Chinese New year 2020!


Thomas Miller staff would like to wish all Club Members and friends a happy and prosperous Chinese New Year. As always our best wishes and thoughts are particularly with those crews whose duties at sea separate them from their families and friends during these festive times.

Our offices in the region follow the local convention on holidays at this time. They will of course maintain the usual duty executive coverage throughout this period.

Hong Kong Office:

Will be closed from 25th January 2020  to 28th January 2020 

In case of emergency, please contact:

UK P&I Club Duty Mobile +852 9195 5459

Shanghai Office:

Will be closed from 24th January 2020  to 30th January 2020 for the Spring Festival. Normal operation will resume on 31st January 2020.

In case of emergency, please contact:

UK P&I Club Duty Mobile +852 9195 5459

For further details please contact our ASPAC Duty Executive Captain Anuj Velankar:

Mobile: +65 9010 4358

2020 is the Chinese Year of the Rat

The order of the zodiac, according to myth, was determined by the order in which the animals arrived to the Jade Emperor's party. The Rat entered the party first after tricking the Ox into giving him a lift to the finish line; when there, he jumped down and finished in first place just before the Ox.

Like the Pig, the Rat is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支-dì zhī) hài (亥),but where the Pig has associations with the hours 9-11 in the evening the Rat has links to the midnight hours. Seen as not just symbols of wealth, but prolific reproducers, Rats were prayed to in Chinese culture by married couples hoping for children. 

The Rat represents the start of a new day in terms of yin and yang (阴阳-yīn yáng).  

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