Singapore, the premier shipping center in Southeast Asia, was ranked the world's second busiest port in terms of shipping tonnage in 2013. The island-state, with its strategic location in the region, is a significant oil refining and trading hub. It has also become a natural gas player in the region following the start-up of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal on Jurong Island in 2013. Although Singapore produces no oil and gas, companies based in the country are actively engaged in providing services in support of regional exploration and production activities. Many oilfield service and subsea companies have operations in Singapore, which is home to major offshore and marine firms such as Keppel Corp. and Sembcorp Marine.
Pipe Inspectors have a general, broad knowledge base related to the maintenance, inspection and repair of piping systems. One of the methods used to inspect piping systems is NDT (non-destructive testing), in which properties of the pipe are tested without causing any damage to the material. Some NDT methods include visual inspection, thermal imaging, ultrasonic, and magnetic testing. Pipe Inspectors should have a good understanding of state and federal regulations, and can be found working in a plant/refinery setting as well as in the field inspecting pipelines.