Capt. Frederick Francis is an accomplished seafarer and researcher with a wide spectrum of experience. He took nine commands before coming ashore with the Singapore Polytechnic. Under a scholarship, he read law at Cardiff University and was admitted to the Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M), earning a distinction for his dissertation.
Frederick is an expert in maritime law and was an IMO-ASEAN legal consultant. He is the Founding Commodore of the World Maritime Heritage Society and has completed several maritime heritage projects with co-funding from the National Heritage Board and the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore. Currently, he has created a maritime learning journey for pre-schoolers to further their understanding on maritime heritage and history. He has eight published books including History of Singapore – Islands & Islanders.
His hobbies including ironman competitions and is a regular blood donor with over 150 donations. He has won many awards including the Port of Singapore Authority Commendable Act award, the United States Coast Guard Public Service Commendation award and USCG Certificate of Merit, Innovative & Creativity award, Research & Development Commendation award, Best recruit, Outstanding soldier, Ministry of Education – Service to Education Award, etc.
Currently employed by the Singapore Polytechnic since August 1996 as the Assistant Centre Director, Centre of Excellence for Maritime Safety at Singapore Polytechnic.