The Nautical Institute, Hong Kong branch conducted its AGM on 17th Sept 2021 at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club at Causeway Bay. What would have been a routine annual event, had special significance this time around for being a first in person event for the branch in over 15 months since the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic came into effect.
The AGM was attended by over 24 members. The election of the office bearers and committee members was held during the AGM. The attending members thanks the Outgoing Chairman Capt Amit Bhargava and Secretary Capt Aalok Sharma for the contributions for the branch activites. The incoming office bearers were also welcomed : Chairman : Mr. Hans Langsrud ; Vice Chairman : Capt Aalok Sharma and Secretary : Capt Kaushik Roy
With restrictions for public gathering being relaxed in the city, the branch also took full advantage of same by conducting a small gathering for NI members and supporters of the NI Hong Kong Branch. Senior representatives from the various organizations who have sponsored and supported the branch’s activity, gracefully agreed to attend the event.
The attendees included representatives from Hong Kong Marine Department and Invest HK. Shipping companies such as Anglo-Eastern Ship Management Ltd. ; Caravel Group Limited , Chellaram Shipping (HK) Ltd ; China Energy Ship Management Co. Ltd. ; Fleet Management Ltd. , KC Maritime Hong Kong Limited; Landbridge Ship Management (HK) Ltd., Pacific Basin Shipping (HK) Limited; Seaspan Ship Management Ltd., Wallem Group, Wah Kwong Shipping Agency Co Ltd. Industry organizations such The American Club Hong Kong; Branscombe Marine Consultants Ltd.; Gard (HK) Ltd. ; Hong Kong Shipowners Association; International Chamber of Shipping; Steamship Mutual Management (Hong Kong) Ltd and WISTA International among others.
The event went beyond the scheduled time by over an hour and was a welcome change for all. Here’s hoping for more in person events in the future and wishing the worst of the pandemic is behind us.