Contributing to the growth of the international maritime industry for over 65 years
“While much has changed in the last ten years since the financial crisis, goods still need to be transported across the globe and we are optimistic about the future and our ability to support the development of the maritime industry”.
In recognition of her contribution to the industry, Chao was recently named Connecticut Maritime Association Commodore for 2018.
“I was honoured to accept the award as we engaged with our North American friends and on a personal level, I enjoyed taking part in an all-female maritime discussion panel”.
Minimizing exposure to market volatility, Wah Kwong’s first ships were pre-fixed on long-term time charters, mainly to Japanese charterers.
“Our very first ‘new-builds’ were built in Japan and we still have close ties with Japanese shipyards and trading houses”, says Chao. “We have continued to strengthen our friendships in Japan and always enjoy visiting. Each Japanese city offers visitors something very special which symbolises Japan’s diversity and cultural vibrancy. We want to encourage our Japanese friends to come to Hong Kong to strengthen our business ties and our friendship”.
As the maritime industry looks to the future, environmental issues are being addressed.
“The International Maritime Organization’s ‘2020 global sulphur limit’ is of great importance”, says Chao. “While developing our industry, we need to protect the environment as we have a responsibility to the next generation. However, there are many operational issues that still have not been addressed which I am very concerned about”.
As a ‘super-connector’ located in the very heart of Asia, Hong Kong was founded on its history of trading, rule of law, financial capabilities and strong maritime industry.
“Today we see challenges and opportunities in Hong Kong and there is a determination within the business community to keep the economic momentum moving forward”, says Chao.
“Hong Kong holds a unique position in the Chinese governments ‘Belt and road initiative’ and we expect to contribute to, and benefit from, its impact in the future”.