CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ADDRESS
Welcome to "THE HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL PIRACY CONFERENCE" organized by the Hong Kong Branch of the Nautical Institute, and co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Ship Owner's Association.
The problem of piracy in today's world presents numerous challenges to everyone engaged in maritime trade. The danger to seafarers, ships and cargoes, not to mention the economic impact of this situation, requires prompt action and communication.
It is our honour and privilege to have speakers from all over the world attending today to give us up-to-date information about piracy attacks throughout the world , including senior naval officers who are engaged in combatting pirates, police and civilian security specialists and speakers from the commercial sector of the shipping industry to give us their professional views and advice.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to those sponsors who have generously supported our branch, which has enabled us to organize this conference in Hong Kong. Without their support, we would not have been able to provide such a high quality conference.
Lastly, I would like to thank you all for coming. Your participation is vital if we are to organize the best seminar for the shipping industry in Hong Kong. We wish you a most fruitful day of interesting and stimulating discussions and the sharing of knowledge. It is my wish that better communication between the military and commercial sectors in this conference will enhance the safety of our vessels and their crews.
Marso, K.P. Law, MNI,
Chairman, Nautical Institute Hong Kong Branch