The Annual General Meeting (2014) of the Nautical Institute Hong Kong Branch was held at the Police Officers Club
Around 30 members and friends gathered on 13 June for the Hong Kong branch AGM. The healthy turnout may have been due to the wine tasting which was arranged immediately afterwards.
Hon Chairman Luca Ferrerio FNI reported on a busy year of activities, including the very successful full-day seminar in November, and Hon Treasurer Petty Leung FNI informed members that the branch finances are healthy enough to support future activities and make a substantial donation to our chosen charities.
The branch have traditionally supported the Mission to Seafarers and MPPF, a local charity which helps Hong Kong cadets who require financial assistance. The Hon Chairman presented cheques for HK$ 15,000 to representatives of both organisations.
Our special guest at the AGM was Captain James Robinson FNI, Past President of the NI, who presented Certificates of Fellowship to Captain Luca Ferrerio and Captain John Wilson.
In a brief address, Captain Robinson talked about recent events at headquarters in London.
He described the steady growth of the Institute, and suggested that the branch might consider hosting the NI AGM in future.
Captain Vikrant Malhotra MNI was elected Hon Chairman for the next two years, and Captain Carlos Antao MNI was elected Hov Vice Chairman. In closing, Captain Malhotra tanked the outgoing office bearers for their hard work, and invite everyone to join the wine tasting and buffet after the meeting.
Capt. Alan Loynd FNI
Ladies and gentlemen
Before I present you a summary of the branch activities since last year AGM, I must thank my fellow NICOM members for their support trough the year.
In particular Marso Law our Honorary Secretary providing minutes of meeting in real time, keep contact with NI HQ, while continuing his work with MPPF (Maritime Professional Promotion Federation)
Petty Leung for her sterling job as Honorary Treasurer
Alan Loynd for writing report of our activities, published on Seaways and our web site.
Vikrant Malhotra Honorary Vice Chairman for organizing the Seminar during China Maritime 2014
Summary of event
Letter to CE for early release of Capt. KULEMESIN
Answer from CE Private Secretary: matter raised to the Secretary for Security
Received a standard answer from the Secretary for Security-
No further correspondence
Harry Hirst FNI presented: The NEFTEGAZ67/YAO HAI collision – Narrow channels: a recipe for injustice?
SOLIS Marine Consultants – HKG office opening party
Luncheon by HKTDC(HK Trade Development Council) and HK SAR Government – Asian Logistic and Maritime Conference
Bi annual seminar Marine Spatial Planning – with the participation of David Patraiko – Directors of Projects NI HQ – and launch of the publication MSP
Alan Loynd Paul Watson and my self attended the Remembrance Day Service at Cenotaph and laid the HK Branch wreath in memory of the servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
HKSOA AGM cocktail party
Ship Brokers Christmas party
Dinner party celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the HK Maritime Forum – Paul Walton and Luca Ferrerio represent the NI
NI annual buffet dinner at POC – John Wilson was our quiz master - a good return on the raffle as donation to MTS
China Maritime - A Nautical Institute stand at the exhibition was manned throughout the two day event, and if the exhibition was rather smaller than last time it attracted a high standard of visitors, so we were able to meet a number of potential new members. We also introduced visitors to the excellent publications available from the Nautical Institute and distributed free copies of the new booklet on Marine Spatial Planning.
The highlight for the branch, though, was undoubtedly the half-day seminar organised on our behalf by Hon. Vice Chairman Vikrant Malhotra. Entitled "Reducing the administrative burden on the Master and crew", it featured four excellent papers and plenty of time for questions from the floor.
North to the Orient: the Northern Sea Route and climate change
We were delighted to welcome a group of students from Dalian Maritime University – the first time we have ever had the pleasure of their company in Hong Kong.
They were all smart, articulate and a credit to their university, and we hope they enjoyed the evening as much as we enjoyed meeting them.
"Vetting Inspections - Effective Preparation and an Inspector’s Perspective" – by Capt. Shiraz Mogul
IMSBC Code Group ‘A’ Bulk Cargoes – Prevention, Cause and Effect of Liquefaction. By Capt. Paul Walton
Membership to the Shanghai Institute of International Shipping
Immovable Objects v Irresistible Forces by Mike Harrison from SOLIS Consultants
Two members elected Fellow: John Wilson and Luca Ferrerio
Finally I wish to thank you all for coming, and attending our functions and events, providing good and constructive discussion in seminar and presentation.
We very much hope that you will continue to join our functions in future.
Before closing let me present the donation to MPPF and MTS
Capt.Luca Ferrerio FNI
Chairman Hong Kong Branch