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Friday, December 15, 2017

Asian Shipowners' Forum meets in Hong Kong

The 19th Annual Meeting of the Asian Shipowners' Forum (ASF) met in Hong Kong, China this week, hosted by the Hong Kong Shipowners' Association (HKSOA). The HKSOA was joined by more than 150 representatives from the National Shipowner Associations of Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, China and the six members comprising the Federation of ASEAN Shipowner Associations – namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam - as well as by the ASF secretariat.

 

Much of the meeting was focused around the reports of the five Standing (S) Committees of the ASF:

 

  • Seafarers
  • Shipping Economics Review
  • Ship Insurance and Liability
  • Safe Navigation and Environment
  • Ship Recycling

 

The members of the Round Table of international shipping associations were again invited to join the meeting, including a plenary session, in a debate with the S Committee chairmen and other delegates. The principal discussion topics were:

 

  • piracy and armed robbery, ransom payments
  • canal tolls, Panama and Suez
  • Rotterdam Rules
  • greenhouse gas emissions from shipping
  • Hong Kong Convention on Ship Recycling

 

In the Press Release following the meeting (click here to view), the ASF expressed its strong concerns at the continuing piracy attacks off Somalia, noting also that the recent U.S. Executive Order added its own confusion by apparently restricting the ability of owners to free seafarers from kidnap while not offering anything in return to ensure the protection of seafarers.

 

INTERTANKO's Managing Director Dr. Peter Swift represented INTERTANKO at this event.

 

Contact: Peter Swift