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NI Hong Kong – Branch Chairman’s Speech
Capt Aalok Sharma , AFNI  

Ms Carol Yuen, JP, Director of Marine , Ladies and Gentleman.
It gives me great pleasure in welcoming you all to the Nautical Institute’s 50th Anniversary celebration event which is also coupled with a full day seminar of the Nautical Institute’s Hong Kong branch themed as “Changing Face of seafaring”
From its foundation in 1972, The Nautical Institute (NI) has grown into a worldwide professional membership organization, with 56 branches and some 7,000 members
in more than 120 countries. As the leading international body for maritime professionals, the Institute represents the best of what the shipping industry has to offer. From support and mentorship for those just starting out in the industry to the promotion of the highest professional standards in international forums, at an international level, The Nautical Institute plays a leading role at every level.

I would like to this opportunity to mention the vision of the institute:
To provide inspiration, knowledge, and leadership to maritime professionals around the world.

50 years on, we look forward to the next 50 with the same vision in our sights.

The year of 2022, saw the celebration across the globe as a series of international events which along with the celebratory events also looked ahead to the next 50 years through technical seminars.

The Hong Kong Branch of the Nautical Institute aims together with the continuous cooperation with the Hong Kong Maritime Industry to promote professionalism, best practice, and safety throughout the maritime industry and represent the interests of its members in the region. The vibrant Maritime Community in Hong Kong and the Region, has always supported the Branch on its initiatives for creating engagement opportunities of the maritime professionals.

In spite of the slow down since 2020 due to the pandemic, we now rise again and hopefully this day event not only marks the beginning of the in-person seminars and networking events but also goes beyond as “Better than before”.

I would like to thank for the continuous support and engagement of the Hong Kong Marine department, where the Director of Marine has always made their presence at these events to encourage our efforts.  

The functioning of the branch is not possible without the support and sponsorship from the local maritime community who have always been generous in their support with the sponsorships.
For this event I would like to make a special mention of our Platinum Sponsor – Anglo Eastern Ship Management Hong Kong and Fleet Management Hong Kong for their generous support.

I would to thank our Gold Sponsors – Chellaram Shipping, Ince and Co ;  Invest Hong Kong and Valles Steamship company Limited.

My appreciation to all our other sponsors and supporting organizations for the event.

The day’s program in centered around the most important asset of the Maritime Industry “Seafarer”.

It’s the men and women at sea that provides us this opportunity to be able to get together and engage on topics where we all can come together to solutions and conclusions to promote and support the seafarer.

As we see a Changing face of the industry with Digitalization, Decarbonization, Development of new sources of sea staff among others, today we explore the challenges and opportunities from the perspective of different stake holders.

I would like to thank all the panelist and speakers in advance, who have taken out the time to share their professional and personal wisdom on the central theme of “Changing Face of Seafaring”

I hope that you will enjoy the day’s proceeding and stay with us through the day and onwards to the evening cocktail.

I would now like to request our Key note speaker Ms Carol Yuen, JP Director of Marine to please grace the occasion with the Key note address.




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