22 November 2021, Singapore – DeepSea Technologies, the leading maritime technology specialist in vessel performance monitoring and optimisation, has today announced the appointment of Melvin Tan as the company’s newest Senior Business Development Manager. Based in Singapore, Melvin will be responsible for DeepSea’s growth strategy in Asia-Pacific (APAC) and will lead the company’s presence and the expansion of its client base in the region.
Melvin has 17 years’ experience in business development and institutional sales in shipping and finance. He brings valuable sea-going experience to the DeepSea team, having served for the Republic of Singapore Navy. This sailing experience equips him with crucial sector-relevant knowledge and expertise to understand the shipping industry and the wider maritime landscape. Prior to joining DeepSea, Melvin gained a wealth of experience in IoT, data communication, and fintech in the UK, Dubai, Norway, and Singapore.
The appointment of Melvin comes at a time of significant change in the technological landscape in the key international maritime hub of Singapore, where the local Government has made public its commitment to support AI-driven initiatives and solutions to power the transition to a more sustainable future. As part of these efforts, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore launched the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation earlier this year, signalling a growing fertile ground for commercial opportunities and business development in the intersection between technology and sustainability in the region.
This addition to the team follows the latest round of investment announced in July 2021, when DeepSea announced that part of its €5 million in fresh funding would be used to accelerate the company’s international commercial expansion, with a focus on Asia.
Commenting on the announcement, Angus Whiston, Commercial Director at DeepSea Technologies, said: “After an extensive and lengthy executive search, it is fantastic to welcome Melvin to the team to represent the DeepSea brand in Singapore and lead our expansion into the promising Asia-Pacific markets. We believe the region is at the forefront of technological innovation and is full of possibilities for technology that supports sustainable development.
“Following our solid commercial position and footprint in several European markets, Melvin will play a key role in leading DeepSea’s growth in Asia from one of the world’s largest maritime hubs. Melvin’s business development expertise in the field of AI and machine learning for shipping, coupled with his experience at sea, make him the perfect candidate to spearhead DeepSea’s journey and bring our unique vessel performance optimisation expertise into the Asian region.”
Melvin Tan, Senior Business Development Manager at DeepSea Technologies, added: “The arrival of DeepSea in Singapore is great news for the market and the wider Asia-Pacific region as well as an incredibly proud milestone and promising opportunity for the company. As a firm believer in the power of disruptive technologies and the crucial role that AI plays in the decarbonisation of shipping, joining DeepSea at this point in its expansion is incredibly exciting.
“DeepSea has a strong proposition to bring to Singapore and the wider Asia-Pacific area. The cutting-edge technology and, cost-efficient and user-friendly AI-based platforms developed by the company, in addition to proven case studies and successful customer stories, will undoubtedly cater to an extensive range of industry stakeholders and will facilitate the build-up of strong partnerships with shipping companies that are committed to their decarbonisation journey and ESG credentials.”