Greater Bay Maritime Forum

  • 01/11/2021
  • 01/11/2021
  • Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

BIMCO President Sabrina Chao will be giving the keynote speech at 15:30 HKT (07:30 UTC/GMT) at this inaugural, physical event.

The Hong Kong Shipowners Association will be hosting this major, physical event during Hong Kong Maritime Week 2021.

It will be held in the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre on Monday, 1 November at 1530hr to 1845hr (HKT).

The global maritime community is most welcome to attend online (if they are unable to travel to Hong Kong for the maritime week). The programme is below.

To log in to the live-stream, go to which will be in operation on the event day at 1500hr (HKT). No registration is necessary.

The official language of the Forum is English, with simultaneous interpretation services. In the live-stream link, there is a language bar for one to choose either English or Chinese (Putonghua).

There will be a live chat button for online audience to put questions to, or exchange views with, the Forum speakers throughout the event.


15:30 Launch of the Forum and Welcome Address

Mr. Bjorn Hojgaard, Chairman, Hong Kong Shipowners Association

15:35 Keynote Speech

Ms. Sabrina Chao, JP, President, BIMCO

15:40 1st Panel Discussion

“Integration of commercial principals and maritime services into the GBA”

Moderator: Mr. Benjamin Wong, Invest Hong Kong


Mr. James Ding, China Merchants Energy Shipping Co., Ltd
Mr. Huang Nan, COSCO Shipping Bulk Co., Ltd
Mr. Kenneth Lam, Credit Agricole Asia Shipfinance Limited
Mr. Lianjun Li, Reed Smith Richards Butler
Mr. Xiong Jianfeng, China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Ltd
Mr. Peter Zhao, ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd

16:20 2nd Panel Discussion
“Grooming talents and building a maritime culture in the GBA”

Moderator: Mr. Frank He, The London P&I Club


Mr. Wellington Koo, Valles Steamship Co., Ltd
Capt. Lothair Lam, Hong Kong Ming Wah Shipping Co., Ltd
Prof. Lin Jian, Southern University of Science and Technology
Mr. Pan Xinxiang, Guangdong Ocean University
Mr. Xiao Feng, Shenzhen Equator Fund
Ms. Zhang Keke, Guangzhou Maritime Museum

17:00 Break

17:15 3rd Panel Discussion
“Transforming the industry within the GBA through decarbonization and digitalisation”

Moderator: Prof. Christine Loh, Institute for the Environment, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Mr. Angad Banga, The Caravel Group Limited
Mr. Martin Cresswell, Marine Committee, International Chamber of Shipping
Mr. William Fairclough, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings Limited
Mr. Jim Taylor, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited
Ms. Jenny Zhang, Carbonbase

17:55 Keynote Speeches

Ms. Teresa Cheng, GBM, GBS, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice
Mr. Sun Xinqing, Director-General, Guangzhou Port Authority

18:10 Chief Executive Address
Mrs. Carrie Lam, GBM, GBS, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

18:25 Signing of Memoranda of Understanding for Co-operation in Greater Bay Area
- Signing of a memorandum of understanding on co-operation and promotion of
international maritime arbitration between Guangzhou Arbitration Commission,
Shenzhen International Arbitration Court, China International Economic and Trade
Arbitration Commission Hong Kong Arbitration Centre, China Maritime Arbitration
Commission Hong Kong Arbitration Centre, and Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration
- Signing of a memorandum of understanding on co-operation in maritime
development and training between Hong Kong Shipowners Association, International
Chamber of Shipping China Liaison Office, and Guangdong Shipowners Association

18:35 Closing Address

Mr. Hing Chao, Convenor, Greater Bay Maritime Forum

18:40 Forum Group Photo

18:45 End of the Forum