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Date: 15-11-2011
Title: Naming Ceremony of new Tug “Whampoa”

Naming Ceremony of new Tug “Whampoa”

The Naming Ceremony of our new 5,000 BHP Ocean-going Salvage / Ship Berthing Tug “Whampoa” was held on the morning of 15th November 2011 at Cheoy Lee Shipyards Ltd, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon.

We are particularly grateful for the presence of Ms. Iris Kwan as our Lady Sponsor for the Naming Ceremony.  Ms. Kwan is the General Manager, Finance of HUD Group. She has been a long-serving staff in Hutchison Port Holdings and seconded to HUD Group since 2008.

Our distinguished guests included:-

1.    Captain Chan Ming Shun – Chairman,  HK Pilots Association
2.    Captain Leung Koon Sung - Executive Director (Finance), HK Pilots Association
3.    Captain Mak Kwok Choi - Executive Director (Craft), HK Pilots Association
4.    Mr. David Power - Principal Surveyor, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (Hong Kong Office)
5.    Mr. Gary Fong - Surveyor, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (Hong Kong Office)
6.    Mr. Z.Q. Li – Surveyor, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (Guangzhou Office)
7.    Captain Alan Loynd - Managing Director, Branscombe Marine Consultants Ltd.
8.    Mr. Tony Troy – Director of Ship Repair Division, HUD Group
9.    Ms. Alice Kwan – Chief Accountant, HUD Group

“Whampoa” is the second of four ocean going / coastal newbuildings constructed by Cheoy Lee while the next two are scheduled for delivery in March and May 2012.  These tugs are the biggest ever built for HUD Group and are also the largest to be based in Hong Kong. They will be capable of handling the largest vessels that are expected to call at the Port of Hong Kong.  The first two tugs “Taikoo” and “Whampoa” carry names that have strong links to the history of the two largest dockyards in the territory –Taikoo Dockyard and Engineering Company, Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Company.

The four newbuildings are designed by the world-renowned Canadian Tug Designer - Robert Allan Ltd.  Full details of “Taikoo” and “Whampoa” can be found on our website:

 Towage Fleet Details

For celebration of the arrival of “Taikoo” and “Whampoa”, a cocktail party will be held at The Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel on 20th January 2012 with the tugs available for viewing.

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