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ICS opens its first overseas office in Hong Kong

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.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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