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The Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) was incorporated in 1957 by 11 local shipowners with the purpose of creating a forum for shipowners resident in Hong Kong.

For over 65 years, the Association has grown into one of the world’s largest Shipowners Associations, its members owning, managing and operating a fleet with a combined carrying capacity of over 200 million deadweight tonnes.

Vision and Mission


Other Memberships

Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Be a responsive trade association by adding value to our members’ operations, supporting Hong Kong as a leading maritime centre, and serving as a respected voice for the shipping sector.

Our Mission

We seek to promote and protect our members’ interests, augment Hong Kong as an international maritime centre and as China’s “super-connector”, actively participate in the global regulatory arena, and encourage engagement between the local shipping community and the general public.


  • The Association arranges forums in which members are able to meet and discuss issues of concern ;
  • The Association informs the membership of important changes in the shipping environment through educational seminars and circulars ;
  • The Association represents the interests of members in national and international fora.


“As the principal umbrella trade association for national shipowner/operator associations worldwide, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) does what we do at the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) on a global scale.

Representing 80% of the world’s merchant fleet through its member associations, the ICS is an integral voice for shipowners/operators, their associations and collective interests, as well as the go-to hub for discussing and advancing topics of major importance to our industry.”

Bjorn Hojgaard, Past Chairman, Hong Kong Shipowners Association

Other Memberships

The Association is a member of the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Asian Shipowners Association (ASA) and INTERTANKO, and cooperates closely with, amongst others, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) through the Hong Kong Marine Department and the ICS, the International Labour Organisation (ILO), BIMCO, INTERCARGO, the International Maritime Industries Forum (IMIF), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

The Association’s chief purpose is to promote and protect the interests of the Hong Kong domiciled shipowners and ship managers as well as the large number of local professions and services upon whom they rely in the performance of their business.