2017 Business Excellence Awards

Acquisition International - Business Excellence Awards 2017 45 Best Property Development & Investment Company - Hong Kong Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Co. Ltd. Established in 1923, HKF has been a listed company based in Hong Kong for more than 90 years. HKF runs diversified businesses which include property development and investment, ferry operations, ship repair and maintenance, and harbour cruises. HKF is a subsidiary company of Henderson Land Development Company Limited (HLD) and employs around 220 staff. David outlines the firm’s history and how it has come to achieve its current success. “Over the last few decades of the 20th century, when the ferry was the only transportation across the Victoria Harbour, HKF was the largest sea transport provider in Hong Kong. As time went by, with the construction of Cross Harbour Tunnel and the Mass Transit Railway, the importance of ferry transportation services obviously declined. Realizing that ferry industry would have limited potential for growth, and with the support by HLD, our mother company, we switched our core business from ferry operations to property development in Hong Kong in 2000’s. Metro Harbour View, our first sizable property development project with over 3,500 residential units at Kowloon West, was successfully built at that time. “Following this, we developed several more residential buildings and estates, including Metro Regalia, Shining Heights, The Spectacle and Metro 6 at Kowloon side, and Green Code in New Territories, and all of these properties gained good market feedback. In 2014, we’re glad to have Green Code winning a 5-Star Award under the “Best Mixed-use Development” category in the Asia Pacific Property Awards. Currently we are collaborating with another property developer for a residential building project in New Territories and expect to complete in 2022 by two to three phases. Besides selling of residential units, HKF also owns several shopping arcades and hundreds of car parking spaces which contribute stable and regular rental income to the company.” Being a caring and responsible company, HKF commits to protect the environment, to save energy, and to use environment-friendly materials in its operations to create a better society, as David explains. “In order to be as environmentally friendly as possible, when it comes to property development, we work hard to minimize the environmental impact of its operations to the society both during construction and in daily management of our properties. Hence some of our property development projects had been Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Co. Ltd. (HKF) is an innovative and dynamic investment firm. We caught up with Group General Manager David Ho Chi Shing to find out more. Company: Hong Kong Ferry (Holdings) Co. Ltd. Contact: Mr. David Ho Chi Shing, Group General Manager Company Email: [email protected] Address: 98 Tam Kon Shan Road, Ngau Kok Wan, North Tsing Yi, New Territories, Hong Kong General Line: (852) 2394 4294 Web Address: www.hkf.com BE170046 awarded Considerate Contractors Site Awards during construction stage. For ferry operations, we have changed environmental engines and generators for all vessels, and employ on-shore sewage management to reduce pollution at sea. We also switch off the engines when our ships are berthing alongside the pier for a prolonged period of time to minimize pollution in air. At our shipyard, we changed environmental equipment, lightings and so in office and workshop to reduce energy consumption, placed water tanks to collect rain water for use at workshop, classify and collect waste oil and sacrificial anodes from vessels for recycling, etc. Hence both our ferry subsidiary and shipyard have been presented Corporate Environmental Leadership Award, Pan Pearl River Delta Environmental Awards and other environmental certificates for recognizing their effort made in respect of energy saving and environmental protection.” Ultimately this awardmeans a lot toDavid and his team, whose hard work has helped to drive this success. Moving forward they intend to continue to offer the very highest standard of service, as David emphasises in his concluding comments. “Overall, we are most grateful to be crowned Best Property Development & Investment Company – Hong Kong & Leading Experts in Sea Transport Solutions – Hong Kong in 2017. We believe that all our staff members have contributed their best to the company and make the company a success. Therefore, the award belongs to all of them. Looking forward, we shall keep on providing high-quality products and services to our customers through continual innovation and enrichment at work.”

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