Hong Kong Forum
Hong Kong, 04 September 2019
Standard Club’s Hong Kong Forum attracts more than a 100 senior shipowner representatives
More than 100 senior representatives from Hong Kong’s ship owning community attended the Standard Club Asia’s forum at the China Club in Hong Kong today (Sept 4).
David Roberts, the managing director of Standard Club Asia and Mike Turnbull, the club’s Hong Kong branch chief executive officer, led the club’s initiative in hosting the forum which included an update on club activities in Asia and then a panel discussion, ending with a cocktail reception for guests.
David Roberts said the Standard Club Asia was making progress in the region and Hong Kong continued to be an important market accounting for 3% of total club tonnage.
He noted that Standard Asia had been able to grow across Asia Pacific and today tonnage from the region was 27% of total tonnage entered with the club.
“We continue to grow but we grow selectively in a sustained way and we rely on our ability to innovate and form strategic partnerships in the region in order to do that,” he said.
A panel of senior industry leaders took part in a wide ranging panel discussion which covered topics including IMO 2020 and 2050 with David Roberts asking panellists: “Are owners ready for January 1 2020?”.
The industry leaders were Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO of Anglo Eastern Univan Ship Management, Wang Cheng Yu, chief representative of Clarksons-Platou Shanghai, William Fairclough, Managing Director of Wah Kwong Maritime, Li Lim Jun, Partner and Head of Shipping and Reed Smith admiralty lawyers, and Capt Yves Van den Born, Director of Loss Prevention of the Standard Club.
Other topics during the lively session included current trade tensions between the USA and China and the potential effects of a long term trade dispute between the two economic superpowers and a discussion on how owners can protect their crews and vessels in the Strait of Hormuz in light of recent attacks in the region.
Guests were later treated to cocktails at a buffet reception