Busy maritime week in Hong Kong

Next week will be a very busy one for the global maritime industry centred on Hong Kong.

First, the biennial China Maritime Exhibition returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wanchai from Tuesday, March 16 to Thursday, March 18. It will feature some twenty shipbuilders and repairers from ten countries as far away as South Africa and the Bahamas.Nine engine and propulsion system manufacturers are exhibiting as are eight interior furnishings and seating suppliers. They will be joined by six deck machinery suppliers, sixteen marine equipment manufacturers and a similar numbers of the world’s best known names in marine electronics. Also exhibiting will be classification societies, bunker suppliers, marine media, governments, educators and NGOs.

Many of the world’s top maritime names will be presenting their latest goods and services but there will be a number of new and innovative companies involved to keep the established ones on their toes.

Alongside the Exhibition there will be two important but select and high quality forums. On Tuesday, March 16, the renowned international shipping finance and investment magazine Marine Money, will present one of its annual series of conferences in the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, next door to the HKCEC.

On Wednesday, the Hong Kong Ship Owners Association will present a Senior Executive Forum on the Future of Shipping. That will be followed by a luncheon sponsored by leading classification society Det Norske Veritas. The guest speaker there will be Doug Woodring of Project Kaisei. He will describe his experience of investigating the North Pacific Gyre and make suggestions as to how this enormous mess of plastic and other land sourced garbage can be removed.

Co-inciding with the Exhibition there will be an ongoing series of Product Presentation Seminars. These enable exhibitors to make detailed hour long presentations on their products or services. A full programme of the presentations will be displayed prominently at the exhibition.

The social side of China Maritime is never neglected. The cream of Hong Kong maritime society will meet at the Castrol sponsored China Maritime Cocktail Reception at the HKCEC on Tuesday, March 16. A number of exhibitor companies will also be welcoming customers and friends to a series of private functions.

Finally, to cap off the Week, the Hong Kong Ship Owners Association is combining with the Marine Department of Hong Kong to present a “Year of the Seafarer” awards luncheon for the maritime industry on Friday, March 19.

A busy week indeed for Hong Kong’s maritime industry. And there’ll be something for everyone from tug, ferry and fishing boat owners, through government vessel operators to the owners of the largest cargo ships and tankers as well as those who supply goods, services and vessels to them.