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Title: Study on International Maritime Centre in Asia
Authors: Chong, Chui Ching
Chung, Tan Ni
Leung, Yan Yan
So, Hei Tung
Advisors: YAN, Hong 
Keywords: IMC
Hong Kong
Maritime service
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Abstract: This study aimed at advancing Asian maritime performance and facilitating the development. The report focused on International Maritime Centre which is “a region where achieves a high degree of international level on the Production, Maritime services and Knowledge and also has an outstanding performance on the scale and size.” Based on the three interrelated sectors, there are three generations of IMC. Until now, London is the only recognized port city which achieves the third generation: the highest level of IMC.
London is a world known IMC in the world and it is offering extraordinary global maritime services to many cities. However, situation has changed in recent decades, Asia’s role in global maritime business has boomed to a new level. Under rapid development in Asia’s sea transport, majority of physical transportation by sea is shifted from Europe to Asia, hence its influences toward the shipping industry cannot be neglected. Geographic inconvenience, prevalence of potential IMCs in Asia and room for further development in maritime software are the problems of lacking an IMC in Asia.
This report focused on several outstanding maritime centres in Asia: Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore. The three regions were the busiest ports in the world with high import and export volume, more importantly they could provide an international business environment and have high ambition to be the IMC.
Literature review, multiple case study and interview were adopted to evaluate the performance of the 3 regions. The geographic location, intermodals, education and social condition of the three regions were being examined in the overview. The performance of each region was analysed under the 8 criteria by a set of indicators.
The findings revealed that Singapore was the most potential IMC contributing to the great support from the government, tertiary institutions and the industry. Comparatively, Hong Kong was less attractive to the foreign companies. Generally, it was able to provide an international business environment with complete legal system and renowned ship registration. Shanghai’s production showed a remarkable result, but it was less favourable in the maritime services. Additionally, its knowledge management was in the beginning stage.
From the perspective of the authors (Hong Kong citizens), Hong Kong has high potential to regain the leading position in the maritime sector. Referring to the experiences of London and policies in Singapore, the followings are the suggestions: foster maritime education, encourage and invest in R&D, review on taxation policies, add specific functions to the new maritime body and reserve land to the industry.
Rights: All rights reserved.
Programme: Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in International Shipping and Transport Logistics
Subject Code: LGT4208
Subject Title: ISTL Capstone Project
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