Hong Kong stakes its claim as premier maritime hub

Hong Kong has laid down the gauntlet to its regional rivals following its most successful Hong Kong Maritime Week yet (19-26 November 2017).

The week’s signature event, the Asia Logistics and Maritime Conference 2017, broke records on its seventh outing. Over the two days of the conference some 2,109 participants descended on the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with 50% arriving from the mainland and 36 overseas countries.

The ALMC organiser, the Hong Kong Trade and Development Council, with the assistance of 18 industry giants arranged for 71 of the best thought leaders from Hong Kong, the mainland and overseas to share their insight and foresight across numerous forums touching on the deepest concerns of the world’s maritime and logistics businesses.

To get the message out locally and beyond Hong Kong shores the HKTDC teamed up with 30 media partners who sent 89 journalists and representatives who generated around 150 news stories by the last day of the conference.

More than 120 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions displayed products and/or expertise in the areas of e-commerce support and tech applications, supply chain management and logistics services as well as maritime and port services. A dedicated area in the exhibition hall was devoted to more than 150 business-matching meetings.

HKSAR chief executive Carrie Lam, in the opening address, highlighted Hong Kong’s strengths in both logistics and maritime and reasserted the government’s commitment to maritime sustainability:

“Hong Kong is home to one of the world’s largest shipping communities, with 9.6% of the world’s merchant fleet and a dynamic maritime cluster offering wide-ranging shipping services. Indeed, later this evening, the Hong Kong Shipowners Association will be hosting its 60th anniversary celebration reception.

“Hong Kong Port is already one of the busiest container ports in the world, and it enables about 330 container vessel services a week to some 470 destinations worldwide.

“As mentioned in my Policy Address, to entrench Hong Kong’s position as a diversified international maritime centre, the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board established by the Government is actively working with the industry to formulate a comprehensive strategy to bolster and promote the development of Hong Kong’s maritime industry and high value-added maritime services, and encourage overseas maritime enterprises to set up a presence in Hong Kong.

“The Government is also actively implementing port enhancement measures to maintain the competitiveness of Hong Kong Port, including provision of additional terminal yard space and barge berths in phases to increase the container handling capacity of the Kwai Tsing Container Terminals and the better use of back-up land of the terminals,” she concluded.

The 8th ALMC will return on 20-21 November 2018.

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