Getting down to business: Hong Kong Maritime Week

Carrie Lam
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam will give the opening address at ALMC 2017

The 700 persons, who arrived for the opening ceremony of Hong Kong Maritime Week 2017, set the pace for the following days as they ran the Hong Kong Maritime Week Orienteering Race.

On Monday 20 November, it was down to business with a full day of events across the city, including a debate on the Maritime Labour Convention, run by Asia Maritime at the venerable Foreign Correspondents Club, the start of the two-day 5th Asia Marine Insurance Conference.

At the conference, brought to Hong Kong by the Asia Insurance Review, Hong Kong’s secretary for Transport & Housing welcomed a unique maritime insurance programme, that will launch in May 2018: The “Executive Certificate in Marine Insurance”. It is the first marine insurance training programme in the region to be recognised by the International Union of Marine Insurance.

Also announced at the 5th AMIC was the launch of a Hong Kong-based War Risks Syndicate, a facility aimed at protecting Chinese and Asian shipowners from the risks of war and related perils such as piracy. Hong Kong-based Asia Insurance leads the facility.

Afternoon sessions were led by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, which tackled the prickly area of possible disputes arising along the Belt and Road as well as offering insights into the opportunities along both the Belt and Road.

Getting to appreciate the best of Hong Kong weather at this time of the year, were those participants who joined the Hong Kong Pilots who demonstrated their skills and services provided in Hong Kong waters.

The full Tuesday programme included the first day of the International Conference on Cross Border Insolvency and Maritime Matters (concluded Wednesday). The DNV GL Bulk Carrier Forum tackled the dangers of liquefaction, and the increasing presence of digitalization and its success in enhancing efficiency.

International shipping journal Tradewinds had a packed house for its “Shipowners Forum Hong Kong” at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum where it gathered together the top echelons of Hong Kong’s prominent ship owning, managing and finance community.

A visit to HIT’s terminals on Tuesday drew a large gathering to witness the loading and discharge of vessels where many of the 19 million containers passed through in 2016.

Today’s events include Splash24/7s Maritime CEO Forum at the FCC, the WISTA – Hawkins Workshop on marine casualties at the offices of international law firm Stephenson Harwood in Admiralty.

ALMC 2017, the flagship event of Hong Kong Maritime Week

Hong Kong Maritime Week moves up a level from Thursday (23 November) with the opening of the 7th Asia Logistics and Maritime Conference, a two-day event expected to attract 2,000 participants. Online booking ceased on 20 November. But the good news is latecomers can still enrol on site. If you have not had a chance to book online you will still be able to catch the wisdom from some of the world’s greatest logistics and maritime thought leaders.

This year’s ALMC will spotlight three important topics, including the Belt and Road Initiative, e-Commerce and smart logistics. Over 70 luminaries from the logistics and maritime sectors will speak at the conference to share their industry vision. ALMC is expected to attract over 2,000 industry experts from over 30 countries and regions to take part and explore business opportunities.

Among the highlights will be the two plenary sessions. The first, entitled “Belt and Road: Growth Engine Driving New Era for Global Trade” (23 November), will examine the prospects and challenges for the industry in relation to the new Europe-Asia sea and land trade route, the ASEAN market and the developments in railway cargo transport market. The second plenary session, entitled “Delivering New World Order for Online Shopping” (24 November), will examine the latest opportunities arising from e-Commerce.

Meanwhile, regional forums will explore regional business opportunities in North America (Canada) and Zhuhai, China. Experts will share their insights on the topics “Extend Your Reach: Connect With North American Markets” and “Based on the construction of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area: The new route of development for modern logistics of Zhuhai”.

Speakers from the North American transport and logistics industry including JJ Ruest, Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer, CN (Canadian National Railway), and Robert Armstrong, President, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation – North America Chapter, will talk about how the experience gained from the seamless connection between port and land in Canada can help to improve logistical operations between Asia and North America. In addition, along with seven speakers and moderators, Lu Xiaofeng, Deputy Mayor of Zhuhai Municipal People’s Government, will share the logistical advantages and potential of Zhuhai.

This year’s exhibition has also been scaled up, with over 120 exhibitors showcasing supply chain management, logistics, maritime and related services. The E-Commerce Support and Tech Applications zone will debut, offering professional and comprehensive services and solutions.

At the opening session, Carrie Lam, chief executive of the HKSAR Government, will deliver a welcome remark. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, minister of Transport, Thailand, will deliver a keynote speech.

Don’t miss the most important gathering for maritime and legal professionals this year!


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