Sustainable Shipping: Business Challenges Ahead

Sustainable Shipping: Business Challenges Ahead

Please note that the event has been postponed. Stay tuned for updates.


Supported by Environment & Energy Committee and Logistics Committee



Martin Cresswell, Technical Director, Hong Kong Shipowners Association

To explore the opportunities and challenges of Sustainable Shipping, the Chamber will be hosting an event exploring the environmental and climate change implications of the shipping industry, and also the challenges and possible solutions to achieving the long-term sustainability of Hong Kong’s shipping sector.

Shipping is a truly global sector, and Hong Kong has over 150 years of experience in ship registration, inspection and survey.

  • Home to one of the world's largest shipping communities, Hong Kong’s dynamic maritime cluster comprises 800+ companies providing a wide range of services, including ship agency and management, broking and chartering, finance, marine insurance, and maritime legal and arbitration services.
  •  With almost 10% of the world's merchant fleet, Hong Kong's shipping register is the fourth largest in the world, with a gross tonnage of more than 128 million.
  •  In container shipping, Hong Kong is one of the world's busiest trans-shipment ports, with 310 liner shipping services connecting to 450 locations worldwide.

Shipping, which is outside the Paris agreement, currently produces 2.7% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and continues to grow, tracking world GDP. The challenge and costs to meet the aspirational goals set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of a 50% reduction in GHG compared to 2008 will be very considerable. The IMO have a plan but will it work and who will pay? The end result may fundamentally change the shipping world we know. Is the world ready?


About the speaker

Martin, is currently the Technical Director of the “Hong Kong Shipowners Association”, HKSOA, and is a marine engineer with 40 years’ experience, operating, managing and building merchant ships. Prior to joining the HKSOA he was the Fleet Director of the “China Navigation Company”, a Swire Group company, for 15 years. He is a member of the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology UK, IMarEST, The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, HKIE, and The Nautical Institute, UK, and is a member of ABS, DNVGL and LR Technical Committees in Hong Kong. 
Martin was elected to the Chair of the International Chamber of Shipping’s (ICS), Marine Committee, in September 2017. This important role allows him, in a modest way, to help the ICS maintain its leadership as the premier representative for shipowners worldwide.  

This event is hosted by Timothy Peirson-Smith. 

Ticket includes a full hot English breakfast buffet.

Please note that Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club - collared shirts must be worn by men, and jeans, sandals and sports shoes are not permitted. To see the full list of club rules on dresscode, please click here.


  • Member: HK$ 450
  • Non-Member: HK$ 570
  • Y-Network Member: HK$ 340
  • Start-up Member: HK$ 340


Terms & Conditions

  • Reservations in advance are required. Please consider your booking confirmed unless notified otherwise.
  • Business Attire is required. No jeans or sports shoes.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing 24 hours prior to the event. No shows will be charged.
  • This event is closed to the media.
  • The event will be cancelled if the No.8 Typhoon signal or the Black Rain Storm warning is in force.
  • By attending this event, you agree to be photographed and/or filmed and give permission to use your likeness in promotional and/or marketing materials.
  • For further information please email
  • All payments for this event need to be settled by credit card through PayPal. Please note you do not need a PayPal account to complete payment.
7/23/2020 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
China Standard Time
Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central

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