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    China Maritime returns to exciting Hong Kong




    Tuesday, February 28 to Thursday, March 1, 2012

  • The global maritime industry is bracing for a challenging year ahead, and there is an increasing need for the industry to get together and discuss the wide range of issues that will have to be addressed.

    China Maritime Week, to be held in Hong Kong from February 28 to March 1, will provide a platform for industry leaders from Asia, Europe and the US to discuss issues and formulate ideas to overcome the looming crisis for the shipping industry. There is intense activity throughout the region in ship-owning, ship-building, ship-repair, naval architecture, port operations, tugs, work boats, ferries, tourism, commercial fishing, naval, police and coast guard, and pollution control.

    Arthur Bowring, managing director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, sees the event as a good opportunity for debate and discussion for industry leaders.

    “Shipowners are facing a challenging year in 2012, as oversupply and the global economic downturn are having negative impacts on shipping,” he said. “China Maritime Week will provide a good platform for the shipping community to meet to discuss the way forward, share

    ideas and formulate strategy for the year ahead. Hong Kong is the ideal location for this event as a leading global maritime hub and the gateway to China.”

    Mr Bowring is also moderating a Ballast Water Symposium at the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) on February 29. In addition, Michael Grey, the noted UK-based maritime industry correspondent and commentator, is the latest confirmed speaker at a half-day seminar organised by the Hong Kong Young Shipping Professionals, to be held at HKCEC on

    February 28. One of the highlights of the week will be the Clean Ships, Seas, Shores and Ports Conference, with speakers from shipping, port groups, NGOs and environmental groups. The focus of the conference will be sustainability.

    Other confirmed events during China Maritime week will include a Nautical Institute conference, an INTERFERRY conference, an ACI Conference on Tugs and Harbour Craft, and a Marine Money Conference. The keynote social and networking event will be a charity dinner in aid of seafarers jointly organised by the Sailors Society of UK and the Hong Kong Shipowners Association. Delegates will include representatives from banking, government, military, shipping and the ports sectors.

    Neil Baird, founder and chairman of China Maritime, said: “The maritime industry is at a crossroads, there are some tough decisions to be made to do with ship financing, the environment, new technology and manning. China Maritime Week incorporates specialist seminars and conferences for all of these sectors and is the first major maritime event of 2012.”

    Worldwide maritime charity the Sailors’ Society is inviting companies attending China Maritime Week to join it as it hosts a spectacular fundraising dinner.

    The Sailors’ Society, which exists to enrich the lives of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers through its network of port chaplains, is improving its presence in Asia as many of the maritime industry’s key organisations are based in Hong Kong and Singapore.

    “Seafarers spend many months away from home, isolated from their families,” said Sailors’ Society director of fundraising Jan Webber. “Whilst the ships they are working on can be travelling anywhere in the world, many of the shipping companies are based in Asia, so it’s important Sailors’ Society also has a presence there.”

    Port chaplain Jasper Del Rosario, based in Bataan, explained the impact the charity can have: “Typhoon ‘Basyang’, just over a year ago, caused devastation in the Mariveles and tragically many seafarers lost their lives. The coastguard and other authorities gave us permission to visit the

    crews who survived the chaos. We offered help with the victims’ immediate needs, distributing clothes and food as these were their most pressing requirements. Simple gestures, but they made all the difference to the seafarers.”

    The services port chaplains provide would not be possible without the support of fundraising events such as the Hong Kong dinner where all funds raised will support merchant seafarers worldwide.

    Jan Webber explained: “We are excited to be hosting this dinner and want our guests to feel at ease during the evening. In the UK it is fitting to wear more formal attire for such occasions but in Asia the traditions are different. We respect and embrace that and look forward to welcoming maritime industry guests from around the world.”

    The Hong Kong dinner takes place on February 29, where supporters will enjoy a sumptuous meal in the elegant surroundings of the Shangri-La Hotel ballroom, thanks to Pacific Basin Shipping and the Noble Group, keen supporters of the charity’s worldwide work. Popular sports presenter Dougie Donnelly will entertain guests with anecdotes of working with some of the biggest names in golf: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and his long-time friends Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood and Sam Torrance, to name just a few.

    For further information contact: PH: +44 23 8051 5958, Email: jrich@sailors-society.org

    Fine dining with the Sailors’ Society

    The Hong Kong branch of the Nautical Institute will be holding an afternoon seminar during China Maritime Week on March 1 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The topic of the seminar is ‘Challenges of Electronic Navigation’, and the event will address the most significant paradigm shift in navigation in recent times. An excellent line-up of speakers has already been confirmed.

    • Hydrographers’ and Chart Distributors’ Perspective Mr George Arts President, Marine Press of Canada

    • Effective use of Electronic Navigation Charts Captain Sriram Rajagopal Training & QHSE Superintendent, Anglo Eastern Group

    • Understanding ECDIS Hardware Captain Bhupesh Gandhi Director – Asia Pacific, MARIS

    • (Re) Training the Navigators Mr Nigel D Cleave, Chief Executive Officer of Videotel Marine International

    For further information contact: The Nautical Institute – Hong Kong Branch. PH: +852 9768 2264, FX +852 2285 9309, Email: secretary@nautinsthk.com, Web: www.nautinsthk.com

    Strong line-up for Nautical Institute seminar

    Oversupply and global economic downturn to dominate China Maritime Week

  • CHINA MARITIME WEEK will launch in Hong Kong from February 28 to March 1 in 2012. The event will feature a major international maritime exhibition plus a range of

    conferences covering vessel operations, the marine environment, ship financing, shipbuilding, ballast water treatment, vessel enclosed spaces, tugs and offshore vessels.

    CHINA MARITIME WEEK is aimed at developing a broad range of forums, events and networking opportunities focused on Hong Kong’s role as a maritime gateway to China.

    The keynote social and networking event will be a charity dinner in aid of seafarers organised by the Sailors’ Society of UK and the Hong Kong Shipowners Association.

    T h e c u r r e n t e v e n t s c h e d u l e i s :

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    C H I N A M A R I T I M E W E E K

    China Maritime 2012 exhibition HKCEC – February 28 – March 1 1000 – 1800hrs Ha l l 5G

    Opening Ceremony: 0940hrs February 28 to be addressed by Ms Eva Cheng, Secretary for Transport & Housing, HKSAR Government

    China Maritime Cocktail Reception HKCEC – February 28 1830 – 2000hrs Ha l l 5G Lobby

    Contact: marinfo@baird.com.au

    Young Shipping Professionals Seminar HKCEC – February 28 1400 – 1730hrs Mee t ing Room S427 Contact: youngprofessionals.shipping@gmail.com

    Marine Money Conference Renaissance Harbour View Hotel (next door to HKCEC) – February 28

    1000 – 1700hrs Rena i s sance Harbour V iew Ho te l Contact: koates@marinemoney.com

    Philippines Maritime Promotion HKCEC – February 28 1600 – 1800hrs Mee t ing Room S428

    Ballast Water Symposium HKCEC – February 29 1000 – 1730hrs Mee t ing Room S427

    Contact: marinfo@baird.com.au Contact: Arthur.bowring@hksoa.org

    ACI Raising Ship Efficiency HKCEC – February 28, 29 0900 – 1730hrs Mee t ing Room S423/424

    Contact: gproud@acieu.net

    Sailors’ Society Charity Dinner Island Shangri-La Hotel – February 29 1900 – 2400hrs I s land Shangr i - La Ho te l

    Contact: jrich@sailors-society.org

    Maritime Week Dinner Indian Recreation Club – February 29 1900 – 2200hrs Ind ian Recrea t ion C lub

    Contact: secretary@nautinsthk.com

    Clean Ships, Seas, Shores and Ports Conference and Luncheon HKCEC – March 1

    0900 – 1400hrs Mee t ing Room S424 Contact: marinfo@baird.com.au

    Slow Speed Marine Diesel Engines Nano-pulse Technology Revolution HKCEC – March 1

    1000 – 1230hrs Mee t ing Room S427 Contact: vpatwardhan@tccfleet.com

    INTERFERRY Regional Meeting HKCEC – March 1 1400 – 1700hrs Mee t ing Room S424

    Contact: len.roueche@interferry.com

    Nautical Institute Seminar: Challenges of Electronic Navigation HKCEC – March 1

    1400 – 1800hrs Mee t ing Room S427 Contact: malhotrav@angloeasterngroup.com

    Product Presentation Seminars HKCEC– March 1 1000 – 1700hrs Mee t ing Room S428

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