London-based International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the largest shipping lobby group in the world, has opened its first overseas office in Hong Kong.
The organisation’s new China Liaison Office was opened yesterday during Hong Kong Maritime Week.
The aim of the office is to help build relationships with Chinese shipowners and regulators as their influence in the industry grows, said ICS secretary general Guy Platten.
“Hong Kong is seen as a gateway to China. We want to foster better relations with Chinese shipowners and regulators, so it’s an obvious step to make,” Platten told the South China Morning Post.