With less than a week until Hong Kong Maritime Week (18-24 November) opens its doors to the world there is already a real buzz in the city. The invitations for a host of events, arranged by more than 60 organisers, have gone out and the final preparations are being put in place for the biggest HKMW ever.
In an ambitious programme covering the eight key themes of: Shipping & Maritime; Maritime Law & Arbitration; Ship Finance; Marine Insurance; Ship Management; Port & Logistics; Maritime Technology and; Education & Careers, this year’s HKMW has something for everyone.
Hong Kong Maritime Hub this week reached out to some key industry stakeholders to get a sense of the anticipation that is building up for Hong Kong’s signature maritime event.
As managing director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, Sandy Chan has a key role in the success of HKMW.
“The Hong Kong Shipowners Association is so pleased to continue to be a co-organiser of the Hong Kong Maritime Week this year. We hope both the general public and the industry leaders and practitioners enjoy the great variety of events and activities during the week,” she says excitedly.
The shipping industry is faced with many challenges, most notably in the fields of safety and regulation. The upcoming 0.5% Sulphur Cap to be introduced in 2020 is a primary concern, as is the effective response to a marine casualty. Both these challenges are well represented at a number of important forms during Maritime Week.
These issues, as well as maritime cyber security and block chain, are being keenly observed by the marine insurance sector, as it will ultimately be the sector to foot the bill in the event of a mishap.
As a representative of one of the world’s largest insurers, Thomas Haddrill, Lloyd’s man in Hong Kong, is particularly excited about attending the insurance and shipping events this year.
“At Lloyd’s, we have spent over 330 years serving maritime industries and we embrace the chance to get together with so many of our customers in the vibrant and dynamic setting that Hong Kong Maritime Week provides. We look forward to stimulating discussions on opportunities, challenges and risks that the insurance industry can help its customers take advantage of,” Mr Haddrill exclaims.
When we reached out to Martin Rowe, managing director of Clarksons Platou Asia HK, part of a global leader in maritime brokerage, he was still out of breath.
“After arriving at the airport, back from a business trip this morning, and driving to my office in Wanchai one could hardly fail to be impressed by the prominent billboards promoting Hong Kong Maritime Week and it’s showpiece event, The Asian Logistics & Maritime Conference,” he says.
“I believe Hong Kong Maritime Week is now firmly established in the global shipping calendar. Whilst it’s not quite yet of the same size & scale of Athens’ Posidonia week or Oslo’s NorShipping, judging by the many overseas visitors and special shipping events, it’s heading in the right direction.
“As the Hong Kong office of Clarksons Platou we are looking forward to showcasing all the good things that Hong Kong has to offer as an international maritime centre!”
Last but by no means least, Kishore Rajvanshy, managing director of one of Hong Kong’s largest ship managers, Fleet Management, sums up the respect gained from the industry for Hong Kong’s largest maritime event:
“Hong Kong Maritime Week plays an important role in positioning Hong Kong as a prominent International Maritime Centre. It also provides a great platform for key industry players to exchange ideas and opportunities.”
These luminaries of the industry are not alone in their enthusiasm. Thousands of participants have already signed up for their places at the more than 50 forums, seminars, activity programmes and networking events that will be happening throughout the week. To avoid disappointment organise your own tailor-made programme by visiting the Hong Kong Maritime Week calendar of events today!