The Hong Kong Shipowners Association was incorporated in 1957 by 11 local shipowners with the purpose of creating a forum for shipowners resident in Hong Kong. Over the past 55 years, the Association has grown into one of the world’s largest Shipowner Associations, its members owning, managing and operating a fleet with a combined carrying capacity of over 133 million deadweight tonnes.
The Association welcomes into Associate membership Hong Kong resident companies supplying services to the shipping industry. The composition of membership has enhanced the credibility of the Association within the local community and has given breadth and experience to its international status and relationships.
Hong Kong is a vibrant city, where the entrepreneurial nature and individual initiative of its residents are allowed to blossom in an exciting business environment, encouraged by the Government’s business friendly policies. Hong Kong has always been a thoroughly international city, its geographically central location in Asia, its world class communications, legal system and support services being some of the reasons why an increasing number of organisations have chosen the city as the location of their head office in the Asian region. Its status as a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China allows the international nature of Hong Kong to develop due to the autonomy given to the Region by Beijing, while allowing Hong Kong enviable and unparalleled close links with the mainland and its business sectors.
The Association arranges forums in which 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. The Association is a member of the Asian Shipowners Forum (ASF), the International Shipping Federation (ISF), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and INTERTANKO, and cooperates closely with, amongst others, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through the Hong Kong Marine Department, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), BIMCO, INTERCARGO, the International Maritime Industries Forum (IMIF), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).
The Association’s chief purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the Hong Kong domiciled shipowners and ship managers as well as the increasing number of local professions and services upon whom they rely in the performance of their business.