Although very few Hong Kong mariners are to be found on ships traversing the world's ocean's these days, the city can still lay claim to being one of the busiest ports in the world, providing a vital link in the global logistics chain.
According to government data, Hong Kong shipowners own, manage or operate about 8 per cent of the world's merchant fleet. At the same time, about 700 shipping-related companies are based here, providing maritime services that include ship agency and management, ship owning and operations, broking and marine insurance, and inland water transport. Related services such as legal, arbitration, finance, registration and surveying also offer a wide range of career opportunities.
"Compared with other industries, the maritime sector is not a high-visibility activity," said Alan Tung, executive director at Orient Overseas, one of the world's largest shipping and logistics companie