Our Partners

We would like to thank the following companies and organisations for their support.

United Kingdom

China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO UK) COSCO are the expedition's main Chinese partner and sponsor. COSCO, China's largest shipping company, shipped Precious Dragon from England to Hong Kong.
Essex County Council Essex County Council have a special relationship with Jiangsu Province in China which aims to foster trade, cultural and educational links between the two regions. Nanjing, where Zheng He started his voyages, is the administrative centre of Jiangsu Province.
S.C.D. of Woodbridge SCD specialise in delivering small commercial craft around the world. SCD, based in Suffolk, have sponsored the expedition with all the Admiralty charts and publications required to complete the voyage.
Howard Smith Towage The main towage company for the Port of Felixstowe
The Times Newspaper
Parthenon Entertainment A rapidly growing producer and distributor of factual programmes for the family audience.
Lucas Alexander Whitley One of the UK's leading literary agents
Cathay Pacific

Hong Kong SAR

Aberdeen Boat Club Our host in Hong Kong - providing facilities for ship and crew
Kiwi Marine Marine Surveyors
TCT International Computer software company
RTHK 3 Hong Kong's main English language radio station
South China Morning Post Hong Kong's leading English language newspaper
Bang Productions Television production company

Peoples Republic of China

Jiangsu Provincial Government Our host in China
Zheng He Research Institute An association for those with a particular interest in Zheng He and his voyages
Nanjing Naval College
Jiangsu TV


Qui Nhon Port Authority
Vosa Qui Nhon Communications facilities


Ericsson Cellular phones
Changi Sailing Club Our host in Singapore - providing facilities for ship and crew


Renaissance Melaka Hotel Our host in Melaka, Malaysia