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CHAIRMAN'S WELCOME ADDRESS

   To promote the aims of the Nautical Institute and the work of the Hong Kong branch, every two years the Branch arranges a full day seminar on a topic of interest to the nautical profession and the shipping industry as a whole. Welcome to our fourth seminar entitled "Seafaring - What is the Future".

   The debate about manning levels, and the future and safety of seafaring continues - and will continue as the shipping industry evolves and moves into the next decade. Indeed, the debate has been ongoing from the earliest days of commercial shipping, from the initiatives of Samuel Plimsoll, the SOLAS Convention, to the setting up of the IMO, and the more recent STCW Convention and ISM Code.

   Unfortunately, most of the milestone developments in legislation have been prompted by major casualties at sea. We should not have to wait again for a catastrophic accident in order to focus our minds on the human element of shipping. World trade needs ships - and ships need seafarers. The public today demands safer ships and cleaner seas - and this requires qualified and professional seafarers. Where do we get them from, and how do we keep the ones we have? That is the dilemma facing the shipping industry today.

   Once again we are fortunate to have a world class and international group of speakers, all of whom have given freely and generously of their time to talk to us today, and some of whom have traveled a long way to get here. We are also very fortunate to have access again to this wonderful venue for a second time, and the Branch is very grateful to Star Cruises for their continuing support of the Nautical Institute.

   Today would not have been possible either, without the generous support of our many sponsors, who are listed below.

   Thank you,

Harry Hirst, FNI
Chairman, Nautical Institute Hong Kong branch


OUR SPONSORS

Andrew Moore & Associates Ltd                                                            
Anglo-Eastern Group
Applied Weather Technology                                                                  
Clarksons Logistics
Chellaram Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd                                                        
Clyde & Co
EGE Consultancy                                                                                   
Fleet Management Ltd
Hong Kong Pilots Association Ltd                                                             
Holman Fenwick & Willan
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Hong Kong                                            
HUD Group
J.D. Wort & Co. Ltd                                                                                
Lloyd's Register Asia
Marine Consultants Hong Kong                                                                 
Noble Group
Pacific Basin Shipping (Hong Kong) Ltd                                                    
Parakou Shipping Ltd
Steamship Mutual Management (Hong Kong) Ltd                                         
Star  Cruises                                             
The China Navigation Company Ltd                                                           
The  Nautical Institute (HQ)
Unique Shipping

Postal Address:

The Nautical Institute Hong Kong Branch
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2604 Tung Chiu Commercial Centre
193 Lockhart Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong - S.A.R  P.R. China
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17 April 2019
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