Hong Kong Maritime Week 2018 – the international dimension

Hong Kong's Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan, addresses Mare Forum, part of Hong Kong Maritime Week 2017

With less than two months until Hong Kong Maritime Week 2018, close to 50 businesses, organisations and event organisers have already answered the call of the main organiser, the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, and are busy putting the last touches to their programmes for the maritime event of the year.

Among the organisers are a number of international big hitters. These include Lloyd’s List, once the oldest newspaper in the world, and a major producer of conferences, seminars and other training platforms in the marine segment.

Making a return visit to this year’s event is Mare Forum. Based in the Netherlands, this maritime conference organizer regularly holds similar highly successful forums in Europe, North, Central and South America, Asia and the Middle East.

BIMCO a regular visitor to Hong Kong is the world’s largest international shipping association, with 2,000 members in more than 120 countries. Among its many activities BIMCO is a regular contributor to the discussions and decision making with global and regional regulators including the International Maritime Organisation.

Through its intelligence provision and its conferences Marine Money International has bridged the gap between shipowners and international capital markets for more than 30 years. Best known for its annual conferences in Hong Kong each spring Marine Money will make an extra call in the territory in recognition of the growing popularity of Hong Kong Maritime Week.

By request of the Hong Kong government and as a tribute to Hong Kong’s vigorous shipping industry, which has for so long supported the conference, Marine Money will this year be hosting a Ship Finance and Networking Reception as part of Hong Kong’s 3rd Annual Maritime Week. This ‘by-invitation’ event, co-sponsored by InvestHK and Minsheng Financial Leasing, aims to bring together leading government and industry figures from Hong Kong and overseas for three hours of superb networking.

According to Business Development Manager, Andrew Oates, “Marine Money is 100% committed to Hong Kong’s success and we are very much looking forward to offering our premium industry platform and global network for the further development and positioning of Hong Kong as one of Asia’s leading ship finance centres.”

Marine Money’s Ship Finance and Networking Reception will be held at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel on 20 November.

Led by its editor, Richard Meade, the Lloyds List Business Briefing will take a wide angle lens to Hong Kong’s position as a maritime hub on the doorstep of Mainland China.

The organiser said: “We will get to grips with China’s economic strategy. Nowhere is better placed than Hong Kong to listen to the signals coming from Beijing. The ambitious strategies set out by President Xi’s administration will influence Greater China, the Asia Pacific region, and beyond.”

A second session will explore Hong Kong’s maritime strategy in greater detail. Speakers will outline the future vision for Hong Kong’s port, including infrastructure needs 20 years ahead, changes to fuels, and the greening of cargo handling and other port operations. Then we assess the Hong Kong maritime cluster: which services will thrive, and which will come under greater pressure as regional and international rivals challenge for market share.


Hong Kong: Maritime Leadership for the Future will be held on 19 November 2018. Look out for venue confirmation coming soon.

The 2nd Mare Forum (Maritime Hong Kong – Looking Ahead) will also be applying a broad stroke to the deepest issues regarding Hong Kong’s global position against the background of “the renaissance” of the shipping and commodity markets the maritime transportation of oil, gas and dry bulk commodities, and containers.

Mare Forum will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21 November 2018.

“This is not just another event to talk about scrubbers!” Bimco assures when introducing its programme for Hong Kong Maritime Week.

“As the global sulphur limit approaches, ship owners and operators need to implement robust measures to keep themselves protected and to keep their ships trading.

“This seminar, coorganised by BIMCO, Lloyd’s Register and the Hong Kong Ship Owner’s Association during Hong Kong Maritime Week 2018 will focus on key aspects to be considered, and attendees should be able to leave the event having furthered their understanding of their exposure, technically and legally, to risks associated with this regulatory change, and with an idea of what steps they should take to further their preparations,” BIMCO added.

Global Sulphur Cap 2020 – Managing the Transition For Tomorrow – Preparing Today will be held on 20 November at Admiralty Centre.

For more details about the above events go to https://www.hkmw.hk/en/index.html

Hong Kong Maritime Week 2018 is organised by the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, together with co-organisers the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, InvestHK, and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council.

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