Key industry associations in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association

The Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association is a partnership formed by the terminal operators of Kwai Tsing Port of Hong Kong, established in 1999. Its main purpose is to promote the Port of Hong Kong to the international shipping industry as the premier container hub port in the region.

In addition, the Association represents its members before government to preserve the ongoing competitiveness of the Port.

The members of the Association are: Hong Kong International Terminals Limited, Modern Terminals Limited, COSCO-HIT Terminals (Hong Kong) Limited and Goodman DP World.

Key Personnel
Ms Jessica Chung

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The Hong Kong Liner Shipping Association

The Hong Kong Liner Association has a 35-year history of representing the interests of its shipping line and shipping agent members in Hong Kong. The 16 corporate members represent around 90% of the containerised liner industry in Hong Kong.

The HKLA can be contacted at

The Hong Kong Logistics Association

The Hong Kong Logistics Association was established in 1996, to promote all forms of modern logistics and supply chain management. The Association’s mission statement claims it aims to offer a platform for enterprises, educational institutes and professionals to exchange views and increase knowledge in cutting-edge logistics.

The Association also acts as a channel between the local and national governments and the logistics industry in the formulation of policies for the development of the logistics industry in Hong Kong.

To assist authorities and educational institutions to design education programmes to meet the changing needs of the logistics industry and its practitioners.

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The Hong Kong Maritime Law Association

The Hong Kong Maritime Law Association, established in 1978, currently has more than 200 members drawn from the legal profession and other organizations with an interest in maritime law. The purpose of the Association is to create a forum for the discussion and consideration of maritime law at an international and domestic level.

The Association has been affiliated with Comite Maritime International since 1979, and participates in the activities of that organization.

The Association also cooperates and liaises with other maritime associations in Hong Kong and globally.

CPD accredited seminars and social activities including an annual cocktail party fill many dates in the association’s diary.

Key Personnel
Chairman: Professor Anselmo Reyes

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The Hong Kong Shipowners Association

The Hong Kong Shipowners Association was formed in 1957 to promote and protect the interests of Hong Kong domiciled shipowners and shipmanagers as well as a growing number of local professions and service providers who assist in the smooth operation of the territory’s shipping sector.

The Association forms a very active nucleus in Hong Kong shipping affairs. In addition to lobbying on the part of its members, the Association offers forums where members are able to meet and discuss issues of concern, informs the membership of important changes in the shipping environment through educational seminars and circulars, and represents the interests of members in national and international committees.

On a lighter but no less essential note, the Association spends a great deal of its energy and resources on encouraging the territory’s maritime industry to become an active and inclusive community through social events, including luncheons, seminars, golf competitions, yachting races, etc. Result: increased inter-community activity, for both commercial and social gain.

International player
At the international level, the HKSOA has been instrumental in gaining recognition and appreciation of Hong Kong’s maritime expertise and experience through its high profile participation in inter-governmental bodies such as the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, etc. and inter-industry bodies such as the International Chamber of Shipping, Intertanko, Bimco, Intercargo, and the International Association of Classification Societies. Frequently such participation has led to requests for involvement in selective inter-governmental meetings and invitations to meetings with US and European government officials seeking opinions on important maritime issues.

The HKSOA welcomes membership applications at ordinary and associate level. Ordinary membership is applicable to shipowners and shipmanagers. Associate membership can be gained by all other companies with a connection to shipping.

As of July 2015, monthly subscriptions for Ordinary members are HK$5,375 and Associate members HK$2,350.

As of July 2015, the Association has 193 members. Association members own, manage and operate a fleet with a combined capacity of nearly 149 million dwt.

Key Personnel
Chairman: Ms Sabrina Chao
Managing director: Mr Arthur Bowring

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The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council

The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council’s main objective is to protect and promote the interests of Hong Kong exporters, importers, traders and manufacturers involved in the transportation of goods by sea, air and land.

The Council represents Hong Kong shippers overseas and is a member of regional and international shippers’ councils, including the Global Shippers’ Forum, the Asian Shippers’ Council, the Cross Strait Shippers’ Alliance, the Asian Shippers’ Group, the Federation of ASEAN Shippers’ Councils (FASC), and the European Shippers’ Council (ESC). These organizations cooperate to influence the regulatory environment pertaining to the transportation of goods locally, regionally and globally.

Key Personnel
Chairman: Mr Willy Lin

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The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (Hong Kong branch)

The Hong Kong branch of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, in common with all other branches of the organization worldwide, provides education and training for up and coming shipbrokers. In addition to providing the resources and location for members studying for the ICS professional Qualifying Examinations, the Hong Kong branch of ICS runs a number of professional lunches and less formal gatherings throughout the year.

Key Personnel
Chairman: Mr Y K Chan

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The Nautical Institute (Hong Kong branch)

The Nautical Institute in Hong Kong is one of 40 branches throughout the world. The membership of the Hong Kong branch includes professionals from a cross section of the many fields that together make up the maritime community in the territory. Among the benefits of membership are the biennial seminars for the marine industry, a representative voice at the International Maritime Organisation, IALA and a number of other forums, and a 30% discount on all Nautical Institute publications.

Key Personnel
Mr Vikrant Malhotra

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Young Professionals in Shipping Network

Three dynamic young maritime professionals, Tabitha Logan, Su Yin Anand and Marija Pospisil, founded the Young Professionals in Shipping Network in 2010. Originating as a way of connecting with similar professionals in an informal gathering, YPSN has grown into an incorporated non-profit association with over 700 members. Apart from creating a forum for networking and relaxing YPSN has a mission to promote the shipping industry as a career of choice for the upcoming generations.

YPSN holds regular networking events, seminars and sports activities.

Key Personnel
Ms Tabitha Logan
Ms Su Yin Anand
Ms Marija Pospisil

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