Expanding horizons

Being posted to Marina at Keppel Cove in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, has given Roy (extreme right) the opportunity to expand his world view

Being posted to Marina at Keppel Cove in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, has given Roy (extreme right) the opportunity to expand his world view

Like the world-class projects he is involved in, Roy Ng, Senior Manager for Marina Operations at Marina at Keppel Cove, constantly pushes the boundaries to adapt to a fast-changing world.

Having previously worked at Marina at Keppel Bay in Singapore, Roy jumped at the chance to help with the development of Marina at Keppel Cove, a similar project situated in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province, China, in early 2014. “I’m a firm believer in challenging limits and stepping out of my comfort zone. When Keppel offered me this opportunity, naturally I said yes,” he said.

Fronting the Xi River, Marina at Keppel Cove is the first-of-its-kind integrated residential-cum-marina lifestyle development offering direct sailing clearances between Guangdong and Macau. A Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Port-clearance building sited within the marina provides members with one-stop services, including customs clearance, border inspection and quarantine.

With Marina at Keppel Cove scheduled to officially open its doors in 2017, Roy has his plate full gearing up the marina’s operations. “While overseeing the pre-opening process has been complicated and challenging, it has made me more innovative and sharpened my professional skills,” he said.

Even with his packed schedule, Roy endeavours to take a well-deserved break on weekends by enjoying scenic China with his family. They participate in outdoor activities such as cycling and trekking, which allow them to take in the many breathtaking sights the country has to offer.

“I’m blessed that my family is supportive of my posting and even moved to China to be with me. They are my pillar of strength. We’ve been to many beautiful sites in Guangdong Province, and also visited Beijing last Christmas,” he shared.

To Keppelites considering a stint overseas, Roy offered these words of advice. “Do not restrict yourself to what you already know or are comfortable with. It is only by stepping out of our comfort zones that we’re able to learn.”

“At the end of the day, it’s rewarding to look back and be glad you didn’t just limit yourself to what you thought you could or couldn’t do.”