News & Reports

H.J. Sabbagh Prize for Excellence in Engineering Construction Ceremony 2023

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) organized the H.J. Sabbagh Prize for Excellence in Engineering Construction Ceremony that was held online on Friday 21 April 2023.

WFEO was proud to announce the laureate of the 2022 edition of its annual Prize for Excellence in Engineering Construction, kindly supported by the Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and named after Hassib J. Sabbagh.

After careful assessment by members of the WFEO Awards Committee, conducted under its chair’s authority (Ms. Ania Lopez), and endorsement by the WFEO Executive Council,

the prize was awarded to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), for its completion of the reclamation work of the Tuas Port.

The full presentation is available in this page.

The Jury selected this project in consideration of many remarkable features, including the excellence of the team of nominated engineers in solving complex infrastructure technical issues, the vision in building this large-scale infrastructure project for productivity enhancements while taking a wise and careful approach to environmental and sustainability aspects.

MPA has chosen to generously donate the USD 10,000 prize of its award in favor of WFEO engineering education projects, similarly to past laureates of the Prize. WFEO is grateful for this donation, especially as its activities in the field of education has become increasingly important in recent years, with the development of joint mentoring programs with the International Engineering Alliance and UNESCO, to help national engineering education systems to reach the highest standards.

MPA’s kind donation will support WFEO’s joint climate change education program in Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), in cooperation with UNESCO and the Office for Climate Education (OCE), which is currently conducting schools and educators training sessions on climate change in Fiji and Mauritius.

Session moderator

  • Er. Seng Chuan Tan, Executive Vice-President, WFEO

Welcome message

  • Prof. José Vieira, WFEO President

Presentation of WFEO Awards

  • Ms. Ania Lopez, chair of the Awards Committee and member of the WFEO Executive Council

Introduction to the H.J. Sabbagh Prize’s Sponsor, Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC)

  • Mr. Dori Barakat, VP Business Development/Marketing & New Ventures

Introduction to the 2022 Laureate of the H.J. Sabbagh Prize

  • Mr. Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)

Video presentation of the Tuas Port phase I project and discussion with the laureates project team

The recording of the ceremony:

The Video presentation of the Tuas Port Phase 1 project:

For more information:

H.J. Sabbagh Prize for Excellence in Engineering Construction 2023 presentation

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) website

Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) website

WFEO’s joint climate change education program in Small Islands Developing States


Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore representatives’ short biographies

Mr. Teo Eng Dih

Mr Teo was appointed Chief Executive, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore from 5 September 2022. Prior to this, Mr Teo was Deputy Secretary (Policy) in the Ministry of Defence.
Mr Teo had served in various government agencies in the areas of Policy and Planning, Manpower, Strategy, Technology, Energy, Climate Change, Enterprise Services and International Trade. He was Special Assistant to then-Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean from 2016 to 2018.

He is a volunteer with SAFRA, an association looking after the needs of national servicemen.

He took up the Trade Development Board Scholarship in 1999 and obtained a Master’s in Chemical Engineering with a Year Abroad (First Class) from Imperial College London. He was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 2012 and graduated with a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mr Teo attended the Eisenhower Fellowships Global Program in 2022.

For his contributions to Public Service, Mr Teo was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 2021.

Capt. Muhammad Segar Abdullah

Capt M Segar is the Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

He holds a Master (Foreign-going) Certificate of Competency and a Master of Science (Maritime Administration & Environmental Protection) from the World Maritime University, Malmo (Sweden). Prior to his current appointment in MPA, he was a Port of Singapore Authority (PSA) sponsored student and after his sailing career, he worked with the Port of Singapore Authority as a Harbour Pilot (1 Jan 90 to 1 Feb 96). He then joined MPA as a Marine Officer and was subsequently promoted as the Port Master, MPA (Jan 2001 to Jul 2008). Capt Segar was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) (Bar) Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Perak) (Lintang) at the National Day Awards 2017.

In his current capacity as the Assistant Chief Executive (Operations), Capt Segar oversees operational matters pertaining to the smooth and safe running of the Port of Singapore, so as to ensure that the world’s busiest port remains safe, secure and efficient, thereby facilitating the development and promotion of Singapore as a hub port and international maritime centre. Capt Segar also oversees the administration of our responsibilities as a Flag State, Port State and Coastal State, and the use of technology to enhance our operations.

Er. Tham Wai Wah

Er. Tham Wai Wah is the Senior Director and Chief Engineer for Engineering & Project Management Division and concurrently holds the appointment of Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

As the Senior Director / Chief Engineer, Er. Tham leads the overall strategy & development planning, engineering and execution of all construction related projects within MPA. He is also the Superintending Officer overseeing the development of the Next Generation Tuas Mega Port.

As the CSO, Er. Tham spearheaded the initiative to formulate the Singapore Maritime Decarbonisation Blueprint, to drive the reduction of GHG emissions to meet the IMO targets for international shipping and Singapore’s emission set targets. As part of this framework, he formulated the adoption strategy of low and zero carbon fuels, encouraged pilot trials and fostered the development of industry collaborations across the value chain and ecosystem in the maritime sector.

Er. Albert Cheng

Er. Albert Cheng is the Director of Project and Construction in MPA. He formerly led the development of Tuas Port Phase 1 project and he moved on to lead the development of Tuas Port Phase 2 project and other various building and infrastructure works by MPA.

He is a certified professional engineer with Singapore PE Board since 2002 and was involved in various civil engineering and coastal development projects across Singapore and in the South-East Asia region.

  Related Posts