who should come?

  • Participants must be 13 years old and above to participate in this tour.
  • This tour involves some climbing of ladders and staircases and may not be suitable for participants with mobility issues.


  • Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and covered shoes. Participants without proper footwear will not be allowed on the shipyard premises.
  • Participants are expected to don on helmets and inflatable life vests for the tour.

What to bring:

  • Participants should bring along a mask, an umbrella, hand sanitiser, insect repellent, and a bottle of water.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own earphones (with a standard 3.5mm audio jack) as radio guides will be used for the tour.
  • Asthmatic individuals are encouraged to bring their inhaler.

Please note that:

  • All participants must be fully vaccinated.
  • Photography is not allowed at specific sites in the shipyard.
  • Parking is not available at the premises. Kindly park your car near Chinese Garden MRT.
  • The tour will proceed rain or shine.
  • The event is not wheel-chair friendly.

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