Hong Kong Maritime Week gets off to a fun packed start

The Hong Kong Maritime Week Orienteering Race 2018 marked the opening of the Hong Kong Maritime Week 2018 today (November 18). The Chairman of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board (HKMPB) and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Mr Frank Chan Fan (fifth right), fires the starting pistol for the race with the Director of Marine, Ms Maisie Cheng (fourth left); the Chairman of the Promotion and External Relations Committee of the HKMPB, Ms Agnes Choi (fourth right); the Chairman of the Manpower Development Committee of the HKMPB, Mr Willy Lin (third left); the Legislative Council member, Mr Frankie Yick (third right); the Chairman of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, Mr Jack Hsu (second left); the Museum Director of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Mr Richard Wesley (second right); and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Seamen's Union, Mr Cheung Sai-teng (first left).

Hong Kong Maritime Week, the leading annual event for the maritime and port industries officially opened today (18 November). The opening ceremony took place amidst an excited crowd gathered to celebrate an unprecedented week of maritime activities, and take part in the traditional Hong Kong Maritime Week Orienteering Race.

Officiating at the opening ceremony, the Chairman of the HKMPB and Secretary for Transport and Housing, Frank Chan Fan, said:

“Maritime, trading and logistics have all along been the pillar industry of Hong Kong.  As mentioned in the chief executive’s Policy Address published in October this year, Hong Kong should capitalise on our unique strengths and seize the opportunities brought by the Belt and Road Initiative and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area development.  The Government will, through a package of initiatives including tax concessions and facilitation measures, promote the development of high value-added maritime services such as ship leasing, marine insurance, etc., thereby providing a new development strategy for the Hong Kong maritime industry”

Mr Chan also raised the need to nurture the new generation of maritime talents to continue the good maritime heritage of Hong Kong.  To foster the manpower development of the maritime industry, the Government will inject HK$200m to the Maritime and Aviation Training Fund to provide students and in-service practitioners of the maritime and aviation industry with more comprehensive and diversified training incentive schemes and scholarship programmes.

HKMW 2018 offers more than 50 activities organised by 60 local and international maritime bodies.  The activities cover eight themes, namely shipping and maritime, maritime law and arbitration, ship finance, marine insurance, ship management, marine technology, port and logistics, and maritime education and career.

Through a series of conferences and seminars, workshops, industry briefings, visits, business networking gatherings, competitions, exhibitions, etc., international and local industries are combining their efforts to promote Hong Kong as the preferred base for operating maritime business and enhance the awareness of the general public towards maritime and port industries.

It’s still not too late to be a part of HKMW 2018. For more details, please visit www.hkmw.hk.

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