Hong Kong Maritime Week 2023 unveils programme full of innovation

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The Hong Kong Maritime Week (HKMW) returns this month, November 19-25, with a host of global maritime organisations holding industry focused events across the territory.

For the very first time, the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI) will be supporting the HKMW by organising a forum. IUMI joins forces with the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers with the theme of ‘Insuring the Global Navigation’ which will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 21 November. Presentations by the President and Secretary General of IUMI are anticipated highlights of the forum.

International event organiser in maritime industry, Mare Forum, makes a welcome return to HKMW (22 November) at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (HKMM). Mare Forum’s renowned conference approach with lively discussions between panellists and audience across multiple themes, including topics in green shipping, energy transition, decarbonisation, ship finance and Hong Kong’s ship leasing initiatives will definitely live up to your expectations.

Closer to home, Hong Kong-based The Captain’s Table has in five years become the industry’s leading maritime startup contest. Organised by the Young Professionals in Shipping Network (Hong Kong), the competition offers a unique platform for aspiring innovators seeking to bring their novel concepts to market. By pitching to leading industry stakeholders, the winning startup has the chance to win US$30,000 and gain global exposure for the company. Finalists from across the globe will battle it out at the HKEX Connect Hall on 23 November.

HKMW is not just about industry meetings in conference halls. There are ample opportunities to witness the industry in action. Among the many outdoor activities, the Marine Department has arranged a visit to its Aids to Navigation and Mooring Unit, and the Green Island Lighthouse on 21 November, and the Harbour Patrol Section on 24 November. Both visits aim to draw interest in the career developments of young people in the maritime industry.

The Hong Kong Pilots Association offers an exciting tour across the harbour including visits to pilot boarding stations, enabling visitors to get a closest possible look at the daily operations of this vital service to shipping. (21-22 November).

“Fun Maritime World – Interesting facts and careers you may not know” is an afternoon event (23 November) organised by the Vocational Training Council with support from the HKMM and the Maritime Services Training Institute. From tugboat visits to a guided tour of the HKMM, the maritime world has it all for aspiring maritime practitioners and their families.

The Maritime Services Training Institute Open Days are on 24 and 25 November, to be filled with exciting activities for students and the public that are bound to have the younger generation considering their future career options.

Launching on 25 November, the Maritime Professionals Promotion Federation sets off on an adventure in Victoria Harbour. Targeting students and the young at heart, the adventure will open their eyes to the opportunities for career development in a marine setting.

For further details of the above events and all the activities during HKMW please visit: https://www.hkmw.hk/en/activities_summary.html

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