Hong Kong’s shipping arbitration focus has stepped up a gear. Arthur Bowring, best known as the long serving managing director of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, is spearheading the Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group (HKMAG), which has been spun out as a separate institution from the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).
HKMAG was established in February 2000 as a division of the HKIAC. HKMAG was originally set up by a group of maritime professionals with diverse backgrounds, expertise and industry experience, with the aim of promoting the use of maritime arbitration and mediation in Hong Kong. The changing nature of the maritime business and the increasing complexity of disputes have warranted the establishment of a focused specialist group to serve Hong Kong’s position as a maritime arbitration centre with Bowring serving as the body’s president.