University and UK Shipping Concierge host Hong Kong maritime event

A group photo of the speakers from the event

The University of Liverpool and the UK Shipping Concierge hosted an event for maritime leaders at the British Consulate in Hong Kong this month (19 April 2024).

The Maritime Breakfast Exchange provided an opportunity for Hong Kong and UK maritime leaders to exchange views and identify collaborative opportunities.

Professor Julia Balogun, Dean of the University of Liverpool Management School shared insights on research topics including transport and logistics, sustainability and decarbonisation, and the University’s collaboration with UK National Clean Maritime Research Hub.

University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Jones spoke about Liverpool’s position as the UK’s largest Western facing port, which handles 45% of UK trade from North America and 34 million tonnes of freight per year. He also discussed the city’s landmark innovation partnership and close maritime ties with Busan – the world’s fifth busiest port.

They were joined by Sarah Leonard, Head of the UK Shipping Concierge, and Graham Candy, Commercial and Policy Manager, UK Shipping Concierge who discussed the links between the maritime industry and government and the UK maritime landscape as a whole.

Event attendees included representatives from prominent ship management companies, members of the HK Shipowners Association, and professionals from the logistics, transport and energy sectors.

The event was part of a series of visits and meetings in Hong Kong for the Vice-Chancellor and University of Liverpool colleagues.

The Vice-Chancellor and University of Liverpool colleagues met with current and potential collaborators including the Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The University of Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The visit also included a meeting and discussion with the British Consulate-General, Brian Davidson, and the Director of the British Council in Hong Kong, Susannah Morley, in addition to a reception and dinner with the University’s long-established alumni community in Hong Kong, many of whom continue to support the university through regular giving as well as sharing their expertise and networks.