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  • 11 Nov 2022 12:23 | The Chair (Administrator)

    The HKBIA Speakers and Networking was a success with over 25 members participating. Colin Dawson (Howden) gave members a detailed brief about the importance of Professional Indemnity Insurance for the various sectors of the boating industry.

    Stay tuned for the next event!

  • 14 Oct 2022 14:24 | The Chair (Administrator)

    Dear Members,  

    The report Biofouling Management for Recreational Boating: Recommendations for improved biosecurity to prevent the introduction and spread of Invasive Aquatic Species was written by William Jonathan Michael Yonge, Senior Consultant, Earth to Ocean, with contributions, editorial review, comments and inputs from Udo Kleinitz, Secretary General and Julian Hunter, Head of Sustainability, ICOMIA; Kevin Smith, Senior Programme Officer Biodiversity Data Impact and Influence, IUCN; Dan Reading, former Head of Sustainability and Alexandra Rickham, Head of Sustainability, World Sailing; Lilia Khodjet El Khil, Project Technical Manager; John Alonso, Project Technical Analyst, GloFouling Partnerships Project, the Department of Partnerships and Projects, IMO; and Teo Karayannis, Head of Marine Biosafety, Marine Environment Division, IMO.

    Please access the report from link below:

    Recreational craft report.pdf

    Thank you for your kind attention

    Yours Sincerely, 


  • 13 Sep 2022 12:06 | The Chair (Administrator)

    Dear Members, 


    The Local Vessels Advisory Committee of Marine Department has a new notice; 

    The arrangement on Facilitation of Yachting between Hong Kong SAR and Hainan Province was signed between the Marine Department (MD) and the Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) of the Ministry of Transport on 30 June 2022. This arrangement contains the safety requirement and declaration form and applies to Hong Kong registered or licensed yachts only.  


    Please access the information papers from the links below; 

    LINK 1 

    LINK 2 


    For any enquires regarding the arrangement, please contact MD’s Local Vessels Safety Section (Tel: 2852 4430).  


    Yours Sincerely,  


  • 19 Aug 2022 10:23 | The Chair (Administrator)


    Our second Summit “Applied Fundamental Research”  ( is going to be held on 17 September 2022 (Saturday) at HKUST Campus (the tentative rundown & event poster are attached). We sincerely invite you to attend the summit with the Complimentary Pass.


    Kindly register via, and input the invitation code (KUSTGSP2HKB) as Complimentary Pass to get the free registration on or before 4 September 2022 for seating and logistic arrangement purpose. 

    We appreciate your time and kind supports. Should you need any further information, please feel free to contact us.

  • 10 Aug 2022 09:03 | The Chair (Administrator)

    Dear HKBIA Members,

    The Italian Trade Commission is inviting HKBIA members to join the Genoa International Boat Show from 26-27 September. The offer is for three (3) HKBIA members on a first come first serve basis. Please RSVP by emailing

    Please use the following links to access detailed information:

    62nd Genoa International Boat Show - Invitation Letter.pdf

    62nd Genoa Boat Show_Meet the Buyers_P.pdf

    Yours sincerely,

  • 4 Mar 2022 07:13 | The Chair (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Please find the response from the Marine Department in regards to the latest Covid-19 Restrictions:

    Summary provided by Ince (HK):

    Private boats have to comply with the two household rule, although the crew employed on those boats are exempt from that rule and can be onboard at the same time as the household(s) under the exemption prescribed at Cap. 599G.  

    But any pleasure vessels let for hire are currently banned from operation under Cap. 599F. 

    Original letter from HKBIA:

  • 14 Feb 2022 12:56 | The Chair (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    Please refer to the following letter that has been sent to Mrs Carrie Lam and the Food and Health Bureau to request the government to exempt Captain/Crew from the latest Covid-19 regulations.

  • 12 Feb 2022 09:59 | The Chair (Administrator)

    Privately owned Class IV vessels are classified as “private spaces”. As they are not “public spaces”, the group gathering regulation (Cap. 599G) does not apply.

    Class IV Charter Boats that are hired for social gatherings are classified as “Party Rooms”. 



    "I wonder if you can help by advising what the situation is if you have two
    paid crew on a pleasure boat.
      If they are working legally on the boat do
    they count as a "household each " ? Or are they looked upon as the hired
    help and you can still have two "households" on board ?"


    Anyone not ordinarily living in the same household will be considered
    separately and so in your scenario you would have:
    - two paid crew (if they lived together then they would be one household or
    if living separately, they would be two households)
    - one family (one household)
    - one family (one household)
    Thus in this case a 599G s.8E breach would be committed (there are at least
    three households here).

    It would not matter that the crew work for the family that owns the boat if
    they would not ordinarily live together under the same roof.
    Exemptions include where multiple families live together under the same
    roof and also 'Carers' of persons in particular need etc are also exempt.

    The 'multi-household' offence states that :
           If  a prohibited multi-household gathering takes place, each of the
      following          persons          commits         an         offence:-

          (a) a person who participates in the gathering;
          (b) a person who organizes the gathering;
          (c) a person who: -
             (i) owns, controls or operates the premises at which the gathering
    takes place; and
             (ii) knowingly allows the taking place of the gathering.

          The offender is liable on conviction to a fine at level 4 (HK$25,000)
      and   to   imprisonment  for  6  months  (however,  under  (a),  persons
      participating in the gathering may be subject to a Fixed Penalty of HK
      $5,000 instead).

  • 31 Jan 2022 09:25 | The Chair (Administrator)

    Subsidy Scheme for Beauty Parlours, Massage Establishments and Party Rooms 2022 application arrangements (CHARTER BOATS)


         Pursuant to the earlier announcement to launch the fifth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund (Fund) to provide a one-off subsidy to business premises which have been directed to suspend business operations since January 7, 2022, the Government will launch the Subsidy Scheme for Beauty Parlours, Massage Establishments and Party Rooms 2022 (the Scheme).

         As multiple types and a great number of business premises will be covered under the Scheme, in line with the arrangement in the previous three rounds, a dedicated website ( will be set up to receive applications. The online application system will facilitate submission of applications by concerned operators and efficient processing of applications and disbursement of subsidies.
         The Scheme Secretariat is now pressing ahead with the preparatory work. Applications under the Scheme will open on February 7 (Monday).
         The application arrangements of the Scheme are as follows:

         Beauty parlours, massage establishments and party rooms (including local pleasure vessels let for hire or reward (pleasure vessels)) that have suspended operations since January 7 pursuant to the closure order issued by the Government under the Prevention and Control of Disease (Requirements and Directions) (Business and Premises) Regulation (Cap. 599F) will be eligible for the Scheme. The Scheme is also applicable to beauty parlours, massage establishments and party rooms operated by social enterprises (SEs).

    Subsidy amount
         Each eligible beauty parlour or massage establishment will receive a one-off subsidy depending on its number of workers:
    Number of workers Subsidy amount
    1 to 2 workers $15,000
    3 to 4 workers $30,000
    5 or more workers $50,000
         The maximum subsidy amount for beauty parlour or massage establishment chain stores operated by a single entity under the same business registration is $1.5 million.
         Each eligible party room or pleasure vessel will receive a one-off subsidy of $20,000.

    Application period
         The online application system will commence operation at 9am on February 7 (Monday). The deadline for application is 11.59pm on February 20 (Sunday).

    Application methods
    • Beauty parlours, massage establishments and party rooms with a business registration should file their applications through the Scheme's dedicated online application website ( within the application period.
    • SE operators of beauty parlours, massage establishments and party rooms without a business registration should submit their applications via the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.
    • Owners of pleasure vessels do not need to use the online application system to file an application. The Marine Department will issue a notification letter to the owners of all eligible pleasure vessels owners by late January. The Department will handle the relevant procedures and the disbursement of the subsidy. 

    Information and enquiries
         A dedicated telephone hotline (1836 188) and email ( will commence operation at 9am on January 26 (Wednesday) to handle enquiries on the details of the Scheme. Information on the Scheme will also be available at the hotline's voice response system from 2pm on January 24 (Monday).

    Disbursement of subsidy
         The Scheme is expected to benefit about 13 000 eligible premises (including pleasure vessels). A sum of $318 million has been earmarked under the Fund for the Scheme. The Scheme Secretariat will give priority to the processing of applications from successful applicants in the previous three rounds of the Scheme, with a view of disbursing the subsidy from mid-February onwards.


    Ends/Wednesday, January 19, 2022
    Issued at HKT 18:35

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