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Founded in 1862, ABS sets the standards for safety and excellence as one of the world’s leading ship classification societies. The ABS mission is to serve the public interest as well as the needs of its members and clients by promoting the security of life and property and preserving the natural environment. As classification continues to evolve, ABS assists owners and operators with tackling the most pressing technical, operational and regulatory challenges so the marine and offshore industries can operate with greater levels of safety, security and responsibility.

Headquartered in Australia with regional offices in New Zealand, Singapore, India and the United Kingdom. The ASP Group provides a complete range of integrated international maritime service solutions including full technical ship management, crew management, marine and technical consulting and project management, tanker time charter services, bunker supply and trading, ship agency and marine travel and employing over 200 shore based staff and some 2500 seafarers to service a diverse fleet portfolio from dry cargo through to the oil and gas sectors.

The Caravel Group Limited, headquartered in Hong Kong, is a diversified global conglomerate focused on providing leading maritime services, the trading and logistics of dry bulk raw materials, investment management, and strategic asset ownership. Through our three primary operating units, we provide value-added solutions in distinct – but complementary – areas, while focusing on identifying and capitalizing on selected opportunities within each.

Caravel Resources is a leading provider of solutions across the industrial dry bulk value chain. Our focus is on the trading of industrial dry bulk raw materials, principally those used in the steel and energy industries – iron ore, carbons and minor bulks.

Caravel Maritime incorporates all of the Group’s shipping activities, namely ship management through Fleet Management Limited and commercial and chartering operations under the banner of Caravel Shipping, as well as vessel ownership through our wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Caravel Asset Management is an institutionalized investment manager, with a primary focus on direct investments in global liquid markets including public equity and credit, across all industries.

Founded in 1899, ClassNK is a ship classification society dedicated to safer, cleaner seas. ClassNK offers diverse technical services including the survey and classification of ships and marine structures based on technical independently developed rules, statutory surveys performed on behalf of more than 100 flag States, management system certifications based on ISO and other international standards, as well as other services to help our clients safeguard ships, their crews, and their cargo, while protecting the marine environment.

ClassNK is also a leader in maritime related research and development. Devoting significant resources and expertise to R&D, ClassNK works in close partnership with the industry to develop a broad array of cutting-edge technical solutions aimed at securing a safer and greener future for the maritime community.

With more than 240 million gross tons or some 20% of the world’s merchant fleet on register, ClassNK is one of the world’s largest classification societies. Based in Japan, ClassNK is a global organization committed to providing the highest quality services and supporting its clients 24/7 through a network of over 130 exclusive surveyor offices across the world.

Gulf Oil Marine, part of the Gulf Oil International Group, is a worldwide leader in the distribution of marine lubricants and related services. We provide the shipping industry with a full product range of quality assured marine lubricants and expert technical services in more than 900 ports across 80 countries.

Shipping is vital in today’s globalised economy and the industry’s sophisticated processes, advanced assets and quality driven operations create the need for effective lubrication solutions. Gulf Oil Marine is committed to meeting these needs and provides first class service to its trusted and valued customers worldwide.

Gulf Oil Marine is committed to meeting the most exacting standards of product quality, service and safety. We constantly work to further enhance our customer offer and technical services and endeavour to deliver products to meet the changing needs within the industry across our growing network of ports to provide even more value-add to our customers and partners.

The Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board was set up by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government on
1 April 2016 to serve as a high-level platform for the Government to work closely with the industry to drive the further development of Hong Kong’s port and maritime industries and to reinforce Hong Kong’s position as an international maritime centre.

Hutchison Ports, the world’s leading port network, has operations in 48 ports spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia.

The Hutchison Ports network has led the port industry for decades, setting standards for efficiency, innovation and service, wherever in the world it operates.

Over the years, Hutchison Ports has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.

Hutchison Ports is the ports division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited.

ICBC Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (ICBC Leasing), founded on November 28, 2007, is the wholly-owned subsidiary of ICBC with the registered capital of RMB 11 billion.

Through the development of 9 years, ICBC Leasing grows into a leasing enterprise with the largest assets scale, the strongest profitability, innovation capacity and market leadership in the domestic market. The company has insisted on the strategy of “professional, market-oriented and international” and built the comparatively complete financial leasing product lines and service system on the strength of the brand, clients, network and technical advantages of ICBC.

By the end of 2016, the total domestic and overseas assets operated and managed by ICBC Leasing aggregated up to over RMB 300 billion, so as the company owns and manages altogether 544 aircraft, including 301 commercial aircraft delivered for operation and over 300 watercrafts or ships and other marine properties as well as all types of large equipment near 40,000 sets including energy power, rail transit and equipment manufacturing. Plus, ICBC Leasing takes a lead in launching the leasing assets securitization and the leased assets transfer, having achieved the remarkable results in saving the use of capital and enhancing the assets liquidity.

Ince & Co is an international commercial law firm. Consistently ranked as a top-tier shipping practice in Asia and globally, we offer a deep understanding of legal, procedural, commercial, regulatory and reputational aspects of issues in the shipping and trade industries. With nearly 150 years of experience advising on all types of maritime claims, casualty investigations, commercial disputes and corporate transactions for those involved in shipping, we have developed a market leading practice. We provide top quality legal services and count among our clients international ship-owners, charterers, cargo owners, shipbuilders, P&I Clubs, hull insurers, offshore contractors and operators, leasing companies and banks, among others. Clients call upon us for our in-depth understanding of and extensive experience in this industry which address business-specific needs and provide them with pragmatic solutions. Our expertise extends to ports & maritime infrastructure sector. We provide port and terminal owners, operators and contractors with solutions for on the development and operation of LNG, bulk and container terminals; concessions and public private partnerships; asset and project finance; corporate structures, restructurings, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures; construction, dredging, procurement and other commercial contracts; regulatory, competition and compliance; and insurance, risk management and dispute resolution.

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Invest Hong Kong, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government established in July 2000 to take responsibility for Foreign Direct Investment and support overseas and Mainland businesses to set up or expand in Hong Kong. It provides free advice and customised services to help businesses succeed in Hong Kong's vibrant economy.

Once companies arrive in Hong Kong, InvestHK continues to support them with ancillary services such as obtaining work visas, trademark registrations, business incorporation, and other administrative, legal, and financial matters.

Sector-specific experts in maritimes, transport and industrial, financial services, financial technology (FinTech), innovation and technology, information and communications technology, creative industries, tourism and hospitality, consumer products, business and professional services, and provide consultation, regulatory advice, and logistics support guidance.

With a presence in 30 markets worldwide, InvestHK is in business to help companies do business. Any company choosing Hong Kong for overseas investment will find us a loyal partner on its road to success.

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LUKOIL Marine Lubricants is a company specializing in the production and marketing of marine lubricants worldwide.

It was founded by LUKOIL, the leading Russian company in the exploration, production, refining and marketing of
petroleum products. LUKOIL was established in 1991 and is now the world's largest privately owned oil and gas company by proven reserves of crude oil, operating “From the Wellhead to the Gas Station”. LUKOIL Lubricants is responsible for over 40 percent of all lubricants produced in Russia and markets these products in at least 58 countries across the globe. In 2007 LUKOIL decided to bring its expertise in lubricants technology to the maritime industry and founded LUKOIL Marine Lubricants as a stand-alone global sales and marketing business offering customers outstanding  operational and technical service based on an in-depth knowledge of marine lubricants. Customers can count on excellent support developed by people who know the business, from order manager to CEO.

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants offers a state-of-the-art marine grade range comprising main and minor grades of proven
quality, exceeding OEM specifications. LUKOIL’s engine oils (main grades) provide excellent deposit and wear control
and meet the demands of latest and highly rated engine designs. The minor grade range is produced in cooperation
with FUCHS Europe Schmierstoffe GmbH, which ensures that high quality products for ancillary machinery are globally
available at all times.

LUKOIL Marine Lubricants was formed to service you, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

As one of the leading global port groups, PSA participates in around 40 terminals in 16 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with flagship operations in PSA Singapore Terminals and PSA Antwerp. PSA strives to continue growing its port network alongside its shipping line customers and become the preferred partner to port stakeholders across the world. Employing the finest talents in the industry, PSA delivers reliable and best-in-class service to its customers and develops win-win relationships with its partners. As the port operator of choice in the world's gateway hubs, PSA is “The World's Port of Call”. Please visit us at