UK and Hong Kong to Forge Closer Ties

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On September 12, during London International Shipping Week, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Maritime London and the Hong Kong Maritime & Port Board (HKMPB).

The representatives of the British and Hong Kong maritime business sectors agreed to forge a closer working relationship and co-operate in promotional activity, training and sharing of best practice for maritime business services, among others.

Lord Mountevans, Maritime London Chairman, remarked, “Both the UK and Hong Kong look beyond their borders and provide world beating maritime expertise to global shipowners, traders and charterers. This agreement is designed to help both London and Hong Kong businesses collaborate and prosper with the support of their respective representative bodies.”

Chan Fan, Frank, JP, Secretary for Transport & Housing, Hong Kong Government, reiterated that both countries possess, “a shared outward looking and entrepreneurial spirit. Both serve regions beyond their own borders and both have an exciting future,” he further stated, “We are delighted by the prospect of a closer working relationship than ever before.”

The maritime groups started discussing collaboration last year, when Jeffrey Evans, chairman of Maritime London, led a delegation to Hong Kong while he was Lord Mayor of the City of London.

David Peel, who manages the European, Middle Eastern and African interests of RightShip, a company that helps ports manage risks, said, “We’ve always wanted to work with Chinese ports but so far it was hard to make an entry because we didn’t know how to find the right Chinese partners, so we are excited that the Hong Kong Maritime & Port Board can now help us.”